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STEP II —
Administrator Planning Tool

Section I. PAST EXPERIENCE/STATUS QUO
1. What types of professional development do you currently offer? (Select one.) Full-time
faculty
Adjunct
faculty

All
faculty

None

Full-day workshops 
Half-day workshops
13 hour workshops
Conference attendance
Faculty retreats
Summer institutes
Brown bag sharing sessions
Self-paced online tutorials
Formal schooling (tuition reimburse.)
Facilitated online courses
Resource center for teaching
Release time to work on projects
Teacher externships in industry
E-mail discussion groups (forums, listservs)
Face-to-face discussion groups
Faculty exchange program
Sabbatical leave

  
2. Is professional development required for full-time faculty?

     Yes      No

3. Is professional development required for adjunct faculty?

      Yes     No

4. Does your institution provide professional development specifically for new faculty?

       Yes     No

5a. How many hours per year does the average faculty member spend in professional development activities?

      0-12 hours
      13-24 hours
      25-36 hours
      More than 36 hours

5b. What percentage of faculty attend at least one professional conference each year? (Choose one.)

      0-5%
      6-20%s
      21-45%
      46-70%
      71-95%

6. How are professional development funds distributed at your institution? (Select one.)

      By department
      By a faculty development office
      By a professional development committee
      No funds available/not applicable

7. Who coordinates the delivery of professional development programming at your institution? (Check all that apply.)

      Centralized faculty development office
      Individual departments
      Professional development committee
      Other  

8. Does your institution have written procedural guidelines for professional development activity approval and participation?

      Yes       No

9. Who approves faculty involvement in professional development activities? (Select one.)

      Supervising administrator (department chair, dean, etc.)     
      Faculty development office
      A professional development committee or task force     
      Approval not required

10. Have you conducted a professional development needs assessment?

      Yes       No

11. Do you have a professional development mission/goals statement?

      Yes       No

12. Consider the total number of professional activities made available by your institution. Estimate the percentage of professional development activities offered at your institution in the following categories. (Total should equal 100%)

      Discipline-specific professional development
      Teaching and learning; instructional/organizational strategies
      Career and personal development
      Integrating technology into the classroom
      Developing and teaching online courses

13. When are professional development activities offered at your institution? (Check all that apply.)

      During the day on weekdays     
      Weekday evenings
      Weekday lunch hours   
      Saturdays
      Summers
      Online resources available anytime

 

 
Section II. INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT
1. Indicate the levels of support for strategic professional development programming on your campus among the following group of individuals.
  Strongly
Supports
1
2 3 4 Does Not
Support
5
President
Vice President
Deans
Directors and
Division Administrators
Department Chairs

 

2. What methods does your institution use to partner with other colleges to provide professional development? (Check all that apply.)

      No current partnering activities
      Faculty exchanges
      Cost sharing/co-hosting experts to deliver workshops
      Open workshop enrollment for faculty from partner institutions
      Peer group meetings of discipline-specific faculty groups
      Other  

3. How does your institution communicate your professional development plan and programs to intended recipients?(Check all that apply.)

      Divisional and department meetings
      Staff meetings
      Convocation or annual professional development day
      New faculty orientation
      On college web site
      Through interoffice mail
      Through interoffice e-mail
      In faculty or campus newsletter
      Other  

4. Your professional development should support other planning efforts at your college. In your opinion, which of the following is the most important for your plan to support?

Rank in order from 1 (most important) to 5 (least important).
Our college's mission statement
Our college's recruitment and retention efforts
Our college's academic master plan
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Closing the Gaps
SACS professional growth criteria  


5. What incentives do you offer for faculty to engage in professional development? (Check all that apply.)

      Stipend
      Release time
      Step increase/promotion
      Merit pay increase
      Tuition reimbursement
      Public recognition
      Awards for teaching excellence
      Letter from President
      Certificates of completion
      Sabbaticals

 

 

 
Section III. DESIRED GOALS

1. Rank in order of priority (1 being highest, 6 being lowest) your desired results for professional development at your institution:

improved quality of instruction
professional renewal
improved retention rates
changed college culture
increased enrollment
improved student grades

 

2. What types of professional development would you like to ADD to your current offerings? (Select one.) Full-time
faculty
Adjunct
faculty

All
faculty

None

Full-day workshops 
Half-day workshops
13 hour workshops
Conference attendance
Faculty retreats
Summer institutes
Brown bag sharing sessions
Self-paced online tutorials
Formal schooling (tuition reimburse.)
Facilitated online courses
Resource center for teaching
Release time to work on projects
Teacher externships in industry
E-mail discussion groups (forums, listservs)
Face-to-face discussion groups
Faculty exchange program
Sabbatical leave

3. Assign your desired percentages of professional development offerings among the following categories:
(The total should equal 100%)

      Discipline-specific professional development
      Teaching and learning; instructional/organizational strategies
      Career and personal development
      Integrating technology into the classroom
      Developing and teaching online courses

4. Prioritize your professional development audience from 1 to 4: with 1 being the highest priority.
New faculty
Adjunct faculty
Mid-career faculty
Pre-retirement faculty

5. Will professional development be required?

       Yes     No

6. If yes, how many hours will be required?

         0-12 hours   
      13-24 hours   
      25-36 hours   
      more than 36 hours

7. To what extent will professional development play a role in faculty evaluation?
It will not be a part of faculty evaluation
Individual departments and/or faculty members may decide to include their activities in the evaluation process. i.e. they develop their own evaluation elements.
Faculty members are required to assess their own level of participation in professional development activities and submit this assessment to their supervisor for inclusion in their evaluation packet.
All faculty are evaluated by an administrator and the process includes a review of professional development activties. Faculty members set professional development goals each year and are evaluated on how well they accomplished them.

 
Section IV. EVALUATION
1. Which of the following will you use to measure the effectiveness of professional development workshops and activities? (Check all that apply.)
Participant satisfaction surveys
Increased faculty participation in professional development activities
Student success factors (such as grades and completion rates)
Classroom observations
Pre and post-assessments during each professional development activity

2. How will you track the professional development activities of individual faculty members? (Select one.)
Database or files maintained by department
Database or files maintained by faculty development office
Portfolio maintained by individual faculty members
Classroom observations
Will not track individual faculty participation in professional development