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Frequently Asked Questions

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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 between July 1 and the 12th week of spring semester as long as they are not in direct conflict with an instructor's teaching schedule or office hours.

Extra-pay and part-time instructors should complete required hours during Professional Development Week or submit an Individual Proposal a month before the activity for committee approval as well as a Completed Individual Activity form by week 12 of the semester.

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

What if a part-time instructor is hired after the first two weeks?

Part-time instructors hired after the first two weeks do not need to complete professional Development hours since they were not paid for Professional Development week.  If a class is assigned after the first class meeting, no flex is required.

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 though the 12th week of spring semester. 

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 and contact the Professional Development office to let them know the hours.

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

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. The activity should be pre-approved via the Individual Activity Proposal at least a month before the activity.

Documentation of participation, such as receipts, registration, brief summary of what was done/learned, etc., should accompany paperwork turned in to the Office of the Professional Development Administrator.

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.

What if I complete fewer than the required Professional Development hours?

Your salary will be adjusted accordingly.

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 the 12th week of the spring semester).

Part-time instructors must either complete their required hours during Professional Development Week or submit an Individual Activity Proposal . (If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact the Office of the Professional Development Administrator.) Each individual activity may be pre-approved by the Professional Development Activity Review Committee and must be completed by the 12th week of the semester.  A Completed Individual Activity Form must be submitted with proof of completion by the 12th week of the semester.

Remember: Staff development activities completed outside of the designated Professional Development Week must be completed by the deadline.

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

Can I attend Professional Development activities held at Grossmont College?

Yes. Make sure you sign in on the sign-in sheet. Include the name of the workshop and number of flex hours on the Flex Week Attendance Form.

Can I attend Professional Development activities at other colleges?

Yes, as a pre-approved Individual Professional Development Activity. These hours must be in addition to any hours that are required by those institutions.

See the Individual Activities page for requirements, deadlines, and forms.

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.

What if I am unable to complete some segment of my pre-approved Individual Professional Development Activity Agreement?

If you are unable to complete a component of the approved agreement, contact the Office of the Professional Development Administrator as soon as possible.

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 credit, the activity cannot be part of your sabbatical project.

Can the department chair or program coordinator adjust or assign staff development hours?

No. Contact the Office of the Professional Development Administrator for clarification.

How can I find out if a workshop has been canceled?

Visit the Schedule of Workshops. Note that sometimes workshops are canceled at the last minute, so please check the online schedule before you attend a workshop.

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 by taking an Exercise Science class at Cuyamaca College. You'll need a note from the instructor to document your attendance dates.

See the Individual Activities page for requirements, deadlines, and forms.

Can I get Professional Development credit for Office Hours?

No. You can, however, get flex credit of up to 5 hours per semester for Student Mentoring and Advising during Professional Development Week. To get the credit, submit the Student Mentoring and Advising form to the Professional Development Administrator 1 week before Professional Development Week.

Last Updated: 01/08/2016
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