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Professional Development Committee


J. Randall Groves on a PD fund assisted trip to the Middle EastJ. Randall Groves on a PD fund assisted trip to the Middle East

Professional development consists of engaging in planned learning activities designed to maintain and advance faculty members’ competence within their respective disciplines. This grant is intended to encourage and support faculty in their pursuit of professional development.  The types of proposals that are encouraged are those that:

  1. Increase faculty competence by acquiring new teaching/counseling skills, updating instructional/counseling techniques, or pursuing recent advances in a discipline.
  2. Develop or implement and evaluate innovative or alternate approaches to classroom instruction or counseling.
  3. Develop skills relevant to one's field and/or strategies to enhance faculty-student collaborations.
  4. Involve collaborative efforts within or across academic disciplines.

Please see the current Guidelines for submitting Professional Development Proposals for information on how to prepare a proposal.

Please CLICK HERE to download the evaluation rubric.

Funding Cycles:

The committee will accept and review application two times during the year, and a third cycle will be offered if there are remaining funds. Faculty should select an application date that allows them to use the award within one year of notification (see dates below).

Grant Period Proposal due Award notification
1st 4:00 pm, November 6, 220 December 4, 2020
2nd 4:00 pm, March 19, 2021 April 9, 2021
3rd* 4:00 pm, September 10, 2021 October 1, 2021

* only offered if funds are available.

Berghoef as part of US-El Salvador election observation delegation 2014

Professor Mike Berghoef (second from left) participates in the U.S. - El Salvador Sister Cities 2014 Election Observation Delegation.