General Professional Development

I. Information Services Technology Professional Development Awards

Support college employees in the acquisition of knowledge and skills that will improve their use of technology.  The fund is managed through the LTEC, which is allocated funds from the Provost, College Libraries, and Computing & Technology Services to support technology-related professional development activities. Available to all SUNY Potsdam employees, other than student employees, “to support activities that improve an employee’s competence in using technology applications in clerical, administrative, or teaching positions (e.g. learning new software applications that support teaching or administrative functions; learning new ways to integrate technology into teaching).”

II. Walker Fellowship Program

The purpose of this program is to encourage faculty from the region’s 11 institutions of higher education to undertake research on critical issues confronting North Country communities, with the objective of making recommendations for their solutions. 

III. External Sources

1. Northern NY Library Network Library
    
The Northern New York Library Network, located in Canton, provides low-cost classes on information literacy and technology.

2. The State University of New York Professional Development Center

This SUNY Center provides professional development on many different topics at locations around the state.  Topics of recent workshops have included training on specific new technologies, faculty mentoring and orientation programs, and grant writing.  Look for e-mails and Reporter items concerning current workshops.

3. Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

Fulbright Scholar Grants support international teaching and research opportunities throughout the world.

IV. Off Campus Discipline Specific Sources

1. Professional Disciplinary Organizations

Professional disciplinary organizations frequently provide development opportunities, some with financial support.  New faculty should check for opportunities designed specifically to support their development as teachers and scholars.

2. Grant Agencies

Agencies that support sponsored programs sometimes have programs to provide financial and educational support for specific groups.

For example, the National Science Foundation has conference travel grants for women (NSF-AWM) , site-specific workshops,  support for international travel (INT), and computer security faculty development (SFS), among many such programs.

3. Vendors

Some vendors will support attendance at workshops on using their products (e.g., Microsoft)