Professional Development Grant

The PSS Professional Development Grant supports professional development, growth, and/or advancement opportunities for professional staff at Binghamton University. Activities funded by this grant will contribute to the overall success of the staff member(s), their campus unit, and the University as a whole. Successful applications will make a clear case for how an activity will directly benefit both the individual and the university.

Eligibility & Requirements

Please read carefully. Applications that do not meet the requirements listed below will have their applications turned down without review. If you are unsure whether you meet one of the following criteria, please contact PSS before submitting.

  1. Applications may only be submitted by current RF, M/C, and/or UUP-represented staff. Full- or part-time faculty, graduate students, and CSEA-represented staff are NOT eligible for this grant, though they may qualify for the UUP’s Individual Development Award.
  2. This grant can only reimburse personal payments towards past or future activities. Under no circumstances can payments be made to campus units, departments or other entities. (Please see “Qualifying vs. Non-Qualifying Activities” below.)
  3. If you are receiving additional support for this activity from another source, you must indicate the amount of funding in the “Budget” section of the application form. You may only submit expenses not already covered by internal or external funding sources. You are required to disclose all other sources of funding. (Note: all applications are considered on their own merits; having other funding source[s] will neither help nor hinder your application.)
  4. There will be two application cycles in 2021-2022:
    • Fall submission deadline: Covers eligible costs incurred between June 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.
    • Spring submission deadline: Covers eligible costs incurred between January 1, 2022 and May 31, 2022.
  5. Grant awardees must provide receipts detailing the dates and amounts of these costs no later than January 15, 2022 for fall submissions and June 15, 2022 for spring submissions; failure to provide this documentation may result in your grant funds being rescinded. PSS will disburse grant funds after the activity is completed and if the recipient has submitted the required receipts.



Period for eligible activities: June 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Q&A Information Session:
Applications due by: September 30, 2021
Decisions issued on or around: October 15, 2021
Receipts/documentation due by: January 15, 2022


Period for eligible activities: January 1, 2022 - May 31, 2022                 
Q&A Information Session: TBD
Applications due by: February 28, 2022
Decisions issued on or around: March 15, 2022
Receipts/documentation due by: June 15, 2022

Qualifying Activities/Costs

  • Basic, applied or historical research
  • Curriculum or instructional material development
  • Workshop, seminar, internship or course (not covered by another waiver)
  • Conference participation or attendance
  • Equipment purchases
  • Preparation of material for publication
  • Grant proposal development
  • Artistic or creative endeavors
  • Professional reading or independent study
  • Other work-related professional development projects or activities

Non-Qualifying Activities/Costs

  • Tuition already covered by Contract Article 46/SUNY tuition waiver
  • Stipends, compensation, or salary
  • Personal expenses
  • Departmental operating expenses
  • Parking/traffic tickets, or fines of any type
  • Per diem and mileage will not be paid but individual meals, gas, etc. with original receipts are allowed 

Frequently funded activities include:

  • Registration fees (for conferences, workshops, webinars, or other events) 
  • Travel expenses (transportation, lodging, meal receipts and other expenses)
  • Research support (computer time, network access or support, etc.)
  • Course-related supplies (books, materials, fees, etc.)

Examples of Review Criteria

  • Individual need
  • Benefit to the University
  • Alignment to the Roadmap
  • Active involvement (i.e. presenting or committee involvement)

If you have any questions concerning this program, please contact the Professional Staff Senate.

To apply: 

Complete the online application form.  Applicants will be required to upload a letter of support from their immediate supervisor. In this letter, please ask your supervisor describe their support for your activity and to explicitly state if the department will or will not be funding in whole or in part this professional development opportunity. 


How much funding is offered?

PSS typically receives dozens of applications each grant cycle. While we strive to allocate more dollars to meet the high demand on campus, the total grant budget for 2021-22 is $20,000, restricting our ability to fully fund the majority of applications. Some, and often most, grants are given at less than the full request.

Past Professional Development Grant Winners

  • Cohley Acenowr, Psychology
spring 2020
  • Meghan Crist, Watson College
  • Kerri Culhane, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Aynur de Rouen, Libraries
  • Megan Garton, TLEL
  • Brian Grills, Public Archaeology Facility
  • Kathryn Keesler, Business Affairs
  • Claire Kovacs, Art Museum
  • Fabiola Moreno Olivas, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships
  • Linda Salomons, Dean of Students
  • Randi Scheiner, Counseling
  • Genevieve Vallerga, Information Technology Services
  • Allen Wengert, Communications and Marketing
  • Andrea Witteman, University Center for Training and Development
  • Margaret Wolford, Watson College
fall 2019
  • Alycia Lackey, Biological Sciences
  • Amanda Osborne, Residential Life
  • Kari Bayait, Theatre
  • Caprice Chavez, Psychology
  • Jesse Fuca, Athletics
  • Madhuri Govindaraju, Office of Communications and Marketing
  • Monica Majors, Watson Dean's Office
  • Zoraya Cruz-Bonilla, Student Affairs Assessment and Strategic Initiatives
Spring 2019 
  • Rachel Cavalari, Institute for Child Development
  • Samantha Christ, Center for Learning and Teaching
  • Marcia Focht, Art History
  • Marcus Newton, Art and Design
  • Alison Nottke, Residential Life
  • Lyne Roglieri, Physical Facilities
  • Manar Sabry, Student Affairs Assessment and Strategic Initiatives
  • Casey Slocum, Print Solutions
  • Virginia Stever, Economics
  • Cheryl Tarbox, ITS
  • Vincent Van Nostrand, Chemistry
Fall 2018
  • Ada Robinson-Perez
  • Olga Petrova
  • Cheryl Tarbox
  • Patti Dowd
  • Charles Grochowiak
  • Jason Gilbert
  • David Lewis
  • Todd Schmidt
  • Trevar Haefele
  • Kari Bayait
  • Lucia Pfizenmaier
  • Kim Garrison
  • Kristie Bowers, Athletics
  • Kelli Campa, Residential Life
  • James Hundley, Global Studies and LxC
  • Mark Jensen, Information Technology Services
  • Gregory Ketcham, Undergraduate Admissions
  • Celeste Lee, Harpur Academic Advising
  • Erin Marulli, Broome County HEARS
  • Cory Rusin, Broome County HEARS
  • Kate Shinko, University Counseling Center
  • Betsy Staff, New Student Programs
  • Virginia Stever, Economics
  • Casey Ward, CCPA - Promise Zone
FALL 2017
  • Robert Emmett, Athletics
  • Linda Salomons, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Renee Andrews, Physical Facilities Long Term Planning
  • Erik Colon, Educational Opportunity Program
  • Colin Evans, Residence Life
  • Mary Petrosky, Physical Facilities
  • Josué Quiñones, Educational Opportunity Program
  • Mark Allen
  • Janine Bautista 
  • Andrea MacArgel
  • Alexsa Silva
  • Mary Jane Sager