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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

2020-21 Programs

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


Although STEP in-person workshops are not currently available due to Coronavirus restrictions, staff are still able to participate in online professional training opportunities through Hoonuit. Training modules regarding software/technology, soft skills, and more can be found at

The Center for Faith and Vocation (CFV) is offering virtual wellness sessions, as well as online spiritual care conversations for students, staff, and faculty.  Click here to learn more or to request a conversation. 


The STEP committee


Social Reconnection - Online Session
Wednesday, July 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m., via Zoom
Conversation hosted by Donald Braid and Hanako Gavia (Engaged Learning Center)

Please join us for this opportunity to reconnect with your Butler coworkers via Zoom. Working in small groups, you will be prompted to tell stories as a foundation for refreshing and building community with colleagues. There will be time for private reflection, and opportunities (if you wish) to share your epiphanies or personal stories with others. There is no agenda beyond exchange, recharging, and reawakening relationships, but be forewarned that the process often leads to laughter (and sometimes warmed hearts). RSP to for Zoom login details. 


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.  

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. **Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, STEP is not currently able to offer funding for mini-grants that involve conference registration or travel. 

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 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. 

STEP Winter Reading Opportunity

The Staff Training and Enrichment Program (STEP), in cooperation with Butler's Visiting Writers Series (VWS), is offering a 2019-20 winter break reading opportunity for academic staff. 

Books will be provided for the first 40 staff to register, and will be distributed at a luncheon on Thursday, December 12, 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 12th? No problem - we'll work out getting the book to you!

Books by three of the spring 2020 VWS authors will be offered, and participants may select their reading using the interface linked here.
Participants may choose to read on their own, or may form book discussion groups with others who choose the same reading - whatever is most comfortable for you!

Descriptions of each of the books, and brief bios for each of the authors are available in the link above.

Hurry! Deadline to register is November 15, 2019.

We look forward to celebrating the upcoming Visiting Writers Series with you!