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FPDC Guidelines

(FPDC end of year final revisions 04/21/05)
FACULTY Professional Development Committee (FPDC) Guidelines
for Faculty Professional Development (FPD) Credit

Overview:
The purpose of Faculty Professional Development (formerly called ‘Flex’) is to provide time for faculty to participate in development activities that are related to “staff, student, and instructional improvement.” (Title 5, sec. 55720). The Faculty Professional Development calendar allows faculty 60 hours to work individually or with groups to achieve such improvement.

 

Individual activities are a part of faculty/staff improvement as long as a connection can be established to the improvement of instruction and instructional support at the college and there is evidence that this activity is above and beyond assigned responsibilities as outlined in the job description.

The Faculty Professional Development Committee (FPDC) of the Academic Senate, in cooperation with the Director of Faculty Professional Development, will be the oversight body for determining the appropriateness of all Faculty Professional Development activities.

The following guidelines have been developed by FPDC, approved by the Senate, and serve as a base for determining which activities are approved for faculty development credit.

Please Note: Faculty are encouraged to forward to the FPDC your recommendations for changes or additions to these guidelines. The FPDC will review the guidelines and your recommended changes throughout the year. The FPDC will submit the FPDC approved edits to Academic Senate as an information item at the first March Senate Meeting of each year.


SUMMARY LIST OF APPROVED FPD ACTIVITIES

CONFERENCE, COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

1. Attend conferences, courses, seminars, workshops, and arts events.

2. Prepare for and present SBCC workshops.

3. Create and implement professional workshops, presentations, exhibitions, or theatre events.

4. Participate in public or private school district outreach and education projects.

5. Visit private businesses, public institutions, or commercial sites.

6. Participate in community business at the state or national level.


INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITY

7. Learn how to develop technology mediated instructional support materials.

8. Create technology mediated instructional and instructional support materials.

9. Develop curricula.

10. Provide supplemental instructional support in campus learning labs.

11. Develop instructional media.

12. Review articulation of courses or other cooperative agreements.


DEPARTMENTAL, COLLEGE ACTIVITY

13. Collaborate with members of SBCC departments or other educational institutions.

14. Train or plan for institutional, departmental or program needs.

15. Write grant proposals.

16. Participate in committees or sponsor clubs above and beyond contract requirements.

17. Mentor faculty.

18. Re-design physical facilities that are integral to educational tasks.


INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY

19. Write for publication.

20. Create original works as they relate to the discipline.

21. Research in one’s field or a related field.

22. Observe a colleague’s teaching or counseling.

23. Gain the knowledge needed for effective service in campus leadership.


DETAILED LIST OF APPROVED FPD ACTIVITIES

CONFERENCE, COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

1. Attend conferences, courses, seminars, workshops, and arts events.

Examples:

a. Colloquia or symposia.

b. Participation in 4sbccfaculty.org and 4faculty.org.

c. Professional conferences.

d. SBCC FPD workshops.

e. Exhibitions or performing arts events.

Notes:

• If the conference conflicts with your teaching schedule or other campus responsibilities as outlined in the job description, classroom instruction hours must be subtracted from the FPD hours.

• Activities must be related to the faculty member’s job responsibilities.

2. Prepare for and present SBCC workshops for new, continuing, and adjunct faculty.

Examples:

a. New faculty orientation.

b. FPD workshops.

Notes:

• FPD credit for preparation equals up to three hours per one hour of presentation.

• FPD credit for presentation equals the number of hours of presentation.

• If educational support faculty claim FPD credit for presentations scheduled during regular work time, such time must be made up at a later date.


3. Create and implement professional workshops, presentations, exhibitions, or theatre events.

Examples:

a. Plan and present exhibitions.

b. Perform, produce, or direct performing arts events.

c. Develop and implement presentation at professional conference.

d. Coordinate conference.

Notes:

• FPD credit is given for both preparation and presentation as noted in 2 above.

• FPD credit is not granted if the presenter is compensated.


4. Participate in educationally related organizations, projects or outreach projects.


Examples:

a. Participate in SBCC Preview Night

b. Provide extracurricular programs for K-12 students

c. Work with college and high school faculty and staff in offering dual enrollment courses

d. Tutor, mentor, or provide demonstrations in High School as a volunteer

e. Develop course offerings as part of the college’s Dual Enrollment Program.

f. Collaborate with other school districts for the purpose of improving academic achievement.

g. Serve on Boards of educationally related organizations.

 

5. Visit private businesses, public institutions, or commercial sites.

Examples:

a. Marine Tech visits to commercial diving enterprises

b. AMDN/LVN visits to hospitals

Notes:

• The purpose may be to acquire information, identify needs, and form partnerships, or other activities to enhance, expand or create courses or programs.


6. Participate in community college business at the state or national level.

Examples:

a. California State Academic Senate

b. Community college associations and commissions.

c. Chancellor’s Office task forces.

Notes:

• FPD credit is not granted if the faculty member is compensated


INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITY

7. Learn how to develop technology mediated instructional support materials.

 

Examples:

a. Web pages

b. Campus Pipeline

c. WebCT

d. Vista

e. PowerPoint

f. email

g. computer software for classroom instruction

 

8. Create technology mediated instructional and instructional support materials.

Examples:

a. Word processing

b. multimedia authoring presentations

c. Spreadsheets

d. Internet access

e. Statistical analysis

f. Database

Notes:

• Work in consultation with the Faculty Resource Center or the Staff Resource Center.


9. Develop curricula.

Examples:

a. Develop a new course on campus.

b. Develop non-traditional methods of delivery.

10. Provide supplemental instructional support in campus learning labs.

Examples:

a. Volunteer tutoring in math lab

Notes:

• This must be above and beyond fundamental job responsibilities (such as office hours, review sessions, and student counseling/advising.)

11. Develop instructional media.

Examples:

a. Produce special topic videos, power point or slide presentations

b. Write storyboards or scripts for multimedia presentations

c. Write workbooks and lab manuals

Notes:

• Activities are appropriate as long as there is no financial compensation for the development.

• Routine revisions or updates to existing materials are not FPD.


12. Review articulation of courses or other cooperative agreements.

Notes:

• Cooperative agreements should relate to the California State University, the University of California systems, private institutions and other community colleges, or to local public school districts.


 

13. Collaborate with members of SBCC departments or other educational institutions.

Examples:

a. Coordinate FPD activities between departments.

b. Plan, prepare, and coordinate learning communities and develop interdisciplinary courses.

c. Meet with department to review curriculum, texts, or support materials.

d. Develop inter-segmental educational tools.

Notes:

• Adjunct faculty may include participation in departmental meetings as an FPD activity

• For contract faculty, attendance at their own regularly scheduled department meetings is not FPD


14. Train or plan for institutional, departmental or program needs.

Examples:

a. Research programs and processes at other institutions for the purpose of program improvement.

Notes:

• Activities should occur at times that do not conflict with one's teaching/working schedule

• The content should be beyond the scope of routine meetings.


15. Write grant proposals.

Notes:

• Grant proposals should relate to instructional or institutional purposes,

• PD credit is not granted if the writer is compensated


16. Participate in committees, or sponsor clubs above and beyond contract requirements.

Notes:

Attending employee benefit or retirement workshops are not considered FPD.


17. Mentor faculty.

Examples:

b. Provide orientation to college, department, or specific courses

c. Share expertise

d. Provide professional support

Notes:

• Regular orientation of adjunct faculty is considered a responsibility of department chairs and is not FPD.

• Both mentor and mentee receive PD credit.



18. Re-design physical facilities that are integral to educational tasks.

Examples:

a. Coordinate with buildings and grounds and with administration or architectural firms for planning any structural changes.

Notes:

• Routine maintenance of general campus facilities, moving, painting, cleaning or reorganizing office furniture or files are not FPD.


 

19. Write for publication.

Examples:

a. Journal articles

b. Magazine articles

c. Scholarly books

d. Web pages

Notes:

• The writing must be submitted and/or published in order to complete the FPD hours.

• The topic must be related to the writer's discipline.

• FPD credit is not granted if the writer is compensated.


20. Create original works as they relate to the discipline.

Examples:

a. Compose music

b. Paint

c. Sculpt

d. Write essays, short stories, novels, poetry

e. Produce film

Notes:

• PD credit is not granted if the artist is compensated.



21. Research in one's field or in a related field.

Examples:

a. Collect and analyze own data

b. Identify and evaluate published materials for college use

c. Analyze books that relate to one's profession,

d. Read journals, books, monographs, periodicals or view videos or software related to the discipline.

Notes:

• PD credit is not granted if the faculty member is compensated.

• Results of research will be made available to department, library, or college.


22. Observe a colleague's teaching or counseling to 1) prepare for teaching a course in a different specialty area, 2) learn successful teaching or counseling techniques, or 3) prepare for team teaching and interdisciplinary curriculum revisions.

Examples:

a. Job shadow a colleague.

b. Observe colleague at other institutions.

Notes:

• New faculty members are encouraged to observe faculty in their departments.

• Evaluation of faculty within your department is not FPD.

• Evaluation of faculty outside your department is FPD.


23. Gain the knowledge needed for effective service in campus leadership positions, such as, Faculty Senate President, department chair, and chairs of senate committees.

Examples:

a. Train in leadership skills, personnel policies and procedures, and department operation

b. Train in knowledge of institutional policies, college governance, accreditation, articulation, and inter-departmental relationships.

Notes:

• Leadership service that receives compensation may not be included for FPD credit.


Additional activities may be considered for Faculty Professional Development by approval of the Professional Development Committee, provided the activities meet the Title V Guidelines.

Please note that the following activities CANNOT be counted for Faculty Professional Development credit:

1) Preparation required to teach or perform the services on a day-to-day basis, such as writing syllabi, reading and/or grading of student papers, preparing class lectures or handouts. These are a part of a faculty member’s contractual obligation,

2) Activities for which a faculty member receives compensation.

3) Activities that would conflict with assigned teaching hours or responsibilities as outlined in the job description (such as attendance at conferences or presentations or visits to business or commercial sites). NOTE: If a faculty member is approved for conference attendance during teaching time, such in-class time must be subtracted from FPD hours. NOTE: If an educational support faculty member claims FPD credit during scheduled working hours such time must be made up at a later date.

4) Travel time to and from conferences and meetings.

5) Moving, painting, cleaning or reorganizing office furniture or files.

6) Evaluation of faculty within your department.

7) Attendance at regularly scheduled department or division meetings. NOTE: Adjunct faculty may claim FPD credit for attending regularly scheduled department or division meetings.

8) Fundamental requirements as outlined in a faculty job description.

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