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Professional Development

Purpose: The SDSU College of Nursing supports individual and collective professional development activities for nursing faculty who must maintain current knowledge and expertise related to nursing and health care.

Description: The mission, role and scope of the SDSU College of Nursing advocates the professional development of its faculty. Faculty Development is defined as an ongoing process which seeks to facilitate the growth of faculty in teaching/advising, research/scholarship, service and expertise in the practice of nursing. Faculty Development is meant to stimulate professional growth of the individual and the collective faculty. The primary goals are to identify and respond to faculty needs which are relevant to the mission, role and scope of the College of Nursing. The responsibility for this professional development lies with both the individual and the collective faculty (See table below).


I. Professional development of individual faculty member.

  1. The responsibility of the individual for their own professional development includes:
    1. Identify measurable short- and long-term goals annually.
    2. Develop strategies for achievement of identified goals.
    3. Identify pertinent faculty development activities that will increase individual growth.
    4. Assess relevance of identified activities to the mission, role, scope and selected goals of the College of Nursing.
    5. Assess feasibility of engaging in the identified activities.
    6. Identify appropriate funding sources to support activities and make the appropriate requests for funding.
      1. Faculty development funding that is not included under this policy:
        1. In-state professional development (less than $500—which includes conference fee, travel, meals and lodging).
        2. Faculty/committee meetings or teaching obligations that require travel.
        3. Dean's travel.
        4. Faculty development travel paid by a leadership team member's discretionary funds.
        5. Faculty travel requested by the Administration.
        6. Formal education, e.g. masters or doctoral courses.
        7. Funding by grants, research incentive funds, or Scholarly Excellence Funds, Dissemination Award from SDSU.
    7. Annual review of progress toward short- and long-term goals.
  2. The responsibility of the collective faculty for the development of the individual faculty members includes the following:
    1. The supervisor discusses short- and long-term goals with the individual at the annual review and facilitates goal achievement throughout the year.
    2. Administrators and the faculty organization (e.g., committees and specialty groups) disseminate information that will facilitate development of the individual faculty member.
    3. Annually, the Dean of the College of Nursing allocates the funds available for the “Faculty Development Fund”. In addition to the “Faculty Development Fund” there are other funds available.
      1. A leadership team member may allocate portions of discretionary funds for development activities of an individual faculty member.
      2. The Dean distributes other funding when available through other sources (such as the SDSU Foundation).

II. Professional development of the collective faculty.

  1. The responsibility of the individual for the development of the collective faculty includes:
    1. Participating in the annual identification of collective faculty development needs (e.g., surveys from Faculty Development Committee).
    2. Disseminating information from individual development activities (e.g. conferences and workshops).
    3. Sharing skills and areas of expertise with other faculty (e.g., conducting workshops, providing consultations).
  2. The responsibility of the collective faculty for development of the collective faculty includes the following:
    1. Faculty Development Committee is responsible for annual assessment of collective faculty development needs.
    2. Faculty Development Committee analyzes data from the needs assessment and presents findings to Executive Committee with recommendations for implementation.
    3. Executive Committee acts upon recommendations of Faculty Development Committee to implement faculty development activities.
    4. Faculty Development Committee reviews applications for professional development funding and makes recommendations to the Dean.
    5. Any committee or group from the faculty organization can recommend, initiate and implement faculty development activities.
    6. Faculty Development Committee serves as a resource for those implementing faculty development activities (e.g., guidelines for workshop planning and evaluation).

III. Professional development responsibilities of the Faculty Development Committee

  1. By September 1 for Fall and February 1 for Spring and Summer, the Dean of the College of Nursing notifies the Faculty Development Committee of the amount established for disbursement. Faculty Development Funding Applications are also due on September 1 for Fall and February 1 for Spring and Summer. These dates are listed in the College of Nursing Announcements.
  2. Funds will be allocated across three categories
    1. Category I: Individual presentation of research or scholarly activity and professional development
    2. Category II: Individual attendance for professional development
    3. Category III: Collective faculty for professional development (event will be for a group of CON faculty members)
  3. Faculty Development funding requests can be made by individuals or committees/teaching teams and can only be requested for the CURRENT fiscal year (July 1- June 30). A faculty member may receive faculty development funding only once within a fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).
  4. The Faculty Development Funding Application is to be used for requests for funding from the Faculty Development Fund.  Incomplete or illegible applications or failure to follow the procedure will result in the return of the application without a review by the Faculty Development Committee. NOTE: Faculty need to complete the  College of Nursing Conference Attendance Request Formwith their intent to seek faculty development funding and receive supervisor approval FIRST before submitting the faculty development funding application.
  5. The Faculty Development Committee will have a sub-committee of two members and the chair/chair elect (who are not requesting funds) to review applications. The Faculty Development Committee will send recommendations for funding in each of the three categories to the Dean by September 15 and February 15.
  6. If a faculty member learns that an abstract for podium/poster presentation has not been accepted for a conference that they have received funding to attend (Category I), the faculty member must inform the Faculty Development Committee to determine if he/she remains eligible for funding.
  7. By May 1, funds that have not been allocated or funds that the faculty member was unable to use will be returned to the Dean of the College of Nursing. Funds may not be used to enhance previously awarded requests. Funds awarded may only be used for the approved request.
  8. The Faculty Development Committee will assist individual/collective faculty in dissemination of professional development activities. Award notification

Faculty Development Policy Rationale


Relevance to Mission Role and Scope of College of Nursing





Individual Faculty Member

Goals of individual faculty members should be relevant to mission and goals of College of Nursing.

The individual's faculty development activities if funded by the CON must be congruent with mission, role, scope and goals of the College of Nursing.

Identify measurable short and long-term goals, annually.

Identify pertinent individual faculty development activities designed to enhance competencies in faculty role.

Supervisor discusses individual's goals with individual and facilitates goal attainment on an ongoing basis.

Administrators and faculty organization facilitate dissemination of relevant information and resources.

Individual and Supervisor evaluate goals annually.

Written documentation of impact of College of Nursing funded faculty development activities.


Faculty as a Collective Body

Goal of collective faculty development activities must reflect identified needs of College of Nursing.

Identify and inform Faculty Development Committee regarding faculty development needs.

Be attentive to national and local issues that affect nursing and the mission of the College of Nursing.

Be available to share individual expertise with faculty.

Share with faculty relevant information, issues & trends.

Faculty Development Committee implements annual assessment of faculty development needs.

Faculty organization, based on needs assessment, facilitates the planning, implementation and evaluation of faculty development activities.

Evaluation included in planning implementation of faculty development activities.

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Formerly Policy- #F6220
Reviewed by the Bylaws and Handbook Committee:  December 2016; March 2019
University links updated: July 2016