Time to submit Academic Staff Professional Development proposals for 2nd half of 2011

The Professional Development Recognition Committee is pleased to announce launch of the FY20012, Round 1 of the Academic Staff Professional Development grant program. Applicants are invited to submit funding proposals for professional development activities occurring between July 1 and December 31, 2011. All academic staff who hold at least a 50% academic staff appointment are eligible to apply for funding through this program, including instructional staff, clinical staff, and limited staff with an academic staff back-up appointment.

The objectives of this grant program are: 1) individual professional development; 2) improved program quality; and 3) improved institutional effectiveness.

Proposals should focus on professional development and/or (re)training to improve the effectiveness of the academic staff members in their current roles. The funds are not intended for basic job training or for development intended to meet job requirements.

Applicant Eligibility

  1. Employment as academic staff at UW-Madison holding at least a 50% appointment.
  2. 50 percent matching funds assured from the unit.
  3. Must not have been awarded funding in two previous rounds of competition (Fall 2010 or Spring 2011).
  4. Must have submitted a follow-up report from professional development activities previously funded by Professional Development Grant.
  5. Must be applying for professional development activities that will occur all or in part between July 1 and December 31, 2011.
  6. Must submit a completed application in a single electronic document, including resume, letters of support, and all required signatures and Department ID (UDDS).

Professional development activities that will be considered for funding are activities that will help individual academic staff become more effective at their jobs and contribute to overall program quality. Funding will not be considered for essential job training, job requirements, or degree/certificate completion.

An individual application is required from each individual who wishes to request funding, even if several academic staff members from the same unit are requesting funds for the same professional development activity. Single applications submitted for multiple staff and/or duplicate individual applications will be ineligible. The exception is an application that proposes local, large-group training or development to benefit a group of academic staff.

Activities that are aligned with campus strategic priorities are encouraged, including those that target the improvement of the multicultural environment on campus, and/or address issues of race and ethnicity. Given equally meritorious applications, preference may be given to applications from academic staff members who have not received funding in the past.

Questions about the selection process can be directed to Professional Development Grant Chair, Scott Mellor, at 262-0863 or

How to Apply

  1. Application materials, including complete submission guidelines, and grant application forms are available at the PDRC web site:
  2. Consider attending a PD Grant Brown Bag session:
    • Friday, February 18, at Noon, Memorial Union (TITU)
    • Wednesday, February 23, at Noon, Animal Sciences Building, 274
  3. Inform your department chair or unit head of your plans to submit a proposal, both to ensure that support is available for the required 50% matching funds and to avoid unexpected delays in meeting the submission deadlines.
  4. Submit a completed electronic application with attachments to your Chair/Unit Head’s office by Monday, March 21, 2011.
  5. Ensure that your electronic application is submitted to the office of your Dean / Director by Monday, March  28, 2011.
  6. Follow up with your Dean’s office to ensure that signatures have been acquired and that a single electronic document is submitted to the Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff (270 Bascom Hall) by April  11, 2011.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their funding request by May 6, 2011. If you have any questions about the forms or the submission process, or you do not have access to the necessary submission materials, contact Donna Silver, Secretary of the Academic Staff, 270 Bascom Hall, 263-2985.

The UW-Madison Academic Staff Professional Development Grant program is authorized by the Board of Regents, with funding from UW-System. It is sponsored and administered by the Office of the Secretary of the Academic Staff.

Members of the Professional Development and Recognition Committee include Carol Hulland and Jane Terpstra (Co-Chairs),
Robert Agasie, Colleen Barrett, Nichelle Cobb, Maddy Covelli, Heidi Evans Elisabeth Foster, John Klatt, Scott Mellor, and Allison Rice