Santa Barbara City College Academic Senate
Adjunct Faculty Professional Development FAQ's
(NOTE: The term Faculty Professional Development is the same as what we previously called "Flex." The terms are used interchangeably in the document)
1. Why do I have to do FPD activities?
Title V, section 55720c states that ìa district with an approved flexible calendar shall ensure that all employees under contract with the district work at least 175 days.î When SBCC decided to adopt a 16-week calendar, with 165 instructional days, the remaining 10 days became "flexible." SBCC considers these ten days equivalent to 60 hours.
For adjunct instructional faculty the FPD obligation is one FPD hour per semester for every hour taught during the week. For example, if you teach 3 hours a week, you need to complete three hours of approved professional development activities during the semester. The FPD obligation for adjunct lab instructors is two FPD hours per semester for every three hours of lab per week.
For adjunct non-teaching faculty in student services, the FPD obligation is equal to two-thirds the number of hours per week you work. In other words, non-teaching faculty accrue professional development at the lab rate (2/3:1).
No. Adjunct faculty are not required to attend the all-faculty PD days. However, adjunct faculty are welcome to choose to participate and count these days for individual professional development credit.
To record your individual activity hours, go to the FPD online registration site (http://flex.sbcc.edu/). You will be able to check your status at any time at that site.
If you are attending a scheduled SBCC workshop, you will get FPD credit by signing the FPD registration sheet.
You receive one hour of credit for each hour of participation in an FPD activity.
The FPDC and the Senate have approved FPD Guidelines listing allowable activities. These FPDC Guidelines are updated each year and posted on the website (http://flex.sbcc.edu). Generally, individual activities are allowed as long as the faculty member establishes a connection to the development of professional skills and can demonstrate the activity is above and beyond responsibilities outlined in their job description.
Faculty may request guidance regarding activities not clearly covered in the FPD Guidelines by contacting the FPD Director (email@example.com) or the FPD Committee BEFORE engaging in the activity. If you are concerned that you may not be credited for an activity, it is to your advantage to check first to avoid denial of the credit.
No. The system is set up such that you enter hours for activities after you have completed them. If you are concerned that you may not be credited for an activity, it is to your advantage to check first to avoid denial of the credit.
This is especially important if the activity is not specifically listed in the FPD Guidelines. (http://flex.sbcc.edu).
Adjunct faculty must complete FPD activities within the semester of employment by the District.
Faculty may do FPD activities any time the individual faculty member is not engaged in class, office hours, or other activities specified in their job description.
For non-teaching faculty, FPD activities must take place outside of their regular workday, or the time must be made up on a different date, with permission of the area dean.
No. Adjunct faculty cannot bank from semester to semester.
The FPD Director will send out emails to announce new FPD workshops. The subject line in the email will read "FPD Updateî so that the information is easily recognizable. In addition, the FPD Director will add new workshops to the Web site (http://flex.sbcc.edu) as soon as they are scheduled.
An individualís professional obligation as referenced in the faculty job description does not count as FPD. See Guidelines for further clarification (http://flex.sbcc.edu).
The Faculty Professional Development Committee (FPDC) of the Academic Senate is the body that interprets the Title V regulations as they apply to SBCCís FPD activities. The committeeís determinations are published in the FPD Guidelines (http://flex.sbcc.edu). Please contact any committee member if you have recommendations regarding these FPD Guidelines.
You may request in writing or in person that the FPD Director or FPDC reconsider the decision. The FPDC meets twice per month on the first and third Thursdays at 3:30 in BC 214. Please contact the FPDC chairperson before the next scheduled meeting to request your issue be placed on the agenda. The decision of the FPDC is final.
In general you can claim each hour of attendance at a conference related to your field. See FPD Guidelines (http://flex.sbcc.edu).
Since FPD hours are paid working hours, your pay would be reduced by the number of unfulfilled hours.
You are welcome to participate in as many workshops, meetings and activities as you would like, but the College cannot compensate you for your participation over and above your required hours.
The college will not pay you for participation in FPD hours completed after the class is cancelled. If you attend SBCC FPD activities at the beginning of the semester before your class is cancelled, you will be paid for your participation in any SBCC scheduled FPD activity up to your required number of FPD hours for the semester (i.e. if you were hired to teach a 3 unit class you would be paid for 3 hours.)
Notify the FPD Director who will follow up with your suggestion or schedule you for an FPD presentation. All ideas are WELCOME!!
Yes. The terms are used interchangeably. "Flex" is often used to mean "Faculty Professional Development."Back to top