Hints for the Administration and Funding of Professional Development
(or Who will run the office for little or no pay?)
Hints for Providing the Workshops and Getting the Trainers
- Share the responsibility with the Faculty Association.
- Ask for a volunteer faculty member.
- Ask for a volunteer faculty committee.
- Assign the responsibility to senior administrators on a rotating basis.
- Provide release time (one course or more) to a faculty or staff member.
- Provide a stipend to a faculty or staff member.
- Hold a fundraiser (examples: collegewide garage sale, bake sales, faculty vs. students ballgame) or write a grant to pay for the position.
(or Who will teach the workshops and what will they be about?)
- Inventory faculty, staff and community for expertise that they would be willing to share with your faculty members.
- Share or trade experts from other colleges.
- Start with two workshops where you have identified existing expertise.
- Motivate trainers by providing stipends or free lunch on a regular basis.
- Create a formal means of recognition for the trainers.
- Encourage your faculty members to complete the Professional Development Planning Tools and use this input to assess gaps in your college's offerings.
- Identify potential topics and have faculty vote on a priority list.
- Use the Texas Collaborative's free professional development resources, including self-paced electronic modules and moderated 6-week Academy courses.
- Use STARLINK programs and videos.
- Use the National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education's Internet webcasts.
- Provide a small number of workshops the first year and expand each subsequent year.
(or How will the faculty know what’s going on?)
- Develop a website or listserv for professional development activities.
- Participate in the Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence.
- Create an e-newsletter or add a column to the existing college newsletter.
- Inform faculty at the Annual convocation or president’s address to the faculty and staff.
- Place reminder notes or flyers in faculty mailboxes.
- Talk it up at meetings—have deans and chairs do the same.