MSCF Professional Development Funds Information

Our MSCF 2015-2017 Master Agreement, Article 17, Professional Development Section 1, states: “Each college will allocate faculty development funds at the rate of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per each full-time equivalent faculty position at the college during the preceding academic year. The MSCF Chapter shall determine an equitable procedure for the distribution of faculty funds.”

Our local union has determined that our MSCF Professional Development Funds can be used to pay for the following:

  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Travel associated with conferences and/or workshops
  • Lodging associated with conferences and/or workshops
  • Tuition (unless you are eligible for a tuition waiver)
  • Membership Fees

Your MSCF Professional Development Funds request will fall into one of three funding request categories: Equal Access Funding, Minor Event Funding, or Major Event Funding.

Equal Access Funds:

Every fulltime faculty member is eligible to apply for up to $200 in Equal Access Funding. Part-time faculty members are eligible to apply for a prorated amount based on their credit-load assignment. This funding is guaranteed and can be used to pay for eligible courses, memberships, conferences or workshops. While funds can be used for professional development occurring anytime between July 1st and June 30th, funds must be applied for between July 1st and October 15th.

Minor Event:

Every faculty member is eligible to apply for up to $500 to cover the cost of one course, conference, or workshop. Part-time faculty members are eligible to apply for a prorated amount based on their credit-load assignment. This funding is awarded on a first-come first-served basis and is dependent on available funds. While funds can be used for professional development occurring anytime between November 1st and October 31st, funds must be applied for on or after October 16th. Minor events must be held in-state or 90 miles from the college.

Major Event:

Every faculty member is eligible to apply for funding to cover the cost of one course, conference, or workshop costing more than $500 with a maximum reimbursement of $1800. Part-time faculty members are eligible to apply for a prorated amount based on their credit-load assignment. This funding is awarded on a first-come first-served basis and is dependent on available funds. While funds can be used for professional development occurring anytime between November 1st and October 31st, funds must be applied for on or after October 16th. Faculty members who received funding for a major event the previous fiscal year, or a minor event the current fiscal year, are not eligible to apply.

Additional Timeline Notes:

  • All applications must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the beginning of the event/activity and at least 2 days prior to the next Professional Development meeting.
  • Applications for Major and Minor events occurring between July 1st and October 31st must be received and approved during the April or May Profession Dev. Fund meeting of the previous fiscal.
  • Equal Access Fund applications must be submitted between July 1st and October 15th but may be expended and reimbursed after October 15th.

Step by Step Instructions:

Equal Access Funds:

  1. Apply for funding between July 1st and October 15th.
  2. Receive approval for professional development from faculty committee and College President or designee
  3. Participate in event/purchase membership
  4. Submit receipts for reimbursement

Major/Minor Events using Employee Reimbursement:

  1. Apply for funding between October 16th and June 30th
  2. Receive approval for professional development from faculty committee
  3. Receive approval for professional development from faculty committee and College President or designee
  4. Submit receipts for reimbursement

Major Events using cost center prepay:

  1. Apply for funding between October 16th and June 30th
  2. Receive approval for professional development from faculty committee and College President or designee
  3. Contact division administrative assistant to make purchases with College Purchase Card (be sure any receipts sent to you for these purchases are provided to the division administrative assistant)
  4. Participate in event
  5. Submit any additional receipts for reimbursement