Professional Development Fund

Article XVIII of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University and the part-time faculty union provides that part-time faculty with good faith consideration may apply for a one-time reimbursement each fiscal year of up to $700 from the Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Fund (PTFPDF) for professional development activities related to their teaching assignment or discipline. Good faith consideration is defined in Article V of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Part-time faculty who are paid by the course receive good faith consideration for reappointment once they have taught the same course for a minimum of four semesters (summer session is not a semester) within the five most recent academic years. Regular part-time faculty receive good faith consideration in their second consecutive year of appointment. 

Requests for reimbursement are made on the Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Fund Application Form. Faculty must first apply for financial support and approval from their department and school. If departmental and school funds are unavailable or insufficient to cover the total cost of the professional development activity, eligible part time faculty may then apply for additional support from the Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Fund. For example: Total expenses are $1000. The department contributes $50, the school contributes $100, and the faculty member can apply for up to $700 to apply towards the remaining $850 worth of expenses. Requests must be made in advance of the professional development event. Retroactive requests are not accepted.   

Requests are approved at the Provost’s level based upon eligibility, availability of funds and appropriateness of the activity. The faculty member's department takes the first step in determining whether the professional development request is appropriate and the activity is directly related and valuable to the faculty member's teaching assignment. The fund is not intended for activities such as book signings or other commercial or promotional events, and events not related to the faculty member's teaching at GW. Examples of appropriate activities include presenting a paper on a topic related to the faculty member's discipline. The Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Fund can cover travel and registration fees for such activities.        

Funding support under the Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Fund will take the form of reimbursement based on the submission of a request through the University’s online reimbursement system, Concur, no later than 30 days after the professional development activity.

Questions regarding the Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Fund should be addressed to the Director of Part-Time Faculty Personnel Administration at [email protected] or 202-994-4329.