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Professional Development Application

 

Professional Development Funding Opportunities for AY 2014 - 2015.

 

Electronic Application for Potter College Professional Development Funds

Potter College recognizes and encourages a broad range of faculty accomplishments in the traditional areas of faculty responsibility—teaching effectiveness, scholarship (research, creative and professional activity), and service to the university, discipline, or community. To that end, Potter College seeks to support professional development activities that enhance scholarly productivity and instructional excellence. The Instructional Development Fund supports travel to and participation in development activities focused upon issues of pedagogy and student learning. 

Who May Apply?

All full-time faculty members (and staff with instructional duties) in Potter College may apply for professional development funding. Individuals may apply prior to final acceptance by a conference or event. Such applications will be considered and conditionally approved pending documentation of acceptance. Faculty members should consult the specific guidelines attached to each fund before applying.

How much can I expect?

Because funding is limited, faculty members should apply early. Individuals are not limited in the number of requests they may submit per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). Applications for a professional development activity that occurred before the application date will not be considered.

  • Instructional Development Fund (IDF). The maximum amount a faculty member may receive per fiscal year is $1,000. Individuals may be awarded up to $750 for a single domestic qualified activity (conducted in the contiguous United States, Canada or Mexico); international activities may qualify for the entire $1,000 for a single event. 

Instructional Development Fund

Potter College places a primary emphasis on effective teaching and student advising, and requires excellent teaching for tenure and promotion. The College recognizes that excellent teaching can occur in a variety of settings and that faculty members may promote student learning using a variety of instructional methods and activities. Thus, the IDF is intended to support travel to and participation in workshops, short courses, or seminars focused upon issues of pedagogy and student learning. Applications are reviewed in the Potter College Dean's Office as they are received.

How do I apply?

Electronic Application. First determine which fund is most appropriate for your needs. Then, complete the electronic form to be found at the college website http://webapps.wku.edu/pcal/app/professional_development/.  Using the dropdown box, individuals will need to indicate whether the application is for the SDF or the IDF. The application will include an explanation of the proposed activity, statement of expenses and other funding, and department head's endorsement is now an online form. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

  1. Documentation:  Applications for Instructional Development to attend a workshop, short course or seminar should be accompanied by a copy of the brochure or other material describing the activity. How to include your documentation - On your Mac or PC go to COLLEGE-SHARED-PC on the Shared Drive, then navigate to the Scholarship Development Committee folder. Open that folder and save your file into the appropriate month for the next upcoming Prof. Dev. committee meeting.
  2. Final Report and Travel Expense Voucher. A brief report and completed expense voucher must be submitted to the Potter College Dean's Office within thirty days after the funded activity to receive funding. All documents related to funded activities must clear all other offices for approval and account numbers (e.g., department head) before being forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Potter College. Travel vouchers should be submitted within thirty days after completion of the activity.

*If your activity does not fit into one of the above categories, there may be other sources of funding available for those who qualify. Please contact the Potter College Dean's Office at x52344 for additional information. 

 

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