The Committee and How Professional Development Works
As part of the agreement between Linn-Benton Community College and the Faculty Association, Article 19, the Board of Education has made available funds 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.
Selection of Professional Development Committee
The committee members shall be selected by the Professional Development chairperson(s), in consultation with the Association President. To the fullest extent possible, its membership shall provide a wide representation of the variety of faculty positions that exist across campus 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).
Additional Committee Advisors and Proxies
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. Committee members who cannot attend must email their comments and votes prior to the committee meeting. Additional operational philosophy and guidelines used in the review process are outlined below.
Professional Development Responsibilities
The faculty accept reasonable responsibility for maintaining and enhancing their current skills. The institution also 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. The divisions are responsible for funding curriculum development.
Flexibility and Consistency in Awarding Professional Development Funds
It is unrealistic to assume 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. Professional development funds do not pay for memberships and licenses. Exceptions: Professional development funds will pay for the purchase of a membership if membership reduces the cost of a conference to such a degree that it is cheaper to buy the membership than to pay the full cost of the conference without membership.
Role of Supervisors
Supervisors do not approve or disapprove requests for funds from the Professional Development Committee, but the application must be submitted 5 working days prior to the event and the deans/directors will make comments on the application in relation to the faculty members goals before the application moves 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.
Time Frame for Application Review
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.