PSUFA administers three benefits funds for part-time faculty: the Health Insurance Fund, the Faculty Education Fund, and the Professional Development Fund. Benefits are available to members by application throughout the year. "Fair-Share" and "Due-Share" members can both apply. Send any questions or inquiries to: benefits(at)psufa.org
Health Insurance Fund:
The Health Insurance Fund offers health insurance stipends to part-time faculty and researchers, available each term they are employed at the University. Stipends are dispensed along with the applicant’s paycheck and can be used to offset the cost of paying for individual health insurance premiums (medical, vision, and dental). To be eligible for the Health Insurance Fund, faculty must be teaching/researching during the term in which they apply and show documentation of their health individual insurance premium cost. Faculty must re-apply each term they are teaching to receive a stipend.
In 2016, PSUFA negotiated with the University for substantial increases to the Health Insurance Fund. For fiscal years 2016 and 2017, PSUFA has $225,000 to divide evenly amongst applicants throughout the year. Applications are reviewed by a committee of PSUFA members and then processed by PSU Payroll.
*To apply, complete the Health Insurance Fund Application, and please observe the following deadlines:
- December 1st for Fall term
- March 1st for Winter term
- May 1st for Spring term
- July 1st for Summer term
Faculty Education Fund:
The Faculty Education Fund offsets the cost of tuition for part-time faculty who wish to take career-related PSU courses. Successful applicants to the fund pay $24 per credit for PSU courses. To be eligible for the fund, the applicant must have taught for at least four terms at PSU and be employed in either the year preceding or the year in which a course is taken. A personal statement is needed to indicate how the Faculty Education Fund will support the applicant professionally. Preference is given to applicants pursuing an advanced degree.
PSUFA has $45,000 to dispense to applicants of the Faculty Education Fund throughout the year. Applications are reviewed by a committee of PSUFA members. Due to limited resources, applicants are asked to limit the number of courses for which they are requesting support and consider the broader applicant pool when making their application.
*To apply, complete the Faculty Education Fund Application, and please observe the following deadlines and apply for the term in which you wish to take a course.
- September 1st for Fall term courses
- December 1st for Winter term courses
- March 1st for Spring term courses
- June 1st for Summer term courses
Professional Development Fund:
The Professional Development Fund provides grants of up to $2000 per year to part-time faculty members to cover the cost of professional development opportunities including travel, conferences, workshops, research, and more. Preference is given to faculty who are presenting, performing, exhibiting, or conducting primary research in their respective field. To be eligible for the fund, faculty must have taught for at least six terms at PSU and be teaching or employed as a researcher during the year in which they apply. Applications must be signed by the Department Chair by the submission deadline.
PSUFA has $100,000 to dispense to applicants of the Professional Development Fund throughout the year. Applications are reviewed by a committee of PSUFA members and processed by the PSU Office of Academic Affairs.
*To apply, complete the Professional Development Fund Application, and please observe the following deadlines and apply for the term in which your professional opportunity will take place. See our Professional Development Fund guidelines (PDF) and budget form (XLSX, PDF) for more information about how best to prepare your application.
- August 1st for Fall term activities (October-December)
- December 1st for Winter and Spring term activities (January-March)
- March 1st for Spring activities (April-June)
- May 1st for Summer term activities (July-September)
Disbursement of Funds for Recipients of Professional Development Grants: Funds are dispensed through the applicant’s department. Recipients may find the following PSU forms useful for getting reimbursements, funds for travel, etc.
Common PSU University Financial Services Forms (check UFS website for most recent form):