2017–2018 Professional Development Opportunities

SUNY Plattsburgh continues to engage and create professional development opportunities for all academic, professional, and support-staff employees. Professional development opportunities are provided by the Office of Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs and Sponsored Research & Programs. Here is a brief synopsis of current programs, with application deadlines.

SUNY Plattsburgh Programs

Center for the Study of Canada and Institute on Québec Studies

The Center and Institute provide limited funding for the development of new Canadian-content undergraduate courses, and to facilitate participation in Canadian or Québec Studies conferences. Applications for scholarly travel support are accepted on a continuing basis. A complete listing of policies, procedures and application forms can be accessed at the Center/Institute. For more information contact Dr. Chris Kirkey, Director of the Center for the Study of Canada, 133 Court Street, Plattsburgh. Online at: web.plattsburgh.edu/offices/academic/cesca/.

Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

The Center for Teaching Excellence offers a variety of services designed to assist faculty as effectively as possible in their development as teachers. For more information on individual and departmental consultations, faculty learning communities, workshop offerings, resources and other available services (conducted with utmost confidentiality), contact Dr. Becky Kasper, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Feinberg 301 or visit web.plattsburgh.edu/offices/centers/cte.

College Auxiliary Services (CAS)

College Auxiliary Services manages funding that is awarded for various initiatives throughout the academic year. The program, activity or event should promote educational growth, development, and advancement; foster a sense of community; be open to all members of the campus community; and be held on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. For more information on the program guidelines, grant application, and deadlines, contact College Auxiliary Services at (518) 564-2035. Or, learn more at: www.plattsburghcas.com/other-services/program-grant-information-application.

Individual Departments

All Departments, Centers and Programs have limited monies available to partially support faculty travel for presentations and attendance at profession­al conferences.

In-House Grant Programs

In-House Mini-Grants are periodically available to provide "seed" money to initi­ate a new project or continue a current, externally sponsored project. In-House Program Development Grants support activities that seek to enhance the college’s visibility through special programmatic activities. The size of both grant programs is generally modest. In-House Mini-Grants and Program Development Grants must be linked to either a new or continuing project submitted to an external sponsor. The projects may focus on research, education, and/or public-service activities.

Technology — Enhanced Learning Workshops

The Library and Informations Technology Services’ (LITS) Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Unit provides faculty and staff with workshops, consultations, and other resources covering technology-related topics, including Moodle, MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Adobe Creative Suite, and Plattsburgh’s Cardinal Cloud suite of services. Moodle workshops help teaching faculty design creative course pages for face-to-face, hybrid, and online delivery. One-to-one consultation services assist with identifying multimedia and digital solutions that will enhance your online and classroom activities, which in turn will help students fulfill your course objectives. Maga Publicatons’ Online Classroom resources bring advice and inspiration to educators makeing the transition into distance education. Our Teaching and Technology Software Tools Grants provide up to $250 towards the purchase of software to support the creation of teaching and learning materials at SUNY Plattsburgh. For information, contact John Locke, TEL unit coordinator, at jlock004@plattsburgh.edu or 564-4536. Learn more online at web.plattsburgh.edu/technology/tel/index.php

Presidential Research Award

This award program supports full-time faculty who wish to design projects and programs to develop and conduct research-based activities that will enhance their growth as scholars and enhance SUNY Plattsburgh’s research environment. Support includes interdisciplinary/collaborative research programs and single-focused research programs. Requests may not exceed $5,000.

Rabin Fellowship in Jewish Studies

This program provides support for new course development that broadens understanding of Jewish life and culture. Course must concentrate on subjects central to the Jewish experience. Proposals will be considered from any discipline. For additional information regarding the application process and timeline, contact Office of the Provost/VPAA, Kehoe 805.

Ethics Institute Fellowships in Residence

This program is a competitive fellowship to study and incorporate ethical issues into the curriculum. It provides course release time for one semester. See: web.plattsburgh.edu/offices/academic/ethicsinpubliclife/.

SUNY COIL Center - Online Inernational Course Development Program

This program provides support for faculty interested in teaching collaboratively with professors from other countries using Internet technologies.  The first step is a fully online orientation that familiarizes you with the program and assists you with finding an international collaborator.  It provides addistional support to assist you through your first semester.  Learn more online at:  coil.suny.edu/.  

Sabbatical Leaves

Sabbatical leaves may be granted for planned travel, study, formal education, research, writing or other experiences of professional value, in accordance with the Policies of the Board of Trustees (Article XIII) and the Agreement between the State of New York and United University Professions (Article 23.6). For the next review cycle for Sabbatical Leaves (2018-2019), half-year at full-pay awards and full-year at half-pay awards will be available. For information regarding the application process and timeline, visit web.plattsburgh.edu/offices/academic/provost/sabbaticals.php.

New York State and United University Professions Programs

The grant programs below are offered by United University Professions, and are funded through the 2011-2016 UUP contract. Future awards are dependent upon UUP contract.

Professional Development Individual Award Program (PDIAP)

The New York State/United University Professions Joint Labor-Management Committees’ Individual Development Awards Program is intended to assist eligible full-time employees in the Professional Services Negotiating Unit (08) in the development of their full professional potential in preparing for advancement. Up to a maximum of $400 per award (average award is $350) has been available in the past. Program guidelines are available online at: nysuup.lmc.ny.gov/development/individual.html

Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Program

This program is intended to enhance employment opportunities for people in the Professional Services Negotiating Unit (08), who are preparing for permanent or continuing appointments with preference given to minorities, women, employees with disabilities, or an employee with military status. This program provides a fully paid leave for at least one semester. Applicants must commit to returning to campus after the leave for a minimum of one year. View program guidelines online: nysuup.lmc.ny.gov/diversity/drescher.html

Online Self-Study and Instructor Lead Courses

A series of courses is available, at no cost, to employees in the Professional Services Negotiating Unit (08), who would like to further their professional development. A summary of these self-study and instructor lead courses may be accessed online at: nysuup.lmc.ny.gov/online.html

Application Deadlines:
  • In-House Mini-grants, including In-House Program Development Awards. *Quarterly deadlines, as follows: September 15, 2017; November 13, 2017; February 16, 2018; April 13, 2018; June 15, 2018.
  • Presidential Research Award* — March 26, 2018.
  • Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Program. Future awards are dependent upon the UUP contractual bargaining agreement.
  • Ethics Institute Program for Spring 2018 — submit application by August 25, 2017.
  • Professional Development Individual Awards Program (PDIAP)* Future awards are dependent upon the UUP contractual bargaining agreement..
  • Rabin Fellowship in Jewish Studies — to be announced.
  • Sabbatical Leaves for 2018–2019.
  • To Chairperson/Center Director/Program Coordinator by Friday, October 13, 2017.
  • Notification by January 31, 2018.
  • Applications are available in the Office of the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs (Kehoe 805) in the various Deans’ Offices, and online via the Provost’s Web site at: web.plattsburgh.edu/offices/academic/provost/.

*Unless noted otherwise, please submit applications to SUNY Plattsburgh’s Office of Sponsored Research and Programs, 8th floor, Kehoe Admin. Building.

Contact Information

Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Office: Kehoe 802
Phone: (518) 564-5402
Email: provost-office@plattsburgh.edu