The college electronic application process will resume September 1. For further information about professional development support, please consult your department head.
Professional Development Funding Opportunities for AY 2013 - 2014.
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 through two funding sources. The Scholarship Development Fund supports the public presentation of research and creative activity in one's discipline, and is overseen by the Potter College Professional Development Committee of faculty. The Instructional Development Fund supports travel to and participation in development activities focused upon issues of pedagogy and student learning. The PCAL Faculty Research Grant provides funding to help offset costs related to approved research projects and creative activities. Applications for this college grant are solicited by and received in the Dean's Office through a separate process not available on the electronic submission. Faculty should consult the Potter College website for more details on this opportunity.
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.
- Scholarship Development Fund (SDF). The maximum amount a faculty member may receive per fiscal year is $1,000. Individuals may be awarded 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 (IDF). The maximum amount a faculty member may receive per fiscal year is $1,000. Individuals may be awarded 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.
What is the difference?
Scholarship Development Fund
Potter College defines scholarship as research and creative and professional activity in both our professionally-oriented and traditional academic disciplines. The SDF is intended to support public presentation of scholarly and creative activity, and is overseen by the Potter College Professional Development Committee (PCPDC) of the faculty on a monthly basis thought the academic year.
The PCPDC has approved the following Funded Activities:
- Travel to present the results of research or creative activity in one's academic discipline (Funding up to 100% of eligibility)
- Travel to respond to scholarly or creative activity in one's academic discipline (up to 80%)
- Travel to fulfill the responsibilities of membership on the governing body of a professional organization (up to 60%)
- Travel to chair scholarly or creative programs or sessions (up to 40%)
Activities Not Funded include: research expenses; books, equipment or materials; faculty time in preparation of manuscripts/creative works for publication or presentation; completion of an academic degree; activities related to an approved sabbatical proposal; dues to professional associations; or attendance at a conference with no official participation in conference.
Applications for SDF by the PCPDC are due by 11:59 p.m. on the following dates:
- September 16
- October 14
- November 11
- December – TBD
- January 13
- February 17
- March 17
- April 14
- May - TBD
Incomplete applications will not be considered and action will not be taken on a proposal until all materials have been submitted for the next committee meeting.
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.
- Documentation: Applications for Scholarship Development funding must be accompanied by documentation of the acceptance of the research paper or creative work to be presented and, if possible, a copy of the program page listing the event. If your participation was invited, include a copy of the invitation. 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.
- 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.