Teaching Development Fund

The Teaching Development Fund (TDF) is a contractually negotiated collective benefit available to all members of the University of San Francisco Part Time Faculty Association (PTFA) 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).

Please note that, according to the CBA, "Teaching Development Funds are intended primarily for domestic participation and travel in the continental United States. A greater weight will be given to domestic uses. International participation and travel may be considered on a case-by-case basis should sufficient funds be available."

As of Fall 2019, all part-time faculty at USF (College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Management, and School of Nursing and Health Professions) apply for the TDF here and only here.

Applications are due on the first Monday after October 15 and the first Monday after February 15.

The Fall 2020 TDF cycle is now open, under the following revised COVID-19 guidelines:

  • Since USF's travel restrictions are currently in place through at least November 15th and "individuals with plans for travel after November 15 are advised to defer if the travel is non-essential," the TDF Committee will not consider travel applications (aside from local auto travel) or hotel stays for the Fall 2020 cycle. 
  • The TDF Committee encourages faculty interested in virtual conferences that fit within the TDF Guidelines to apply for funding to cover associated costs.
  • If travel restrictions are lifted, faculty can apply in the Spring 2021 cycle for conference travel and accommodation costs. These may be retroactive applications (within the current fiscal year), although awards cannot be guaranteed.


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The Teaching Development Committee encourages questions and comments regarding policies and procedures. Please feel free to contact the co-chairs of the committee, Associate Deans, or faculty representatives.

  • Robert Bathrick, Faculty representative, College of Arts & Sciences, TDF Co-Chair
  • Joshua Gamson, Academic Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, TDF Co-Chair
  • Cheryl Jones-Walker, Associate Dean, School of Education
  • June Madsen Clausen, Senior Associate Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Jeffrey Paris, Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Nate Hinerman, Faculty representative, School of Nursing & Health Professions and College of Arts & Sciences
  • Amy Martin, Faculty representative, School of Management
  • Jake McGoldrick, Faculty representative, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Rick Roberts, Faculty representative, College of Arts & Sciences
Committee staff

Faculty with questions about Concur, checking account balances, reimbursements, and other financial issues, please contact the relevant Office of Operations in your school, listed below. You can also contact Linda Wong (wongl@usfca.edu), Assistant Director of the Center for Institutional Planning & Effectiveness.

College of Arts & Sciences:

School of Education:

School of Management:

School of Nursing and Health Professions:

ARTICLE 22.9. Teaching Development Fund 

22.9.1 No later than October 1, 2018, the University shall provide $85,000 to the Teaching Development Fund for distribution.

22.9.2 No later than October 1, 2019, the University shall provide $80,000 to the Teaching Development Fund for distribution.

22.9.3 No later than October 1, 2020, the University shall provide $80,000 to the Teaching Development Fund for distribution.

22.9.4 Unallocated TDF on September 15, 2019 will revert back to the University.

22.9.5 Teaching Development Funds will be administered by a joint committee made up of a maximum of five (5) administrators and a maximum of (5) adjuncts.

22.9.6 The University shall make the Teaching Development Fund monies available for the term of this Agreement for adjunct professors who are pursuing work in the areas of course development, student learning, and related pedagogical issues. Teaching Development Funds may not be used to compensate adjuncts to attend USF events, programs, or meetings.

22.9.7 Application under the Teaching Development Fund shall be made to the joint committee. The application must clearly explain how such funds will be used. 

22.9.8 Teaching Development Funds are intended primarily for domestic participation and travel in the continental United States. A greater weight will be given to domestic uses. International participation and travel may be considered on a case-by-case basis should sufficient funds be available.

22.9.9 The decision of the joint committee in the award of such funds shall be final.