According to a Memo of Understanding in the Collective Bargaining Agreement for 2010-2013, the University of Cincinnati will provide $660,000 per year for faculty professional development, defined as follows in the contract:
Professional development shall mean any activity designed to increase a Faculty Member's knowledge or skills in order to further the University's mission of teaching and research. The proposed development plan shall bear a direct relationship to the teaching and research goals of the Faculty Member(s), the department(s), and the college(s). Professional development can be realized by, but is not limited to, the following activities: travel to professional meetings and conferences to promote faculty development, faculty collaborative efforts, participation in workshops or short courses, travel to consult with Faculty Members or professional colleagues at other institutions, purchase of books or computer software used to increase the Faculty Member's knowledge or skills, or the sponsorship of a conference or workshop for the University of Cincinnati academic community. Professional development awards can also be made, up to a combined annual limit of $100,000, for curriculum development, curriculum implementation, or research projects that relate in direct and significant ways to the enhancement of classroom teaching. Faculty development funds are not meant for other research projects. (From “M5 Professional Development” in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. See also Article 24.)
To apply for an FDC award, including individual grants and collaborative/departmental grants, please self-enroll in the FDC’s Blackboard organization.