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  Lecturers Employee Organization
Professional development fund deadline Sept. 30

The University is calling for proposals in the first round of professional development funding that was an outcome of the most recent collective bargaining with the Lecturers' Employee Organization.

Under the 2007-11 agreement lecturers on the Ann Arbor campus are eligible for up to $500 in support of activities that encourage creativity to enhance their teaching, says Jeffery Frumkin, associate vice provost and senior director of Academic Human Resources.

"This fund will provide another opportunity for lecturers to further develop their teaching skills and also to remain current in their fields," Frumkin says.

The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Office has allocated $21,000 for the 2008-09 academic year to be administered centrally by a committee of faculty, administrators and lecturers. Any lecturer with an active appointment or an approved leave of absence may apply. Preference will be given to those who have taught for two consecutive semesters.

Successful applicants must demonstrate that they expect to hold appointments beyond the award disbursement, and already have applied for other professional development funding within their academic units.

Frumkin says successful proposals will:

• Offer a way for lecturers to enhance their command of their subject matter;

• Provide for growth in the lecturers' teaching methods;

• Assist the lecturers in developing, organizing and conveying course content;

• Enhance the development or implementation of innovative teaching and learning activities in the academic unit; and

• Offer a way for lecturers to share results of their work with a broader scholarly community.

Examples of proposed uses include: travel and participation in regional, national or international professional meetings or competitions; membership in professional organizations; continuing education; and graduate student or work-study assistance.

The deadline to submit an application is Sept. 30. Awards will be announced on or about Oct. 31.

The professional development fund was among several items agreed upon in the University's second three-year contract with the union that represents about 1,300 lecturers and other non-tenure faculty on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. LEO members ratified the contract in September.

For more information on criteria and how to submit an application, go to For questions about the application procedure call Academic Human Resources at 763-8938.

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