Professional Growth Funds

​​2016-2017 Timeline

The 2016-17 application will be made available during the Fall semester of 2016. An announcement will be made via the weekly email from the Center when the application has been posted.


January 31, 2017: Latest applications can be submitted to CETL
June 9, 2017: Funds must be spent and receipts submitted to CETL
Late applications WILL NOT be considered after the January deadline.​​

General Information: What are the funds for?

In order to foster curricular and course improvement, the Professional Growth Fund is provided to support faculty activities including participation in research or field-related events, conferences, other professional development activities, or presenting a premier display of one’s work.

These grants, sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, are intended to serve as “seed money." Applications for continued project funding that have already received support will not be granted, unless it is demonstrated that the additional funding is for fundamentally different development a​ctivities. An exception to this will be considered if the applicant’s department/college has also provided substantial additional funding of their own to support further development.

Event / Conference / Professional Development​

Professional Growth Funds are allocated for participation in research, an event, conference, or professional development opportunity that leads directly to the improvement of faculty teaching skills or knowledge directly relevant to a faculty member’s teaching responsibilities in current or future courses or programs. Applicants must demonstrate that the experience requires active participation on the part of the recipient.  Acceptable experiences may focus on instructional design, content, or methodology.  In other words, passive presence at short presentations or events that are unrelated to faculty development will not be funded.

Premiere Display

Professional Growth Funds for Premiere Display is intended to help fund the initial presentation of a teaching innovation. The display may take the form of a talk, poster, paper, exhibition, recital or similar performance. For the purposes of this grant, consider “premiere” to indicate an initial presentation of material. To be eligible for funding as a Premiere Display, the presentation must focus on innovations in instructional development. The innovations must be applicable at the collegiate level.

In general, applicants who are seeking funding for a presentation in which there is a focus on research results that do not include a substantial component focusing on recommendations for innovation in instructional development, should consider seeking funding from the Faculty Research and Creative Endeavors (FRCE) committee at the Office of Research and Graduate Studies ​- 774.6777.

Further, funding will not be allocated for additional displays on the same topic unless the applicant clearly demonstrates the majority of the work in the later presentation(s) is new.


All persons on regular appointment and holding faculty rank are eligible to apply for these funds. Fixed term faculty on appointment ½ time or greater is eligible.  Professional and Administrative (P&A) individuals who are teaching on a regular basis are also eligible. Graduate Assistants are not supported by this committee with the limited funds available.

Funding Limits​

This fund will provide up to $1,000 per individual per academic year of university reimbursable expenses. Given the limited funds, support at the maximum level is not guaranteed. If an applicant has previously received a Professional Growth Grant, the applicant must have filed an acceptable Final Report detailing how the goals of that grant either were or were not accomplished before a new grant application can be considered.

The committee does not fund Faculty salaries or stipends supplements, office support, or services intended primarily to support the delivery of instruction. Before submitting a request, applicants should explore all available options. The committee may fund the use of assistants if the assistant has specialized skills needed for the experience and if the applicant, themselves, will be actively involved in carrying out the experience.

For Premier Displays eligible expenses include travel, lodging and registration associated with the presentation. Meal expenses are not eligible.

If contributions from all sources exceed 100% of expected expenses, the contribution from this fund will be reduced by the amount in excess.

Proposal Evaluations & Decisions

The application must include sufficient information for the committee to evaluate the quality of the forum for the participation/presentation, and make an informed decision about the request. Proposals that do not follow the guidelines, and/or those which provide inadequate information will be denied.  Applications can only be resubmitted for consideration once.

Funding decisions will be made as follows: early submissions will be reviewed by the committee in November, submissions/resubmissions received from November to the January deadline will be reviewed at the February committee meeting or until all funds have been exhausted. An applicant may apply for funding of any event occurring in the current fiscal year (July 1st to June 30th). The committee is not obliged to fund proposals to support activities that have taken place in a prior fiscal year.​

Recipients of these funds will be re​quired to adhere to the university’s Intellectual Property Rights Policy, which is available from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, Foust 251.​