Staff Professional Development Incentive Program
The Staff Professional Development Incentive Program is operated by the Staff Advisory Committee to the President (SAC) with final approval decisions residing with the Office of the President.
Purpose and Scope of the Program
The Staff Professional Development Incentive Program provides staff with the opportunity to improve skills or knowledge and/or share information with peers relevant to staff job performance. Examples of possible activities that could be funded under the Program include, but are not limited to, travel to or organization of on- and off-campus conferences, workshops, and seminars; or training directly related to the staff member's position. Grants funded under the Program must be specifically linked to enhancing academic quality or service to the College community.
It is expected that the staff member will share the information obtained with others in the department or college who would also benefit.
Awards under this program will not exceed $1,200 per staff member.
The Program Committee will try to fund as many grant proposals as possible, as long as those grant proposals provide all the required information and are within the scope of the program. Partial awards are possible, at the discretion of the Program Committee. The Program Committee will make every effort to distribute available funds equally between the scheduled grant dates.
The program is not designed to relieve individual departments/divisions of their obligation to support professional development for staff.
Applicants must be permanent staff who have completed at least 6 months of service at the College of Charleston before applying. Applications from temporary staff will be considered only if the supervisor writes a a letter of explanation as to the merits of granting the award for said applicatant.
Priority will be given to staff who will be presenting at a conference or event.
A staff member may receive only one individual award per academic year and no more than two individual awards in three consecutive academic years. An academic year begins on July 1 and concludes on June 30.
Any professional development activity that begins in one academic year and concludes in another will typically receive funding only during one academic year.
The Professional Development Incentive Program may not be used to cover staff meal expenses for one-day conferences. In addition, journal subscriptions, professional organization memberships, book purchases, computer hardware, computer software, office supplies, and certification exams are not covered by the terms of the Program.
The Professional Development Incentive Program can fund an employee's first attendance at a conference. However, regular attendance at recurring annual conferences should be funded by the department/division and will not be considered for funding through the Staff Professional Development Program.
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