Staff Training & Enrichment Program

STEP (Staff Training and Enrichment Program) is an initiative established under the provost’s office to provide academic staff with training and career development opportunities in support of their vital contribution to Butler University.


Support Butler’s commitment to the highest quality of liberal and professional education by providing academic staff with meaningful learning opportunities that will enhance job skills, communication, collaboration, performance, and personal excellence.


A workplace culture that values and respects academic staff by providing learning and development opportunities and promoting innovation through communication and collaboration, thereby identifying Butler University as an employer of choice.

Have a topic to suggest for a STEP session? Interested in presenting at a STEP session? Please email with suggestions or questions.
  • Carol Baker, Administrative Specialist, Academic Affairs
  • Marie Gray, Administrative Specialist, Jordan College of the Arts
  • Beth Hospodarsky, Technical Specialist, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Susan Morton, Academic Program Coordinator, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Brandon Signorino, Administrative Supervisor, Butler University Libraries
  • Mike Thomas, Sr. Associate Director, Career and Professional Success

Please check this page periodically for updates.

To request disability-related accommodations or inquire about accessibility, please contact  Carol Baker at or at 317-940-8558. Please allow two weeks’ advance notice in order to allow adequate time to make arrangements. Although attempts will be made to honor accommodation requests with less notice, it cannot be guaranteed that without two weeks’ notice a reasonable accommodation can be provided.

Program: This program supports Butler University Academic Staff in professional development activities or training related to their work at Butler. Academic staff may receive up to only one award (up to $500) per fiscal year. Application requests should fund related activities or training required to meet the applicant’s normal job duties.

Examples of activities that would be supported through this funding opportunity:

  • Course registration
  • Webinar or online course registration
  • Training for a new skill or program
  • Purchase of equipment or supplies to support professional development goals
  • Books, supplies, specialty, or other materials
  • Association membership if applicable

This list is not exhaustive—other ideas may be accepted.

A maximum of $500 will be awarded, provided costs meet aforementioned guidelines. As application requests should fund related activities or training required to meet the applicant’s normal job duties, all efforts should be made to first receive departmental funding before applying for STEP funding. STEP can help provide bridge funding in those instances. If no departmental funding is available, written justification must be provided by the applicant’s supervisor. STEP will continue to evaluate applications through the fiscal year as funding remains available.

Your application must consist of a program statement including:

  1. The nature of the program and the need for support
  2. ​Its relevance to your work at Butler or benefit to your department
  3. ​The objectives, significance, how the work will be conducted, and a time schedule for completion

Please use the form available at the STEP website to fill out a detailed budget, and also include documentation of any related costs. The proposal form should be signed by the applicant, head of department/program, or dean of the college. Proposals that do not conform to these guidelines will be returned without evaluation. Use the form that is currently on the website.

Deadline: Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, but retroactive requests will not be considered, unless under special circumstances. Signed, scanned applications in a single pdf file should be sent to Decisions on applications will be communicated within 30 days. STEP will continue to evaluate applications through the fiscal year as funding remains available.

Expense paperwork and reports: A brief report (roughly one page) reflecting on or describing the outcome of the project using these funds is due to STEP at the time reimbursement is requested. Final reports and expense reimbursement requests must be submitted within the grant’s same fiscal year deadlines. Reimbursement requests submitted without a final report will not be processed and may jeopardize eligibility for future funding. The expenditure of STEP professional development funds requires adherence to Butler University fiscal regulations, and business office/procurement policies. Awardees should work directly with Carol Baker regarding questions on business office or expense related concerns.

Click here to download the STEP grant application.

The STEP Thank-a-Colleague Program is temporarily paused but will be returning soon! Thank you for your patience in the meantime.

The Staff Training and Enrichment Program (STEP) is pleased to offer once again an Academic Affairs Staff reading opportunity this Fall, in cooperation with Butler’s Visiting Writers Series (VWS). The following books will be provided for the first 50 staff to register by October 18. Authors selected are scheduled to visit Butler’s campus this semester. For a schedule, visit:

Churches by Kevin Prufer

Churches explores the way our experience of the world is shaped through the stories we tell about ourselves. These poems braid multiple narratives that often take place in different times, or are seen through the eyes of various speakers.

Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? (Graphic Novel)

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib

Filled with sharp insight, humor, and heart, A Little Devil in America exalts the Black performance that unfolds in specific moments in time and space—from midcentury Paris to the moon, and back down again to a cramped living room in Columbus, Ohio.

Registration links were sent via email to Academic Affairs Staff. Contact if you have any questions.

Fall 2021 Halloween Contest Winners
Congratulations to the Halloween decorating contest winners! Voting results:
1st place – Student Disability Services | JH 136
2nd place – Registration and Records | JH 180
3rd place – Office Student Accounts | JH 104
Thank you to everyone who participated!

Spring 2021 Winners
Congratulations to the “STEP into spring” decorating contest winners for 2021!
Voting results:
1st place – Libraries
2nd place – PA Program
3rd place – CASE Office
Thank you to everyone who participated!

Visit for more information on future opportunities through STEP.