Who We Are
Staff Development Mission Statement
To promote professional development of faculty, staff and administration by:
- providing abundant information on opportunities and funding for as many as possible:
- encouraging innovation, experimentation and creativity within the learning environment;
- encouraging the development of an awareness of the changing educational environment;
- encouraging training that promotes safe working conditions for campus personnel;
- encouraging the development of effective working relationships within the campus community including collegial exchange of ideas among disciplines and professional specialists.
Travel & Conference Information
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Instructional Improvement Activities
- Develop new instructional skills
- Interact with colleagues to improve instruction
- Improve course delivery
- Look at the course or program as a whole, and then making major revisions
- Modify an existing course to comply with institutional or discipline requirements (e.g. changing theories in a discipline, articulation with transfer institutions)
- Modify an existing course to add/improve critical thinking skills
- Modify an existing course to add/improve multicultural learning
- Modify an existing course to add/improve writing across the curriculum skills
- Make significant modification of a course to address the learning needs of diverse student populations (e.g. creating self-paced learning modules)
- Write for publication or write a grant proposal.
- Create projects involving community and/or student groups.
- Take a short-term class.
- Develop new course/program
- Explore alternate instruction methods
- Visit sites related to your program and/or areas of responsibility.
- Participate in High School Career Days.
- Attend professional conferences/workshops.
- Develop an online course.
- Developing new programs (e.g., a workshop on designing curriculum/programs)
- Attend faculty and counselor meetings to address areas of concern e.g. academic advising, prerequisites, referring students for services)
- Attend faculty and staff (e.g., tutors, lab assistants) meetings to improve learning resource support services to students
- Attend workshops on how to mentor students or how to mentor faculty
- Participate in orientation/education (e.g., new faculty; role of the academic senates; training students, staff, and faculty to serve on committees; changing role of technology in education)
- Participate in student, faculty, and staff diversity (e.g., sexual harassment workshops, affirmative action conferences, cultural diversity seminars, multicultural activities)
- Attend meetings designed to improve a cohesive working relationship among members of the group (e.g., departments, divisions, committees, mixture of college constituencies)
- Attend workshops on how to write grants
- Attend workshops or individually designed activities to improve or enhance a person's skills or knowledge in his/her own discipline
- Participate in wellness activities that assist individuals to be physically and mentally better able to perform their jobs (e.g., humor in the workplace, stress reduction, self-defense, nutrition, exercise, weight reduction)
- Learn a second language to better communicate with the diverse student population
- Participate in disaster preparedness (e.g., district procedures, first aid, review of facilities to determine areas of need)
- Learn how to incorporate technology into your instruction.
- Form mentor partnerships with adjunct faculty or new full-time faculty
- Develop a new program to meet changing student needs
- Attend faculty and staff (e.g., tutors, lab assistants) meetings to improve services to students
- Review reaming resource materials to eliminate out-dated items and make recommendations for additions
- Create self-study modules and/or computer-assisted instruction
- Participate in student advising (e.g., academic advising of students by faculty)
- Attend training in classroom research (assessment) techniques
- Participate in mentoring of students
- Participate in student orientation programs
- Participate in matriculation services (e.g. special orientation for ESL students, workshops in specific disciplines for
students with undecided majors)
- Attend meetings (department/division/college-wide) specifically to discuss strategies for improving service to students
- Participate in institutional research focused on meeting the needs of the students (e.g., job market surveys, transfer
ratios, ethnicity data on students, gender equity, campus climate)
- Write grants aimed to improve services to students
- Participate in articulation to improve transfer processes
- Participate in outreach for special projects (e.g. Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement [MESA] program)
- Conduct special workshops for students (e.g., understanding the college schedule, transfer requirements, setting