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College of Education

Professional Development – Large Group, Cross-Department

Initial Contact Deadlines: Nov. 14, 2018 (Please contact Rebecca Wessinger at to express interest)
Application Deadlines: 5 p.m. Dec. 5, 2018
Award Decision: Within Six Weeks after Application Deadline



The Faculty Welfare Committee (FWC) is pleased to announce the availability of professional development funding (PDF) for Large Group, Cross-Department Funding. Faculty and staff are invited to establish proposals that are thematically aligned with the strategic plan. With the goal of promoting transparency and fairness, this competitive opportunity to develop a proposal is designed to meet the broad range of interests represented in the College of Education and alignment with the current strategic plan. Consistent with the College of Education’s Diversity Plan (August, 2012), for this inaugural year of the PDF funding program the FWC would like at least one of the Large Group Funding proposals to focus on creating a series of professional development modules. The modules should focus on providing online delivery to adjuncts on various aspects of diversity including race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, and intellectual perspectives. Please see the Call for Proposals for a description of this Adjunct Diversity initiative.



All full-time faculty and staff are eligible to develop and submit proposals meeting the RFP criteria.


Funding Amount and Proposal Development Procedures

The maximum award amount is up to $20,000.

  1. The project should include representatives from two or more departments.
  2. Develop a short proposal no more than three single-spaced pages that provides: (a) a brief discussion of the intent and significance of the proposed idea to a broad COE audience and which departments will be included, (b) the goals and objectives of the project, (c) the overall details of implementation of the proposed project (i.e. what you will do), (c) a timeline of implementation, (d)  brief details about how the project specifically aligns with the COE strategic plan, (d) an outcome evaluation plan to examine the effectiveness of the project, and (e) the anticipated benefits to the COE. Please consider the Professional Development Funding Proposal scoring rubric [pdf] when developing your proposal.

Attach the following supporting documentation to the end of the proposal packet: (a) references, (b) statement of support from department chairpersons, if the department is also providing funds, this should be included in the letter of support, (c), a budget, and (d) a budget narrative (supporting documentation will not count against the page limit).

Contact the COE grant office no later than two weeks before the deadline notifying them of your intent to submit a proposal. Completed proposal packets should be submitted to Rebecca Wessinger at  before 5:00 pm on December 5, 2017. You will receive an e-mail confirmation. Funds are earmarked for the fiscal year in which the project is awarded. Approved projects must be completed during that fiscal year unless otherwise noted and approved by the committee.


Review Process

The criteria used for evaluating the proposals are provided in the Professional Development Funding Proposal scoring rubric [pdf]. Successful RFPs will be announced within six weeks of the RFP deadline.


Final Report Requirement

A final report should be submitted no later than 30 days after the end of the grant term; failure to submit a report will disqualify applicants from future internal and Professional Development Funding grant opportunities.  This report should be submitted to the Dean’s Office. The final report should include an overview of the grant activities. Successful applicants are also expected to share their experiences with the faculty and staff to be scheduled by the dean’s office. 

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