Sprints application information


Melissa Stamer Peterson, lecturer for the Applied English Center, during her Research Sprint.

Eligibility

Eligibility includes all KU faculty and academic staff as defined in the Handbook for Faculty and Other Unclassified Staff. Student assistants may participate in teams if the primary researcher or instructor is a faculty member. For teaching projects, courses must be a 3-credit course offered in the 2022-2023 academic year. We will also consider applications addressing course sequences.

Application checklist

The project narrative should be no more than three pages (supporting documents excluded from page count), double spaced. It should address the following components:  

1. Description: A clear and concise explanation of the overall proposed research project or teaching project. Some projects may include a blend of research and teaching elements. Please address the questions that make the most sense for your project.  

  • What is the history of this project? What is your research or instruction "problem" you're hoping to work on during this Sprints week? What has been your progress toward your goal, and what barriers to moving forward exist? For teaching projects, what are the goals of the assignment and/or course?  

  • Rationale: How might working with the library help solve this problem? 

  • Impact: What is the impact of this project on your research or teaching agenda? For teaching projects, what is a learning outcome you hope to integrate into your course based on engagement with information literacy? 

  • Feasibility: Consider the week of the Sprints (five days). What do you reasonably expect to accomplish during this compressed amount of time? 

2. Anticipated needs: Include a brief list of anticipated resources and/or expertise needed to complete the project. This information will help shape the formation of the library team that we will create for your project (Ex: instructional design; digital humanities; content expertise; open access principles) 

3. Supporting documents: For research projects include any additional information that is necessary for us to understand your project. For teaching projects, please include the syllabus and assignment prompt(s).

The Sprints Committee uses the following rubric to evaluate applications:

 

 

 

 

2 = EXCELLENT 

1 = SATIFACTORY 

0 = WEAK 

SCORE 

FEASIBILITY 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCALE 

 

The scale of the project perfectly fits into a week’s timeline. 

The scale of the project mostly fits into a week's timeline. 

The scale of the project will not fit into a week’s timeline. 

 

IMPACT 

SIGNIFICANCE 

 

The applicant significantly demonstrates the importance of the project to their research or teaching. 

The applicant mostly demonstrates the importance of the project to their research or teaching. 

The applicant does not demonstrate the importance of the project to their research or teaching. 

 

OUTCOMES 

 

The tangible outcomes of the project is clearly defined and highly attainable.    

The tangible outcomes of the project  is vaguely defined and/or mostly attainable.    

The tangible outcomes of the project is not defined and/or not attainable.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RATIONALE 

PARTNERSHIP 

 

The rationale for library partnership on this project is highly logical, well thought out, and makes a highly convincing case for selection.  

The rationale for library partnership on this project is mostly logical, thought out, and makes a mostly convincing case for selection. 

The rationale for library partnership on this project is lacking and does not makes a convincing case for selection. 

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION 

EXPLANATION 

 

The explanation very clearly and concisely communicates the project, the impact on students or research, and is interesting and exciting to read 

The explanation mostly clearly and concisely communicates the project, the impact on students or research, and is interesting and exciting to read 

 

 

The explanation does not clearly and concisely communicate the project or the impact on students or research. 

 

OUTCOME 

 

The proposed path to completing the project is very clear, concise, and well thought out.   

The proposed path to completing the project is mostly clear, concise, and well thought out.   

The proposed path to completing the project is not clear, concise, or well thought out.   

 

University of Kansas Libraries commit to: 

  • provide selected faculty and academic staff with $1,000 stipend upon completion of Sprints Week project 

  • project team members being available for the entirety of Sprints Week 

  • Collaboratively partnering with selected faculty members to complete the proposed Sprints Week project 

  • provide a project manager to organize and coordinate the project throughout Sprints Week 

  • provide relevant expertise to complete the stated outcomes of the Sprints Week project 

  • provide space and materials needs within its means to support the Sprints Week project  

  • foster open access and open educational efforts, as appropriate 

  • integrate critical information and other literacies, as appropriate 

  • maintain an environment of collegial respect 

  • promote fundamental values of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility  

Successful applicants commit to: 

  • being available for the entirety of Sprints Week 

  • focus exclusively on their project during Sprints Week 

  • attend a pre-Sprints Week workshop during the spring semester 

  • participate in the assessment of the Sprints Week program 

  • participate in the Sprints Week public showcase  

  • participate in a post-Sprints Week interview 

  • deposit in KU ScholarWorks any research or instructional materials produced or initiated during Sprints Week, as appropriate 

  • embrace open access and open educational efforts, as appropriate 

  • integrate critical information and other literacies, as appropriate 

  • maintain an environment of collegial respect 

  • embrace fundamental values of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility 

Sprints Week Information

Contact

Sprints committee
The University of Kansas Libraries
researchsprints@ku.edu

Committee Members

Important dates and deadlines for Sprints.

 

EventDate
Call for proposals

Open through March 4

Information session3-4 p.m. Feb. 8 (RSVP for Zoom information)
Applications dueMarch 4
Notifications sent to applicantsMarch 21
Pre-Sprints workshopMay (to be determined)
Research SprintsMay 16-20