Professional Development

CUPFA’s Professional Development Fund supports the professional and academic development of part-time faculty members by providing funding for their research or creative endeavours in accordance with Article 17 of the Collective Agreement, and by promoting members’ accomplishments throughout the University. 

The Professional Development Committee assesses all requests for the distribution of Professional Development funds for projects submitted by members in accordance with the CUPFA Collective Agreement and oversees the administration of Small Claims. 

The Committee is chaired by CUPFA’s Chair of Research and Professional Development and may include a Research and Professional Development Assistant. The Committee is not wholly an Association Committee but is a joint employer/union Committee. 

Members can apply for two main categories of Professional Development funding : Large Grants and Small Claims. See PD subsections for more information and applications.

PD Large Grants can provide research and creative development funds to members with a minimum of 18 seniority credits (e.g. travel expenses, conference fees, hotel costs when members present papers at conferences; costs involved in the production or exhibition of artworks; etc). See PD subsection “ePD Projects” for examples of several current and previous endeavours approved in the Large Grants category. 

PD Small Claims can reimburse members with a minimum of 12 seniority credits for expenses directly related to teaching (software, internet fees, computer supplies, etc).