Support for Scholarship

Faculty development originated as and continues to be a collaborative effort led by faculty, who are the closest to the students and their needs, and concretely supported by the Office of the Provost. Bridgewater State University supports faculty and librarian development with regard to their research, scholarship and creative endeavors through the Center for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (CARS), the longest standing faculty development organization at BSU.

Center for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (CARS)

The Center for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (CARS) is organized and led by faculty and librarians with the goal of fostering the development of research, scholarship, and creative endeavors for faculty and librarians across all disciplines. CARS promotes individual, collaborative, and interdisciplinary scholarship through internal grant funding and scholarly programming such as faculty colloquia and research forums, grant writing workshops and the annual May Celebration which showcases the scholarly accomplishments of faculty and librarians. CARS grant programs provide release time from teaching and financial support through multiple initiatives.

In addition to the two CARS coordinators, there are two CARS research fellows who are available to meet with faculty and librarians to help them develop their research plans and grant applications for internal funding. The CARS team also works closely with the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects to move applicants from internal to external funding.

To learn more about support for faculty and librarian research and scholarship development at Bridgewater State University, please contact the office at 508.531.1767 or