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Professional Development

Opportunity Awards Update

Applications for Professional Development Opportunity Awards

are NO LONGER accepted for the 2023-24 fiscal year.


Applications for the 2024-2025 fiscal year will be accepted starting on July 1st, 2024. Applications will be reviewed upon acceptance on a first-come, first serve basis until the funds are depleted. 


A link to download the PDOA Application is available at the bottom of this page. 

About the Professional Development Opportunity Awards


The Professional Development Opportunity Awards are administered by the Office of Professional Development and provide funding of up to $1,500.00 in support of significant professional development activities that directly support the employee’s contribution at Daytona State College. These awards are intended to support non-compulsory professional development activities that are not funded through other sources.

The final number of awards funded will be dependent upon the amount of funding requested in each application. The awards are provided throughout the year.

Potential activities include, but are not limited to developing or redesigning curricula, attending and/or presenting at professional meetings and conferences, researching best practices in the field, participating in continuing education courses and college-credit courses (non-degree seeking).


To be eligible to receive a Professional Development Opportunity Award, employees must be regular, full-time and not currently under a probationary period. 

Professional Development Opportunity Award applications will be accepted anytime throughout the year. Electronic copies are preferred & can be sent to Applications in hard copy can be sent to the Office of Professional Development; Daytona Beach campus, Building 100, Room 212

Faculty and staff are limited to receive one Professional Development Opportunity Award per fiscal year.

Applications should describe the professional development activity for which funding is requested and should clearly articulate how participation in this activity will support the college’s mission and the outcomes of the applicant’s respective department. In addition, applications should include a dissemination plan which clearly describes the strategy for sharing with the larger college community the knowledge gained from participation in the professional development activity. The professional development activity for which funding is requested should take place during the current fiscal year.

Applications must be signed and dated by the applicant, their direct supervisor/chair, and be accompanied by a line item budget identifying the costs associate with the requested funding along with supporting documentation (hotel quotes, airfare quotes, conference registration quotes, etc.).

Application Review

Applications are available below. All applications are scored using the below rubric. Applications MUST be received at least 30 business days prior to the start of the travel/event. All Travel Authorizations must be submitted through PeopleSoft at least 14 business days prior to the start of travel. Funds could be denied without the Travel Authorization's completion.  

Perkins requests utilize the same application, but must also follow the Perkins Professional Development Procedure provided below. Perkins requests will be reviewed by the Perkins Committee and scored using the rubric provided below. 

Note: Faculty members requesting Staff and Program Development funding through Academic Affairs can use the same PD Funding Application available below. Please be sure to identify the funding source as the Academic Affairs Professional Development Award. 

Please direct any questions to Rachael Dougherty, 506-3888.