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 Professional Development Plans

Each full-time faculty member and full-time lecturer is provided funds ($1,250) annually through a faculty professional development budget line to assist with professional development expenses.

Each faculty member may accrue up to a total of three years annual funds (excluding amounts from other sources) in her/his professional development fund in order to consolidate funding for more significant expenses/projects.

In order to qualify for an annual professional development allotment, each faculty member and lecturer shall develop and maintain a plan for professional development. The plan shall be reviewed by the individual's department chairperson and approved by the Dean of Faculty.

Monies within this fund are to be used at the discretion of the individual faculty member under the review of her/his department chairperson.

The Dean of Faculty office requests your updated Professional Development Plan by May 31st.

An electronic version or a hard copy with your department chair's signature should be submitted to the Dean of Faculty Office. Please send your signed plan to the Assistant to the Dean of Faculty, Jill Trostle.

Please refer to the Faculty Handbook for information on how Professional Development funds can be used. As you are writing your Professional Development Plan, please consider the following guidelines:

  1. Briefly state general goals in terms of demonstrable objectives, then connect planned activities to the accomplishment of those objectives;

  2. Provide specific outcomes of professional activity in one or more areas of faculty performance, stating projects and competencies to be developed or completed and by what means;

  3. Provide benchmarks by which to assess progress toward achieving the plan, forming the basis for subsequent annual reports updating and revising the plan as a rolling multi-year statement;

  4. Balance idealism with realism, listing only the projects that could reasonably be accomplished in a one or two year period, not all possible projects that could be completed if one had no competing duties (such as teaching and advising students);

  5. Avoid self-justifying statements of past activity or comprehensive reviews of the past; and

  6. Refrain from defining professional activity only in terms of generalities such as reading, writing, researching, or keeping current in the field.

Thank you for your cooperation and best wishes for a rewarding summer.

Professional Development Workshops

September 18, 2013 - Integrity and Plagiarism
October 2, 2013 - Teaching Writing Effectively
November 13, 2013 - IDEA Evaluations
November 20, 2013 - Engaging New Students in the First-Year Seminar
February 5, 2014 - Shared Governance
February 19, 2014 - External Funding Support
March 12, 2014 - Developmental Advising
April 9, 2014 - Faculty Evaluation: Tenure and Promotion

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