Faculty Professional Development Committee (FPDC)

Guidelines

The following principles and procedures are used:

  1. Professional Development activities must be aligned with the Mission and Strategic Plan of the University.
  2. All regularly appointed Faculty, including Visiting Faculty, are encouraged to apply for funding. Please see priority list below for further information.
  3. The mission of the Committee is to advocate on behalf of faculty in their participation in professional activities, and to act as stewards of institutional funds to support that participation.
  4. For the academic year (2019-2020), only one application can be submitted, regardless if the maximum amount requested or approved is below the cap of $2,000.00 per person. No exceptions.
  5. Funds will be granted toward professional activities that are directly or very closely related to the professional work done by the faculty member in his or her field at the University.
  6. Only one event/activity can be included in each application, awards are limited to one individual award per year per faculty member.
  7. Faculty who did not provide a follow-up report from previous funding will not be considered for future funding until that report has been filed. All follow-up reports must be e-mailed directly the applicants division chair, FPDC chair, and the Dean of Instruction, on one e-mail.

Priorities to be used by the Committee, in general sequence of consideration, include:

  1. Faculty approaching Tenure Review (Code 6) are strongly encouraged to apply for professional development in their field as this is a component for consideration in promotion and tenure. It is expected that faculty in this category will be presenting at, and not just attending, conferences and meetings.
  2. Faculty approaching their mid-career review (Code 3) are also encouraged to apply since strong evidence of professional activities is expected in this review.
  3. Faculty who are officers or members of key committees of an organization.
  4. Faculty who are presenting at a conference or meeting.
  5. Faculty who are active members of an organization, but not presenting.
  6. Faculty who seek to attend a conference but are not members of the organization.
  7. Faculty who are in post-tenure review.
  8. Faculty who have not received funding in a given fiscal year will be given priority over visiting faculty

Additional Information:

  • The Committee is an advisory body to the Dean and members are appointed annually.
  • Professional and Cultural development opportunities may be brought to campus (including electronically) to benefit a larger group of faculty using these funds.
  • Committee decisions will be made at FPDC scheduled meetings.
  • Professional Development Funds will not be used to supplement grant or departmental funds.
  • Applications will be available from the Office of the Dean. Applicants should include the application, evidence to support the application budget, and supporting material (e.g. print-out of the conference website information page, acceptance letter or email from conference organizer).
  • Committee decisions will be made at FPDC scheduled meetings.
  • No retroactive funding will be allowed. Purchases by administrative assistants can only be made after an application is approved by the committee and the Dean of Instruction.
  • Members of the Committee may apply for funding, but are subject to the same priorities as other applicants, and must recuse themselves from all parts of the deliberating and decision process.
  • If an applicant is denied funding, the Committee will provide the applicant with a written explanation of their decision. The decision of the Committee is final and not subject to any appeal.
  • Funding is not provided to cover tuition/fees for any postgraduate degree programs.
  • Recipients of Faculty Development funds are required to submit a 1 page descriptive report to their Division Chair, Chair of this committee, and the Dean of Instruction within 15 working days of completing the funded activity. Preferred method of this report is to send it by email. Submitting reports by email facilitates storage, organization, and review of reports.

The Committee will submit to the Dean recommendations on funding, and on strategies to encourage and promote professional growth of faculty. The Committee will submit to the Dean an annual report to include a list of funded activities, and brief descriptions of activities not funded with reasons for that decision.


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