Professional Meeting Allowance, Supplemental Meeting Allowance, and Professional Development Funds
Professional Meeting Allowance
The purpose of PMA funds is to encourage faculty participation in off-campus professional meetings on the regional and national levels. All full-time faculty members can apply for up to $1000 to assist with direct costs for attending one off-campus professional meeting annually at which they are on the program, i.e., presenting a paper/poster, serving as a panel chair or respondent, or holding a leadership position within the conference's sponsoring academic organization that requires them to attend. Funds may be used to defray costs for conference registration fees, travel (e.g. flight expenses, car rental, or mileage reimbursement), lodging, and meals. PMA funds cannot be used for membership dues. Funds not expended by the end of the fiscal year (June 30th) will be automatically returned to the college.
There is also a small pool of money available for adjuncts' PMA. Any adjunct faculty member presenting a paper/poster, serving as a panel chair or respondent, or holding a leadership position within the conference's sponsoring academic organization that requires them to attend can apply for up to $500 in PMA funds. Funds will be awarded on a "first come, first serve" basis, and only one award per faculty member will be granted. All applications for PMA should include a brief description of the conference, paper, and panel, a proposed budget, and a brief CV. The proposal should be submitted to Wendy Hilton-Morrow in the Academic Affairs Office.
To apply for a PMA award, please complete this form. Information requested includes:
1. Amount requested - Include actual or realistic estimates of expected expenses to support the requested amount, i.e., conference registration, travel, lodging, meals.
2. Description of what you will be doing at the conference, i.e., presenting a paper, etc.
3. Name, date, and place of conference.
4. Evidence of your participation, i.e., name in the program, acceptance letter, etc.
Address questions to Wendy Hilton-Morrow.
Eligibility: All tenure-track and tenured faculty
Those eligible for PMA may submit requests to the Dean's office for supplemental funds if a) all regular and accrued PMA and PDF funds have been used (or will be used), and b) there are further costs associated with attendance at a conference at which they are presenting a paper. Supplemental PMA funds will only be awarded to support attendance to a conference for which a PMA award does not cover all expenses. It does not support travel to additional conferences. Supplemental PMA funding does not accumulate from year to year and must be spent by June 30th of the year that it was granted. Supplemental PMA is normally limited to $1,000 per fiscal year for domestic conferences and $1,250 for international conferences.
Guidelines for Supplemental PMA
To request a faculty supplementary professional meeting allowance award, please complete the additional SPMA questions found on the PMA form.
SPMA questions asked on the form include:
1. Request X number of dollars to support your supplemental request - in general, $1,000 should be considered the maximum amount available this year ($1250 for international conferences).
2. Do you have any carry-over balance from your 15-16 PMA? If so, how much? 3. Do you have any available professional development funds? If so, how much?
Address questions to Wendy Hilton-Morrow.
Professional Development Funds
Employees of the college may be granted Professional Development Funds. The purpose of these funds is to provide funding for experiences, equipment, and materials that are important in the professional development of the person as an employee of the college. PDFs are accrued for such service as First Year Advising and other service to the college. PDFs may be used to reimburse costs associated with research interests (e.g. travel, equipment used in research, books, publication and indexing costs, etc.) or improvement of pedagogy (e.g. costs associated with conferences with the aim of improved/expanded methods of teaching, etc.). The purpose of specific funding (beyond PDF from advising) will be stated in the grant letter, but all PDF expenditures must be academic in nature (not furniture, for example). PDFs do not expire: these funds carry over until you use them up. However, receipts must be submitted within the same fiscal year as when expenses were made. Any equipment purchased with PDF funds is considered property of the college.