Professional Development Award (PDA) Recommendation & Approval

Provost Office; Associate Dean for Research
Amended Date

Key Contacts

For questions about the CLAS process, please contact the Assistant to the Associate Dean for Research.


Tenured faculty members; clinical-track faculty may also apply.

Policy Purpose and Description

The College administers the Professional Development Awards program for tenured and clinical-track faculty, using criteria defined by the Office of the Provost. The program releases faculty members from classroom teaching, undergraduate advising, and administrative and service obligations for one semester at full salary or two semesters at half salary. During this time, the faculty member is engaged on a specific scholarly, artistic, or innovative instructional project supported by the assignment.


A faculty member must have completed at least 10 semesters of full-time service at the University since their previous developmental award to be eligible for a subsequent award.

Faculty who receive a stipend and/or fringe benefit supplement to accept a prestigious research fellowship are eligible to apply for a subsequent PDA after a minimum period of full-time service following the fellowship year. Normally, this period is 4 semesters of full-time service for a one-year fellowship.

The College will not approve a PDA application submitted by a probationary tenure-track faculty member, nor will it approve an application for an award to be taken by a faculty member while on phased retirement.

Award Criteria

The Provost’s website publishes criteria for evaluating proposals for these competitive awards.




The Provost’s website has procedures for applying and for selection. In addition, instructions for submitting proposals electronically are at this link. The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences follows the timeline below:

  • April 1. By this date, eligible faculty must notify the DEO of their intention to submit a PDA proposal in September, and the DEO must forward this information to the Office of the Dean. (DEOs should send this information in a single list to the Assistant to the Associate Dean for Research in the Dean's Office on April 1.) DEOs should discuss the award process with eligible faculty early in the spring semester.
  • April-May. The Dean, in consultation with the CLAS Executive Committee, will appoint an ad hoc faculty committee representing the range of disciplines in the College to review and evaluate all proposals to be submitted the subsequent fall.
  • Early September. DEOs must review the PDA proposals prepared by their faculty. DEOs are encouraged to seek the advice of their departmental executive committee or senior faculty on the quality of the proposals.
  • August. Faculty must upload their PDA applications via the Faculty Admin Center.
  • August/September (date assigned annually by the College). DEOs must review and approve PDA applications in the Faculty Admin Center. There, they will submit a brief description of the process used in their department for reviewing proposals, prioritize and rank the proposals they are forwarding to the College (if more than one), discuss how teaching will be covered during each leave, and provide information about circumstances that influence the timing of proposed PDAs.
  • Mid-Late September (date assigned annually by the College). The ad hoc review committee will make recommendations to the Dean according to the established criteria. The Dean consults the CLAS associate deans before making final recommendations to the Provost.

Post-PDA Activity Report

Each faculty member receiving a Professional Development Award must submit a report that describes PDA activities. If a CLAS faculty member fails to submit this report by the deadline established by the Office of the Provost, the College may decide to delay by one year their eligibility to apply for the next Professional Development Award.


Instructions for submitting proposals electronically are at this link.

Applications must be submitted through the Application Portal.

Frequently Asked Questions


Related Information

Provost Office Guidance for Faculty Development Awards: General Principles

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