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Staff Advisory Council Professional Development Program
The SAC PDP was established to help provide Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) staff opportunities for professional development. The goal of the program is to assist staff with covering the cost of professional development opportunities that would not be possible without financial assistance. These opportunities must be directly related to career goals and current work responsibilities at FGCU. Awards will be determined based on a combination of demonstrated financial need, responses to the questions on the application, a one-page letter, and a letter from the applicant’s supervisor acknowledging support for the applicant to attend the specified professional development opportunity.
Staff categorized as Support Personnel (SP) and Administrative & Professional (A&P) are eligible to apply. Two applicants will be selected each year for the award. Each person selected will receive up to $1,000 toward their professional development opportunity in the form of a reimbursement. Funds will not be dispersed prior to the date of the workshop or seminar. Reimbursements will be issued to award recipients directly for costs associated with the professional development opportunity. Applicants for the program must send their application materials to the Staff Advisory Council email (email@example.com) no later than January 17, 2014.
Applicants are permitted to apply as long as their professional development opportunity occurs within twelve (12) months of the application deadline date.
Applications submitted after the deadlines may not be considered. All submitted materials will be reviewed by the SAC Employee Recognition Committee, and awards will be determined within two weeks of the submission deadline. All applicants will be notified following the deadline of the selections. These awards are not entitlements, and there is no guarantee a particular applicant will earn an award for his or her submission. Applicants are reminded not to make financial commitments based upon the expectation of earning a SAC PDP award.
Any and all exceptions are subject to approval by SAC Officers.
Employee must be a current Support Personnel (SP) or Administrative & Professional (A&P) staff member employed at FGCU for more than one consecutive year.
Each applicant must provide a written letter from their supervisor confirming their approval of the applicant’s ability to attend the professional development opportunity; a statement must be included in the letter confirming that the applicant’s ability to attend is contingent upon receiving funding from the SAC PDP.
The applicant must outline and respond to the following questions as part of their application:
Please include a one- to two-page typed letter with the following information: a brief introduction of yourself (paragraph), short term and long term career goals (1-2 paragraphs), and how the professional development opportunity will impact your career (1-2 paragraphs).
Criteria for Application Review
Initial applications will be reviewed by the SAC Employee Recognition Committee to ensure all of the necessary information has been provided, including:
The SAC Employee Recognition Committee will consist of FGCU staff members who have not applied for the SAC PDP and/or serve in a supervisory role for an applicant of the SAC PDP. The Employee Recognition Committee will meet with the SAC officers, discuss the applications, and provide a recommendation to the Staff Advisory Council for the staff members to be selected for the awards as outlined above.
All applications meeting the criteria will be judged on the following areas with a grading scale of 0-4:
All complete applications are reviewed by each of the Employee Recognition Committee members and scored for each of the criteria, with:
4 = Evidence exceeds expectations
3 = Evidence provided is clear and compelling
2 = Evidence provided is moderately convincing
1 = Evidence provided is minimally credible
0 = Evidence provided is not credible or no evidence is provided
Applications are ranked from highest to lowest score, and based on the budget; with two staff members being selected. Each applicant awarded the SAC PDP may receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement. The Employee Recognition Committee may provide the Staff Advisory Council with multiple names should there be ties with more than two from each staff designation.
The Staff Advisory Council will review and entertain a motion to accept the recommendations of the Employee Recognition Committee for the awards. Applicants who are selected for the award will be asked to provide SAC with a one- to two-page letter outlining their experience upon return while providing the Treasurer with their receipts for reimbursement. The applicant must turn their letter and receipts to the SAC Treasurer within 5 business days of their return from the professional development opportunity.