UC Blue Ash College

Funding for Faculty Development

The Faculty Development Funds Committee

The 2019-2022 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University of Cincinnati and the AAUP includes a significant change to how faculty development funds are disseminated. Article 24.6.1 stipulates that college-level committees shall be formed to review, approve/reject, and distribute faculty development funds falling into two categories: individual faculty and faculty group ($5,000 maximum), and supporting materials ($500 maximum).

Eligibility

In accordance with the UC-AAUP collective bargaining agreement, all full-time UCBA Faculty, including Represented Adjuncts, Clinical Track Faculty, and Educators, are eligible to apply for these Faculty Development Funds. Only completed applications and activities within the specified funding dates will be considered.

Committee Details

Committee Members (AY 2021–22)

Committee Members
Member Term Start Term End Position
Angel Anorga 2021 2023  
Jessica Furgerson 2022 2024  
Sriparna Ghosh 2022 2024 Vice Chair
Julie Gill 2022  2024 Secretary 
Christine Ouma 2021 2023  
Brenda Refaei 2021 2023 LT&C
Shawna Staud 2021 2023 Chair
Nicole Trimble 2022 2024  
Diane White 2022 2023 Ex-Officio

Proposal Considerations, Descriptions & Applications

The Faculty Development Funds Committee will make every effort to fund as many requests as funds allow. It is possible this effort will mean that partial funding may be awarded. 

In the event that the proposals submitted exceed funds available, the committee will use the following considerations to determine the distribution of funds. Incomplete proposals will not be considered. 

Considerations: 

  1. Proposal details of the applicant’s advancement of professional development in accordance with Article 24.1 of the Contract. 
  2. Specific circumstances:
    1. The faculty member's tenure status (priority will be given to tenure track faculty).
    2. The demonstrated uniqueness of the proposal.
    3. The length of time between funding awards.
  3. Refer to the rubric associated with each type of award for details.

Individual Faculty and Faculty Group ($5,000 Maximum)

Description: This award is for expenses related to disciplinary or extra­disciplinary professional development in teaching, research, scholarship, creative work, service and/or leadership as described in Article 24.1.1-3 for any amount up to $5000. This award may be used for, but is not limited to, any conference (to participate, present, moderate or attend), event, or opportunity, at the local, state, regional, national, or international level, in support of a Faculty Member's professional development and any events which aid in the development of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with extra-discipline learning and training to support professional development of an individual's teaching, leadership, or scholarly activity. Applications under this subsection must come to the College with prior approval from the applicant's academic unit. There is a maximum of two (2) funded applications per Faculty Member per academic year under this subsection. In the "Memo on Criteria, Guidelines, and Policies", the Office of the Provost suggests that non-tenured, tenure track faculty should be given priority in the event of choosing among proposals. This particular criterion is reflected in the rubric.

Directions: Complete the applicant portions and save as a Word document. Forward to your Academic Unit Head (and Study Abroad and Exchange Committee, if applicable) to add signatures of approval. Note: This need not be the unit head if the unit designates another person to sign. This approval is a presence/absence item and is not part of the rubric but is required to make the application complete. Submit a final report (see below) for any previous funding, if applicable. Save the completed document as a PDF. Click on the “Submit your proposal” button at the bottom of this site and find the hyperlink for “Blue Ash” to upload the application. While there is a specific upload for unit approval, there is no need to add it if it is in the application PDF.

Supporting Materials ($500 Maximum)

Description: This award provides funding for hardware and/or software purchases or other supporting materials related to professional development in teaching, research, scholarship, creative work, service and/or leadership as described in Article 24.1.1-3 for a maximum award of $500. Applications in this area must come to the College with prior approval from the applicant’s academic unit. There is a maximum of one (1) funded application per Faculty Member per academic year under this area. In the "Memo on Criteria, Guidelines, and Policies", the Office of the Provost suggests that non-tenured, tenure track faculty should be given priority in the event of choosing among proposals. This particular criterion is reflected in the rubric.

Directions: Complete the applicant portions and save as a Word document. Forward to your Academic Unit Head to add signature of approval. Note: This need not be the unit head if the unit designates another person to sign. This approval is a presence/absence item and is not part of the rubric but is required to make the application complete. Submit a final report (see below) for any previous funding, if applicable. Save the completed document as a PDF and upload the application to the application site in the Blue Ash hyperlink. Save the completed document as a PDF.  Click on the “Submit your proposal” button at the bottom of this site and find the hyperlink for “Blue Ash” to upload the application. While there is a specific upload for unit approval, there is no need to add it if it is in the application PDF.

Final Report

Awardees must submit a final report to the Faculty Development Funds Ad Hoc Committee explaining the results or outcomes of the project within 30 days of its completion.

Because of new auditing procedures for the University, business offices are now required to provide more extensive documentation of expenses of all kinds, including Faculty Development awards. Be aware that the business office will need detailed documentation of expenses and receipts for Faculty Development awards. Please develop a single report for both purposes, with receipts to accompany the copy of the report that goes to the business office and only the report will go to the funding committee.

Please keep in mind that the award of funds for the project as proposed is viewed as a contract between the faculty member(s) and the funding committee. Any deviation from the proposed use of funds should be approved at the unit level first.

Reports should be submitted through the UCBA Learning and Teach Center website where the proposal was originally submitted. Click on the Submit your proposal and find the hyperlink for “Faculty Development Funds Report.”

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Submission Deadlines (contact the chair with questions)

  • September 23, 2022 (Fall Deadline)
    • Approximately 40% of available funding will be awarded in the fall funding period for proposals taking place anytime during the academic year. Awards will be announced in October.
  • February 3, 2023 (Spring Deadline)
    • The remaining available funds will be awarded in the spring funding period (any funds remaining from fall will be awarded in spring) for proposals taking place in the remainder of the academic year. Awards will be announced in February.  

Frequently Asked Questions

All AAUP contracted faculty. These include Tenured and Tenure–Track faculty, Educators, Clinical Track Faculty and Annual Represented Adjuncts.

Typically, there are two review rounds, Fall and Spring. Fall round reviews take place in October and Spring reviews take place in February

Yes. The FDF funding is a separate funding from the annual PDF allocation, and is meant to seek extra funding for an activity (Disciplinary, Software/Hardware or Extra Disciplinary) as described on the UCBA Faculty Development Funds website.

Yes, but, “Untenured, Tenure Track” faculty are given preference as indicated in the contract.

Proposals may be written for an individual or group of faculty. However, each proposal is eligible for a maximum award of $5,000, and each individual faculty member may receive a maximum of two awards in this category per academic year.

Please include the confirmation that your proposal has been accepted.

As noted in the rubrics, your budget should include specific sources of expected costs, demonstrating research into costs.

You need to ask the Associate Dean for one.

You will get a confirmation email from the Chair of the FDF Subcommittee. You can also contact the Chair and confirm receipt of your proposal. The FDF Chair does not receive contents of the applications until after the deadline therefore receipt of proposal is not indicative of a complete application.

You will need to immediately contact the FDF Subcommittee Chair, and ask for one proposal to be dropped. Failure to do so might cause your most updated proposal not to be considered.

Yes. A faculty member may receive funding for a maximum of two Individual Faculty or Faculty Group awards, and one Supporting Materials awards per academic year.

A proposal may only include a request for one activity, but more than one proposal can be submitted during a single funding cycle. In the event of two (2) proposals are submitted in the same round by the same applicant(s), preference will be given to the higher scoring application of the two. If unused funds remain, the second proposal may also receive funding. Applicants will be asked to indicate their top funding priority when submitting two proposals.; this indication will also be used in the event both applications are scored equally.  If the applicant does not indicate a preference, the committee will fund the proposal with the highest score and not the highest amount of funding requested. If the proposals receive the same score and the applicant has not indicated a preference, the committee will award the higher requested amount and the second proposal will be considered after all other proposals in the round.

All previously funded proposals, from 2017 to present, are hosted within the Provost Office repository, and can be requested as needed. The FDF Subcommittee Chair can be contacted to assist with this request.

All proposals are approved by the FDF committee based on the proposal submitted. Funds cannot be used for items not approved or listed in the budget.

Faculty will receive notification of their accepted proposals. All receipts must be submitted through Concur and match the approved budget proposal. Funds are only allotted for items listed within the budget proposal for the dates submitted on the application.

FDF cannot be awarded to an event that has already been paid for in the Concur system with the Annual UCBA Professional Funds.

Contact Information

Shawna Staud, Chair

staudsn@ucmail.uc.edu