New professional development fund supports NTE faculty

The office of the senior vice president and provost has created a new fund to support professional development for non-tenure eligible faculty. As many as 20 awards each year, distributed through a competitive application process, will help lecturers, senior lecturers, clinicians, senior clinicians and adjunct faculty participate in a professional conference, workshop or training.

Awards will be up to $500 each, and can be used for conference registration fees and travel costs. Matching funds (1:1 ratio) are required from the faculty member's department, center or college.

"We all are one faculty and the provost wants to show support for all our faculty who are providing a quality education for our students," said Cinzia Cervato, a faculty fellow in the provost's office working on faculty development initiatives. "It's important that everyone feels valued."

She noted that many NTE faculty aren't eligible for departmental funds and cover conference expenses with personal funds.

Application deadlines

The first application deadline is Aug. 1 for professional development events taking place between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31. The second deadline is Dec. 1, for events taking place between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2015. In subsequent years, the application deadlines will be June 1 and Dec. 1, respectively.

The provost's office will share funding decisions within three weeks of each deadline.

Who's eligible?

Non-tenure eligible faculty with at least a 50 percent appointment who have been employed at Iowa State for at least three years or six semesters (need not be consecutive) may apply. Faculty applicants must be Iowa State employees on the proposed conference or training dates.

Guidelines, the application form and application directions are on the professional development website for NTE faculty. Questions may be directed to Cervato, 4-7583.