The Committee and How Professional Development Works

As part of the agreement between Linn-Benton Community College and the Faculty Association, Articles 18 and 19, the Board of Education has made available monies to support professional development opportunities for faculty. Administrative authority for these monies rests with the College President following a review process by the Professional Development Committee.

The committee will consist of two (2) faculty representative from each division plus the Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Coordinator; a representative from Human Resources/Payroll (ex-officio, nonvoting); and the Faculty President (ex-officio and nonvoting). The Faculty President will select a representative(s) from each division and submit the list to the college President for approval.

The Faculty President will be notified of Professional Development Committee meetings, will receive copies of all proposals, and will serve as time permits in an advisory capacity to the committee. Proxies expressed to the committee chairperson or to the committee's support person are acceptable if received before the committee votes on proposals. Additional operational philosophy and guidelines used in the review process are outlined below.

While faculty accept reasonable responsibility for maintaining and enhancing their current skills, the institution accepts reasonable responsibility for providing opportunities to bridge gaps in professional expertise that occur due to changing needs of the student populations, technological changes or rapid advances in knowledge in the fields represented by our programs and disciplines, and changes in learning/teaching methodologies. Curriculum development remains the responsibility of the divisions.

It is unrealistic to assume that all faculty will need or want the same type, amount, or frequency of professional development opportunities. Thus, the paramount goal in recommending awards of these grants is that we remain flexible enough to consider all options while maintaining an element of consistency. Professional Development activities may include workshops, seminars, additional educational coursework, research or projects, or any other form of professional development activity related to the faculty member's professional assignment.

Supervisors do not approve or disapprove requests for funds from the Professional Development Committee, but they must receive a copy of the application at the same time it is submitted to the committee. If the activity occurs on a contract day, faculty members are expected to discuss the impact of this absence on classes and other work assignments with their manager in a timely manner. Approval of funding by the committee does not release the applicant from work responsibilities.

Professional Development Application forms are available on the LBCC intranet and from the committee’s support person. Applications must be submitted prior to the activity. Applications can be amended before the event, but reimbursement for additional funds or redistribution of allocated funds cannot be requested after the event.

Applications will be considered on a monthly basis. The committee usually meets the second week of the month. The committee will consider applications received by the support person by 5:00 p.m. of the first college business day of that month. Applications are considered on a "first come, first served" basis; therefore, getting applications in as early as possible is wise. Grant applications for activities occurring in the next fiscal year will not be considered before the March meeting. However, proposals for extended educational leaves of absence will be accepted as early as October 1 for the following academic year.