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Professional Development – Small Group Project

The Faculty Welfare Committee (FWC) is pleased to announce the availability of professional development funding for Small Group Projects. 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 to align with the current strategic plan.

Initial Contact Deadlines: November 14, 2018, January 9, 2019 and September 6, 2019 (Please contact Rebecca Wessinger at to express interest)
Application Deadlines: December 5, 2018, January 30, 2019, and September 27, 2019 (5 p.m. each day)
Award Decision: Within Six Weeks after Application Deadline



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 $10,000.

  1. The project should focus on something that benefits your department.

  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, (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 and your department. Please consider the PDF Proposal scoring rubric when developing your proposal.

  3. 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 (the supporting documentation will not count toward your page limit).

  4. Contact the College of Education Grant Office no later than three weeks before the deadline notifying them of your intent to submit a proposal. Completed proposal packets should be submitted to Rebecca Wessinger at by 5:00 pm on the application deadline date listed above. You will receive an e-mail confirmation.

  5. 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 Fund Proposal scoring rubric [pdf]. Successful proposals will be announced within six weeks of the proposal deadline. Successful applicants are expected to share their experiences with the faculty and staff within their department. 

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