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Professional Development Fund for LEO Lecturers

INTRODUCTION

The 2013-2018 collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Lecturers’ Employee Organization (LEO) calls for the creation of a Professional Development Fund (the “Fund”) for LEO Lecturers on the Ann Arbor campus. Awards of up to $900 are available to eligible Lecturers each academic year. The purpose of the Fund is to encourage creativity through the support of Lecturer professional development by providing grants in support of activities that enhance Lecturers’ teaching at the University of Michigan; the Fund is not intended to provide a salary supplement to the Lecturer.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Any Lecturer who has an active appointment or who is on an approved leave of absence at the time a proposal is submitted may apply for an award from the Fund.
  2. A successful applicant must also demonstrate that he or she has a reasonable belief that he or she will hold an appointment beyond the time the award is disbursed.
  3. The applicant must demonstrate that he or she has applied for any other professional development funding available within his or her academic unit(s) prior to submitting a proposal to the Fund.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Criteria

Successful proposals will be prospective only and will address one or more of the following criteria, consistent with the expectations of excellence in the applicant’s appointing academic unit.  Please address one or more of the following criteria and how it will demonstrably expand your knowledge base for successful teaching:

  • Does the proposal offer a way for the Lecturer to enhance his or her command of his or her subject matter, provide for growth in the Lecturer’s teaching methods, or assist the Lecturer in developing, organizing and conveying course content?
  • Does the proposal offer enhancements for the development or implementation of innovative teaching and learning activities in the Lecturer’s academic unit?
  •  Does the proposal offer a way for the Lecturer to share results of his or her work with a broader scholarly community?

Exclusions

  • Membership in professional organizations
  • Subscriptions
  • Computers

REQUIRED MATERIALS AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Required Materials

Eligible Lecturers are invited to submit a proposal that includes the following materials:

  1. Application cover page, including signed statement from Chair/Director or Dean
  2. Brief (1-2 page) description of the proposed professional development activity that demonstrates how it will contribute to successful teaching.
  3. Itemized budget
  4. Brief curriculum vitae

Application Procedure

  1. Applications must be submitted preferentially by e-mail attachment (Microsoft Word or PDF format) or by hard copy to Academic Human Resources at the address provided on the Application Cover Page.

  2. The applicant must provide the required materials listed above, and must obtain the signed statement from the Chair/Director or Dean.

  3. Fall semester application deadline: October 20.  
    Applications for Fall semester awards must be submitted by no later than October 20 for activities taking place between October 1 of that year and August 30­ of the following year.  Please contact Academic Human Resources at 763-8938 with questions about the procedure.  It is preferred that applications be submitted electronically as a single .pdf document.

  4. Winter semester application deadline: March 20
    Applications for Winter semester awards must be submitted by no later than March 20 for activities taking place between February 1 and September 30 of that year.  Please contact Academic Human Resources at 763-8938 with questions about the application procedure. It is preferred that applications be submitted electronically as a single .pdf document.

  5. Applications received after the deadline date will not be considered.

FUNDING DECISIONS

  1. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee consisting of faculty, Lecturers, and academic administrators. 

  2. Preference will be given to Lecturers who have been appointed for at least two semesters at the time the proposal is submitted.

  3. Applicants who have received an award from the Fund in the past may seek support for new proposals, but preference will be given to proposals submitted by applicants who have not previously received awards from the Fund.

  4. The awards will be announced on or about:
    Fall Semester – November 10
    Winter Semester - April 10