Process & Criteria | Suggested Activities | State Guidelines
Faculty members are required to complete flex hours by attending Scheduled Activities or completing Individual Activities. These are pre-paid hours, and forms must be submitted on time to avoid a pay dock. For flex hours:
- Submit the Individual
Activity Proposal if you would like pre-approval.
- Complete the activity and submit the Completed Activity Form
Full Time Faculty Time Frame: July 1 and week 12 of spring semester.
Adjunct Faculty Time Frame:
FALL: July 1 to the 12th week of class
Spring: week 13 of fall to week 12 of spring semester, or roll over extra hours from fall
DISCLAIMER: If a part-time faculty member chooses to engage in professional development activities earlier than flex week, and if her/his teaching load is subsequently reduced, she/he is not entitled to be compensated for the extra hours.
Suggested Individual Activities
- Part-time faculty can get up to 2 hours per semester for serving on a Cuyamaca committee.
- Chair a campus committee for up to 5 hours of flex credit per semester (unless you are getting release time).
- Part-time faculty can get hours for working on SLOs or SLO assessment - just submit a completed activity form. Document your work with a TracDat report or email from your department chair.
- Department SLO training can be used for Professional Development.
- Meet with Rhonda Bauerlein to work on instructional technology issues for up to 5 hours per semester.
- Lynda.com offers thousands of high quality online videos in education, design, web development, CAD, photography, audio, video, and business (including MS Office, Windows, iPad/iPhone, and more). You can sign up for a temporary account (funded by The Career Technical Education Teacher Preparation Pipeline grant). For verification, email the certificate of completion to Jodi Reed. See Jodi's Professional Development Playlist or Lynda.com's Professional Development Playlist for teacher-oriented topics.
- @ONE online training helps California Community College faculty and staff use technology to enhance student learning and success. Programs include Desktop Seminars, Online Courses and more. For online courses, submit the certificate of completion. For other activities, submit a summary for up to 5 hours of flex credit.
- Captioning Video Online Course - Making video accessible and compliant with federal and state guidelines is one of the greatest challenges to instructional video authors. This is a fully online course that provides step-by-step instructions on how to do video captioning. This course is approved for 1 - 5 hours of Flex credit.
- Cuyamaca's Accessibility workshop telecast provides an overview of accessibility for faculty and staff. It includes instructions on how to use the MS Office 2010 accessibility checker and how to use headers in Word to create a table of contents or bookmarks in a PDF file. This cccconfer archive will download Java applet to play the video. Workshop resources are available at web2.cuyamaca.edu/tlc/workshops/access .
- Read the online book Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences.
- Sign up for on-going technology training by the Teaching and Learning Center.
- Build a Library Research Web Site or consult with a librarian for collection development or research related to your course. To set up an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Copyright Case We've Been Waiting For: Key Lessons & Policy. This Magna Seminar on Copyright provides key lessons and information on fair use. This seminar, with accompanying PowerPoint Slides, can be viewed from a computer disk available for check-out from the Cuyamaca College Library for faculty. (1 hour)
Teaching and learning & subject area expertise
- Palomar is hosting a Best Practices in Learner-Centered Teaching conference February 22, 2014.
- If you have taught at Cuyamaca for at least 4 years, you can get up to 5 hours per semester for mentoring another teacher. If it is your first semester at Cuyamaca or your first semester teaching online, you can also get up to 5 hours for working with a mentor.
- Observe a fellow Cuyamaca College teacher (arrange dates in advance). Submit your Completed Activity form with a brief summary of what you learned.
- Take a class about education or related to your teaching area for up to 10 hours of flex credit. Note that you may not get flex credit and salary advancement for the same class.
- Attend a conference about education or related to your teaching area for up to 8 hours per day of credit. Note that you may not get flex credit during a regular teaching day if you are missing class to attend.
- Watch online video related to teaching or your subject area. For credit, submit a Completed Activity form with the URLs (web addresses) and a few sentences describing what you learned. Here are a few sources:
- The League for Innovation Innovation iStream offers a wide variety of free, helpful resources including conference presentations and multimedia training. Use your campus email address to get an account, propose some resources to study (include the time for each), and write a summary for up to 5 hours of flex credit. Consider Getting Results, an online course for community college educators or the Innovator Spotlight conference presentations (User Name: email@example.com,
- Teaching Channel site videos are geared to k-12 teaching.
- TED offers brief videos on technology, science, design, learning, and more. TEDed lets you turn videos into lessons. Suggested: The Key to Success? Grit, How to learn? From mistakes, Tales of creativity and play, Social media and the end of gender, 3 ways the brain creates meaning, The power of believing that you can improve (Carol Dweck & growth mindset)
- RSA Animates & shorts - illustrated talks on a variety of topics. Suggested: Changing Education Paradigms, Drive.
Process and Criteria
Your application will be reviewed by faculty members on the Professional Development Committee, who will decide whether to grant flex hours. If you wish to appeal, contact the Professional Development office and the committee will consult with your dean and review the decision. Here are the criteria that guide the committee's decisions:
- The activity must meet the state guidelines (improves teaching, maintains current academic and technical knowledge and skills, etc.).
- The hours requested are reasonable.
- Completion of the activity can be documented (e.g. receipt, program, agenda) and/or the teacher can clearly explain how the activity is relevant to his or her professional development in a brief summary submitted with the completed activity form.
- Activities like museum visits, site visits, cultural arts activities, and Exercise Science classes are limited to 5 flex hours per semester. More hours may be approved by the committee when the activity is particularly relevant to the discipline (pre-approval strongly recommended).
- The activity is not part of normal job responsibilities and is not already compensated, including
- Regular instructional and office hours
- Regular department meetings held at any time during the semester other than Professional Development Week
- Standing committee meetings, including hiring committee meetings
- Classroom preparation time (syllabus preparation, ongoing web page development, preparation of instructional materials, gathering resources, etc.)
- Chair/Coordinator responsibilities, including those that occur during Professional Development Week (reassignment as a Chair/Coordinator is part of a full-time faculty load)
- Activities occurring during paid work hours
- Activities used for salary advancement
This Process and Criteria statement was approved by the Academic Senate February 2011.
The authorized uses of Professional Development funds as outlined in AB1725 by the State Chancellor’s Office are:
- Improvement of teaching.
- Maintenance of current academic and technical knowledge and skills.
- In-service training for vocational education and employment preparation programs.
- Retraining to meet changing institutional needs.
- Intersegmental exchange programs.
- Development of innovations in instructional and administrative techniques and program effectiveness.
- Computer and technological proficiency programs.
- Courses and training which implement affirmative action and upward mobility.
- Other activities determined by the Board of Governors to be related to educational and professional development pursuant to criteria established by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.