Awards and Grants

The Faculty Professional Development Center offers a variety of award and grant opportunities that facilitate professional development for faculty.

Awards and Grants

Internal Annual Grant


The
 FPDC Internal Annual Grant Program is generally intended to provide professional growth opportunities for individual faculty (although joint and group projects are also welcome). Proposals can be submitted for the following categories: Scholarly Growth, Teaching, and Service.

Continuing Excellence Fund


The FPDC Continuing Excellence Fund provides ongoing support for faculty who have received previous support from the FPDC for projects repeated more than once.  Download the FPDC Application Form and/or view the Continuing Excellence Fund Guidelines for additional details regarding this program.

Irene O'Brien Grant


The purpose of the fund is to promote research or scholarship  that leads to publication or otherwise makes an academic contribution to the university or to the academic discipline.  Download the
 FPDC Application Form and/or view the Irene O'Brien Grant guidelines for additional details regarding this program.

Merit Award


The Merit Award recognizes faculty who are currently engaged in exceptional research, teaching, or grant-writing or faculty who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to service and service-learning or display exceptional uses of technology. Download the FPDC Nomination Form and/or view the Merit Award Guidelines and FPDC Subcommittee Definitions for additional details regarding this program.

Small Grant


The FPDC Small Grant will award regular (tenured or tenure-track) faculty members funds to provide support for research, service and service-learning, teaching and advising activities, or use of technology in one of these areas at California University of Pennsylvania for the fall, spring, and summer terms.  Download the
 FPDC Application Form and/or view the Small Grant guidelines and FPDC Subcommittee Definitions for additional details regarding this program.

Traveling Scholar Award


The FPDC Traveling Scholar Award will award regular (tenured or tenure-track) faculty members funds to assist with traveling expenses to present at a conference, serve in an official conference or organization capacity (e.g. conference planning committee member, organization officer, etc.) at the conference he or she is attending. Download the
 FPDC Application Form and/or view the Traveling Scholar Award Guidelines for additional details regarding this program.

Vargo Award


The Vargo Award recognizes faculty who have served as a faculty member at California University for at least 10 years and have demonstrated outstanding achievement across at least two of the three areas of teaching and learning, scholarly growth, and service and service learning and significant achievement in at least one other of these three areas. Download the
 FPDC Nomination Form and/or view the Vargo Award guidelines for additional details regarding this program.