Office of Research & Creative Scholarship

Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Fund

The Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Fund (PTFF) supports the scholarly and creative activities of the part-time faculty members of Emerson College. The Office of Academic Affairs administers the fund.

The application deadline for the Part-Time Faculty Professional Development Fund (PTFF) for FY2017 will be on November 3, 2015.

Upcoming Grant Period: Grants awarded in FY2017 must be conducted between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

Previous Grant Period: Grants awarded in FY2016 must be conducted between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Internal Pre-Approval Form

Please submit your Internal Funding Proposal - Pre-Approval form to in the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship by the October 20, 2015 deadline outlined in the calendar.


Part-time faculty members who are AFEC members and who have taught at least one course during each of the prior three consecutive years (including fall 2015) are eligible to apply for these funds.

PTFF Funding

The PTFF Grant will provide support for approved projects up to $750 each. The PTFF Committee, which is comprised of part-time faculty and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, make the final decision for funding and determination of awards.

Types of Activities Funded

  • Travel and expenses leading to scholarly, peer-reviewed publications
  • Travel and expenses leading to the production of creative and artistic works such as media productions, creative writing, performances, screenplays, exhibitions, audio and music productions, etc.
  • Travel and expenses related to refereed conference presentations of scholarly or creative activities
  • Travel and expenses related to presentations to industry-related conferences and conventions
  • Expenses for attending seminars and conferences related to new course development
  • Expenses for attending faculty development seminars and conferences to improve teaching skills

Types of Activities Not Funded

  • Activities that are already defined as part of part-time faculty members’ expected duties and responsibilities.
  • Activities for which the part-time faculty member is already receiving compensation, course release, or some other form of College support.

Criteria and Considerations

  • Applications must be complete, clearly written, compelling, well defined and easily understood by all of the reviewers.
  • Applications that are incomplete and do not follow directions may be disqualified.
  • While applicants may apply for consecutive year awards, the committee will evaluate proposals that are a continuation of any previously funded projects to determine if funding is appropriate.
  • Support for travel from the PTFF should be for activities that directly advance proposal activities.
  • Applicants are required to submit a report of their project after completion.

FY2017 Calendar

October 20, 2015 Internal Pre-Approval Form due to
November 3, 2015 PTFF applications are due.
After November 3, 2015 Committee evaluation of all proposals and recommendations to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) regarding proposal support and level of funding.
February 2, 2016 The VPAA, in consideration of the recommendations provided by the PTFF Committee, will make final selections and award determinations, and notify the Committee in writing about the final awards.
February 16, 2016 Final day for the VPAA to give written notification to all applicants.
July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 Approved projects conducted.
June 15, 2017 All receipts due to the Office of Academic Affairs for reimbursement of project expenses.
November 1, 2017 Final report due for projects conducted during FY2017 (to be filed online).

The Part Time Faculty Professional Development Fund Committee

Applications will be reviewed by a Professional Development Fund committee (“the committee”) consisting of five (5) adjuncts, three of whom will be elected by the part-time faculty, and two of whom will be appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). Members serving on the committee are not eligible to apply for awards from the Fund in the year(s) on which they are reviewing applications.