Staff or Professional
Each campus that receives
AB1725 funding for staff development must maintain a committee composed
of faculty, staff and management representatives who are charged with
overseeing the planning, budgeting and reporting of funded programs.
Funding Sources for Professional
State funding comes in two
forms to every district. In the mid 1980's, AB1725 reform legislation
provided $10 million dollars to be shared by the 107 community colleges
in the state. Each college is provided funding annually through a formula
based on their full time equivalent student enrollment. More recently,
additional funding has been provided due to the increased need for equipment
and training arising from the dramatic growth in the use of technology.
These funds are supplied from the Telecommunications and Technology
Infrastructure Program (TTIP) and provide for additional training and
development in technology.
Adjunct Faculty Orientation
Most colleges have some form
of adjunct faculty orientation, but the formality and the source of
delivery varies greatly between colleges and even within colleges. Different
providers often cover various aspects of orientation. Typically, department
chairpersons provide an overview of department expectations, classroom
facilities and faculty work areas. Deans or instructional managers may
provide general information regarding policies and procedures while
offices of instruction or student learning provides the broader view
of the educational environment.
Conference & Travel
Local policies vary and adjunct
faculty members may not receive conference and travel support at the
same level as full-time faculty, but increasingly colleges are providing
support. It is appropriate to seek assistance from more than one source
including your department or division, centralized professional development
funding and grant funding when available. Check with all of these sources
to determine available funding and policies regarding its use.
Faculty Development Resource
Many campuses today have
one or more forms of professional development centers. Services may
be centralized in one location or decentralized by purpose or function.
Typically they are called "Centers for Teaching and Learning"
or "Online Support Centers" or "Staff Development Resource
Centers." Most hold workshops or classes or have resource materials
on teaching and learning. Many provide computer workstations for faculty
and staff use. Many adjunct faculty members find these centers to provide
a place to work with computers and online access in a semi-private setting.
Online or distance education centers support the development and delivery
of online materials or classes and may have independent training programs
Seminars, Workshops and
Colleges typically advertise
professional development offerings via printed flyers, brochures or
a staff development schedule of classes or workshops. Many colleges
today are meeting this need through campus e-mail communications and/or
web pages. Registration for campus workshops and programs is increasingly
available on the web. Some districts share their local campus offerings
between district campuses; this practice may bring opportunities closer
to a faculty member's place of residence. Find your local resources
and watch for professional development opportunities.
Flexible Calendar Programs
The Flexible Calendar Program,
known on local campuses as "FLEX Days," allows for a district
to reduce the number of teaching days to a limited number, by adding
additional professional development days. Many colleges take advantage
of this program to provide staff development offerings prior to the
start of the semester or during the school year. The number of days,
and the associated programming is a local decision. Generally this programming
is open to all faculty members, full-time or adjunct. Some campuses
require adjunct participation and some do not. Consult your Human Resources
department for specific policies on this program.
This is a term used by some
colleges to describe programs where attendance is expected. It might
be a flexible calendar or district identified in-service day. Your local
staff or professional development coordinator would have information
on any in-service programs on your campus and what the expectations
for participation would be for adjunct faculty members.
Most campuses have specific
facilities to provide technology training. Subjects vary from basic
computer applications to web page development. Using state TTIP funding,
many colleges provide specific training necessary to expand or support
curriculum delivery utilizing technology. This may be in the form of
on-campus training or sponsorship to offsite training opportunities.
Another form of training,
which many colleges participate in, is based on a Computer Based Training
(CBT) model. In this program participants are provided with software
training programs which are delivered by training CD's provided by the
district to the employee who then studies either in a college facility
or on their own.
Grants and Grant Writing
Local campus professional
development programs may offer small grants to support the development
of new approaches to teaching and classroom delivery. In addition, most
colleges have a grants office or grant writer who will assist faculty
in locating great funding and developing grant proposals for state and
federal grants. To access information about the grants program at this
college visit this Local Link to Grant Writing Support.