Staff Development Funds

The UA Staff Alliance is pleased to offer a scholarship for UA classes taken by staff that directly support their career or professional development. The scholarship, good for the 2023 Spring Semester, is for up to $250 per employee while the funds last.
This offer is available while the funds last, on a first come, first served basis, so apply early! Staff Alliance is offering support for staff professional development activities that directly support their career or professional development in FY23. This support is good for any activities occurring within FY23, and is for up to $500 per employee, while the funds last. (Please note, this is not applicable to UA class fees. To apply for $250 in support for UA class fees, while funds last, use this form.) Examples of applicable activities include but not limited to: Professional organization membership and dues, online training, conferences, and professional webinars. Thank you to President Pitney and the UA Board of Regents for providing these funds and supporting professional development for staff.
UAF Staff Council was allocated FY22 professional development funds through the Staff Alliance
The UAF Staff Council executive board reviewed morale survey results, conducted a separate
staff development survey and held numerous discussions to determine how to allocate
this funding to have the greatest impact on UAF staff.
The funds will be expended as follows:
Spring 2022 Staff Tuition Scholarship:
1. $12,500 allocated; will cover approximately 50 employees up to $250 each for tution or fees.
2. This process will be coordinated along with the Bursar’s Office and treated in a similar
manner to the tuition waiver process.
3. Status: A Next-Gen form and approval process has been created; advertising will
begin prior to the hard closure and funds will be awarded on a rolling basis until
the fee payment deadline or the funds have been extended (whichever comes
5. The tuition waiver request form is available here.

Conference Registration Stipend:
1. $6,000 allocated; first come first serve until funds are expended.
2. Must be used for professional development conferences and/or online professional
development classes
3. After being advertised, email requests will be approved via email and provided with the
fund/org to provide to their procurement specialist.
4. Status: Pending application approval and advertisement.

LinkedIn Learning ( Subscription:
1. $13,000 allocated for 250 licenses. Licenses will be managed by UAF Staff Council and
will be good for one calendar year from the date of the agreement’s execution.
2. Licenses will be issued to those that don’t have access through their local library.
3. Status: Partially Implemented: the procurement has been submitted and awaits

Guest Presenter Stipend:
1. $5,000 allocated.
2. The University Advocacy Committee will seek opportunities for new brown bag lunches
with guest speakers. These funds may also be used to support a presenter for Staff
Recognition and Development Day.
3. Status: Pending implementation in spring 2022.

UAA/UAS/SO Staff Council Collaboration:
1. $5,000 allocated; will be coordinated with Staff Alliance membership.
2. Funds will be used to support staff development opportunities and open other councils’
activities to UAF staff members.
3. Status: Pending implementation in spring 2022.

Affinity Group Support
1. $3,000 allocated; will be coordinated with the Staff Alliance affinity groups committee.
2. Funds will be used to support the implementation of affinity groups; groups will be
provided an opportunity to request start-up funds and funds for ongoing activities and
3. Status: Pending implementation of the Staff Alliance affinity groups proposal in
spring 2022.

Staff Leadership Institute:
1. $4,500 allocated.
2. UAF Staff Council has held discussions with G2 Diversified Services as well as faculty in
CTC’s applied business program to explore options to create a series of professional
development workshops with a specific focus on supervision and growing skills for
employees who wish to become supervisors.
3. Status: Pending; it is likely that research, planning and assessment will take place
in spring 2022 with workshops taking place during FY23.

UAF Staff Council will continue to review progress towards the implementation of each of these
initiatives. Unused funds may be allocated to other initiatives or new projects as needed.
For more information, contact the UAF Staff Council Office at (907) 474-7964 or