Policies and Procedures Manual

Chapter 5: Personnel

05:06:06   Faculty Development

Northeast State Community College recognizes the need for the continued professional growth and development of all faculty at the institution. The continued professional growth and development of faculty are necessary for the institution to continue to provide educational programs which:

  1. Include new developments and knowledge in academic disciplines,
  2. Reflect new instructional, research, and public service techniques and strategies, and 
  3. Meet changing needs and expectations of students.

While all faculty are responsible for their own continued professional development, it is essential that the College provide planned, organized faculty development programs to encourage professional growth in accordance with the missions and goals of this institution. Pursuant to the foregoing considerations, the following minimum guidelines concerning faculty development are established:

  1. The vice president for Academic Affairs, assisted by the academic deans and with input from selected college committees, will plan and implement on an annual basis a structured, coordinated program for faculty development. The program will be designed to achieve predetermined objectives and will utilize an appropriate variety of activities which may include the following:
    1. Systematic evaluation of instruction by students, faculty, and appropriate administrators to provide information which will be used to plan and implement in-service education programs designed to increase the effectiveness of the instructional program.
    2. Encouragement of innovation and improvement of instruction by a recognition system, i.e., distinguished faculty member award.
    3. Effective use of grants-in-aid and scholarships pursuant to TBR Guideline P-130.
    4. Provision of financial support through grant awards and other means for research or the improvement of instruction, for faculty participation in workshops, short courses and seminars designed to develop new skills in instruction, research and public service, and for faculty participation in major activities sponsored by their respective professional associations.
    5. Sponsorships of local forums, lectures, and workshops on scholarly developments and activities. 
  2. The institutional budget will reflect the amount of funds allocated for faculty development. 
  3. The office of the chancellor also maintains a system level program for faculty development to supplement and enhance the faculty development programs of the individual institutions. Local faculty development activities will be coordinated with the system level program. 
  4. It is recommended that each faculty member attend a minimum of two educational programs each fall or spring semester (for a total of two). These programs can include both on- and off-campus events and can consist of in-services attended by the entire faculty, department, or individual. It is suggested that continued faculty development should include both specific individual/department needs as well as varied areas of interest to the faculty member.


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Divisional Review Responsibilities Checklist: Academic Affairs

Revision History: February 2007, March 2008