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Individual Activities

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:

  1. Submit the Individual Activity Proposal if you would like pre-approval.
  2. 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

Shared governance
  • 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.
Instructional Technology
Teaching and learning & subject area expertise


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.


State Guidelines

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.


Revised   January 16, 2015
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