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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 receive $1000 annually to assist with costs for attending off-campus professional meetings. Funds may be used to allay costs for conference registration fees, travel, lodging, and meals.  Up to $200 may be used for online webinar registration.  These funds may accrue for one-year (i.e. you can accumulate funds from one year to use in the following year).  Funds not expended at the end of the second year will be automatically returned to the college. Funds will accrue (and be lost) on the fiscal year, June 30th each year.

There is also a small pool of money available for adjuncts' PMA. Any adjunct faculty member 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 Margaret Farrar in the Academic Affairs Office.

Budget Guide for PMA

Supplemental PMA

Eligibility: All tenure-track and tenured faculty
Deadline: Ongoing
Notification: Ongoing

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 on the program (i.e. on a panel, presenting a paper, serving as a respondent, etc.).  Evidence of participation on the program should be provided with the application.  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 $750 per fiscal year.

Guidelines for Supplemental PMA

Supplemental Professional Meeting Allowance is awarded in accordance with Faculty Handbook regulations. Please complete this form to request a faculty supplementary professional meeting allowance award. Questions asked on the form include:

  1. Do you have any carry-over balance from your 12-13 PMA? If so, how much?
  2. Indicate how your original 13-14 $1000 allotment will be or has been expended.
  3. Request X number of dollars to support your supplemental request - in general, $750 should be considered the maximum amount available this year.
  4. Indicate what you will be doing at the conference, i.e., presenting a paper, etc.
  5. Name, date, and place of conference.
  6. Include actual or realistic estimates of expected expenses to support the requested $s, i.e., conference registration, travel, lodging, meals.
  7. Include any additional expenses not mentioned above that you anticipate
  8. Address questions to MargaretFarrar@augustana.edu.

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.

Budget Guide for PDF and Advising