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Office of the Provost

Staff Training and 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.

STEP Committee Members

  • Rebecca DeGrazia, Academic Affairs Assistant
  • Marie Gray, Administrative Specialist, Jordan College of the Arts
  • Beth Hospodarsky, Technical Specialist, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Sonya Moore, Transfer Credit Evaluator, Registration and Records
  • Susan Morton, Academic Program Coordinator, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Mike Thomas, Career Development Consultant, Lacy School of Business

2019-20 Programs

This page is updated regularly. Please visit us again soon as additional programs are added.



BUBeWell - Am I an Active Participant?
Tuesday, October 29
12:00-12:30 lunch (Market Place tickets provided), 12:30-1:30 presentation
Atherton 111
Staff are invited to join us for this session led by Josh Downing (Director of Recreation and Wellness), and Gina Forrest (Executive Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) to learn about BUBeWell, and how YOU can be actively involved! Space is limited. RSVP to is required. 


Holcomb Observatory Tour
Friday, October 11
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Meet at Observatory entrance
Staff are invited to join us for this special tour of the Holcomb Observatory. Guests will learn about the observatory's history and design, and visit the newly renovated planetarium (including a seasonal star show presentation) and the telescope dome (including a demonstration of the Holcomb Telescope). Participants will be provided with lunch ticket vouchers to The Market Place to use following the tour. Space is limited. RSVP to is required.


Campus Farm Tour
Led by Julia Angstmann (Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability)
Thursday, September 19 (rescheduled date/time)
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Meet at CUE Farm Stand
Join us for a tour of the campus farm before it closes for the season! Learn about how students, faculty, and staff are making an impact through the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES) and with the help of community partners. As a guest of the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the CUE's most impactful programs, the campus farm, to lean about how the farm enhances the urban food system, enriches student education, and how you can get involved. RSVP to is requested.


Professional Email and Letter Writing (hands-on workshop)
Led by Abbey Levenshus (CCOM)
Monday, September 23, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Atherton 326
Looking for ways to improve your writing communication skills? Please join us for this hands-on workshop led by Abbey Levenshus, which will focus on professional email and letter writing. Laptops will be provided, though participants are welcome to bring their own. Space is limited. RSVP to is required. (Lunch tickets for The Market Place will be provided to participants to use following the workshop)


Outlook Tips and Tricks
Led by Brandon Signorino (Libraries)
Thursday, September 12, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Atherton 326 
Ever feel overwhelmed by your cluttered inbox? What does that one icon even do? Join us for this hands-on workshop regarding Microsoft Outlook, including lots of tips to help with your day-to-day workflow! Laptops will be available for participants, or you are welcome to bring your own.
Space is limited. RSVP to is required.


Connection and Community Building
Presented by Donald Braid and Hanako Gavia, Center for Citizenship and Community
Tuesday, July 30, 12:00–1:30 (lunch provided), AU326
Please join us as we explore how deepening connections with your colleagues provides a pathway to community building. Working together, we will discuss selected poems and stories as a way to glean insights about reciprocity and connection. There will be time for private reflection and opportunities (if you wish) to share your epiphanies or personal stories with others. Lunch provided. Space is limited. RSVP to required. 


Clowes Memorial Hall and Schrott Center for the Arts - Behind the Scenes Tour for Staff
Thursday, July 25, 2:00–3:30, Meet in Clowes Lobby
All staff are welcome to join us for a special behind the scenes tour of Clowes Memorial Hall and Schrott Center for the Arts. RSVP to requested.


STEP Summer Reading Opportuity
The Staff Training and Enrichment Program (STEP), in cooperation with Butler's Visiting Writers Series (VWS), is offering a summer reading opportunity for staff. Books will be provided for the first 40 staff to register, and will be distributed at a luncheon on Thursday, June 27, when Ania Spyra (Director of the Visiting Writers Series) will join us to share additional information about the books and authors. Can't join us on the 27th? No problem—we'll work out getting the book to you! Interested in participating? Click here to register.


To request disability-related accommodations or inquire about accessibility, please contact Rebecca DeGrazia 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.


STEP Academic Staff Professional Development Grants

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. Grants may provide or add to funding for travel costs to national or international meetings to present or gain professional experience.

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

  • Conference or workshop attendance (**Grants will not be awarded in two consecutive years for the same conference or workshop)
  • Course registration
  • Webinar or online course registration
  • Training for a new skill or program
  • Travel related to professional development
  • 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 workshop or conference 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 regularions, and business office/procurement policies. Awardees should work directly with Rebecca DeGrazia regarding questions on business office or expense related concerns.

Click here to download the STEP grant application

Staff Peer-to-Peer Co-Mentoring Program

Information on the STEP Peer-to-Peer Co-Mentoring Program will be available soon.