Effective July 1, 1999, Faculty Association members have been eligible for reimbursement of funds related to their professional development (PDR). Please refer to the PDR guidelines below for information on eligibility and process.
The following two amendments were made to the fund as of July 1, 2011:
First, PDR funds for Regular Faculty and Sessional Lecturers with continuing status, were increased by $600 per year, bringing the total amount available to $1,100 per year. Second, there was an increase to the Carry Forward (also called the “accrued” or “banked”) period from three to five years.
III. Carry Forward Entitlement Transition 2011 to 2015
IV. Entitlement and Eligibility
V. Eligible Expenses
VI. Procedure to Claim Reimbursement
VII. Advice on Administration of Policy
PDR Balance Information
In this Guideline:
(a) “Entitlement” means a member’s right to financial reimbursement for professional development expenses.
(b) “Member” means any eligible member of the Faculty Association.
(c) “Year” means an academic year, beginning on July 1st and concluding on June 30th of the following calendar year.
This Guideline provides members with information on a University program intended to provide financial assistance for professional development expenses. These expenses must relate to activities that enhance the performance, ability, or effectiveness of a Member’s work at the University.
The change in the Carry Forward period (from 3 to 5 years) takes effect, going forward or prospectively, on July 1, 2011. The impact will be year by year, rolled out over the next 2 years. For example, on July 1, 2011, a Member’s Carry Forward period is 4 years ($500 for the past 3 years, and the current year of $1,100). On July 1, 2012, the Member’s Carry Forward period is 5 years (comprised of 3 years of $500, 2 years of $1,100, including the current year). A year will be added to each of the next 2 years (2011/12, 2012/13) to extend the Carry Forward period. The Carry Forward amount will transition to $1,100 per year over the next 4 years. On July 1, 2015, the faculty member will have the full 5 years of Carry Forward at $1,100 each year.
The increase in the Carry Forward period means that as of July 1, 2012, eligible faculty will be able to access a total of 9 years of PDR funds. The 9 years of funds will include: 5 accrued years (including the current year), plus 5 borrow ahead years (which also includes the current year). Because the current year is not counted twice, the total years of funds a faculty member can access is 9 years (if they have not made a prior claim).
Between July 1, 2011 & June 30, 2013, while the Carry Forward period is transitioning from 3 to 5 years, there will be no loss or expiration of PDR funds.
1. Entitlement for Regular Faculty and Sessionals with Continuing Status. The Entitlement for an eligible Member shall be earned through service to the University at the rate of $1100 per Year for all eligible Members. Entitlement will continue to be earned until a Member turns 71 years old or until the Member begins voluntarily collecting pension benefits from UBC. Please review the Eligibility and Entitlement Chart for important information on entitlement and eligibility.
2. Absence. For greater certainty, a Member’s Entitlement shall only accrue during the time when he or she is actively working for the University or when he or she is on a paid leave of absence (e.g. study, maternity and/or parental leave). Therefore, during an unpaid leave of absence or during any other period when a Member is not actively working for the University (such as when a Member is fully disabled within the meaning of the income replacement plan), no Entitlement shall accrue.
Note: In the case of full-time disability leaves, the period of disability will be frozen and previous entitlements will be carried forward.
3. Pro-rated Entitlement. Members who commence or end employment with the University other than at the beginning or end of a Year, respectively, will receive a pro-rated Entitlement or will have their Entitlement deficit adjusted accordingly. Please note, this does not apply to Sessional Lecturers without continuing status.
4. Carry forward for five Years. The unused balance of a Member’s Entitlement at the end of a Year will be added to that Member’s Entitlement for the next Year to a maximum five Year Carry Forward. The Carry Forward period includes the current year. Please see above for the Carry Forward Entitlement Transition explanation. Please note, this does not apply to Sessional Lecturers without continuing status.
5. Loss after five Years. As of July 1, 2011, for the next two years, while the Carry Forward period is transitioning from 3 to 5 years, there will be no loss of PDR funds. On July 1, 2012, the Carry Forward Period will be extended to five years. As of July 1, 2013, members will forfeit any and all Entitlement that is not used within five Years of the Year in which it was earned. For example, if on June 30, 2013 a Member has yet not accessed their PDR fund, they are eligible for the following:
1) July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009 = $500
2) July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 = $500
3) July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 = $500
4) July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 = $1100
5) July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 = $1100
Total Carry Forward Entitlement = $3700
If a claim for the $500 for July 2008 to June 2009 is not received by Finance by June 30, 2013, then the Member forfeits this amount, as of July 1, 2013. Please note, this does not apply to Sessional Lecturers without continuing status.
6. Borrowing against future five Years. Members with continuing appointments are entitled to “borrow” against future Entitlement for the next five Years, including the current Year (for a maximum of 5 years). Borrowing creates an Entitlement deficit which is repaid through future service. Members with term appointments are not entitled to borrow. Please note, this does not apply to Sessional Lecturers without continuing status.
7. Repayment of borrowed Entitlement. Members who leave the employ of the University for any reason, including resignation, retirement, or termination, must repay any and all Entitlement deficit. Please note, this does not apply to Sessional Lecturers without continuing status.
1. Eligible expenses. The Entitlement may only be used to recoup expenses associated with professional activities. It may not be used for any other purpose. Eligible expenses under this Guideline may include:
(a) travel and associated expenses related to meetings, conferences, or other similar professional activities;
(b) registration fees and other expenses for meetings of learned societies, other professional organizations, workshops, seminars, and similar activities;
(c) membership fees in learned societies and professional organizations;
(d) fees and subscriptions for journals and books;
(e) expenses directly associated with teaching responsibilities or current active research or professional programs (including equipment such as computer hardware, software, and audio-visual equipment);
(f) communication and telecommunication network expenses related to scholarly activities and teaching; and
(g) equipment that is directly related to current active research.
NOTE 1: As non-taxable benefits, goods purchased with the Entitlement remain the property of the University.
NOTE 2: Furniture and salaries are examples of ineligible expenses.
Any questions regarding Eligible Expenses should be directed to Faculty Relations email@example.com.
1. Submitting a claim. In order to make use of his or her Entitlement, a member must complete and submit a copy of the Professional Development Reimbursement Claim Form to the head of his or her academic unit showing all expenses incurred since the Member last submitted a Professional Development Reimbursement Claim Form. Any expense must be claimed within twelve (12) months after it is incurred. A Member may submit a Professional Development Reimbursement Claim Form up to three (3) times each Year. Original receipts must accompany each Professional Development Reimbursement Claim Form. Before you submit your claim for approval please check the Eligibility and Entitlement chart to ensure your claim will be accepted.
2. Approval of claim. The Head of the Member’s academic unit shall assess whether a claimed expense qualifies as an eligible expense as described in Part IV above. Where there is a disagreement with respect to the eligibility of an expense, the matter shall be referred to the Vice Provost & Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs, who is empowered to decide upon the eligibility of the claimed in his or her absolute discretion. The decision of the Vice Provost & Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs shall be final and binding on all parties and there shall be no further appeal.
3. Processing of claim. Once approved by the Head of the Member’s academic unit, the Professional Development Reimbursement Claim Form, a Requisition for Payment form with only the top portion filled out (or Travel Requisition or Journal Voucher) and the original receipts must be forwarded to Requisition Processing in the Department of Financial Services at the Vancouver Campus, which in turn will process a reimbursement to the Member.
4. No claim before expense incurred. A Member is to submit a Professional Development Reimbursement Claim Form only after the expense has occurred in accordance with the eligibility provisions of this Policy under section IV.
Questions by a Member concerning the administration of this Policy should be directed to the appropriate administrator in the Member’s academic unit. Questions by an administrator concerning the administration of this Policy should be directed to Faculty Relations.