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Faculty Development Funds

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Information and Instructions

Evelyn Rhodes Wilson Endowment Funds: The purpose of the Wilson Endowment Fund is to support "faculty travel to meetings of international, national, and major regional professional academic associations for the purpose of participation in a conference program as a panel chair or paper presenter... or for those in the arts for the purpose of having their creations or techniques critiqued and reviewed by peers."  For complete information regarding the Wilson Endowment Fund, please see Appendix A of the faculty handbook.

Article 5 of the current UNAC Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) provides travel funds to support faculty professional development. At UAS, those monies are distributed through the Wilson Fund process and tracked separately thereby honoring the intent of the faculty professional development provision in the CBA. Wilson Fund Applications are accepted from July 1 through June 1 for qualifying activities occurring in that fiscal year.  

Article 15.9 of the current UNAC Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) provides for travel funds to support faculty professional development. At UAS, those monies are distributed through the Wilson Fund process and tracked separately thereby honoring the intent of the faculty professional development provision in the CBA.

CBA Articles 5 and Article 15.9 applications are accepted after September 15 for qualifying activities occurring during the academic year.

Multiple applications may be submitted separately for Wilson Funds and for the UNAC CBA professional development funds.  The limit for Wilson Fund applications for a faculty member in a fiscal year is $1500, subject to change by Faculty Senate.  The limit for CBA applications is also set at $1500 for the  fiscal year.  Applications are reviewed by the Provost on a first come, first served basis.  The Provost issues decisions within ten days.

COVID 19 NOTE: Due to the current pandemic, faculty development activities that do not require travel are allowable.


Information and Instructions

Applications are to be completed online using the template located on the adjacent Application tab.   To complete the application, it is necessary to include the following materials:

RequirementWilson Endowment Fund ApplicantUNAC Articles  5 and 15.9 Faculty Professional Development Applicant
Permission from Dean or Director to travel or participateYesYes
Invitation or confirmation letterYesNo
Event brochureYesYes
Title of and/or Paper to be presentedYesNo
Breakdown of requested fundingYesYes
Other related materialsYesYes

Click submit for the application to be emailed to the Provost.  The Provost will act upon the request via e-mail to the faculty member.  If approved, the response will include confirmation of the dollar amount approved.

At this point, the faculty member can proceed to coordinate travel/participation plans with their designated department administrative staff.

Within 15 calendar days of completion of travel or participation, faculty must submit:

  • Travel/participation paperwork and supporting documentation to their administrative support staff. Complete expense documentation is required for Wilson Funds. 
  • Either: Wilson Fund Activity Report to the Provost's Office (uas.provost@alaska.edu) including the following:
    • Description and evaluation of the activity and the faculty's participation (e.g., benefit gained; critical assessment of activity; insights gained; etc.)
    • Evidence that the activity took place (e.g., a letter of thanks; the final program; etc.)
  • Or CBA brief report of the outcomes of the professional development activity.  Supporting documents related to the event (brochures, agendas, etc. are encouraged).

Administrative Support Information

Please note: Reimbursements cannot exceed pre-approved amount.

Administrative staff will:

  • Coordinate and acquire all Wilson Fund and UNAC Article 15.9 travel using departmental funds
  • At the conclusion of travel and after expense reports have been completed, departmental administrative support staff will submit to the Provost's Office:
    • A journal voucher (JV) seeking reimbursement
    • Supporting documentation including the following:
      • E-mail approval from the Provost
      • Final Conference agenda
      • Other materials (brochures, etc.)
      • Banner expense screenshot (FGITRND)
      • Detailed expense documentation (Wilson Fund only)