Faculty Development

Professional Development Grant

The Office of Faculty Development is excited to announce that our Professional Development Grant, formerly known the Faculty Success Grant has returned and will soon be accepting applications for the 2023-2024 academic year. Faculty who would like to engage in a professional development/ travel activity this academic year are encouraged to submit a proposal. Faculty will need to make a compelling case that with continued learning, professional development and growth, this opportunity will directly benefit multiple areas of faculty engagement and success (e.g., teaching, scholarship & service).

Application Deadline: Monday, October 30th @ 4:00pm

The grant award can range from $200 up to $2,000 and can be used towards university approved professional development activities such as:

  • registration fees/ university travel for a teaching focused conference, a discipline-specific scholarly conference, or a leadership focused engagement to benefit faculty service roles
  • memberships for faculty success oriented organizations (e.g., Academic Impressions)
  • consultant or keynote speaker fees for faculty success related topics 

How do I apply?

Application coming soon.

Why should I apply for a Professional Development 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 multiple areas of faculty engagement (teaching, scholarship, & service) are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Those who receive the grant 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 $200-$2000.

Who is eligible to apply?

All faculty, tenure-track (including department chairs) 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 grant funding more than once, but priority will be given to those who have not yet received this funding.

How can a professional development benefit multiple areas directly?

Faculty are encouraged to be creative in thinking about how conference attendance and/or a professional development opportunity can benefit multiple 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).
  • Join a professional organization or specialized program that is specifically focused on developing faculty in higher education related to all three areas of teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • 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?

Priority will be given to those who have not previously received funding for professional development from Faculty Development. A FacDev team will evaluate applications anonymously based on the following criteria:

  1. Comprehensiveness: does the proposal explain how ALL three areas (i.e., teaching, scholarship, service) will be significantly enhanced as a result of this opportunity?
  2. Strong Rationale: does the proposal make a case that this professional development activity is needed for their success at CSUN?
  3. Detailed: is the proposal specific and detailed-oriented about the plans to engage with the professional development activity?
  4. Realistic: do the activities proposed 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 (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. 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 30, 2023.

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?

  • February 15th, 2023: Submit an application to Faculty Development by 4 p.m.
  • Early March: Awards announced
  • Spring 2023: Attend/engage the proposed activities
  • June 15, 2023: Completion of all proposed activities, including funding spent
  • June 30, 2023: 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 FacDev located?

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


How can I contact FacDev?



Who are the people in FacDev?

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