Staff Professional Development

STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The College supports staff professional development through the Academic Staff Professional Development Fund administered by Associate Dean of the College, Fernán Jaramillo. Exempt and non-exempt staff in the academic division are eligible to apply for these funds.

The College will contribute to professional development expenses from the Academic Staff Professional Development Fund, where the expenses have been approved in advance, under the following conditions:

  • The development will enhance the individual’s skills or knowledge toward their current job duties. Items that are typically covered: conference registration, study materials, exams or tests for required or desired certifications, courses at nearby technical institutions, travel and lodging to conferences or seminars (see below for more details), and computer programs needed to support study.
  • Staff applying to this fund may normally expect to receive funding for only one such request a year.
  • Eligible travel expenses include: a) airfare in the amount equal to the lowest applicable airfare for round-trip travel between Minneapolis and any place of meeting/conference in the contiguous 48 states, and b) $100 per night during one professional meeting/conference each year.
  • For travel by private car, mileage will be paid at the regular College rate for the use of private vehicles, provided this cost does not exceed the cost of round-trip airfare.

Where expenses are particularly large, departments may be asked to contribute.

Since the Academic Staff Professional Development Fund cannot accommodate funding during a given year for all members of the academic staff, staff who plan early and avail themselves of special incentive airfares can help to stretch the fund and allow more of their colleagues to make use of the fund. In addition, staff who have received authorizations for professional development funds, but due to a change of plans do not make use of them, are urged to inform the Associate Dean of the College Office immediately of such a cancellation. Prompt notification sometimes makes it possible for a colleague's application to be approved.

Staff should discuss their plans with their supervisor prior to requesting funding.  Requests for funds should be submitted to Associate Dean Fernán Jaramillo via the Fund Request Form. Include in the application the purpose of your request and estimated expenses. Requests will be reviewed, and notification of authorization will be sent in a timely manner.   If you have any questions, please feel free to call x4301.