Indiana University Bloomington

 

Indiana University Bloomington Professional Council

Professional Development Grants

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Professional Development Grants (PDG) program of the Bloomington Professional Council (BPC) is to award recognition and financial support to individual professional staff members who engage in professional development activities which will enhance the status of and demonstrate the value of the entire professional staff at Indiana University Bloomington.  Grants are jointly funded by the BPC and the Office of the Provost.

 

GOALS

The goals of the Professional Development Grant program of the Bloomington Professional Council (BPC) are to:

  • Demonstrate the value professional staff members add to the IUB community,
  • Promote increased visibility of the professional staff and of the variety of professional responsibilities at IUB,
  • Increase publicity for the PDG program and the BPC,
  • Reward unique contributions to the professional staff and to the IUB community,
  • Contribute to the professional development of all professional staff members,
  • Support continuing and advanced education and skill development for all professional staff members,
  • Encourage collaboration among professional staff members within the IUB community,
  • Increase networking opportunities for professional staff members within the IUB community,
  • Enhance professional advancement potential,
  • Ease the financial burden of professional development events and activities for professional staff members.

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Each applicant must have an IUB full- or part-time PAE, PAO, or PAU appointment.
  • Each applicant must have completed one year of continuous service (as noted above) by the proposal deadline.
  • The professional development event/activity must occur no later than six months after the awarding of the grant.
  • The professional development event/activity may supplement or expand upon, but may not duplicate, any training/development currently available at IUB in any form or through any office.
  • The professional development event/activity must be demonstrated to relate to the applicant’s current or future duties and responsibilities.
  • Each awardee will permit the BPC to use submitted photographs of and submitted writings by the applicant on the BPC website.
  • Applicants may not have received a Professional Development Grant within the previous two-year period (the previous six application periods).
  • (Extraordinary circumstances will, of course, be taken into consideration.)

 

PROPOSAL

Each proposal must include the following (in this order):

  • The BPC PDG APPLICATION
  • A 250-word maximum “Description” of the professional development event/activity and the organization offering the event/activity. Provide a URL for the event/activity and organization if possible.

  • A 250-word maximum “Explanation” of the value of the professional development event/activity to the applicant, to the applicant’s department/unit, and to IUB, (please place more focus or

    emphasis on the value to the applicant).
  • A 250-word maximum “Job Description.”
  • A short letter or email of support/recommendation from a supervisor, sent directly from the supervisor to the BPC office in Poplars 822 or iubpc@indiana.edu.

 

EVALUATION

The proposals most likely to be selected by the committee and awarded with funding will demonstrate any, many, or all of the following:

  • Thoughtful and understandable descriptions of the professional development event/activity and the organization offering the event/activity
  • How the described professional development event/activity contributes to the purpose and goal statements, noted above
  • A professional staff member’s representation of the professional staff, and of IUB, to an outside constituency (such as selection for participation, chairing a committee, etc.)
  • A professional staff member’s active engagement in a professional development event/activity (such as leading a training or workshop, presenting at a conference, recruiting, etc.)
  • Convincing enthusiasm and fit for the professional development event/activity, and recognition of its rewards and value
  • Networking and/or collaboration opportunities (both within and outside of the IUB community)
  • An impactful follow-up ‘contribution’ to the IUB community (such as an workshop/presentation, brown bag lunch discussion, collection of an artifact, demonstration, etc.)
  • Alignment with the goals, directions, strategies, and missions of the President and/or Provost
  • Strong writing/communication skills in a professional-looking proposal
  • A unique request or a unique event/activity (with a strong rationale/description behind it)
  • Willing support and solid justification from a supervisor
  • Single participation in the time period by a department/unit
  • Additional funding source(s)
  • PDG funding is not being used to replace department/unit funding (the PDG is a financial enhancement and not a need-based grant)

DEADLINES

Completed applications and proposals (with the exception of the memo or letter of support/recommendation from a supervisor, which should be sent by the supervisor directly to the BPC office) will be accepted at any time, but must be delivered to the BPC office in Poplars 822, faxed to 855-6135, or e-mailed to iubpc@indiana.edu no later than 5:00 p.m. by each deadline:

  • April 1, 2014
  • August 1, 2014
  • December 1, 2014

 

The Professional Interests Committee of the BPC will meet shortly after each deadline to review proposals and select those to be funded.

 

Applicants will be contacted as quickly as possible with the Committee decisions.

 

AWARDS

  • A maximum of $400 may be awarded to selected proposals.
  • The Treasurer of the BPC will contact awardees to make arrangements to transfer funding to the awardee’s budget. 
  • Grants are not transferrable to another professional (or any other) employee. 
  • Grants may not be applied to a different professional development event/activity. 
  • Grants may not be applied to a different time period.
  • The decisions of the BPC Professional Interests Committee are final.
  • (Extraordinary circumstances will, of course, be taken into consideration.)

 

FOLLOW-UP

Each grant awardee will:

  • Work with the appropriate BPC committees to complete a ‘contribution’ to the IUB community within six months after the professional development event/activity, as outlined in the proposal
  • Provide a digital photograph, within two weeks (10 working days) of notification of funding, for inclusion on the BPC PDG website
  • Write a 1-page maximum essay/letter/journal response to the professional development event/activity, within two weeks (10 working days) after the professional development event/activity, for inclusion on the BPC PDG website
  • Secure or provide a donation to the next BPC Silent Auction

QUESTIONS

Call 812-855-7418, or e-mail iubpc@indiana.edu, or visit Poplars 822