4.9 Individual Faculty Development Accounts (IFDAs)
The College makes available to all full time tenured and tenure-track faculty an Individual Faculty Development Account (IFDA) in the amount of $2,250* per year.
These account balances carry over from year to year, to a maximum of $6,750. Full-time visitors receive an IFDA funded at $1,500* per year, with a carry over up to $4,000. Faculty members serving under a Limited Appointment Part-time (see section 2.4.12 of the Faculty Handbook) receive IFDAs funded at $750* per year, with
This fund is to be used only for expenses associated with the professional development of the faculty member holding the account. Example uses are travel expenses to attend conferences, conference and workshop registration fees, membership fees in professional societies, publication and copying costs, research supplies, software necessary for research, or payment of a student to help in a faculty member's research.
The fund cannot be used to provide personal compensation to the faculty member.
The IFDA should not be used when funds are available from other sources. For example, funds should not be used for office supplies or office computers. Faculty who are Tenure/Tenure Track, Limited Appointment Part Time or hired under a
- the tablet remains the property of the College and must be returned upon their leaving
- the tablet is not eligible for R & R consideration
Should the faculty member conclude that the unit was an important piece of research equipment and enhanced their scholarly production, she or he is encouraged to set aside a portion of each year's IFDA allocation to enable their replacement of the unit at an appropriate interval. Data plans associated with this equipment may not be funded by IFDA or research monies except where approved by the provost for faculty who have significant administrative responsibilities for which such data plan access can be justified.
Because the funds are meant to enhance the professional development of the faculty member, they should not be used to fund learning opportunities for
(amended May 2007, revised Sep 2011, revised Jan 2011, revised May, June 2013, August 2015)
* Due to Covid-19 cut backs, IFDA allocations have been cut in half for the 2020-2021 academic year.