Teaching Development Fund

The Teaching Development Fund (TDF) is a contractually negotiated collective benefit available to all members of the University of San Francisco Faculty Association – Part Time (USFFA-PT) to support “adjunct professors who are pursuing work in the areas of course development, student learning and related pedagogical issues.” The total amount of the fund is determined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

The deadline for Spring 2019 has passed. The next TDF deadline, for the Fall 2019 awards, will be Monday, October 21st, 2019.

Faculty will be notified when the TDF application site is open for the upcoming cycle.


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Awards decisions are made by a TDF committee consisting of both faculty members and representatives of the CAS administration. Information about the current committee can be found under “Questions and Feedback” below.

TDF applications must directly relate to courses being taught at USF. The TDF cannot be used for research, student travel, credit-bearing courses at other institutions, other professional development not directly related to courses currently being taught at USF or to compensate faculty to attend USF events, programs, or meetings. The CBA states that the TDF is intended “primarily for domestic participation and travel in the continental United States,” but “international participation and travel may be considered on a case-by-case basis should sufficient funds be available.”

All applications are submitted via the Gnosis system. No hard-copy applications or award letters are used. There are currently two funding cycles, one in the Fall (with a mid-October deadline) and one in Spring (with a mid-February deadline).

The required application contents are found within these guidelines and on the gnosis TDF application site. Faculty are expected to read these instructions carefully and to provide everything requested.

Applicants are welcome to submit more than one application within a cycle, although if there is a budget shortfall not all worthy applications can be funded. Applicants with more than one application are required to rank their applications according to priority order from most to least professionally significant.

No. Notifications and reminders go out many weeks before the deadline. For the TDF Committee to complete its work we need everyone to submit their applications on time. To avoid complications, please do not wait to submit until the last minutes before the online system closes.

Applications are given one of three results: accepted, conditionally accepted, or denied. Award letters are sent shortly after the TDF Committee’s final decisions are made, typically about a month after the submission deadline for that cycle has passed.

  • Faculty whose proposals are accepted are free to use their funds as soon as they have received their award letter.
  • Applications that are conditionally accepted are typically those in which the applicant is awaiting an important piece of information (e.g., whether a paper has been accepted for a conference) or the TDF Committee is requesting additional information. Once the issue is resolved with the TDF Committee Chair, the application is accepted.
  • Applications that are denied are not funded. The applicant will receive an email summarizing the TDF Committee’s reasons for the denial. We encourage unsuccessful applicants to talk with the Committee Chair and/or their Associate Dean to learn more about the reasons for denial and then, when appropriate, to revise and resubmit for the following funding cycle.

To receive reimbursement, you will need to submit an expense report electronically through Concur using the account number listed in the award letter. Reimbursement requests should be submitted within 10 days from the date of the expense.