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Faculty Professional Development Council (FPDC) Grants

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Faculty Professional Development Council (FPDC), established by Board of Governors’ policy in 1985, is designed “to encourage continuous attention to the professional growth and development of System faculty as teaching scholars.”

Annual Grants Program

Guidelines and Submission Instructions for FPDC Collaborative Academic Grants Competition 2014–2015

The deadline to submit is December 18, 2014. An electronic copy (Word document) must be submitted to jbassaro@iup.edu by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on December 18, 2014. Proposals received after this date and time will not be reviewed. No paper copies will be accepted.

The guidelines (downloadable) provide information about the purpose of the Annual Grants Program, faculty eligibility, evaluation criteria, submission requirements and deadline, application categories, budget instructions and limitations, format guidelines, content guidelines, and other useful information.

Faculty may apply for up to $10,000. Grant proposals requiring amounts above $10,000 should be submitted to other funding sources or show how the additional amount is provided as a contribution from a university or other revenue source.

IUP may submit up to 16 grant proposals, endorsed by the campus committee and university president.

There is a two-stage submission process for grant proposals written by IUP faculty:

  • The IUP Faculty Professional Development Committee (IUP-FPDC) will review and select 16 IUP proposals for submission to the PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council.
  • Proposal writers will be notified of the outcome of the campus review by Monday, January 19, 2015. Further instructions will be provided at that time to faculty whose proposals have been selected to go forward to the FPDC of the State System of Higher Education.
  • For the initial review stage, signatures of the IUP Faculty Professional Development Committee and the university president are not required on the title page.

Applications will be accepted in five categories described within the guidelines:

  • 1-A: Joint Faculty-Student Research
  • 1-B: Faculty Research
  • 2: Joint Faculty-Student Public Service
  • 3: Creative and Performing Arts
  • (Category 4: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment will be featured in a separate FPDC Request for Proposals that will be posted below.)
  • 5: Individual Career Enhancement

Questions regarding the development of proposals and budgets may be addressed to Ms. Tracy Eisenhower, IUP Research Institute (tracye@iup.edu, 357-1915), and questions about the on-campus review process or the IUP-FPDC can be addressed to the committee chair, Dr. Lynanne Black (lblack@iup.edu, 357-4757).

Programs and Activities Related to Innovation in Teaching and Improvement of Student Learning Outcomes

The deadline to submit is January 26, 2015. An electronic copy (Word document) must be submitted to jbassaro@iup.edu by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on January 26, 2015. Proposals received after this date and time will not be reviewed. No paper copies will be accepted. 

The guidelines (downloadable) provide information about the purpose of this grant program, faculty eligibility, evaluation criteria, submission requirements and deadline, application categories, budget instructions and limitations, format guidelines, content guidelines, and other useful information. 

Faculty may apply for grants up to $10,000 to support their innovations in teaching and improvement of student learning outcomes.  Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Classroom engagement and active learning strategies
  • Critical thinking and inquiry strategies
  • Professional and experiential learning strategies
  • Persistence, retention, and degree completion strategies
  • Assessment to improve learning and students' experience strategies
  • Teaching and learning with technology strategies
  • Adapting teacher education programs
  • Conference/webinars

IUP may submit up to two grant proposals, endorsed by the campus committee and university president. 

There is a two-stage submission process for grant proposals written by IUP faculty:

  • The IUP Faculty Professional Development Committee (IUP-FPDC) will review and select two IUP proposals for submission to the PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council.
  • For the initial review stage, signatures of the IUP Faculty Professional Development Committee and the university president are not required on the title page.

Questions regarding the development of proposals and budgets may be addressed to the IUP Research Institute (Contact Ms. Tracy Eisenhower, senior grant and contract specialist, at tracye@iup.edu, or 7-1915). Questions about the on-campus review of proposals or the local Faculty Professional Development Committee (FPDC) can be addressed to the committee chair, Dr. Lynanne Black (lblack@iup.edu, or 7-4757).

Examples of Model Proposals for Annual Grants Program:

Example of Model Proposal for Innovation Program:

According to Article 44 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (2007–2011), $200,000 will be provided each fiscal year ($50,000 of which is for probationary faculty members) to the statewide FPDC to support professional development programs and activities approved by the council.

From this funding, the council solicits proposals from PASSHE faculty for the Annual Grant Program. Proposals are reviewed first by the IUP Faculty Professional Development Committee, which was formed in response to the creation of the FPDC.

IUP’s Faculty Professional Development Committee meets monthly during the academic year to advance professional development opportunities for IUP faculty members.

The IUP committee provides feedback to proposal writers, narrows the field if necessary, and forwards up to twelve proposals to the State System office for review by the council.

See a list of recent Faculty Professional Development Council (FPDC) Annual Grants Program award winners.

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