Hello dear CCFA members.
I want to introduce myself to you. I have just taken over the role of the CCFA Professional Development Fund committee chair (from Blair Fisher, who was in the role for many years). I thought it would be good to share some valuable tips and info with you about the PD funds and the process to apply.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Term faculty are also entitled to funding for professional development activities (but rarely use it!).
- Our policies have been revised: if your application requires travel, it needs to be submitted at least one month ahead of the start date of the activity (or six weeks for international travel); but if it is local or online, then submitting by the start date is fine.
- Our fiscal year ends March 31, so any outstanding approved claims for the 22/23 year should be submitted by mid-March for processing.
- One of the most common reasons PD applications are returned is lack of supporting documentation (e.g. screen shots of flight costs, hotel costs, and conference information – the URL link is often not enough), or missing some other required field on the form – the more info you provide, the easier it is for the PD committee to make an informed decision.
- Most of your questions can be answered with the information on the CCFA website, including How to submit an application, PD Guidelines, and all of the forms. AFTER you have read through this information, if you still have questions, please feel free to contact Peg Ford and Laurence Toffoletto in the CCFA office.
- We are currently looking for faculty committee members from A&S, HHS and non-school-based faculty areas. The CCFA PD Committee is a great way to give back to the college and contribute in a meaningful way to supporting fellow faculty in their pursuit of professional development. If you are interested and have questions, please reach out to me!
- Over the next few months we will be updating our forms and processes to try to make things easier all of us, so stay tuned!
I look forward to getting to know you in my new capacity and feel free to reach out to me anytime if you have questions.
PD Chair, Camosun College Faculty Association
Martha taught in Health and Human Services for 10 years before becoming an Educational Developer within the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Though new to the CCFA executive, she is busy getting up to speed with this wise group! Martha is dedicated to serving our membership by supporting faculty to meet their educational goals through accessing PD funds.
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