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Faculty Development Funding Opportunities

There are a number of faculty development funding opportunities for full-time faculty: Individual Professional Development Accounts, the Faculty Development Program, 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)

Individual Professional Development Accounts (IPDA) 

 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 Development Program

Funds are managed and distributed by the Faculty Development Committee (FDC). All AAUP bargaining unit members and department chairs, including tenure-related, fixed term, and academic professionals, whose appointment continues throughout the 2017-18 academic year, are eligible to apply. The current membership of the Faculty Development committee may be found in the Faculty Senate Governance Guide.

See application instructions, guidelines, and procedures

Annual funding available: $650,000 per the PSU-AAUP 2015-2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 19.

  • Awards up to $15,000: proposals due on February 15, 2017 at 5pm
  • Awards up to $5,000: proposals due on April 5, 2017 at 5pm
  • Questions: FDC Chair, Andrew Black,

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 enroll in Portland State University courses. Fees to faculty are limited to a per course credit per the PSU Faculty Association 2015-2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement (see Appendix C(1) at the end of the Agreement). The fund is available to support instructional fees for two Portland State courses per term; other fees are not covered. Eligible part-time faculty are those who have worked at Portland State for at least four terms and who have been members of the Portland State University Faculty Association (PSUFA) bargaining unit during the academic year preceding or the year in which the course is taken. 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 current 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: