Faculty and Academic Staff Development

Manley Olson Instructional Academic Staff Professional Development Award

This award provides resources to instructional academic staff in the early stages of their careers to support their professional development.

Manley E. Olson graduated from UWRF in 1959 with majors in both history and political science. He was the first student to have majored in political science at UWRF. While a student, Olson participated in many campus activities outside of the classroom and was a member of the men’s basketball team. He continued his education at the University of Minnesota where he received his Ph.D. and worked in the field of education for over 40 years and served in a variety of volunteer activities.


  • Instructional academic staff standing
  • IAS should have at least a short history of continuing employment at UWRF
  • Preference given to those with junior standing

Purposes that are appropriate include, but are not necessarily limited to: 

  • Supplies and expenses related to a research agenda (e.g. completion of a dissertation or an individual research project).
  • Supplies and expenses related to classroom improvement (or class improvement).
    • Travel monies associated with:
      Conducting research
      Obtaining educational materials
      URSCA activity with a student that directly serves that research and/or teaching priorities of the instructional academic staff member.

Application Process 

A Brief Overview of How to Proceed

If you have any issues, please contact FASDB.

  • Complete an application (click below), including the following:
  • A department chair's electronic signature. You will identify your chair, and once the application is submitted, this person will receive an email asking provide an electronic signature. 



If you haven't received a final email that tells you that your application was sent to the committee, please check on the progress. The application is considered NOT complete until all parts have been submitted by 4:30 p.m. on the due date.

Due Date

For 2024-25: February 9, 2024


Faculty and Academic Staff Development Grant Opportunities and Programs


  • The recipient will receive up to $1,000.
  • The award will be announced at the fall opening meeting each academic year.

Review Committee

All proposals will be evaluated by the Faculty Professional Development Committee of the Faculty and Academic Staff Development Board.

Past Recipients

Casey Maude; English

Phillip Galli; Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology

Kathy Welch; Stage & Screen Arts

Erin Russ; Modern Languages

Matthew Phillion; English

Molly Radwany; Plant and Earth Science

For more information

Wes Chapin
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
104 North Hall

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Faculty and Academic Development Board