Staff Association

Professional Development

Please note: As of January 14, 2015, Professional Development Funds for AY2014-15 have been exhausted.

Staff Application for Professional Development Funding

Missouri Western State University encourages Exempt and Non-Exempt Staff to attend professional meetings and pursue professional development.  The purpose should be to upgrade the individual’s’ professional knowledge in order to benefit the department and the University.

Funding for such is available through both the Human Resources Department and the Staff Association.

Staff Development Funding from the Human Resources Department shall not exceed $200 per person per fiscal year.   Approval of funding is granted by the Human Resources Director after review of each application and is based on availability of budgeted funds.

Professional Development Funding through the Staff Association is available based on allocation of funds by the MWSU Foundation.    This funding shall not exceed $200 per person per fiscal year.  A committee of Staff Association members will review each application and make the decision regarding the funds awarded based on the availability of budgeted funds.

The required procedure for applying for these funds is:

  1. Obtain supervisor’s approval for event attendance.
  2. The employee must request funding from the department and/or immediate supervisor.
  3. The employee must complete the Staff Application for Staff/Professional Development Funding.
  4. The Staff Application for Staff/Professional Development Funding must be turned into the Human Resources Office prior to travel or event.
  5. Reimbursement will not occur if application is not received prior to travel or event.

The procedure for approval of funding is:

  1. Human Resources will review the Staff Application for Staff/Professional Development Funding.
  2. Human Resources will determine the funding amount from the Staff Development Funds they monitor, making note of the award on the application and sending notification to the applicant.
  3. Human Resources will forward a copy of the Staff Application for Staff/Professional Development Funding to the chair of the Professional Development Committee of the Staff Association.
  4. The Professional Development Committee of the Staff Association will review the Staff Application for Staff/Professional Development Funding.
  5. The Professional Development Committee will determine funding amount from the Professional Development Funds they monitor, making note of the award on the application and sending notification to the applicant.

The procedure for transfer of funding is:

  1. Upon completion of the travel or event, please submit a copy of receipts for all expenses as well as verification of attendance (i.e. program, name badge, certificate, etc.) to both the Human Resources Department and the Professional Development Committee Chair.  Receipts and verification of attendance must be submitted within 45 days of travel or allocated funding will be revoked.
  2. The Human Resources Department and Professional Development Committee will review the receipts.
  3. Upon validation of the receipts, the reimbursement funding will be transferred to the appropriate department budget.

Click Here for the Application

For any questions regarding Professional Development Funding available through Staff Association,
please contact the current chair of the Professional Development Committee.