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Description: Implementation of the USFSM Chancellor’s Professional Support Initiative is a joint effort of the Office of the Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and the Faculty Senate Professional Development Committee. A limited amount of funds is provided to support faculty members in their professional activities above and beyond support already provided by their respective colleges. This resource helps faculty members participate in specific activities that will help them build or augment their expertise in teaching, research, or service. The aim is to build capacity across the university and enhance the profile and prestige of USFSM.

Eligibility: Full time resident faculty are eligible to apply, and multiple faculty members may submit an application. Visiting faculty are not eligible to apply for Professional Development funds.  Applications are accepted and reviewed by the Faculty Professional Development Committee on a rolling basis each month during the academic year. Faculty can apply for support for a range of activities that include, but are not limited to the following: conference travel support, research support, materials for teaching activities or course development, or attending training seminars for research or teaching skills.

The applicant must provide a detailed description of the professional development activity/event and plan and all supporting documentation (e.g., support for conference travel must supply conference dates, application for research project support must have IRB approval, etc.). Applicants must provide a one page report within one month immediately following the event to the Professional Development Committee, describing the outcomes of the activity/event, its assessed value for the faculty member’s professional development, and discussing any plans for follow-up.

Rubric: The following rubric is the instrument used by the Professional Development Committee to evaluate applications. Please feel free to consult it in order to make sure you address the evaluating criteria in your application. View the Professional Development Committee rubric here. 

Funding decisions will be based on an overall assessment of the completeness and quality of the rationale, and consideration of availability of funds and competing applications during the funding cycle. Applications that support the institutional vision of interdisciplinary collaboration, community engagement or others are particularly encouraged.

Which of the following categories does the PD activity for which you are seeking support fall into? Check all that apply.
Travel to a professional conference
Research support
Teaching support
Service support
Professional Training
Other (please describe)

Project or Activity Description
Please provide a detailed description of the professional support event or project here. Discuss: (1) what you are trying to accomplish; (2) how this activity will help you develop your professional goals and expertise as a faculty member; (3) how it will bring value to the university, and; (4) how you believe it links to the university’s vision or goals. Include dates and duration of the activity.

Please list the amount of funds (maximum of $2500) you are applying for and specify how these will be spent. As applicable, provide supporting information on the expected costs.

Please describe any funds you may already have available for this activity, or be eligible to apply for, and from where (e.g., conference travel funding from your college, from grants, or elsewhere).

Attach up to six supporting documents here (e.g., as applicable, attach conference or meeting dates, proof of acceptance, proposals, proof of IRB approval for research projects, etc.).

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