ACADEMIC STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
Institutional Effectiveness: The program should provide
an opportunity for academic staff to enhance their effectiveness in
meeting changing needs and roles in higher education.
This is a concern for higher education, for UW System institutions,
and is a particular concern for individual academic staff members in their
own career development.
development opportunities should contribute to improving program vitality
during a period of anticipated resource constraints and rapidly changing
administrative and educational needs.
Professional Development: A staff development program
should specifically enhance and refine those abilities most directly
related to the mission and goals of the UW System institution with which
the member is affiliated.
primary focus of the professional development proposals should be on
training and/or retraining to improve the effectiveness of the academic
staff member in their current roles.
Often the proposals focus on training for a group of
academic staff members performing similar roles to achieve cost savings.
Proposals for enhancing abilities that enable a staff member to
compete for more responsible positions will be eligible for support, but
will have second priority. The
program does not provide support for formal study leading to a degree, nor
is it intended to be a UW tuition reimbursement program.
For details about the tuition reimbursement program, see
Unclassified Personnel Policies & Procedures Chapter 12.07 at website
25% of the funds will be designated for the development of programs to
improve the multicultural environment on campus and for the development of
the programs that address issues of race and ethnicity.
members of the Professional Development and Recognition Review Committee
will determine whether the academic staff grant proposal fulfills the
following primary criteria:
Reflects professional development to improve the effectiveness of the
Initiated by those academic staff who will be primary beneficiaries
Submission of separate proposals for each individual if travel is
Supports and enhances the mission and goals of UW-Madison
Improves program vitality to meet changing needs and roles in higher
Positive effects on campus and units
Facilities and training locations are justified (i.e., sole provider of
training/retraining only available at single locations; no locally known
scientist, consultant, academician, etc.)
Reflects appropriate request for fund, i.e., travel expenses, conference
fees, registration, food and lodging are within UW travel policies.
The average funded grant (from previous competitions) is between
$500-$1,000 (UW System) Grants
in this range will receive higher priority.
Any individual will not receive more than one grant in any 12 month
review committee will not approve:
Training that is a requirement of the current position, including
training on equipment purchased by the department
Travel unless the department chair of director certifies that
departmental funds are not available to cover the full cost of travel.
(See Proposal Cover Page)
Purchase of hardware, software (unless training software),
certification/license fees, capital equipment and salary except for
limited request for salary replacement needed to ensure essential
Tuition for formal study (i.e., academic semester) leading to a degree
Funding for multiple events/courses/seminars.
Limited budgets only allow for the funding of ONE event, course, or seminar.
committee will give weighted priority to proposals as follows:
Requests to fund workshops on this campus having immediate impact on
academic staff campus-wide
Formal training or retraining in Madison not requiring travel
Formal training or retraining at a location requiring travel
Conference participation where the applicant is presenting (paper or
poster) and/or participating in a workshop
Conference participation where the applicant is not presenting.
committee will take into consideration these criteria:
The grant proposal MUST BE
COMPLETE (Signed Cover Sheet, Proposal Body, Documented Budget Page,
Supporting Documentation for Activity, Curriculum Vitae.
Follows proposal submission procedures.
Significance within the academic staff memberís field.
Priority ranking of grant proposal by school/college or department.
Grant proposal reflects academic staff memberís intention to share
information, new skill or knowledge with other academic staff on campus.
Strong letters of support from supervisors and chairs.