MSCF Professional Development Funds Information

Our MSCF 2017-2019 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
  • NOT COVERED through this fund are books, software or professional development activities which should be paid for by the Division or Department for “Program Accreditation” activities.

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.
*All faculty are eligible to apply for Equal Access Funds and, for either one Minor Event OR a Major Event each fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30 in accordance with the following guidelines.

Equal Access Funds:

Fulltime faculty members are 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 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 of the fiscal year, funds must be applied for between July 1st and October 15th.

Minor Event:

Fulltime faculty members are 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. Funds can be used for professional development occurring anytime between July 1st to June 31st of the fiscal year. Faculty are eligible for only one Minor OR Major Event each fiscal year.

Major Event:

Fulltime faculty members are 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. Funds can be used for professional development occurring anytime between July 1st to June 31st of the fiscal year. Faculty are eligible for only one Minor OR Major Event each fiscal year.

Additional Timeline Notes:

  • Pre-approval - 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 MSCF Professional Development Funds Committee Meeting.
  • Applications for Major and Minor events occurring between July 1st and October 31st must be received and approved during the April or May MSCF Profession Dev. Funds Committee Meetings of the previous fiscal year.
  • 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:**Link to Employee Reimbursement Form

  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 completed Employee Reimbursement Form and payment documentation to the MSCF PD Funds Committee Chair for review and signature. (Your Dean does NOT sign this form)

Major/Minor Events using Employee Reimbursement:

  1. Apply for funding between July 1st to June 30th of the fiscal year.
  2. Receive approval for professional development from faculty committee and College President or designee.
  3. Participate in event
  4. Submit completed Employee Reimbursement Form and payment documentation to the MSCF PD Funds Committee Chair for review and signature. (Your Dean does NOT sign this form)

Major/Minor Events using cost center prepay through Dean’s Administrative Assistant

  1. Apply for funding between July 1st to June 30th of the fiscal year.
  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. For any remaining approved costs please submit a completed Employee Reimbursement Form and payment documentation to the MSCF PD Funds Committee Chair for review and signature. (Your Dean does NOT sign this form)