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  • Professional Development

    The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for professional development programs at New Jersey City University. NJCU’s Professional Development and Renewal Program (PDRP), which began in the Fall 1992 semester, provides university support for professional development and research. The PDRP was developed with input from faculty and professional staff members, administrators, the University Senate, and AFT local 1839, who share ownership of its design, implementation and evaluation. The PDRP provides faculty and staff with opportunities and resources to:

    • improve the quality of teaching;

    • increase research, publications, exhibition and performances;
    • strengthen and expand professional and personal development;

    • expand community and university service activities; 

    • enhance public awareness of and esteem for NJCU; and
    • enrich the campus environment through community-building. 

    Participation in the PDRP is voluntary. Several university-based programs provide incentives to faculty and staff who pursue professional development and research activities. Although funding for professional travel may come from PDRP sources, there are general procedures for applying for funding to travel to present work at conferences. (Information about and assistance with applying for governmental grant programs is available through NJCU's Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs. Information about and assistance with applying for private foundation support is available through NJCU's Division of University Advancement).   

    Information about PDRP opportunities:  

    • Career Development Program 
    • Center for Instructional Technology & Innovation (Citi) 
    • Faculty and Staff workshops 
    • International Incentive Grant (IIG) Program 
    • Mini-Grant Program 
    • Sabbatical Leave Program 
    • Separately Budgeted Research (SBR) Program  

    Career Development Program

    Career Development applications are requested during each semester and summer session, pending availability of funds and current contractual arrangements. Funds are awarded for the following activities: 

    • professional development as a result of the review of tenured faculty members and multi-year contract employees;
    • continuing education in the form of tuition support; and
    • travel related to workshop presentations and participation in summer institutes.
    • Faculty and professional staff members are invited to apply each year. Awards typically range from $50 to $1,500. The Career Development Committee (CDC) consists of members of the AFT local 1839 and at least one appointee of the administration. The CDC's recommendations are forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs who may accept, reject or modify each of the recommendations.

    An application for Career Development Awards can be found on GothicNet under Latest News and Happenings

    Center for Instructional Technology & Innovation

    The Center for Instructional and Technological Innovation provides formal training and assistance to faculty members who wish to incorporate technology into their teaching or use SMART classrooms. Visit the CITI in P-117, or contact Asad Syed at (201)200-2572 for further information. Please click here to visit our website for up-to-date training schedule. 

    Faculty and Staff Workshops

    The Office of Academic Affairs offers numerous workshops for faculty and professional staff members during each academic year through the Center for Teaching and Learning, located in Vodra Hall, Room 143. The workshops focus on various aspects of the teaching and learning experience, and particularly on effective teaching strategies in different classroom contexts and assessment of student learning. 

    International Incentive Grants

    The International Incentive Grant (IIG) Program seeks to increase and improve internationally oriented course offerings at New Jersey City University. Awards of up to $1,000 will support full-time faculty in creating new internationally oriented courses, or infusing existing courses with international content. Multidisciplinary and joint proposals are welcomed; joint proposals between a librarian and a faculty member are encouraged. Joint awards are limited to a maximum of $1,000. The Review Committee invites full-time faculty from all disciplines to apply. 

    Grantees may use their awards for expenses related to international course development, including:  

    • Language study;
    • International or domestic travel;
    • Conference attendance to enhance faculty member’s or librarian’s international expertise;
    • Other professional development;
    • Purchase of equipment, books, supplies, etc.; and
    • Other international course development expenses.
    • International Incentive Grants may not be used for released-time or overload compensation, or hiring students, clerical, or technical workers.

    Mini-Grant Program

    Since the Fall 1994 semester, the Mini-Grant Program has offered faculty and professional staff members the opportunity to apply for individual Mini-Grants of up to $200. The purpose of Mini-Grants is to support activities that are not normally covered by Career Development and Separately Budgeted Research awards. The review committee particularly recommends proposals within the following categories: 

    • Continuing professional education (non-degree related);
    • Travel to and attendance at a workshop or conference;
    • Travel related to research;
    • Subscriptions to professional journals;
    • Membership dues for professional organizations;
    • Books or supplies explicitly related to research, teaching, or professional development;
    • Costs associated with the exhibition or publication of research;
    • Computer hardware, software, audio/visual equipment, videos, or CD Roms for explicit use in research, teaching, or professional development;
    • Activities that create partnerships between the NJCU and the community;
    • NJCU-sponsored events that benefit the University and the community.

    Sabbatical Leave

    Each State/College University shall have a sabbatical leave program for its full-time, tenured faculty members (including Demonstrating Teachers and Demonstration Specialists at the A. H. Moore School) and librarians.  Sabbatical leaves shall be in half-year leaves granted to those applicants with meritorious applications as evaluated pursuant to the procedures at each College/University and no more than once every seven (7) years.  At each College/University two (2) half-year leaves may be combined into one (1) full-year leave. 

    Application may be made for the purpose of pursuing a substantial project designed to yield publishable results and/or enhance competency as a scholar or teacher.  Sabbatical leaves may also be granted for the pursuit of an accredited terminal degree program in an appropriate field of study and/or such other criteria that may be established by the College/University.

      

    Locally negotiated or accepted procedures shall be followed in the implementation of the Sabbatical Leave program.  To the extent that a College/University has a locally negotiated or accepted procedure, those procedures shall remain in full force and effect until such time as a change is negotiated.  If no locally negotiated agreement is reached, then changes, if any, shall be made in accordance with the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act and its governing regulations.  If no locally negotiated or accepted procedure exists, the local Union and the College/University shall negotiate a procedure for the Sabbatical Leave program in accordance with the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act and its governing regulations.   

    A. Eligibility-Application-Approval
     

        1.  All full-time tenured faculty members (including Demonstration Teachers and Demonstration Specialists at the A. Harry Moore School) and librarians who, as of June 30 prior to the year for which the leave is requested, have completed a period of six (6) or more consecutive years of service at a College/University, shall be eligible to apply for a sabbatical leave during the 2012-2013, 2013-2014, or the 2014-2015 academic years.  Sabbatical leaves are granted no more frequently than once every seven (7) years. 

        2a.  Application shall be submitted to the President of the College/University no later than February 1of each year. 
     

        2b.  Application may be made for the purpose of pursing a substantial project designed to yield publishable results and/or enhance competency as a scholar or teacher.  Sabbatical leaves may also be granted for the pursuit of an accredited terminal degree program in an appropriate field of study.

        2c.  A committee will be established under the governance structure of each College/University to review the academic merits of each application and make recommendations to the President.  The UNION shall have the right to appoint one employee observer to such committee.  The committee shall conduct its review and make its recommendations by no later the March 1 of the year involved.

        2d.  The President shall take into consideration the recommendations of the committee and shall make recommendations for approval or disapproval to the Board of Trustees.     

    Terms of Sabbatical Leave 

    • Half-year leaves shall be at the rate of full salary. 
    • Full-year leaves shall be at the rate of three-quarters (3/4) salary. 
    • For librarians, half-year leaves shall be five (5) months, and full-year leaves ten (10) months.
    • The period of the leave shall be credited for increment purposes, where such credit is relevant.
    • A faculty member or librarian on sabbatical leave shall be entitled to the continuation of pension and insurance programs benefits as provided in the applicable plans.
    • Each faculty member or librarian accepting a leave must sign a written statement obligating him or her to continue to serve for at least one (1) year after expiration of the term of the leave, unless waived by the President of the College/ University.
    • Faculty members or librarians on such leave are permitted to receive additional compensation in the form of fellowships, government grants, and honoraria for purposes related to the leave and part-time employment directly related to the project at an institution where they are in residence for the purpose of study and research in addition to the partial salary from the College/University, provided that total compensation from all sources does not exceed such faculty member’s full salary at the College/University.  The leave may not be used to accept paid employment during the period of the leave except as provided above.
    • Faculty or librarians on sabbatical leave may engage in outside employment if it does not conflict with the purpose of the sabbatical leave or N.J.A.C. 9:2-10.1 et seq., and faculty member reports the outside employment before going on leave.

    Separately Budgeted Research

    The Separately Budgeted Research Program is designed to support faculty research and other scholarly activities within the area(s) of the faculty member's current or anticipated teaching responsibilities. Awards are available only to full-time faculty members and are based on the availability of funds during each year. SBR applications are made available in the Fall semester of each year; the deadline for completed applications is January of each subsequent year. Only one project may be submitted per applicant per grant year. Award recipients must submit a written report by the end of the academic year in which the award was received. 

    SBR funds can be used to support: 

    • Projects designed to support the NJCU's mission;
    • Projects involving instructional technology;
    • Projects promoting effective teaching strategies for active learning in the university classroom;
    • Projects associated with concerns of the local community or the State of New Jersey;
    • Projects involving students in the research experience; and
    • Cooperative projects involving other universities or agencies.
    • SBR funds can be used for any of the following activities:
    • Released time for faculty engaged in SBR activity;
    • Hiring of temporary, clerical and technical workers who assist on SBR-funded projects;
    • Limited, necessary and relevant supplies and equipment; and
    • Limited necessary and relevant travel requests.
    • Curriculum development;
    • Projects that are continuations of previously funded 
SBR projects; or
    • Projects that are outside of a faculty member's field.
    • Basic criteria for evaluating SBR proposals:
    • Clarity of problem definition and objectives (includes statement of problem, rationale, specific and measurable objectives);
    • Adequacy and appropriateness of proposed methodology (includes timetable and activities designed to meet objectives);
    • Feasibility of accomplishing the objectives within grant year;
    • Qualifications of applicant to undertake the proposed project (includes statement of qualifications and/or current resume/vitae); and
    • Statement of benefits to the University and/or community, if applicable.

    SBR applications may be rejected for any of the following reasons: 

    • Incomplete proposal;
    • Poorly written proposal;
    • Exorbitant budget request;
    • Applicant is not a full-time faculty member;
    • Project purpose is inconsistent with program goals;
    • Budget request solely for equipment;
    • Proposed project is not feasible for budget request period;
    • Applicant failed to submit report for previously funded project(s); or
    • Proposal does not include appropriate methodology to accomplish stated goals
    • Based on the availability of funds for each upcoming fiscal year, full-time faculty are invited to apply for SBR grants. The average grant for 2011-2012 was $3,700.