Professional Development Awards (PDA)
For questions about the CLAS process, please contact 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 possibly some 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 full-time tenure-track or clinical-track 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. (For part-time faculty calculations, please see here.)
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.
PDAs for tenure-track and clinical-track faculty with academic year (i.e., nine-month) appointments normally support faculty development projects for one semester at full salary.
The Provost’s website publishes criteria for evaluating proposals for these competitive awards.
The Provost’s website has procedures for applying and for selection. Please Note: The Provost Portal has moved to the new Faculty Admin Center that recently launched. Instructions for the PDA application process are at this link.
Post-PDA Activity Report
Each faculty member receiving a Professional Development Award must submit a report on PDA activity by the deadlines set by the Provost’s Office. If a CLAS faculty member fails to submit this report by the deadline established by the Office of the Provost, the College will delay by one year their eligibility to apply for the next Professional Development Award. The Provost’s Office provides guidelines for writing this report.
Instructions for the PDA application process are at this link.
Applications must be submitted through the Faculty Admin Center.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I defer my PDA?
It is expected that faculty will take their leave during the approved term; however, we recognize that other factors may make that impossible. A mechanism has been developed through the Faculty Admin Center Development Awards portal to request and approve PDA deferral/change requests. All requests to defer, change, decline, or cancel requested terms following submission to the board, must be made through this new process.
There is a limit to the number of deferral requests allowed. Faculty may request a deferral up to two years following their approved term after which they will need to reapply (e.g., awarded S23, may defer to S25).
Contact the Assistant to the Associate Dean for Research for directions on how to submit a deferral in the Faculty Admin Center.