​​​​​​​​The Faculty Professional Development Council was established by a 1985 Board of Governors’ policy “to encourage continuous attention to the professional growth and development of System faculty as teaching scholars.” The Council has addressed a wide range of faculty interests, needs, and talents, and provides professional development opportunities for faculty at all levels and in all disciplines and professional fields. 

The Council also establishes an annual schedule for solicitation of proposals from faculty at the 14 universities.  Proposals are submitted to the university which narrows the field, if necessary, and then  are reviewed by the Council.


 Annual Grant Program

​The Annual Grants Program is intended to provide professional growth opportunities for individual faculty, although some grants call for teams or groups of faculty.

The categories include:
  • Joint Faculty-Student Basic or Applied Research
  • Scholarly Research: Basic or Applied
  • Joint Faculty-Student Public Service
  • Creative and Performing Arts 
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 
  • Individual Career Enhancement in Off-Site Settings