Individual Development Awards

REMINDER–2022-23 Individual Development Awards due 23 December 2022

Deadline for Submitting Applications: December 23, 2022.

The application process for the current round of Individual Development Awards — a benefit negotiated as part of our statewide Agreement — is now open!! New Paltz has been allocated $48,221 through the statewide Joint Labor-Management Committee (JLMC). Funds are intended to assist eligible employees to develop their full professional potential and to prepare for advancement. Funding may be provided to enhance teaching, research capabilities, professional knowledge, and skills. We have set a deadline of December 23, 2023 for receipt of completed applications.

This is a special, shortened round of IDA awards, covering the activity period of July 2, 2022 through March 31, 2023 (all activities funded by the Program must be completed by that date.) Note: For those who receive grants, all receipts and paperwork must be submitted by April 30, 2023.

The maximum grant for the IDA program for this cycle is $2,000, although given the number of applications in recent years, most grants have been awarded less than the maximum amount. Members may submit up to two (2) applications for the current activity period (July, 2, 2022-March 31, 2023) with a maximum of $2,000 in total. If you are proposing two projects, please submit them separately, via two responses to the IDA submission link provided below.

Part-timers are encouraged to apply, as 15% of the pool of funding available is initially earmarked for them; any funds left unused by part-time employee applications are swept into the remaining pool for full-timers.

To prepare your application, you should consult the general IDA Program Guidelines, and the list of Categories and Specific Exclusions that our local IDA committee has developed, out of their recent experience.

You will need to complete the main IDA Application Form, assemble the other required materials, including a brief project description, a brief CV, and supporting documents (such as a conference acceptance letter, brochure, or announcement); you can then submit everything via this link: www.newpaltz.edu/uupida

Our local SUNY New Paltz Campus Professional Development Committee, a joint labor-management committee that reviews applications and decides on funding priorities and award amounts, includes:

For UUP:

Maryalice Citera, Psychology, IDA Committee Chair

Rachel Rigolino, English

Helen Brocker, Academic Advising

For the Administration:

Anneliese Kniffen, HRDI

James Burns, Student Accounts

Devon Duhaney, Teaching and Learning

As in recent years, all decisions made by the local IDA committee will be reviewed by the NYS/UUP Joint Labor-Management Committees (aka GOER) prior to awarding grants.

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Mary Thompson at thompsom@newpaltz.edu or Maryalice Citera citeram@newpaltz.edu.

PSLF application window closes soon!

Rally to FUND SUNY NOW on Friday, March 4 at noon!!

Join with the UUP-New Paltz Chapter in a rally to FUND SUNY NOW!!

  • What: A Rally to call upon Gov. Hochul and the NYS Legislature to fund public higher education with $250M in additional funding, beyond that proposed in the Governor’s Executive Budget
  • When: Friday, March 4 from noon-12:45pm
  • Where: On the Excelsior Concourse in front of Humanities/JFT
  • Who:  Anyone who works or goes to school at SUNY New Paltz–and everyone who cares about high quality, accessible higher education 
  • Why: After more than a decade of the State-imposed austerity on public higher ed (and increased tuition on the backs of our students), it’s time to FUND SUNY NOW to redress the debilitating lack of resources that has increased workload and class sizes, and reduced our ability to provide the quality educational environment that our students deserve. Attend the rally to learn more!!

We hope you see YOU there–and bring your friends/colleagues/students as well!!

2021-22 Individual Development Awards

The application process for the current round Individual Development Awards — a benefit negotiated as part of our statewide Agreement — is now open!!  New Paltz has been allocated $53,800 through the statewide Joint Labor-Management Committee (JLMC).  The pool of money is larger than usual this time, due to the number of activities curtailed by the pandemic which resulted in unused money from previous rounds being rolled forward. For this reason, the maximum grant for the IDA program for this cycle has been increased to $2,000, although given the number of applications in recent years, most grants have been less than that amount. Members may also now submit up to two (2) applications for the current activity period (and can be awarded up to a maximum of $2,000 in total). If you are proposing two projects, please submit them separately, via two responses to the IDA submission link.​

For more information, click here for the IDA program guidelines: 

Individual Development Awards Program Guidelines. For the application you will need to submit click here: 2022 IDA Application 

Submit your application and required materials here: IDA Submission. Complete the requested information and include: the application, a brief project description, a brief CV, and supporting documents (such as a conference acceptance letter, brochure, or announcement). Please consult the attached PDF for additional information regarding IDA-reimbursable expenses for guidance preparing your application.

Funds are intended to assist eligible employees to develop their full professional potential and to prepare for advancement. Funding may be provided to enhance teaching, research capabilities, professional knowledge and skills. We have set a deadline of March 4, 2022 for receipt of completed applications. 

The activity period for the current academic year runs from July 2, 2021 to July 1, 2022. All projects/proposals must take place within that time frame. Part-timers are encouraged to apply, as 15% of the pool of funding available is initially earmarked for them; any funds left unused by part-time employee applications are swept into the remaining pool for full-timers.  

Our local Joint Labor-Management Committee, which reviews the applications and decides on the funding priorities and amounts awarded, will include: 

For UUP: 

Maryalice Citera, Psychology  

Rachel Rigolino, English 

Helen Brocker, Academic Advising 

For the Administration: 

Anneliese Kniffen, HRDI 

James Burns, Student Accounts 

Devon Duhaney, Teaching and Learning 

New Paltz DSI/Compression 2021 Distribution Report

On December 22, some 641 of our bargaining unit members received an increase to their base salary, along with a retroactive payment of that increase to either July 1 (calendar year employees), August 22 (for adjuncts) or September 1 (academic year employees). These increases came from two provisions in our statewide Agreement: Discretionary Salary Increases (DSI), with which most of you are already familiar, and Equity/Compression money, which has been a new component since 2019 in our statewide Agreement.

The pool of money available for each type of increase is stipulated at .5% of the total UUP salary pool. The actual amounts distributed in the 2019 round were $239,741 for DSI, and $239,741 for Equity/Compression.

  • 447 members received DSI, in amounts ranging from $110 to $1,400.
  • 199 members received Equity/Compression adjustments, ranging from $12 to $4,147.

The new Equity/Compression amounts were calculated based on salary data, length of service, comparative salaries by rank/discipline, and other factors. The formula for this analysis was worked out cooperatively at the statewide level by SUNY Central and UUP over the past three years, starting with some valuable pre-existing models that had been developed at other campuses (such as Cortland), and adjusted each year it has been applied, based on member feedback and UUP statewide analysis. Campuses were permitted to apply only a few very tightly defined voluntary parameters in distributing this money; our New Paltz Administration elected to set a threshold of $2,500 (individuals had to be identified as >$2,500 compressed), and those individuals received 19.4735% of the total compression identified for them.

Click on this link to see the complete roster of New Paltz members with their DSI and/or equity/compression in the 2021 distribution.

UUP New Paltz Chapter statement to statewide leadership re: Malatras

This statement was voted on by our Chapter Executive Committee, and sent to the statewide leadership on 14 December 2021.

Given the many members who expressed their dismay with UUP President Fred Kowal’s expression of support for Chancellor Malatras to the SUNY Board of Trustees, and his public statements that continued until the announcement of the Chancellor’s resignation, we felt it necessary to share our concerns with President Kowal and the statewide leadership. Please find our statement in full linked below.

Updates on Upcoming Meetings:

The Getting to Tenure and the Professionals Workshop: Compensation During the Pandemic meetings have been rescheduled.

Getting to Tenure has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 8th 10:30-12pm.

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Compensation During the Pandemic has been rescheduled for Friday, March 12th 11:30-1pm.

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