Faculty Development Programs and Grants

John A. Delaney Presidential Professor

Application  CLOSED


(John A. Delaney Presidential Professor application, 2014)

Purpose: To recognize and facilitate the scholarly productivity of distinguished faculty

Selection Criteria -- Faculty members eligible for such appointment:
1. must hold tenure at the rank of full Professor at the University of North Florida.  
2. must have a strong record of significant scholarly accomplishment in the form of publications, grants, collaborations, or any discipline-specific index of achievement.  
3. have never held a Presidential Professorship at the University of North Florida.

Faculty Development Grants Program 2016

Terry Presidential Professor applications - due February 1, 2013 - CLOSED

 Academic Affairs announces this year's 2016 Faculty Development Grant opportunities in areas including Scholarship (deadline 10/23/15) and Teaching (deadline 10/16/15)

Go to Faculty Grants program for more information. 



Faculty Sabbatical and Leave Program - 2016-17

Full-time tenured faculty members who will have completed at least six (6) years of continuous full-time service with the University by the end of the 2015-16 academic year are eligible to apply. 

For complete eligibility guidelines, please refer to the BOT-UFF Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 24.  .   


 Sabbatical Procedures, Fall 2015

Sabbatical Application, Fall 2016-17 

Sabbatical Application, Fall 2016-17 Word version


Faculty Scholarship Release Program

The Division of Academic Affairs provides faculty members with course releases to further the faculty members´ research, scholarship, and/or creative activity. These releases are intended to recognize future promise.

Scholarship Release Program for Tenured and Tenure-Earning Faculty - Policy



Professional Development Leave Program - 2016-17 NEW

Non-tenure earning faculty members are eligible to be considered as a candidate to receive a one-semester full-pay Professional Development Leave (PDL). 

 Professional Development Leave Application 

Professional Development Leave Application WORD version

 PDL Procedures

 UNF Foundation Board Initiatives - 2015-16

Process and Timeline  

The UNF Foundation Board invites you to learn more about the 2015-2016 Foundation Board Initiatives by attending an Open House on Friday, September 11th at 11:00 a.m. in room #3805 of the Student Union Bldg. 58/West.  It is open to all teaching faculty who have an interest in requesting funding and have questions about the process.  During the Open House, board members will share information about the Board Initiatives, answer questions and give feedback.

 This year the UNF Foundation will be able to award $50,000 and will select a maximum of three proposals for funding.  At least one of the proposals selected for funding will support research work. The UNF Foundation Board welcomes proposals from all UNF teaching faculty (tenured or tenure-earning faculty or instructors). To initially request funding a “letter of interest” must be submitted to the Deans in early November. Details and the complete timeline can be found below and are also listed on this webpage:



Successful proposals will describe research or special projects that will accomplish one or more of the following goals. 

  •          An academic and/or research project that might lead to a significant advancement in its field, merit publication or production and enhance the quality of learning and the reputation of the University of North Florida.

  •          A unique transformational learning opportunity that advances the strategic priorities of the faculty member’s department.

  •          The positive impact of the project on the communities of Northeast Florida.

  •          The efficient use of funds and return on investment projected, and a high level of involvement of UNF students.

2015-2016 Timeline 

  •          September 11, 2015 Open House at 11:00 a.m. in the Student Union, Room #3805 - faculty invited to meet a group of Foundation Board Advancement Committee members to discuss the proposal process.

  •          November 2, 2015 – deadline for submission of one-page “letter of interest” to each Dean’s office.  The letter should contain the following elements…


    1.                   Name of Project and Brief Statement of Need/Purpose

    1.                   Brief Description of Proposed Activities

    1.                   Brief Description of Measurement of Success

    1.                   Partner Organizations (if applicable)

    1.                   How Project Fits into Department and College Strategic Plan

    1.                   Total Amount of Funding Request

    1.                   Department Chair’s Signature

  •          January 20, 2016 – the committee will invite selected faculty to submit full proposals and make presentations to the committee on March 3.

  •          February 19, 2016 deadline for submission of full proposals to each Dean’s office and University Development and Alumni Engagement.

  •          March 3, 2016 – the committee will hear presentations by faculty finalists.  Visuals and power points can be utilized.

  •          March 15, 2016 – the full Foundation Board will vote to approve the committee’s recommendations for Board Initiative funding.

  •          July-August, 2016 – funding will be dispersed into accounts and faculty will launch their projects during the new academic year.



  View previous grant awards:

Foundation Board Initiatives Funding History 2000-2006

Foundation Board Initiatives Funding History 2007-2009 

Foundation Board Initiatives Funding 2010-11