Faculty Handbook

28. Professional Development

Professional Development is expected to engage in professional development activities. Every year, faculty member must submit a professional development plan to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs by the end of the fourth week of the fall semester. 

The Professional Development Plan form is available on the College's computer system (J:Drive). Goals for professional development may include college courses, obtaining an advanced degree or certification, seminars, workshops, research, publications, compositions, presentations, or other activities that enhance or broaden the teaching area. 

In addition, professional conventions, conferences or meetings, membership in professional organizations, curriculum design, accreditation team membership, or other appropriate professional activities can also serve as goals. Funds for professional development activities are usually made available by the College. 

Once a professional development plan is on file with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, a request for professional development funds (PDF) can be submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. PDF requests forms are available on the College's computer system (J:drive). 

All requests, and any supporting documentation, are then reviewed first by the Professional Development Fund Subcommittee of the Faculty Senate and then by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, as indicated in the Professional Development Fund Policy.