Faculty Development

Policy Statement

Faculty development is a broad term describing any of the various activities carried out by faculty members for their personal and professional enrichment. Certain of these activities may be financially supported by Marywood University.

Marywood University's faculty development policies rest on certain principles:

  1. There is a need for ongoing faculty development both on the part of the individual and of the institution. Factors such as low median age of faculty, higher number joining Marywood faculty with doctoral degrees, reduced faculty mobility and turnover, demands for personal and institutional innovation, and the criteria for advancement in academic rank all make faculty development an imperative.

  2. Ongoing faculty development, so essential to the individual, is likewise enriching to the institution, improving the quality of education the University will offer its students.

  3. The responsibility for faculty development is twofold:
    Individual faculty members are ultimately responsible for their continuing professional development.  Insofar as it is to be supported by Marywood University, the goals of individuals should be set in the context of the goals of their departments and the goals of the University.

    Marywood University has a responsibility to help provide enabling conditions to its faculty for their ongoing professional development. This implies a commitment to make funds available and to use the financial resources for faculty development to the greatest benefit of all.
  4. Faculty development needs are as diverse as is the Marywood faculty. Thus, support for faculty development should be allocated in ways that recognize and respect this diversity.

Faculty Development Budgeting

Specifically, faculty development at Marywood is financially supported in three ways: in the department budget, by the faculty development program, and through sabbatical leaves. Ordinarily, the departmental budget covers expenses for activities that are short-range and of minimal expense. These may include participation in the meetings of professional organizations, seminars, workshops, and so on. Funds for activities that relate to immediate departmental needs may be covered in part or in whole by the departmental budget. Actual budgeting of these expenses is the responsibility of the chairperson in collaboration with the departmental faculty.

The faculty development budget covers activities that contribute to the goals in an individual's approved growth plan.

The budget for sabbatical leaves covers sabbatical salaries and other related costs. Granting of sabbatical leaves is the responsibility of the President of Marywood University.

The Faculty Development Committee's distribution of money to the faculty is related to the two other forms of monetary support for faculty development, namely, financial support for sabbaticals and departmental budgets. The amount of funds available for distribution by the Faculty Development Committee is: (a) recommended annually by the committee in collaboration with the Provost, and (b) approved/adjusted by the Board of Trustees. Although separate from departmental budgetary allotments, the Faculty Development Committee's budget supplements departmental budgets.

Faculty members who receive funding for summer study and who do not return to Marywood during the subsequent academic year are liable for repayment of the funds.


Acquiring Faculty Development Committee Funds

The distribution of allotted funds to individual faculty members is based upon profiles, plans, and proposals of individual faculty members within budgetary limits.

If the request for funds is from an individual faculty member, three steps are required: Profile, Plan, and Proposal. For a detailed discussion of this procedure, see Faculty Development: Instructions for Faculty, Faculty Development Proposal.

Requests for Faculty Development Committee funds may also be from groups. If the request is from a group, e.g,. a request from a committee or department faculty, the Faculty Development Committee allots funds on the basis of the proposal itself.

Related Policies

Related Committees


07/01/89 - Reaffirmed with publication of Faculty Manual