Faculty Development

Faculty Success Grant

The Office of Faculty Development is excited to announce that our newest grant, The Faculty Success Grant has returned and is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year! Faculty who would like to engage in a professional development/ travel activity this academic year and make a compelling case that this grant would directly benefit ALL three areas of faculty engagement (teaching, scholarship, AND service) are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Application Deadline: Monday, November 1st @ 4pm

The grant awards up to roughly $2,000 and can be used towards activities such as:

  • registration fees for a teaching focused conference, a discipline-specific scholarly conference, or a leadership focused engagement to benefit faculty service roles
  • memberships or programs to faculty success oriented organizations (e.g., National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity/ Faculty Success Program; Academic Impressions)
  • consultant or keynote speaker fees for faculty success related topics

When will funding be available for this grant again?

Funding is available now for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

Apply now!

Why should I apply for a Faculty Success Grant?

Faculty who would like to engage in a professional development/ travel activity this academic year and make a compelling case that this grant would directly benefit ALL three areas of faculty engagement (teaching, scholarship, AND service) are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Those who receive Faculty Success Grants will:

Receive funding that can be applied to conference registration fees and/or professional development activities. Amount funded per individual varies based on need; however, most awards range between $500-$2000.

Who is eligible to apply?

All faculty, tenure-track and lecturers, are eligible for this award. Applicants who are applying for conference registration fees do not have to give a presentation at the conference in order to be eligible.  Individuals may receive Faculty Success Grant funding more than once, but priority will be given to those who have not yet received Faculty Success Grant funding.

How can a professional development benefit ALL three areas directly?

Faculty are encouraged to be creative in thinking about how conference attendance and/or a professional development opportunity can benefit the three areas of emphasis at CSUN (teaching, scholarship, service).

Specific examples could include proposals to:

  • Attend a teaching conference to learn and implement new learning-centered teaching strategies (area 1). To also meet their department scholarship expectations (area 2), the faculty member might develop a plan to collect data to investigate and measure the impact of that teaching approach which would eventually lead to presenting at a conference or publishing in a peer reviewed venue. Finally, the faculty member may offer a workshop (through the Office of Faculty Development, their College, or Department) teaching other faculty about the innovative strategy and impact results (area 3, service).
  • Present at a discipline specific scholarly conference that aligns with department expectations for scholarly activity or maintaining currency in the field (area 1). The faculty member engages students in research related to this conference and returns to campus with an augmented mentoring approach to teaching students about their scholarly field (area 2). Finally, the faculty member serves on a department committee and makes strides to launch a new undergraduate research program for the department (area 3).
  • Engage with a professional speaker or consultant to provide a professional development service (e.g., keynote speaker) that will address a topic that will impact all three areas of teaching, scholarship, and service.

What are some sample conferences or organizations?

What are the evaluation criteria?

The team from Faculty Development will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

  1. Strong Rationale: does the proposal make a strong case that this professional development activity is needed for their success at CSUN?
  2. Comprehensiveness: does the proposal make a strong case that ALL three areas (i.e., teaching, scholarship, service) will be significantly enhanced as a result of this opportunity?
  3. Detailed: is the proposal specific and detailed-oriented about the plans to engage with the teaching, scholarship, and service activities?
  4. Realistic: do the activities proposed appear to be reasonable and demonstrate promise that it can and will be accomplished within the stated timeline?
  5. Consultation: if the proposal includes specific collaborations (e.g., serving on a committee, offering a workshop, launching something new on campus), is there evidence that consultation about the proposed idea has transpired and execution of the idea is viable?

What is required of me if I receive funding?

Grant winners will…

  • Attend an informational/ celebratory coffee in early to mid-November (date/ time/ location details will be announced later based on winner schedules).
  • Engage in the proposed professional development activity proposed in the application before the end of the academic year (May 15, 2022). The funding may not be used for different conferences or delayed.
  • Submit a brief, one-page report to Faculty Development describing the impact of the conference on their professional development no later than June 1, 2022.

What are the application requirements?

A complete application includes one original of the following:

  • A completed application 

  • The applicant’s redacted curriculum vita (CV), not to exceed 5 pages. (This file should contain your CSUN ID only not your name or any other identifying information).

What is the timeline?

  • November 1, 2022:Submit an application to Faculty Development by 4 p.m.
  • Early-Mid Nov: Awards announced
  • Fall 2021-Spring 2022: Attend/engage the proposed activities
  • May 15, 2022: Completion of all proposed activities, including funding spent
  • June 1, 2022: Final written report due to Faculty Development ( )

Who can I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions, contact us in Faculty Development (facdev@csun.edu).

Where is Faculty Development located?

Valera Hall 215 (formerly University Hall)
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8473


How can I contact Faculty Development?



Who are the people in Faculty Development?

FacDev Base Team
Faculty Affiliates
Faculty Peer Reviewers
New Faculty Foundations Committee
Probationary Faculty Grant Review Committee
Active Learning Ambassadors
eLearning Ambassadors