January 13, 2004

Montana State University has funded 16 faculty members in the inaugural Short-term Professional Development Leave program.

Based on the recommendations of the Provost s Task Force on Faculty Development, and funded, selected and sponsored by MSU Provost David Dooley and MSU Vice President for Research Tom McCoy, the short-term leave program provides funding for professional development activities that will enhance the recipient's teaching, scholarship and outreach.

The university has allotted $50,000 for the trial program. The leave program allows for up to $5,000 per proposal to be used for professional development.

The winning proposals were selected from a pool of 32 proposals submitted in November.

A second round will be offered for next fall semester. Proposals for that round must be submitted by Feb. 27 with decisions announced in March.

College of Nursing faculty member, Fredricka Gilje, was one of the sixteen with winning proposals for Short-term Professional Development Leave.

Fredericka Gilje, who teaches nursing at MSU's nursing campus in Billings, will travel to Sweden during spring break to collaborate with a Norwegian colleague and a Swedish researcher at the Umea University School of Nursing. She will research procedures involving patients,' nurses' and physician's experiences with suicidality. Gilje plans to use her research to help teach student nurses about working with suicidal patients as well as in her own work with suicide prevention in Montana, which has the second highest suicide rate in the U.S.

MSU News Service