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Professional Development Opportunities


SUNY Plattsburgh continues to engage and create professional development opportunities for all academic, professional and support-staff employees. Here is a brief synopsis of current programs with application deadlines. 

2020–2021 Professional Development Opportunities


SUNY Plattsburgh Programs

Center for the Study of Canada & 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.

Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

The Center for Teaching Excellence under the direction of Jessamyn Neauhaus, and in collaboration with the Institute for Ethics in Public Life, provides high value professional development and essential faculty support services to assist faculty as effectively as possible in their development as teachers. For more information on individual and departmental consultations, faculty reading groups and other available services (conducted with utmost confidentiality), contact the Center for Teaching Excellence, 233 Hawkins Hall.

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 Services518-564-2035.  

Individual Departments

All departments, centers and programs have limited monies available to partially support faculty travel for presentations and attendance at profession­al conferences. Please contact your dean or department chair for more information.

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 Support for Faculty

The LITS Technology Enhanced Learning Unit in Feinberg Library supports faculty in the vital and fast-evolving area of learning technologies, delivering high-value technology enhancements to the teaching and learning environment at SUNY Plattsburgh. Services include workshops and individual consultation in instructional design and pedagogy, instructional technologies, Moodle, Mahara E-portfolio, and multimedia production,  and administration of Teaching and Technology Software and Tools Grants. 

Presidential Research Award

This award program supports full-time faculty who wish to design projects and programs to develop and conduct externally funded 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. Visit the Sponsored Research and Programs page for application details.

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 Dr. Jonathan Slater, director (Email: [email protected]).

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. For additional information regarding the application process and timeline, contact Dr. Jonathan Slater, director (Email: [email protected]).

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). The call for applications will be for leaves effective FY 2022/2023. Additional Sabbatical Leave Information.

New York State & United University Professions Programs

The grant programs below are offered by United University Professions, and are funded through the 2016–2022 UUP contract. Learn more online at the Governor's Office of Employee Relations.

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 and part-time employees in the Professional Services Negotiating Unit (08) in the development of their full professional potential in preparing for advancement. The NYS maximum award for each employee is $1,000. In the past, the average campus award has been $350.

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.

  • In-House Mini-Grants, including In-House Program Development Awards — *Quarterly deadlines, as follows: September 14, 2020; November 16, 2020; February 15, 2021; April 12, 2021; June 14, 2021.
  • Presidential Research Award* — March 26, 2021.
  • Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Leave Program* — Applications for Fall 2021 leaves due to OSR by Friday, October 23, 2020.
  • Ethics Institute Program for Spring 2021 — submit application by Friday, July 31, 2020.
  • Professional Development Individual Awards Program (PDIAP)* — TBD
  • Rabin Fellowship in Jewish Studies — for A/Y 2020-2021-Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Sabbatical Leaves for 2022–2023:
    • To chairperson/center director/program coordinator by Friday, October 8, 2021.
    • Notification by January 28, 2022.
    • Applications are available in the Office of the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs (Kehoe 805) in the various deans’ offices, and online at the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
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