Winny-Shen2013-2014 Call for Proposals Recipient
Dr. Winny Shen
Assistant Professor, University of South Florida

Dr. Winny Shen is currently an assistant professor of industrial/organizational psychology at the University of South Florida. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2011. Her primary research interests center around diversity and inclusion in organizational and educational settings, leadership, and the intersection of these domains. She also has secondary interests in and conducts research on personality measurement and occupational health psychology. Her research has been published in or is forthcoming from the Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Leadership Quarterly, and Psychological Science. She was awarded the HumRRO Meredith P. Crawford dissertation fellowship for 2010-2011 and was named the FIU Center for Leadership Research Fellow for 2013-2014.

The Center for Leadership in the College of Business Administration at Florida International University is pleased to announce a call for proposals open to all faculty members at Florida universities and will consist of two awards of up to $10,000 each to fund faculty salary, travel, research infrastructure, and/or supplies.

The Center for Leadership is committed to advancing the study of leadership by providing funding for promising new research. We believe that research informs practice; therefore, we follow the scientist-practitioner model and are looking for research that speaks to both theory and application. To that end, the Center is currently accepting proposals in the area of leadership and leadership development. We seek innovative studies and applications that address current trends, issues, and gaps in the leadership literature (i.e. leader training & development, leader-member exchange, succession planning, high potential identification, decision-making, individual differences, etc.).

Proposals may include but not be limited to the following:

  1. Research related to leadership that will lead to at least one submission to a refereed journal and one working paper to be e-published by the Center for Leadership.
  2. A case study based on leadership models (ex: crisis leadership). Case studies should meet the criteria for publication of the International Journal of Case Analysis.
  3. Incorporate leadership content into an existing graduate course(s) or create a new graduate course with leadership content.
  4. Develop an online leadership certificate course.

Awards will be given to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panel, have demonstrated superior professional achievement (such as publications, presentations, honors, awards or other designations), are committed to advancing the research on leadership, and show promise for future achievement as academicians and professionals.


  • Faculty member or post-doctoral researcher at a Florida university
  • Study in research-based and practice-oriented field (i.e. management, business administration, industrial/organizational psychology, educational leadership, organizational behavior, public administration)

Proposal Requirements

(5 pages maximum excluding title page, abstract, and references)

  • Abstract (300 word maximum)
  • Purpose/Objective
    • What are the general research objectives?
    • How is the topic important to the field of leadership?
  • Background Research
    • What research currently exists on this topic in the literature?
    • How does your topic fill a “gap” in the existing literature?
  • Methods (if needed)
    • What research methods will you employ in your study?
    • Provide information on participants, procedure, data analysis
  • Applications of Research
    • How does your research help build a better world through leadership?

Additional Required Material (see application)

  1. Application Form
  2. Current CV or Resume
  3. Tentative Project Timeline
  4. Budget for Anticipated Research Costs

Submission Guidelines

  • All documents must be submitted in Portable Document Format (.PDF)
  • Submissions should be prepared in accordance with the guidelines provided in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
  • To facilitate the blind review process, the name of the candidate and any other identifying information should only appear on the application form and title page of the proposal.

Award Amount

The Center will offer two awards of up to $10,000 each. The award is to be used toward completing the research project (materials, equipment, research assistants, etc.). The anticipated research budget must be clearly outlined in the budget worksheet. The winner will also be recognized as a Fellow of the FIU Center for Leadership for a period of one year starting from their receipt of the prize.

Funding Criteria

  • Match between the proposal and Center for Leadership research agenda.
  • Technical quality of proposal.
  • Potential for contribution to understanding and practice of leadership.
  • Match between budget and plan of work.

Expectations of Award Recipients

  • Research must be completed within 12 months of receiving the award.
  • Researcher must provide monthly progress updates and a working paper for review after 6 months.
  • Researcher must provide completed research paper and executive summary to the Center for Leadership.
  • Participate in forums at the Center for Leadership, and disseminate the research to scholars in the field.
  • Recognize the Center in all publications and presentations resulting from this research.

Application Instructions

All submissions must be received online by November 18, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Incomplete, late, or paper submissions will not be considered. Winners will be notified via e-mail no later than February 14, 2014.

Candidates should submit proposal along with all supporting materials online here.

In the absence of a proposal deemed deserving of the award, the award may be withheld.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How many proposals can I submit?
You can submit up to 3 proposals per year.

Who is on the review panel?
Members from the FIU Center for Leadership’s Academic Advisory Board (AAB), staff and faculty affiliates, and members of the FIU community will review submitted proposals.

If I received an award the previous year, may I apply again the following year?
Yes, applicants may submit proposals for new research projects for consecutive years