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Professional Development

Click on the title of each professional development opportunity below for a complete description and application instructions.

Release Time/Reassignment

Each year, the Faculty Senate’s Professional Development Committee administers several programs, funded by Academic Affairs and the Shepherd Foundation, that support faculty professional development (mini-grants, summer stipends, etc.). One of these, four 3-credit course releases, typically gets few, if any, applications. This year, the committee has decided to repurpose these to support one of our faculty colleagues for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applications for course releases for the 2020-2021 academic year will be due by the first day of classes in January, 2020.


Mini-grants to the faculty are funded by annual donors to The Shepherd Fund and made available through the Professional Development Committee. Typical awards are $500. The initial deadline for submission is in the fall semester. A second call for proposals will be issued during the spring semester if all funds are not dispersed.

Sabbatical Leaves

Should applicant(s) for a full year sabbatical (at one half salary for the year) be recommended and supported by the Provost, they will be awarded two one-semester slots. Six one-semester sabbaticals with full salary for the year will be available. Complete information concerning preparation of the proposal and the sabbatical leave is found in the Faculty Handbook. The form required by the Provost for a sabbatical leave request link is available HERE. The deadline for sabbatical leave applications for next year is November 16, 2018.

Professional Development Stipend Grants

The Shepherd University Foundation and Academic Affairs will provide for a maximum of four stipends at $3,500 per award. These applications are to be sent directly to the Provost’s office with the faculty member’s name appearing only on the cover sheet and are to be anonymous throughout the narrative presentation to facilitate blind review by the Committee.

Create The Future Funds

The Create the Future funds are to be awarded to a full-time member of the faculty “to present research at an international conference or to conduct research that has been sanctioned abroad.” This resource will also support creative activities, such as art shows, recitals, and exhibitions which involve international travel. The Professional Development Committee will be reviewing applications and selecting a recipient for the award.

General Expectation

Provide one (1) paper copy and email a Word document file of Release Time/Reassignment, Mini-Grant, and Sabbatical Leave requests to Kathleen Reid, Chair, Professional Development Committee, 232 White Hall,