Professional Development Funding Request Information


Beginning in the A2021, the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) will provide funding for the professional development of CEHD staff. Individuals may use these funds to develop skills and abilities that will allow them to perform their current job duties more efficiently or to advance into other opportunities at the University.


All benefit-eligible exempt and non-exempt staff who are at least .80 FTE and who have completed their six-month probationary period may apply. In order to ensure equity in funding distribution, individuals will only be awarded one funding request per fiscal year.

Funds may be applied to a wide range of professional development activities that relate to an individual’s current or desired job responsibilities. Acceptable uses of fund include but are not limited to:

  • Presenting at or attending conferences (e.g., registration fees, travel)
  • Participating in virtual or in-person workshops
  • Service in professional associations or organizations (in a leadership capacity that may require that you arrive early/stay late or attend planning sessions on a recurring basis)
  • Continuing education courses outside of the University

Funding will only be awarded to activities that directly support learning activities that relate to current or desired job responsibilities.

Funding requests for certifications that verify prior learning, test fees, learning activities unrelated to current or desired job responsibilities, and textbooks (for graduate or undergraduate courses) will be considered to ensure compliance with financial aid regulations. However, if the request is determined to violate financial aid policy, or run the risk of complicating your future financial eligibility, then we will notify you. 



  • All awardees will be required to write a short report (500-1000 words) within 30-days of the completion of their professional development event. This report should detail what they learned from their experience and how this knowledge may benefit the College, the University, and other staff members (see the Staff Association website for full report guidelines). All reports will be posted publicly on the CEHD Staff Association’s website. Awardees who fail to submit their report during the specified time-frame will be ineligible for future awards for a period of at least two years.