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Warrensburg, MO 64093
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Professional Enhancement Committee

2014 Professional Enhancement Committee Professional Development Assistance Grant Application

2014 Professional Enhancement Committee Professional Development Assistance Grant Application - WORD


The purpose of this grant is to facilitate the professional growth of UCM faculty. Grants may be awarded for proposals submitted in the four categories listed below. Given the limited funds available, the Professional Enhancement Committee (PEC) will accept grant proposals that are within the given budget limits for each category. Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate a unique opportunity to further the faculty member’s professional development. Also, activities which cannot be funded through alternative sources will be given highest priority.


Field Research Assistance ($1,000.00 limit per project)

Acquisition of the tools necessary to conduct research within the faculty member(s) discipline(s).  This research should have a demonstrable impact on the faculty member’s discipline and/or classroom instruction.

Resource Materials ($1,000.00 limit per project)

Acquisition of reference materials necessary for routine and immediate use that would Spring outside of the normal demand for reference materials purchased by the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. Examples include, but are not limited to, manuals and videos. Preference will be given to proposals that benefit multiple faculty members. These materials are not to be used for hands-on student use. Check the guidelines for Student Technology Fees if you are unsure whether the requested materials fit into this category. If the resource materials can also be used for personal use, such as iPods and other multimedia equipment, please detail how it is directly related to professional development.

Tuition/Workshops ($1,000.00 limit per project)

(a) Off-campus

Workshop/course fee grants will be considered for hands-on, unique learning opportunities offered through formal or informal training sessions (beyond those normally offered on campus or through self-instruction). Demonstration of uniqueness and applicability to the faculty member’s discipline is imperative (Please include only information concerning specific training as opposed to the associated conference). Travel-related expenses are not eligible.


Grants will be considered for hands-on, unique learning opportunities for individuals or group-sponsored, formal or informal, training workshops that can be offered on-campus. These grants may be used for materials pertinent to the workshop or for outside speakers, but are not for reimbursement of UCM faculty time.

Consultants/Panelists ($2000.00 limit per project)

Fees and/or travel expenses for off-campus consultants and panelists who present professional enhancement opportunities to UCM faculty. Consultants/panelists presentations must help meet departmental development goals or otherwise support the university mission. Please note the credentials and subject matter of the presenter in addition to the date, time and proposed audience.

Technology Considerations:

Effective immediately, software will no longer be funded by Professional Enhancement Committee funds. The Academic Software Funding Committee has been established as a subcommittee of the Centralized Software Review Board to provide funding for the acquisition of software. If you have questions about how the technology listed in your proposal will interface and work with the University's existing technologyresources, please contact the Office of Technology for assistance.

Application Guidelines:

The grant proposal must include the provided cover sheet and format below which lists:

  • The category (Field Research, Resource Materials, Tuition/Workshops, or Consultants/Panelists)

  • The name and department of the primary applicant,

  • The name(s) and department(s) of the secondary applicants(s), and

  • A support statement and signature from the primary applicant’s department chair (or dean, if applicant is the department chair).  This can be a separate document or letter attachment.

In addition, the applicant must provide the following information:

  • A complete description of the field research tool or reference material,

  • A thorough justification for the necessity of the item described in (1),

  • An explanation of how the attainment of the item contributes to the professional enhancement of the applicant and/or intended audience,

  • A detailed cost structure as applicable (please note awards will be provided to fund these items only and any cost savings that are realized will be retained by the PEC to fund additional proposals), including vendor names, addresses, phone numbers, item numbers and descriptions, quotes, shipping/freight charges, etc. **Additional charges will not be covered by the PEC.

  • A list of grant funding previously received from the PEC including amount and description of project, and

  • Any supporting documents or comments that would assist the PEC in evaluating the importance and need for the item described in (1).

  • Please limit application to 1200 words or 200 words for each of the 6 questions

The application deadline for Spring 2014 funding is Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Please submit application electronically (1 PDF document) to the Center for Teaching and Learning Coordinator at no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Please do not alter application format and limit application to 1200 words or 200 words for each of the 6 questions. Scan any additional pages, supporting documents and signatures and include in your electronic application. Applications not using this format may be subject to denial.


Sabbatical Leave Requests

The PEC Committee also oversees sabbatical requests that are applied for each year.  They are responsible for reviewing each request and making their recommendations to the Provost.

Sabbatical Leave Policy and Application Form

Committee Membership

Michael Grelle    
Ashley Miller Theatre & Dance 2013
Christopher Azevedo Economics 2015
Curtis Bradford School of Technology 2015
Phillis Aaberg

Academic Enrichment

Lianwen Wang Mathematics 2013
Theresa Earles-Vollrath Special Education 2015

Committee Mission

The FS Professional Enhancement Committee (PEC) (sharing responsibility with the Information Technology and Instruction/Center for Teaching and Learning department and the Office of Sponsored Programs) is charged to promote the professional growth of the faculty at Central. The committee will recommend policy to the Provost and oversee the selection, supervision, and evaluation of professional enhancement activities covered in this document. Additionally, this committee will actively support general teaching improvement and coordinate the various activities listed below and such other activities as may be initiated and approved later. The Center for Teaching and Learning department will provide staff and operational support for the FS Professional Enhancement Committee as the need arises.

Structure and Responsibilities of the FS Professional Enhancement Committee

  1. The responsibility for all institutional and professional enhancement and development programs will lie with the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The FS Professional Enhancement Committee is the primary vehicle for the implementation and development of these responsibilities. The FS Professional Enhancement Committee is composed of seven faculty members (one from each college, one member from the library/Educational Development Center, and one at-large faculty member). These seven members are to be recommended by the FS Committee on Committees and confirmed by the Faculty Senate. Ex-officio non-voting members are the Assistant Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School and the Assistant Provost for Information Technology and Instruction. The FS Professional Enhancement Committee reports to the Faculty Senate and makes recommendations to the Provost.

  2. The functions of the committee include recommending policy for the professional development and enhancement options cited, devising procedures for receiving/processing requests for proposed enhancements and development, coordinating campus developmental activity, and recommending/developing new faculty/academic staff activities. These activities should involve the Center for Teaching and Learning. A major ongoing component of the FS Professional Enhancement Committee is to screen applicants and proposals and thereafter make recommendations for approval/disapproval as requested on professional enhancement activities. Ex-officio members evaluate all applications for leaves. Their ratings are included in the decision-making process. Ex-officio members, however, do not vote on awarding of funds or recommending leaves.

Responsibilities of the Center for Teaching and Learning 
This office serves as the primary staff support for the FS Professional Enhancement Committee and the focal point for initiatives for general faculty professional development. This office accepts and processes applications for professional development projects sponsored by FS Professional Enhancement Committee.