Educational Development Initiative Team

Established during the 1991-92 academic year, the Educational Development Initiative Team (EDIT) is a subcommittee of the College Senate’s Committee on Professional Development and administers LaGuardia’s Professional Development Grant Program.  Full-time faculty, and part-time faculty in continuous service for the past two academic years (September through June), are eligible to submit proposals. 

Grants awarded by EDIT cover costs incurred by LaGuardia faculty in designing and implementing professional development projects including but not limited to research and scholarship; faculty development research to enhance an academic department/program’s pedagogy or professional development; and projects that enhance faculty members’ professional growth and development (e.g., in areas such as scholarship, academic effectiveness, and/or research skills and competencies; or artistic skills and competencies). See the initiative tab of this website for more detailed information.  Proposed projects can commence after July 1, 2023, but must be completed before June 30, 2024.

* Procedures for the 2023-2024 EDIT CYCLE.

You must submit the exact amount stated in the award letter on CUNYFirst.  Academic Affairs will now cover 100% of the registration fee for faculty presenting at a conference (only one conference for Fiscal Year ’24), so don’t include your conference registration fee in the budget on p. 9 of the EDIT application, but do include 60% of all your other expenses in your budget. Please note that for international conferences, faculty members must request funding via email to Provost Billie Gastic (bgasticrosado@lagcc.cuny.edu). (REMOVE THIS LINE: Any additional reimbursement, including per diems, must be requested by applying for an EDIT award.)

EDIT COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS:

  • Fern Luskin and Rebecca Tally

EDIT Committee

  • Thomas Cleary
  • Bijoyeta Das
  • Hendrick Delcham
  • Maureen Doyle
  • Nicole Lytle
  • Rebecca Tally
  • Boris Zakharov

Grants awarded by EDIT cover costs incurred by LaGuardia faculty in designing and implementing professional development projects. These costs may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Travel expenses to conduct and/or present research and scholarship (e.g., archives, museums, special collections, conference presentations, and invited lectures)

  2. Travel expenses for attending (not presenting at) conferences, workshops, or seminars that directly support a specific scholarship or research project

  3. Travel costs specifically associated with faculty development research (e.g., to enhance an academic department/program’s pedagogy or professional development)

  4. Expenses personally incurred by faculty to conduct research and scholarship (e.g., entrance fees for research sites, photocopying from archives or special collections)

  5. Expenses personally incurred by faculty for projects that enhance their professional growth and development (e.g., in areas such as scholarship, academic effectiveness, and/or research skills and competencies; or artistic skills and competencies)


* Procedures for the 2022-2023 EDIT CYCLE.

You must submit the exact amount stated in the award letter on CUNYFirst.  Academic Affairs will now cover 100% of the registration fee for faculty presenting at a conference (only one conference for Fiscal Year ’24), so don’t include your conference registration fee in the budget on p. 9 of the EDIT application, but do include 60% of all your other expenses in your budget. Please note that for international conferences, faculty members must request funding via email to Provost Billie Gastic (bgasticrosado@lagcc.cuny.edu).

Additional Notes:

  1. Applications must clearly demonstrate how professional development activities support faculty tenure and promotion, and/or the College’s strategic plan (available at https://wp.laguardia.edu/strategicplan/LAGCC-2019-2024-strategic-plan.pdf ). Include a brief narrative description that identifies specific ways in which your activities support tenure, promotion and/or the strategic plan.

 

  1. Per diem requests will be granted only for conference presentations. The links for per diem rates are:
    Domestic: https://www.gsa.gov/travel-resources
    International: https://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=184&menu_id=81.

 

  1. CUNYs Petition to Travel is required for international travel if the Travel Advisory is at a level 3 or higher or if the CDC COVID-19 Travel Health Notice is at a level 4 (https://www1.cuny.edu/sites/global/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/media-assets/Petition-to-Travel-Form.pdf ). (Domestic travel no longer requires this form).   Send your travel petition form to Keisha King (keking@lagcc.cuny.edu).  Review the policy here: https://www.cuny.edu/coronavirus/travel-guidance/: https://www1.cuny.edu/sites/global/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/media-assets/Petition-to-Travel-Form.pdf .

  2. EDIT does NOT fund the following: conference registration fees, reassigned time, organization membership fees, meals, purchase of equipment or other items such as (but not limited to) photocopying materials that can be submitted to our Print Shop, postage/shipping costs, stipends or services rendered by someone other than the applicant. 

EDIT Committee – If you have any questions regarding EDIT please contact your department’s committee member.


Travel Liaison-Contact your department’s liaison for questions, issues, and assistance submitting your travel authorization and expense report.

  • Business & Technology
    Deijy Sherpa
    Extension: 730-7504
    Office: B-327
  • Education and Language Acquisition
    Elijah Edmonds
    Extension: 5640
    Office: B-234
  • English
    Sylwia Prendable
    Extension: 5909
    Office: E-103J
  • Health Sciences
    Jazmine Freire
    Extension: 6104
    Office: E-300Y
  • Humanities
    Seurette Bazelais
    Extension: 5203
    Office: C-745
  • Library
    Kaywan Chan
    Extension: 5429
    Office: E-101H
  • Mathematics, Engineering, & Computer Science
    Luis Gonzalez
    Extension: 5730
    Office: MB 39
  • Natural Sciences
    Indira Persaud
    Extension: 5406
    Office: M-202A
  • Social Science
    Aileen Solima
    Extension: 5785
    Office: C-459EE
Provide a complete budget that specifies the items for which the EDIT grant funds will be used. On the pdf you submit to the Dropbox file, the application must be followed by copies of receipts for all items requested. In preparing your budget, review the Eligibility & Award Criteria section of this application (pages 2-3) which lists the type of expenses funded by EDIT as well as those that are not. For services not yet rendered or for travel which takes place after the application deadline, include the pending item(s) for airfare, train or bus tickets, hotel accommodations, etc. in your budget with estimates based on verifiable prices from a travel website such as Expedia or Travelocity, or from the airline’s or company’s website. For smaller-scale items such as taxi rides, you may approximate the cost. Try to use public transportation, but if that is not possible, make sure taxi fares are not excessive. Be sure to indicate whether you are providing the ACTUAL or ESTIMATED cost of an item. If you don’t have all your receipts before the application deadline, you should submit your application by the deadline, and then send copies of the missing receipts to Dropbox as soon as you have them  (the password is tulips). Remember that per diem requests will be granted only for conference presentations. Please note that EDIT only considers the expenses of the applicant. If you are sharing expenses (hotel room, etc.), or traveling with others, please adjust your budget accordingly and make specific references to this in the notes section of the Budget page of the application (p. 8).

Applications are due on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at noon.

EDIT applications are available here.

  1. In preparing your EDIT application: use size 11 or 12 font, and do not exceed the space provided in response to any question on the application. After printing out the fillable application, sign and date documents before submission.  Electronic signatures are acceptable.

    Submit your completed EDIT application (only pp. 8-11) in the form of ONE PDF DOCUMENT  with all supporting documents included at the end of the PDF, not in separate files, to: https://www.dropbox.com/request/a9AUjSmUI5C9T0iqVnoG

    If your project involves human subjects, check with IRB to learn if you are required to obtain a statement of clearance/permission from the IRB. If so, this statement should be included in your application.  Visit https://www.laguardia.edu/research/ for more information.

  2. Applications will not be considered for funding if they do not include all supporting documents such as conference acceptance letters; conference catalogue pages that mention your presentation and that note LaGuardia Community College as your affiliation; hotel and travel receipts; airplane boarding passes; etc., or estimates of airfare, hotel, and other expenses taken from official websites if your project takes place after the application deadline. 

  3. Only activities at reputable venues are eligible for funding.  Please ensure that the conference or organization at which you are presenting is not predatory.

All applications must be accompanied by two types of documentation: evidence of activities, and receipts for expenses, or verifiable estimates of these expenses listed on official websites if receipts or other documents are unavailable before the application deadline. Examples of this evidence include, but are not limited to:

 Conferences & Invited Lectures (Domestic & International)
  • Evidence of Activities—Conference acceptance letter, conference program (copy of the page with your panel’s listing and LaGuardia affiliation; a formal invitation for invited lectures).
  • Receipts for Expenses—Hotel, travel (air, train, bus, ferry, taxi, car); per diem rate for
 Research or Scholarship, or Creative Endeavor
  • Evidence of Activities—an invitation or letters requesting and confirming access to the archive or library at which you are conducting the research, or to rare materials housed at the archive or library, in which the nature of your project is indicated; an invitation from the artistic or cultural institution.
  • Receipts for Expenses— Entrance fees for museums, institutions, or research sites, or for photocopying materials at archives or special collections; hotel, and travel (air, train, bus, ferry, taxi, car); art materials or processes not available at the college.
 Attending Workshops Seminars and Conferences
  • Evidence of Activities—confirmation of registration, program of activities, invitation to attend.
  • Receipts for Expenses—Registration fees, hotel, travel (air, train, bus, ferry, taxi, car).


Do Not Provide Original Documentation. EDIT only accepts copies! Highlight and label expenses on receipts that are included in your budget
. “Convert prices given in foreign currencies to dollars. Black out credit card numbers and irrelevant expenses”.

Beware that if you are awarded a grant you will need to upload the same (and most likely additional) documentation to your CUNYfirst Travel Expense Report. If you travel by plane, train, bus, or ferry, retain your ticket or boarding pass for submission to CUNYfirst as proof of travel.

Note: that your affiliation on conference programs or project documents must indicate that you are representing LaGuardia Community College (not simply CUNY or another institution). Highlight your name and the title of your presentation/project on all supporting documents.

  • EDIT committee members will review all proposals that are submitted on or before the deadline. Preference will be given to applicants presenting at, rather than attending, a conference.

  • Applicants can expect to receive notification concerning their application on or about November 29, 2023.

  • Award amounts are dependent on the funding we receive from Academic Affairs and on the number of applicants we receive.  Please note that the EDIT budget has reverted to the standard amount for 2023-24. Generally, EDIT awards up to $500 for domestic travel and up to $1000 for international travel.

  • Awards are for projects undertaken between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. All monies must be disbursed by June 30, 2024.
    • Awardees need to complete CUNYfirst travel procedures to receive funding: you must first submit a Travel Authorization through CUNYfirst (ideally 30 days before travel). Then, no later than 5 days after returning from your trip, you must submit a Travel Expense Report on CUNYfirst for reimbursement of the amount you are awarded. Contact your department’s Travel Liaison (see page 6 of the application for contact information) for assistance with submitting the expense report for your EDIT award in CUNYFirst
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