In accordance with the UC-AFT/UC Memorandum of Understanding, a Professional Development Fund (PDF) provides Unit 18 Non-Senate Faculty (NSF) with financial support for professional development activities. As the relevant section of Article 9, Paragraph C of the MOU states, “Individual NSF will be eligible to submit requests for funding to support proposals for professional development including but not limited to professional meetings, training seminar, software and paid leave, all of which would be in support of pedagogical endeavors. Only those NSF with Continuing Appointments will be eligible to submit requests for paid leave.” The phrase “pedagogical endeavors” is interpreted broadly to refer to all activities and projects that contribute to the Unit 18 NSF member’s professional development and effectiveness as a teacher at UC Merced.
The PDF consists entirely of university funds, and therefore these funds must be used in accordance with university policies involving budget, travel, purchasing, expenditures, etc. Typically these awards are made in the form of a reimbursement, which means that the funds are provided to the NSF subsequent to participation in the award activity. Therefore, adherence to university policy requirements, including timely and complete submission of required documentation and receipts, is essential to actually receiving these award funds. These reimbursement procedures are the same for all university employees, and are not meant to discourage any eligible NSF for applying for these funds; the PDF chair, staff in the Academic Personnel Office, and school business offices are available to help grantees make this process work efficiently for everyone involved.
For Fall 2020 application period
Application opens October 1, 2020 - November 1, 2020 applications due to Academic Personnel by November 1, 2020
for expenses incurred July 1 - December 31
For Spring 2021 application period
Application opens March 1, 2021 - April 1, 2021 applications due to Academic Personnel by April 1, 2021
For expenses incurred January 1 - June 1, 2021
Please refer to the Guidelines and Application below for further information