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Faculty Professional Development Reassignment

The College Deans and the Provost have agreed to reallocate resources necessary for faculty professional development. The release time will include four courses per academic year. The Professional Development Committee has established the following criteria that a faculty member must meet to be eligible for one of these award.

(1)        Purpose

Priority for approval should be given to proposals that provide and advance value in the applicant’s field and will have a tangible outcome, e.g., a manuscript, a performance, or exhibition, etc.

(2)        Eligibility

Any person holding faculty rank of Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor is eligible to apply for a Faculty Professional Development Reassignment after completion of at least four years of full-time employment at Shepherd University. After completion of a faculty Professional Development

Reassignment, the faculty member shall not again be eligible until the third subsequent year.

(3)        Conditions Governing the Granting of a Faculty Professional Development Reassignment

Prior to the end of the first semester of each year, a faculty member must request, and both the Department and the College Deans must affirm in writing to the Committee, that the faculty member who is requesting release time is eligible. The candidate must submit a final proposal on the first day of classes in the Spring Semester of the preceding academic year. The candidate will specify the academic semester for which this award shall apply.

If the proposal involves human subjects or otherwise needs clearance through the Research Ethics Committee, the faculty member must obtain this clearance prior to submitting the proposal for consideration.

(4)        Procedures and Selection Process

Each College will be allocated one three-hour release time per year. If a College has no qualified candidates, that College’s allocation shall be awarded to the next most qualified candidate from a College that has already been awarded a position.

All proposals shall be submitted to the Chairperson of the Faculty Development Committee. The Committee will forward all final recommendations to the Provost.

Acceptable proposals will be those that provide and advance value in the applicant’s field and will have a tangible outcome. Evidence for value in the applicant’s field must be included within the supporting letters from both the candidate’s Department and College Deans. Both letters must affirm the value of the project to be undertaken. Proposals must include a detailed statement of purpose, objectives or goals, and rationale. A detailed explanation of how this release time will assist the candidate professionally must also be included.

Upon completion of a Faculty Professional Development Reassignment, the faculty member shall file a brief written report of scholarly activities while on Reassignment to the Department Chair, College Dean, Professional Development Committee, and Provost. The faculty member is also encouraged to make a presentation before the Faculty Colloquium Series.