The Institute for Faculty Development (IFD) Office allocates funding for faculty who have been invited to present at, or participate in, significant conferences, meetings, and for other related research and professional activities.
All full-time, tenure-track faculty and instructors are eligible for this award.
Criteria and Review Process
Applicants should clearly define the outcome of the proposed professional development activity: What will be achieved from the project? How or what will be changed? How will the project advance knowledge, teaching, student learning, and/or individual professional development?
Proposals will be submitted for approval prior to incurring expenses. Proposals will be reviewed by the faculty members’ department chair/director and the faculty development committee.
The Faculty Development Committee will make recommendations to IFD based on the following criteria:
- The overall professional significance of the activity;
- The anticipated benefit(s) from participation (how it will enhance research and/or teaching);
- The degree of participation; and
- The benefits to Vanguard University.
Funds may not be awarded due to:
- Insufficient funds;
- Previously allocated awards (so the wealth may be spread around).
Professional Accountability Requirement
We want to extend the benefits of your professional development activities within the broader faculty community.
Therefore, all individuals who receive professional development funding are required to contribute a blog to the IFD website (http://ifd.vanguard.edu), or give a presentation for faculty. Blogs are to be completed no later than three weeks of the trip completion. Presentations should be completed no later than the end of the semester in which the professional activity took place.
Allocation of Monetary Award
Payment is made on a reimbursement basis. Original receipts must be submitted to IFD upon completion of your project with the itemized expense report. It will then be sent to the Accounts Payable Office for reimbursement.
All receipts must be turned in within ten (10) business days after travel or approved professional activity is complete.