Comprehensive Standard 3.7.3

 

The institution provides evidence of ongoing professional development of faculty as teachers, scholars, and practitioners. (Faculty Development)

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

Vernon College has the expectation that its faculty members maintain competence in their respective disciplines through continued professional development and that they demonstrate that competence through consistently adequate preparation and performance. This expectation is clearly stated under Academic Responsibilities published in the Vernon College Employee Handbook, as well as under the Code of Professional Ethics published in the Vernon College Employee Handbook. It is also listed on the Instructor Duties and Responsibilities form which is available from the Human Resources Office and is addressed again in the Vernon College Instructor Handbook. Professional development is a component of the Supervisor Evaluation of Faculty instrument found in the Instructor Handbook and is monitored on an individual basis via Professional Development which is completed annually by each individual faculty member to meet their professional development needs for the year. An Summary of External Professional Development Activities for all Faculty is provided.

 

With this expectation, the institution has a responsibility to provide opportunities for the professional growth and development of its faculty. The acceptance of this responsibility on the part of the institution is evidenced by the Vernon College Strategic Plan where “increasing professional development activities for college employees” is listed as a priority. It is also apparent in the budgeting process where funding for professional development activities on the part of faculty is appropriated and in the granting of release time and leaves of absence for faculty to participate in such activities (Vernon College Policy Manual, Section DEC Legal (Development Leave). The actual professional development activities provided either internally or externally attest to the institutions’ commitment to the continued professional development of its faculty. To ensure all faculty receive professional development it is mandatory for 100% of faculty to attend internal professional development activities hosted by Vernon College.  Some examples of these activities include:

 

·         Each fall semester a day of faculty professional development is scheduled.  The activity is planned by the Dean of Instructional Services and supported by the administration.  In 2006, Dr. Orren Dale, Associate Professor and Social Work Program Director of Northwestern Oklahoma State University presented “Creating a Culture of Evidence in the Classroom.” In 2007, professional development focused on measuring student engagement through analysis of CCSSE results.

·         Vernon College provides in-service training for all faculty teaching distance education courses. This training covers the use of all the components of WebCT/Blackboard technology and multimedia equipment for developing and teaching Internet and ITV courses. The training is offered through workshops, online and printable electronic tutorials and individualized training sessions by the Director of Distance Learning and the Distance Learning Media Specialist.

·         The institution provides professional development opportunities through STARLINK (www.starlinktraining.org), an agency of the Texas Association of Community Colleges, which produces a series of live professional development, satellite broadcast videoconferences each year. Further, a varying menu of more than 50 additional streamed video and streamed videoconferences from STARLINK’s library of almost 200, are available at any given time for the convenience of faculty.  STARLINK enables all of the community colleges in Texas to share in standardized professional development resources and provides access at its website to a rich array of professional development modules and resources. In addition, video streaming of the programs are archived on the STARLINK website.

·         Participation by faculty in professional organization conferences and workshops including Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA), Texas Association of Vocational Nurse Educators (TAVNE), Texas Organization for  Associate Degree Nursing (TOADN), Texas EMS Conference, Texas Health Information Management Association (TXHIMA), American Health Information Management (AHIMA), Association of Surgical Technologists (AST), National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Education Conference, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), National Association for Developmental Education (NADE), etc.

·         Career and Technology Education (CTE) faculty members meet with their counterparts in the area high schools to share information about advances in technology and develop teaching strategies. These meetings are facilitated by both the College and the Tech Prep Program.

·         Finally, Vernon College, along with 27 other colleges in our region belongs to the North Texas Community College Consortia. This consortia’s purpose is to provide quality professional development seminars and workshops to its membership that the colleges wouldn’t normally be able to afford as a single entity.  Membership in the consortia provides Vernon College faculty access to quality national and state speakers and workshops for only pennies on the dollar.

 

Documentation

 

1.    Academic Responsibility, Vernon College Employee Handbook

2.    Code of Professional Ethics, Vernon College Employee Handbook

3.    Instructor Duties and Responsibilities, Vernon College Instructor Handbook

4.    Professional Growth & Development, Vernon College Instructor Handbook

5.    Supervisor Evaluation of Faculty, Vernon College Instructor Handbook

6.    Professional Development

7.    Summary of External Professional Development Activities for all Faculty  

8.    Vernon College Strategic Plan

9.    Vernon College Policy Manual, Section DEC Legal (Development Leave)