HomeFaculty & StaffAcademic RegulationsChapter 7: Professional Development Off-site Program

Professional Development Off-site Program


  1. Purpose.  This chapter establishes policy for granting Professional Development Off-site (PDO) opportunities at MCU for Title 10 civilian faculty members hired in support of degree-granting programs. 

  2. Background.

    a.The intent of the PDO program is to provide a full-time faculty member with opportunities to conduct professional development that might otherwise be precluded by the demands of his or her teaching and curriculum development responsibilities.  In exceptional cases, Title 10 civilians who are not full-time faculty supporting degree-granting programs but who carry a considerable teaching load may be granted a PDO.  These exceptions will be adjudicated on a case-by-case basis.

    b.After five years of continuous service to the University, full-time Title 10 civilian teaching faculty members in degree-granting programs are eligible for PDO leave.  PDO leave will only be approved for professional enrichment that enhances faculty members’ professional or educational skills.  While the category of “sabbatical” leave is limited to the Senior Executive Service by Title 10, U.S. Code, similar opportunities can and should be afforded to selected MCU Title 10 professors under the auspices of the PDO program.

    c.PDO opportunities are intended to enhance the standard of academic excellence within the University.  This developmental process is essential in keeping a faculty member at the forefront of his or her respective field(s) while enhancing his or her credibility throughout the professional military educational community.

    d.In exceptional cases, Title 10 civilians who are not full-time faculty supporting degree-granting programs but who carry a considerable teaching load may be granted PDO on a case-by-case basis. 

  3. PDO Options.  The President, MCU, upon the recommendation of the appropriate educational program director, has final authority to grant a PDO period of either six or twelve months.  As a general rule, PDOs are granted for a six-month period; one-year PDOs, at half-salary, are granted only for compelling reasons.  The standard six-month PDO period may be taken incrementally (e.g., two, 3-month periods), on a case-by-case basis.

  4. Procedures.  Title 10 civilian faculty members hired in support of degree-granting programs and desiring a PDO opportunity must adhere to the following requirements:

    a.Professional Development Off-site Periods.  Off-site periods are designated as fall semester (1 July - 31 December) and spring semester (1 January - 30 June).  Deviations from these periods may be granted upon recommendation of the affected educational program director.

    b.Submission Dates.  Requests for PDO should be submitted 90 days in advance of proposed Off-site dates.  This requirement is applicable for six-month or one-year Off-site requests.

    c.Application.  Applications should be submitted using the format provided in Appendix I.  Each application will include a detailed description of the individual's intent while on PDO and a copy of his or her resume.  Packages should be submitted to the Civilian Manpower Office for routing and endorsement.  For timekeeping purposes, a teaching faculty member must use code “LX” during his or her PDO.

    d.Forwarding.  The affected educational program director, after completing his/her own internal committee review, will forward PDO requests to the President, MCU for approval via Civilian Manpower Office, VPAA, and VPBA.  Included in the college review process is a recommendation for approval or disapproval, a priority if multiple PDO requests are submitted, and any additional information needed to evaluate the request.  The President, MCU, will approve or disapprove the request within one month of the application.

    e.Agreement for Obligated Service.  Applications for a PDO will include a notarized agreement for additional service and will be in the format provided in Appendix J.  The obligation for additional service accrues as a three-month obligation for a one-month PDO (for example, eighteen months of service for each six-month PDO or three years of service for a one-year PDO).

    f.Deliverables.  Every faculty member granted a PDO will identify an academic product that will be delivered at the conclusion of the PDO.  The exact nature of the deliverable will depend upon the scope of the project.  The faculty member and the school director will reach an agreement on the deliverable prior to the start of the PDO.

    i.Faculty members intending to develop a full-length manuscript for possible publication will specify a date when the manuscript should be ready for submission to a publisher.  In any such undertaking, the affected director and the individual concerned will agree upon what constitutes a reasonable period of time for manuscript submission.

    ii.In the case of a scholarly article, the faculty member should return with a completed article ready for submission to a publisher.

  5. Replacement Faculty.  Educational program directors will be responsible for recommending to the President, MCU, the approval or disapproval of PDO periods requested by their faculty.  In the case of approval, the director should be aware that no replacement faculty will be hired during the PDO period.

    Leave Without Pay for Professional Development Purposes.  Upon the request of a Title 10 faculty member and the recommendation of the Director, VPAA, and VPBA, leave without pay for study, research, travel, or any other reason may be granted by the President when, in his/her opinion, such leave would contribute directly to the improvement of the MCU mission performance.   Such leave must be requested through the chain of command.