Professional Development Grant

The Professional Development Grant offers financial reimbursement to campus professional staff for professional development, growth, and/or advancement. Eligible applicants include employees from the following areas: the Research Foundation, M/C, and UUP. Faculty and CSEA represented staff are not eligible for these funds.

The submission due date is March 1, 2019 for Spring 2019.

Please read the following criteria fully to verify that your application will not be disqualified.

  • WHAT IS THE OPPORTUNITY: The Professional Development Grant reimburses Professional Employees for past or future professional development, growth, and/or advancement activities taking place within the period: January 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019.
  • HOW MUCH IS OFFERED: PSS may receive more than 30 applications in a given semester. While PSS is striving to allocate more dollars to meet the high demand on campus, the total grant budget for Spring 2019 is $5,000, restricting our ability to fully fund the majority of applications. Grants offered depend on the number of strong applications and the dollars available. Applicants may not yield a 100% reimbursement.
  • WHEN WILL APPLICANTS BE NOTIFIED: Recipients will be notified no later than March 15, 2019. Awarded funds will be distributed once the activity is completed and receipts have been submitted.
  • HOW AWARDEES ARE REIMBURSED: Receipts must be submitted 30 days after the event or by May 31, whichever comes first. Failure to do so will void the award.
  • FUTURE PSS GRANT FUNDING: An opportunity for funding for activities taking place within June 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019 will be available in Fall 2019.

The following projects and activities will be considered:

  • Basic, applied or historical research;
  • Curriculum or instructional material development;
  • Workshop, seminar, internship or course (only those courses that are not covered by Contract Article 46/SUNY tuition waiver); 
  • Conference participation or attendance;
  • Preparation of material for publication;
  • Grant proposal development;
  • Artistic or creative endeavors;
  • Professional reading or independent study;
  • Other work-related professional development projects or activities.

Sample Types of Support:

  • Registration fees for a conference or workshop;
  • Travel and related expenses (includes lodging and meals);
  • Research support (e.g., computer time, network access or support, clerical support);
  • Course-related supplies.

Reimbursement will not be made in the following cases:

  • Expenses already funded by a department, organization, or other source. PSS Professional Grants are intended to supplement funds for professional activities after requests have been made from other applicable funding sources, such as one's home department. Please submit a grant application to request only the expenses not covered by your department;
  • Stipends (salary) or other personal compensation, personal expenses, or the purchase of equipment;
  • Parking or traffic tickets, or fines of any type.
  • Incomplete applications or missing documents will be excluded from review.

To apply:

Complete the online application form. Applicants will be required to upload required materials as a single PDF document in the order described below.

Combine the following application documents into a single PDF in this order:

  1. A summary (approximately one page). Describe how the activity assists you in your job. What is your objective and/or what do you hope to take away? Explain how this has, or will, enhance your skills and/or benefit the institution.
  2. A letter of support from your immediate supervisor. In this letter, please ask your supervisor describe his/her support for your activity and to explicitly state that the department will not be funding this professional development opportunity.
  3. Scanned receipts OR, if your activity/event is in the future, estimated costs.
  4. A copy of the registration information and/or program, if applicable.

Please read carefully to ensure your application meets the guidelines. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Professional Development Grant Winners

The Professional Development Grant offers financial reimbursement to campus professionals for professional development, growth, and/or advancement.
Fall 2018
  • Ada Robinson-Perez
  • Olga Petrova
  • Cheryl Tarbox
  • Patti Dowd
  • Charles Grochowiak
  • Jason Gilbert
  • David Lewis
  • Todd Schmidt
  • Trevar Haefele
  • Kari Bayait
  • Lucia Pfizenmaier
  • Kim Garrison
  • Kristie Bowers, Athletics
  • Kelli Campa, Residential Life
  • James Hundley, Global Studies and LxC
  • Mark Jensen, Information Technology Services
  • Gregory Ketcham, Undergraduate Admissions
  • Celeste Lee, Harpur Academic Advising
  • Erin Marulli, Broome County HEARS
  • Cory Rusin, Broome County HEARS
  • Kate Shinko, University Counseling Center
  • Betsy Staff, New Student Programs
  • Virginia Stever, Economics
  • Casey Ward, CCPA - Promise Zone
FALL 2017
  • Robert Emmett, Athletics
  • Linda Salomons, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Renee Andrews, Physical Facilities Long Term Planning
  • Erik Colon, Educational Opportunity Program
  • Colin Evans, Residence Life
  • Mary Petrosky, Physical Facilities
  • JosuĆ© QuiƱones, Educational Opportunity Program
  • Mark Allen
  • Janine Bautista 
  • Andrea MacArgel
  • Alexsa Silva
  • Mary Jane Sager