Professional Travel

The Schools of Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies, and Music

The Dean of each school has some funds designated for professional development which are often used to support travel to conferences and for research and creative work.  

Each School uses a slightly different process for distributing funds.  In addition, the Provost distributes funding from her office budget to the deans to allocate, rather than requiring a separate approval process.

I. School of Arts and Sciences -- Standard Procedure

  1. Submit Travel Request to department chair.
  2. Submit Travel Request to dean
  3. The Dean’s Office submits travel request to the Research and Sponsored Programs Office if the project is appropriate for their funding programs (see Section VII below).  However, funding for RSPO travel has been suspended for 2010-2011 Academic Year.
  4. The Dean’s Office forwards the travel request to Provost's Office for signature.


II. School of Education and Professional Studies -- Standard Procedure

  1. Submit Travel Request to department chair
  2. Submit Travel Request to dean
  3. The Dean’s Office submits travel request to the Research and Sponsored Programs Office if the project is appropriate for their funding programs (see Section VII below).  However, funding for RSPO travel has been suspended for 2010-2011 Academic Year.
  4. The Dean's Office forwards the travel request to the Provost's Office for signature.


III. Crane School of Music -- Standard Procedure

  1. Submit funding request to Scholarship and Professional Development Committee
  2. Submit Travel Request to Dean
  3. The Dean’s Office submits travel request to the Research and Sponsored Programs Office if the project is appropriate for their funding programs (see Section VII below).  However, funding for RSPO travel has been suspended for 2010-2011 Academic Year.
  4. The Dean's Office forwards the travel request to the Provost's Office for signature.


IV. Other Campus Sources

Other campus departments and programs support travel for specified purposes:

The Learning and Teaching Excellence Center (LTEC)

Located in the Crumb Library, LTEC has funding for professional development that enhances teaching directly or indirectly.  More detail on these programs can be found below.

1. FACUL-TE Program

Funds available to support small teaching excellence projects designed by faculty. Eligible projects should be clearly directed towards the improvement of teaching and active learning strategies in the classroom and college environment.

2. Faculty Fellows Program

Supports projects designed "To create a student-centered academic culture which encourages innovative approaches to teaching and learning."

3. Information Services Technology Professional Development Awards

Supports college employees in the acquisition of knowledge and skills that will improve their use of technology.  This fund is available to all SUNY Potsdam employees, other than student employees.  The “funds will be used 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).”


V. Center for Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Travel Programs

Supports student and faculty travel to regional and national conferences to present student-faculty research or attend professional development workshops, funded by a US Department of Education Title III grant.


VI. United University Professions Development Awards

Contact UUP@potsdam.edu for information.

 
VII. Research and Sponsored Programs Office

The Research and Sponsored Program Office has several programs that support faculty travel for the purposes of scholarly work or presentation of research at conferences.  These programs are described in more detail below.  However, RSPO travel funds have been suspended for the 2010-2011 Academic Year.

1. Grant Development Program

Supports the development of new proposals for submission to external funding agencies.


2. Mini Grants

Supports joint student-faculty projects related to research and creative endeavors.


3. Research and Creative Endeavors Program

Provides faculty with seed money to pursue a research or scholarly project and eventually seek and attract external funding for their work.