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Professional Development: Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
 
1. Can full-time contract instructors complete Professional Development hours any time during the semester? What about extra pay faculty and part-time instructors?
 
  Yes. Full-time contract instructors can complete the 40 required hours any time during the academic year up to the third week of May.

Extra-pay and part-time instructors should complete required hours during Professional Development Week or submit an Individual Proposal by the end of Professional Development Week (as well as a Completed Individual Activity form by the last Friday in September for Fall, and by the last Friday in February for Spring). These forms can be downloaded in either PDF or Word formats by visiting our Form Depot.

Pre-approved Individual Professional Development Activities can be arranged when necessary. Contact the Office of the Professional Development Administrator.

Link for more information on Professional Development requirements.


2. What if a part-time instructor is hired after the first two weeks?
 
  Part-time instructors hired after the first two weeks should contact the Office of the Professional Development Administrator to arrange and complete their required hours.

3. Is it possible to "bank" Professional Development due to illness?
 
  No. Full-time faculty have nearly two semesters to complete their required hours, July 1-third week of May.

4. What if I am unable to complete Professional Development due to illness?
 
  The same policy applies as during the regular semester regarding absences.

Call the Office of Instruction to report the absence, just as you would on a regular teaching day.

Be sure to state how many Professional Development hours you are claiming for that day.

(One sick day = a maximum of eight hours).


5. How many hours equal one Individual Activity day (or how many hours can be accumulated in one day?
 
  In most cases, there is a maximum of eight hours per day, but the activity must be pre-approved via the "Individual Activity Proposal" by the end of Professional Development week (available in both PDF or Word formats)

Documentation of participation, such as receipts, registration, etc., should accompany paperwork turned in to the Office of the Professional Development Administrator.


6. Can there be mandatory attendance activities?
 
  Currently there are no mandatory Professional Development events.

The State guidelines do not prohibit mandated activities but require specific guidelines and documentation of such events.


7. What if I complete fewer than the required Professional Development hours?
 
  Your salary will be adjusted accordingly.

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8. Are there specific hours and times designated for Professional Development activities?
 
  Full-time instructors may complete pre-approved Professional Development activities throughout the year (July 1 through June 30).

Part-time and full-time extra pay instructors must either complete their required hours either during Professional Development Week or submit an "Individual Activity Proposal" by the end of that same day. (If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact the Office of the Professional Development Administrator.) Each individual activity must be pre-approved by the Professional Development Activity Review Committee and must be completed by the following deadlines:

  • Fall: the last Friday in September
  • Spring: the last Friday in February

A "Completed Individual Activity Form" must be submitted, along with proof of completion. All forms can be downloaded in either PDF or Word formats by visiting our Form Depot.

Remember: Staff development activities completed outside of the designated Professional Development Week must be approved in advance by the Professional Development Activity Review Committee, and completed by the abovementioned deadline.

All paperwork should be submitted to the office of the Professional Development Administrator.

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9. Can I attend Professional Development activities held at Grossmont College?
 
  Yes. Make sure you sign in on the sign-in sheet.

10. Can I attend other colleges' Professional Development activities?
 
  Yes, as a pre-approved Individual Professional Development Activity. These hours must be in addition to any hours that are required by those institutions.

Please provide documentation of attendance.


11. What about classes I'm taking for salary advancement?
 
  Courses taken for step or salary advancement do not qualify for staff development credit.

Courses taken for "upgrading skills" do qualify with advanced approval. Contact the Office of the Professional Development Administrator.


12. What if I am unable to complete some segment of my pre-approved Individual Professional Development Activity Agreement?
 
  If unable to complete a component of the approved agreement, contact the Office of the Professional Development Administrator as soon as possible.

Neither the department chair nor the program coordinator can make staff development adjustments.

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13. How does sabbatical leave affect my Professional Development requirements?
 
  You are not required to complete Professional Development for the time you are on sabbatical.

You are still a member of the faculty while on sabbatical and you may attend Professional Development activities; however, in order to qualify for Professional Development, the activity cannot be part of your sabbatical project.


14. Can the department chair or program coordinator adjust/assign staff development hours to individuals?
 
  No. Contact the Office of the Professional Development Administrator for clarification.

15. How can I find out if a workshop has been cancelled?
 
  Visit the Schedule of Workshops or contact the Professional Development Administrator.

16. Can I get Professional Development hours for an Exercise Science class?
 
  Yes. Faculty may use up to 5 hours per semester for physical fitness or well being.

17. Can I get Professional Development credit for Office Hours?
 
  No. You can, however, make your availability known to the Professional Development Administrator by the deadline (1 week before Professional Development Week), for up to a maximum of 5 hours per semester for "Student Mentoring and Advising".

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