Staff Development Award Committee The Staff Development Award Program is intended principally to assist in professional and personal development of individual(s) through funding for conferences, workshops, short courses, or other appropriate short-term experiences. The Committee includes three representatives from each of the four occupational categories (Administrative/Professional, Technical/Paraprofessional, Clerical/Office and Crafts/Maintenance) who serve two-year appointments commencing on September 1 of the year appointed and continuing through August 31 of the following year. The Award is granted three times a year: September; January; May. For each award period, the Committee individually reads the applications and scores them; they then meet to discuss the scoring and formulate a recommendation to the Staff Advisory Council as to the proposals that will be funded. No Committee member may apply for an award while serving on the Committee. The time commitment to this Committee is variable as the number of applicants influences the amount of time spent reading applications. Committee meetings to discuss scoring last no more than 2 hours. Since the Award is granted only three times a year, most staff members find the time commitment manageable.