Western Carolina University takes great pride in the quality of education provided to our students.  Our faculty work very hard to maintain these high standards and are constantly working towards creating an ever evolving and engaging learning environment.  As a means to recognize faculty and staff who have gone above and beyond expectations, WCU provides several awards to highlight their accomplishments.  The CFC coordinates the monthly awarding of the Professional Development Grant program for providing funds for faculty and instructional staff to pursue professional development opportunities. Additionally, the Commons also coordinates the process for the selection of awards as directed by the Office of the Provost.

Professional Development Grant
Established in 2012, this grant supports the strategic mission of WCU by providing funds for faculty and instructional staff to pursue professional development opportunities in areas such as teaching and learning, scholarship, leadership, certification, accreditation, assessment, and other related areas. This program replaces and expands upon two former grant programs: Microgrants and Provost Instructional Improvement Grants.

Maximum Award: $1,000.

Professional Development Grant Form 2017-2018

Travel Pre-Approval Form 2016

About the Coulter Faculty Commons

The Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Western Carolina University serves full and part-time faculty in all areas of teaching and learning.  The CFC staff works hard to provide one-stop service for our faculty.  The CFC’s staff strive to lead our faculty members through the promotion of an established blend of pedagogy, technology, and research, not only to support success in the classroom, but also professional development by designing activities and consultations that spread excitement for scholarly growth.  We want Western Carolina University faculty to know they are a part of an academic community where there are continuous open discussions and support for teaching and learning activities.  Where senior faculty remember why they first became teachers and where junior faculty seek excellence in teaching and research.  And where new faculty and graduate teaching assistants experience a wise and compassionate teaching internship or apprenticeship.


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