UC Blue Ash College

Professional Faculty Development

The Faculty Development Funds Committee

The 2013-2016 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University of Cincinnati and the AAUP includes a significant change to how faculty development funds are disseminated. Article 24.3.1 stipulates that college-level committees shall be formed to review, approve/reject, and distribute faculty development funds falling into three categories: fast-tracked discipline-based development opportunities that are limited to $2,500 or less, fast-tracked hardware/software/materials that are limited to $500 or less, and full-reviewed disciplinary or extra-disciplinary development opportunities that are limited to $2,500 to $4,000.

Eligibility

All full-time bargaining unit UCBA faculty, including annual 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 2017-2020

  • Adam Chekour (a) 2018-20 - Chair
  • Mary Kaye Scaramucci (e) 2017-19
  • David Hartz (e) 2017-19
  • Debbie Page (e) 2018-20
  • Mark Fritz (e) 2018-20
  • Stacey Benton (a) 2018-20
  • Rita Kumar decanal 2017-19
  • Marc Watson decanal 2017-19

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. How well the proposal addresses Article 24.1 (p.123) of the Contract. 
  2. Specific circumstances:
    1. The faculty member's tenure status
    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.

Discipline-Based Funds

Description: This award is for expenses related 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 for amounts of $2,500 or less.  Applications in this area must come to the College with prior approval from the applicant’s academic unit and the Study Abroad and Exchange Program Committee Chair if travel is related to the Study Abroad Program. Applications cannot precede the activity in question by more than six (6) months.  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 criteria 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. Attach a final report 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.

Hardware, Software & Other Supporting Materials for Professional Development

Description:  This award provides funding for hardware and/or software purchases or other supporting materials which support a Faculty Member’s professional development for amounts of $500 or less.  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 criteria 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. Attach a final report 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.

Disciplinary or Extra-Disciplinary Professional Development Opportunities

Description:  This award is for expenses related 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 for amounts of more than $2,500.  Applications may also be made under this subsection for 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. The maximum amount of this award is $4,000. Applications in this area must come to the College with prior approval from the applicant’s academic unit and the Study Abroad and Exchange Program Committee Chair if travel is related to the Study Abroad Program.  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 criteria 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. Attach a final report 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.

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”

Submit your Proposal Now

Submission Deadlines:

  • February 1, 2019 (Spring Deadline)

Resources

Contact Information

Learning and Teaching Center
513-936-7118
bradford.mallory@uc.edu

513-936-7129
rita.kumar@uc.edu