of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Shelby Thames issued checks
Tuesday to 45 faculty and staff members as part of an incentive
program that rewards those who secure and manage contract and grant
In all, more than $525,000 was distributed through
the incentive policy, called Model for Incentive Dollars for Augmenting
Salaries (MIDAS). The fundamental goal of MIDAS, created lasted
year, is to create an incentive base to grow and promote research
activities and research enterprise for Southern Miss.
Dr. Cecil Burge, vice president for research
and economic development at Southern Miss, said MIDAS provides a
positive incentive to stimulate research activity that ultimately
benefits the university community as a whole. Last year, 33 faculty
and staff received more than $382,000 in the first year of the MIDAS
"When additional resources are secured
through external sponsors, every faculty member, staff member, and
student benefits," Burge said. "Incentive programs like
MIDAS are vital in hiring and retaining outstanding faculty at Southern
Available during the fall and spring terms,
MIDAS is open to full-time faculty and staff whose base salary is
paid from the education and general (E&G) funds. The maximum
research supplement is 30 percent of the regular academic salary,
based on 100 percent released dollars.
To qualify for the supplement, the employee
must recover at least 25 percent of his or her salary. Checks distributed
to recipients Tuesday were gross amounts, unadjusted for federal
and state taxes.
"This is a tremendous reward for faculty
who work hard to bring in research dollars," said MIDAS recipient
Dr. Agnes Hinton, professor of community health and co-director
of the Center for Sustainable Health Outreach.
For more information about the MIDAS program,
contact the vice president for research and economic development
at (601) 266-5116.