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Faculty Development Funding Opportunities

There are a number of faculty development funding opportunities for full-time faculty, including the Faculty Travel Awards, Faculty Enhancement Grants, and President's Diversity Mini-Grant. For part-time appointments, faculty may apply for the Faculty Education Fund and Professional Development Fund.

Please see details of these funding opportunities below, along with additional internal opportunities at PSU.

Full-Time Faculty

(appointments of 0.50 FTE or greater)


Faculty Development Program

As part of the completed collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the University and AAUP, effective FY 2017, the current travel grant lottery system is being replaced with individual professional development accounts (IPDA). Requests will be approved and administered at the college and department level. 

FY 2017 Yearly Allocations:
Tenure and Tenure-track: $1000
NTTF: $600
Academic Professionals: $500

Approval procedures are still in development and will be available soon.  More information regarding this provision can be found in Article 19 of the CBA between PSU and AAUP.

Faculty Enhancement Grants

Administered by the Faculty Development Committee appointed by the Faculty Senate. The Committee supports a broad range of professional development activities.

President's Diversity Mini-Grant

The Office of Global Diversity & Inclusion and the Diversity Action Council (DAC) seek to promote a positive campus climate for diversity; support the development of diversity curriculum; enhance communications across race, gender, and other boundaries; and assist in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty, staff, and administration. The President’s Diversity Mini-Grant Program supports diversity activities that address these goals. Support may be requested for curricular development projects; campus events and programs; or diversity-related research, including but not limited to the evaluation of campus diversity programs. For more information on these mini-grants, please call the contact listed below.

Part-Time Faculty

(appointments less than 0.50 FTE)

Faculty Education Fund

Provides support for tuition when part-time faculty enrolled in Portland State University courses. Fees to faculty are limited to a per course credit per the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the PSU Faculty Association. (See appendix D at the end of the Agreement.) The fund is available to support instructional fees for one Portland State course per term; other fees are not covered. Eligible part-time faculty are those who have worked at Portland State for at least two terms and who have been members of the Portland State University Faculty Association (PSUFA) bargaining unit in the current or previous academic year. PSUFA and the University certify eligibility for these awards.

Professional Development Fund

Covers the cost of research, travel, and conference attendance related to responsibilities at the University. Eligibility is limited to faculty who have taught for at least six terms at Portland State University, are members of the PSUFA bargaining unit, and have reasonable expectations of continuing university employment. Funding decisions are made by the Provost.

Additional Opportunities

Portland State faculty and staff may be eligible for additional internal funding opportunities: