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Office of the Provost

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.

STEP Committee Members

  • Rebecca DeGrazia, Academic Affairs Assistant
  • 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

2018-19 Programming


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

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.


Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement (CHASE)
Learn About Butler (LAB) Session
Wednesday, November 14
12:00-12:30 lunch (Market Place tickets provided)
12:30-1:30 presentation
Atherton 326

Join us for a presentation by Dacia Charlesworth to learn about how CHASE assists all students on campus, and how you can help by referring outstanding students in all disciplines to CHASE faculty and staff. Attendees will be able to ask specific questions pertinent to their areas. If you have ever wanted to know about the types of research our undergraduate students conduct, what our students should do to pursue prestigious scholarships, graduate school, participate in the honors program, and the like, this session is designed especially for you. Space is limited. RSVP to is required. 


Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program for Staff - Focus Group Opportunity
Wednesday, October 24
12:00-12:30 lunch (provided) and community building
12:30-1:30 focus group activities and conversation
Atherton 326

STEP is working on building a peer-to-peer mentoring program for staff, and we want to hear from you! Whether you are potentially interested in serving as a mentor, as a mentee, or you just want to learn more, this focus group will help us better shape the program to be meaningful and helpful to Butler staff. We hope you can join us! Space is limited. RSVP to is required. 


Using Canva for Professional-Looking Marketing Materials
Friday, September 28
Jordan Hall 220
Led by Kristen Allen, Center for Academic Technology

Learn how to use Canva, a free graphic design tool, to create beautiful flyers, social media images, presentations, and more. Canva is easy to use with pre-built templates and millions of stunning images and graphics. In addition to Canva basics, this workshop will touch on important accessibility and layout considerations when designing. This session is full. Email to have your name added to the wait list.


Health and Recreation Complex: Special Tour for Staff and Services Overview
Thursday, September 27
10:30-11:30 a.m. (followed by optional lunch)
Meet in HRC lobby
Led by Nicole DeYoung, Butler Lifestyle Wellness Coach

The HRC offers many programs and opportunities for the entire campus community - are you taking advantage of them? Staff are invited to join us for this special tour, led by Nicole DeYoung (Butler's lifestyle wellness coach), to learn about HRC services - including gym facilities, nutrition counseling, wellness incentives, lunchtime fitness classes, and more! Following the tour, guests will be provided tickets to The Market Place for lunch. Space is limited. RSVP to is required. 


Meditation: Making Friends with Change
Thursday, August 2
Presentation and meditation 11:00-12:00, lunch (provided) 12:00-12:30
Center for Faith and Vocation Blue House
Hosted by Marguerite Stanciu, Center for Faith and Vocation

Learning to meditate can help to calm the mind, and encounter life's circumstances with greater confidence. Join us for instruction and an opportunity to meditate together as we prepare for the start of the new academic year. Space is limited. RSVP to is required. 


STEP luncheon with Jim and Bethanie Danko
Monday, June 25
Lunch (provided) 12:00-12:30, conversation 12:30-1:30
President's residence: 525 Blue Ridge Road

Academic staff are invited to this opportunity to visit with Jim and Bethanie at their home. We'll have informal conversation about academic leadership, favorite reads, and other topics.
This event is full. Email to have your name added to the waitlist.

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. Only one award will be funded per individual each fiscal year. Grants may also 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
  • 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 inclusive - other ideas may be accepted.

A maximum of $500 will be awarded, provided costs meet aforementioned guidelines. If the application requests funding related to activity 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 due on the first of each month. Signed, scanned applications should be sent to Decisions on applications will be communicated within 30 days

Questions: Awardees should work directly with Rebecca DeGrazia regarding questions on business office or expense related concerns.  

Report: A brief report (no more than one page) reflecting on or describing the outcome of the project using these funds is due to STEP no more than 60 days following the end of the project. Failure to submit this report may jeopardize future funding.


Click here to download the STEP grant application

Celebration of Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL)


Save the Date! CITL 2019 is scheduled for Thursday, April 25 from 4-6 p.m. in the Reilly Room (Atherton Union), and will feature peer-reviewed posters, demonstrations, and displays presented by Butler faculty and academic staff. All Butler faculty and academic staff members are invited and encouraged to attend and hear from their peers about what they are doing to foster student learning at Butler, either through a teaching strategy, an instructional approach, a class assignment or project, a method of rubric-making, or other ways of measuring student engagement or learning.  CITL is a great opportunity to discover new teaching ideas from your colleagues and to learn about the great work that is occurring across the university to ensure student success.

Visit to learn more, and to access the CITL proposal form. Questions? Contact