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Eligibility, Funds, & Grant Criteria

The Faculty Center is pleased to announce its call for proposals for the Faculty Center Professional Development Grant program.  This grant is designed to support professional development activities for all faculty.


All California State University San Marcos Faculty are eligible except for members of the Faculty Center Advisory Council (FCAC). FCAC members are not eligible to apply for a Professional Development Grant for the duration of their term.

** Faculty who have been awarded in the past must have submitted a PDG final report to the Faculty Center for the current application to be considered.

Grants will be awarded in two categories: travel and resources. The grant funds are available for use from July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019, and projects can be retroactively funded during this time.  A maximum of $800.00 will be awarded per faculty member.

All professional development funds must be spent and all paperwork appropriately completed prior to June 30, 2019. It is not possible to roll over funds beyond the academic year 2018/2019. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to follow up and submit a copy of ALL documentation/travel claims with Sonia Perez, Faculty Center Coordinator, before the deadline (June 30, 2019).

It is the responsibility of the applying faculty member to follow up with the final report; otherwise, faculty will not be eligible to apply for future PDG funds.

Award Categories:
1)  Travel

A.  Research:  Preference will be given to faculty who will be active participants at a conference, workshop, or symposium (e.g., presenter, discussant, moderator, facilitator, participant in a roundtable or panel), and/or clearly articulate the importance of the conference activities, or those who will be actively pursuing research or creative activities (e.g., researching in appropriate libraries/archives, research-related interviews, or other field-based activities).
B.  Teaching:   Preference will be given to those presenting at a teaching conference or those who clearly articulate the anticipated outcome and impact on professional development of attending the teaching conference or developmental training.   

2)  Resources

A.  Research activities:  This includes costs associated with research activities such as publication costs or supplies not typically supported by department or lab budgets. Preference will be given to faculty who articulate how this award will support their research goals and contribute to their professional development.
B.  Teaching Materials:  Costs associated with teaching activities that are not typically supported by department or lab funds.  Priority will be given to faculty who specify how the materials will contribute to student learning, success in the classroom, and/or advance the university mission.


The Faculty Center Advisory Council will conduct a blind review of the applications, judging them on the following criteria:

1.    Significance of the proposed activity for the faculty member's professional development.

2.    Evidence of feasibility to complete proposed activity.

3.    Evidence that the proposed activity clearly supports the University mission.

4.    Evidence that the project/activity has not been funded by a University Professional Development Grant (UPD).

*  In order to provide support for as many faculty as possible, preference will be given to faculty who did not receive a University Professional Development Grant for 2017/2018.   

**Proposals are ranked by merit, and all faculty are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to probationary faculty seeking tenure, associate professors, and lecturers with 3 year contracts.

Guidelines for Applying:
To fill out the online application for a grant, identify which type of award is being sought. Please include details of the types of activities supported under the different award categories. DO NOT include your name and department in your statement and adhere to formatting guidelines.