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
- Adjunct Faculty: between professional development week and the 12th week of class.
- Full Time Faculty: between July 1 and week 15 in Spring semester.
Suggested Individual Activities
- Part-time faculty can get up to 2 hours per semester for serving on a Cuyamaca committee.
- Accreditation Basics Online Workshop (2 hours). After completing the online Workshop, turn in your certificate to the Professional Development office.
- 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.
- 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.
- @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.
- 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 www.cuyamaca.edu/tlc/workshops/access .
- 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 email@example.com.
Teaching and learning & subject area expertise
- 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 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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Spend an hour or two watching teaching tips videos at Teaching Channel site. To get credit, write what you watched and learned. Though these are geared to k-12 teaching, you should be able to get some ideas.
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.