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Staff Professional Development Funds   Posted: 10/27/2017
Description: The School of Natural Resources makes funds available to staff through the Staff Professional Development Fund. The fund is administered by the SAPDC and the Director's Office. The purpose of this fund is to support the professional development of managerial/professional and office/service/technical staff so that they may fulfill their job responsibilities in effective and innovative ways.
Contact: Stonie Cooper
Contact Information: 153A HARH, EC 0931   Phone: 402-472-9180
Additional Information and/or Instructions:

Eligible to Apply: Full-time, regular support staff (managerial/professional and office/service/technical) from the School of Natural Resourcs are eligible to apply. Temporary employees are not eligible.

Amount and Distribution: Applicants may request up to $250 per state fiscal year. If approved, funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Funds Usage: The use of these funds must relate to the duties of the position or to the employee's goals, which are agreed to by both the employee and their supervisor.

Examples include:

  • Making presentations at professional and society meetings.
  • Attending conferences, professional development workshops, seminars, or meetings.
  • Reference materials, excluding academic course materials.
  • A group workshop, such as training with Outlook, communication skills, Excel, etc.

Procedure:

  1. Individuals will need to have their immediate supervisor's approval. A completed application must include the signature of employee and his/her immediate supervisor(s).

  2. It is recommended that the Staff Professional Development Fund Request application be completed/submitted at least 30 days before the proposed expenditure of funds. The completed application will be turned into the chair of the SAPDC committee.

  3. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
    • Whether funds are available.
    • How well the proposed activity fits into the individual's job duties (as defined by the job description), goals, or professional objectives.
  4. An employee needing funds exceeding $250.00 such as a conference registration may request that part of it be paid from these SAPDC funds. The remaining amount would then be left to be covered by a cost object or other means discussed with the employees supervisor.

NOTE: If the employee pays for an expense personally rather than using a cost object for the expense in which the SAPDC funds were requested, such as a conference registration, he/she must fill out a Non-Travel Employee Expense Voucher in order to be reimbursed.


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