Our funding model is currently under review. Once a new model is established we will communicate it broadly and update this page.
Faculty Development Funding for 2020/2021
In order to respond to the pressures of offering post-secondary education during a pandemic, we will be using Faculty Development funds a bit differently this year. There will be no calls for applications to the Supplemental or Sessional Funds during this academic year. Also, because large in-person events will not be possible, the budget associated with Faculty Development events has been eliminated. The money normally allocated to events and the competitive funding opportunities has been distributed to the Faculties and Schools to support local needs associated with remote teaching and any other faculty development activities. All faculty, regardless of appointment type, are encouraged to consult the Dean’s office about funding opportunities and procedures. Please note that these changes are consistent with the Faculty Development Policy, and are not intended to be permanent changes. A new budget plan will be created for 2021/2022.
All tenure-track, continuing, and full-time limited term faculty (e.g., Nurse Educators) are welcome to use their individual allocations for equipment or software for alternative delivery of courses, as well as for typical PD expenses. Check with your Chair or contact us if you have questions about whether an expense is allowable. To determine your balance, please contact the finance person in your Dean’s office.
There are many ways to access equipment and other resources that you may need to deliver your courses. For example, there are options for sessional instructors to borrow laptops from the Library and there are excellent options in Blackboard for online delivery of course content (including Blackboard Collaborate, for online office hours and video meetings/discussions/lectures with students). If there are specific resources that you need in order teach your assigned classes then you should speak to your Chair or to support staff in eLearning and TLS about how to access or learn to use necessary equipment and software. The university provides all of these essential resources and you should not need to use your FD funding except for resources that enhance your teaching beyond what is required.