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. The Fall 2019 grant cycle covers associated costs incurred between June 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. The Spring 2020 grant cycle covers associated costs incurred between January 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020.
  5. Grant awardees must provide receipts detailing the dates and amounts of these costs within 30 days of payment; failure to provide this documentation may result in your grant funds being rescinded.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.


Applications for the Fall 2019 grant cycle (covering costs between June 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019) may be submitted starting September 10, 2019. All applications are due Friday, October 11, 2019. Recipients will be notified no later than October 25, 2019.

Applications for the Spring 2020 grant cycle (covering costs between January 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020) may be submitted starting December 2, 2019. All applications are due Friday, February 7, 2020. Recipients will be notified no later than February 21, 2020. 

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 conference, 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 may receive more than 30 applications in a given semester. While PSS is striving to allocate more dollars to meet the high demand on campus, the total grant budget for 2019-2020 is $15,000, restricting our ability to fully fund the majority of applications. Grants offered depend on the number of strong applications and the dollars available. Applicants may not yield a 100% reimbursement.

How are awardees reimbursed?

Reimbursement procedures can be found online

Past Professional Development Grant Winners

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