Unit 2 members (Sessional Faculty and Sessional Music Faculty) can apply to the Professional Development Fund (PDF) administered by the Union.

17 JULY 2016: Please note!  There have been changes to the eligibility and administration of the Professional Development Fund based on the decisions of the U2 membership made at the June 2016 Special General Membership Meeting.  We are working on updating the forms/information and appreciate your patience as we work through this transition.   

July 2016: This fund is intended to assist with expenses related to professional development that fall into the following three categories:

  • Conference Presentations/Participation and Certification;
  • Books;
  • Technological Items (please see below).

CLICK HERE for a list of ineligible expense claims under the CUPE Unit 2 Professional Development Fund.

*Please Note: Eligible technological expenses will include items that are expenses directly associated with teaching responsibilities, including equipment such as electronic hardware and software. However, laptop computers, desktop computers, tablets, and large screens will continue to remain ineligible in order to keep the fund sustainable. Stylus pens, clickers, and specialized graphics tablets (e.g. for mathematics) are now eligible items.

Sessional Faculty are eligible for $200 per 3 unit course to a maximum of $1000 per academic year.  As of Winter 2015, subsequent sections of individual courses taught by Sessional Faculty will be eligible for a Professional Development award of $100 for the first additional section taught and $50 for each subsequent section taught (up to the maximum yearly entitlement).

Hourly Rated Music Faculty (HRSMF) eligibility will be calculated according to the unit calculations in Article 20.02 of the Unit 2 Collective Agreement (i.e., 1 student = 1 unit, or 1 Special Studies in Chamber Music = 1 unit). (For every 3 units taught, HRSMF will receive $200; subsequent units/students will be prorated.)

*Please Note: Awards are subject to the availability of funds.

To apply, please fill out and sign the APPLICATION FORM HERE and attach original receipts. For conferences and travel, we require verification of attendance (ie/ boarding pass and/or conference receipt). Please drop off or mail your form to the union office (KTH B111).  Applications are due on the last day of classes each term and will be reviewed by the Benefits Committee shortly thereafter. These dates can be found here: http://registrar.mcmaster.ca/sessional-dates/

*Please note: PDF applications will be adjudicated and/or paid out at the end of the academic term in which you apply.*

You are able to claim all of your entitlement for a given academic year at once, or throughout the course of the academic year. For example, if you teach one 3 unit course in the fall and one 3 unit course in the winter, you may claim your $400 entitlement in the spring/summer session, if you prefer. (Please note that PDF benefits are adjudicated and paid out only at the end of a given term. See above.)
We recommend that you submit your claim in the same term you incur the cost, if possible. Claims for the current academic year may not be submitted after August 31st of the current academic year.

CLICK HERE for the most recent version of the application form.  (This is a form-fillable PDF.  You must print out this package and sign it before submitting the application.  Hard copies of this form are also available at the union office, KTH B111.  Please note that we require an original signature on the form–no digital signatures, please!)

If you have any questions, please e-mail administrator@cupe3906.org