Application for Professional Support

Members of the Committee 2020-2021

Faizan Ali (Chair)

College of Business

Margarita Altuna
College of Arts and Sciences

Rustu Deryol
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences


College of Education

Information Commons Representative

Meetings & Agendas 2022 - 2023

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes Application Deadline Applications Reviewed




Status of Funds

Budget: Confirmed for AY 2021-2022 $37,500 per semester

Total Awarded Available
Fall 2021 $37,500 $0
Spring 2022 $19,138 $18,362

 *Last updated 7/8/2022

Archived Term Documentation

Academic Year 2021-2022

Academic Year 2020 - 2021

Academic Year 2019 - 2020

Academic Year 2018 - 2019

Academic Year 2017 - 2018


Consider the following Faculty Professional Development funding priorities as activities which assist individuals or groups to:

  • develop expertise complementary to one’s discipline;
  • maintain currency in a field or discipline;
  • engage in research and scholarly activities;
  • enhance instructional abilities or develop instructional innovations;
  • execute or attend conferences and special events in one's discipline;
    • please keep in mind travel restrictions; 
  • provide community and professional service

Description: Implementation of the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus Chancellor’s Professional Support Initiative is a joint effort of the Office of the Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and the Faculty Council Professional Development Committee.

A limited amount of funds is provided to support faculty members in their professional activities above and beyond support already provided by their respective colleges. This resource helps faculty members participate in specific activities that will help them build or augment their expertise in teaching, research, or service. The aim is to build capacity across the university and enhance the profile and prestige of the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

Eligibility: Full time resident faculty are eligible to apply; visiting faculty are not eligible to apply for Professional Development funds.

Applications are accepted and reviewed by the Faculty Professional Development Committee on a rolling basis each month during the academic year. Faculty can apply for support for a range of activities that include, but are not limited to the following:

  • support for attending a virtual conference or travel to conference that follows the current guidelines
  • research support
  • materials for teaching activities or course development
  • attending training seminars for research or teaching skills.

The applicant must provide a detailed description of the professional development activity/event and plan and all supporting documentation (e.g., support for conference travel must supply conference dates, application for research project support must have Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, etc.).

Please refer to the links below for current business-travel rules and procedures:

University of South Florida Travel Guidelines

Travel Expenses - Helpful Links

COVID-19 Guidance for Travel 


Florida Statute 1006.706 (5) (c) specifies that university employees are public employees for the purposes of travel and are bound by the travel requirements laid forth in F.S. 112.061. Most USF travel requirements are based, either directly or indirectly, on the provisions of 112.061.

Please refer to the USF Expenditure Guide for eligible expenditures from the Educational & General (fund type for professional development) funding source. 

Applicants must provide a one page follow up report within one month immediately following the event to the Professional Development Committee, describing the outcomes of the activity/event, its assessed value for the faculty member’s professional development, and discussing any plans for follow-up.

Rubric: The following rubric is the instrument used by the Professional Development Committee to evaluate applications. Please feel free to consult it in order to make sure you address the evaluating criteria in your application.

View the Professional Development Committee Rubric here.

Funding decisions will be based on an overall assessment of the completeness and quality of the rationale, and consideration of availability of funds and competing applications during the funding cycle. Applicants do not need to exhaust other available funds before requesting FPDC Funding.

Applications that support the institutional vision of interdisciplinary collaboration, community engagement or others are particularly encouraged. If there are co-applicants, please explain if and how the funds will be split between applicants.

Please include supplemental documentation FOR EACH LINE ITEM that you request money for in your application. Also, please note that stipends for students are not allowable expenses; remember that FPDC funds cannot be used to reimburse faculty for purchases that have already been made.

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