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

As of March 2, 2020, the application for this award has been moved from paper format to online submissions. 

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.


The recipient will receive up to $1,000.

Review Committee

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

Past Recipients

Erin Russ
Modern Languages

Matthew Phillion

Molly Radwany
Plant and Earth Science

For more information

Wes Chapin
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
104 North Hall

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