Professional Development Allowance | Kent State University

Professional Development Allowance

The Department supports faculty professional development in the areas of teaching and research within the limits of available financial resources in the Department budget and KSU Foundation accounts, and other financial resources which may become available.  Faculty are encouraged to apply for funding support of professional development activities from the University Teaching Council and the University Research Council.  Additional funding support will be provided by the Department for the following activities:

  • Attendance at regional, national or international academic and professional meetings, seminars, workshops, or conferences at which the faculty member will be:
  • Making a first presentation of the faculty member’s research at a session designated for research presentations or research forums, or
  • Conducting or presenting a session at the meeting, seminar, workshop or conference, or
  • Obtaining knowledge/skills which will be presented to the Department Teaching or Research Colloquia, or
  • Obtaining new knowledge/skills which are required in the courses included in the faculty member’s teaching assignment, or
  • Obtaining or reinforcing knowledge/skills which will enhance a faculty member’s teaching or research
  • Any activity which supports a faculty member’s teaching or research as long as the expenditure for that activity does not violate Ohio state law and regulation or University policy.

The amount of support for each faculty member will be determined at the last FAC meeting of each academic year for the following academic year.  Additions to the levels of support for each faculty member may be made at subsequent FAC meetings.  At any time that available funds become deficient to continue the approved levels of support, the Department Chair will notify Department faculty. 

Unexpended funds may be carried over to future academic years.  Faculty may not have negative balances without prior FAC approval.  Periodic reports will be provided to faculty and the FAC on faculty professional development allowance activity and balances.

Doctoral students will be provided financial support for professional development activities by the Department if funds are available.  The FAC may set a maximum level of support for doctoral students over the course of their doctoral program.  The following activities may be supported:

  • Making a first presentation of the doctoral student’s research at a session designated for research presentations or research forums, or
  • Conducting or presenting a session at the meeting, seminar, workshop or conference, or
  • Interviewing at the National American Accounting Association meeting near the conclusion of the doctoral student’s program.