of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Shelby Thames issued checks
Wednesday to 33 faculty and staff members as part of an incentive
program that rewards those who secure and manage contract and grant
In all, $382,223.07
was distributed through the incentive policy, called Model for Incentive
Dollars for Augmenting Salaries. The fundamental goal of MIDAS is
to create an incentive base to grow and promote research activities
and research enterprise for Southern Miss.
Carver, a professor in the Center for Community Health who received
a check for $18,534.42, said the MIDAS program is a great incentive
for faculty to seek grant funding.
state where faculty and staff rarely get raises, this is the only
way to increase one's earnings and at the same time generate money
for the university," said Carver, who has secured more than
$2.5 million in funding during the past six years. "I appreciate
Dr. Thames' and Dr. Angeline Dvorak's willingness to share some
of the funds generated, and it is great to be rewarded for this
a positive incentive to stimulate research activity that ultimately
benefits the university community as a whole, said Dvorak, president
of The University of Southern Mississippi Research Foundation.
wins, with additional resources to carry out its mission. Every
faculty member, staff member and student wins with the increase
in revenues that support every aspect of their work and studies.
recipients have contributed to filling the gap between the resources
that the university has and the resources that the university needs.
Hopefully, additional incentive programs will be developed that
will reward and support other aspects of the university," Dvorak
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.
for the supplement, the employee must recover at least 25 percent
of his or her salary. Checks distributed to recipients Wednesday
were gross amounts, unadjusted for federal and state taxes.
Dr. Bonita Reinert, who received a check for $21,395.39, said the
MIDAS awards are an "essential component in retaining the experienced
researchers at (Southern Miss)." Most researchers, she said,
invest far more than 40 hours a week in obtaining and maintaining
award comes at a critical time when raises have not been available
for several years and funded grants are an increasingly important
way to bring money into the university. I definitely appreciate
Dr. Dvorak's efforts in developing and implementing this innovative
program," Reinert said.
professor Dr. Marek Urban, who received $20,847.11, said the program
provides an opportunity for the faculty to create and develop a
research portfolio attractive to students and to potential sponsors.
At the same time, he said, it allows the faculty to be rewarded
for their hard work.
it is essential that the legislators understand
and appreciate the value each individual faculty member brings to
the economic development of the region," Urban said. "Education
and scholarship through research, followed by intellectual property
development, is the strength of advanced countries and is the strength
of Southern Miss."