PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ANNUAL REPORT 2007-2008 Prepared by Grace Yoo and Volker Langbehn Membership The membership of the Professional Development Council for 2007-2008 included: Volker Langbehn, Foreign Languages and Literatures, College of Humanities (Co-Chair) Grace Yoo, Asian-American Studies, College of Ethnic Studies (Co-Chair) Pamela Vaughn, Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Kenneth Paap, Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs Subin Im, Marketing, College of Business Diane Harris-Wilson, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Ali Borjan, College of Education Pam Howard, Library, Representative for CTFD Advisory Board Ned Fielden, Library Chris Chekuri, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Victor De La Rosa, College of Creative Arts Juliana VanOlphen, College of Health and Human Services I. Executive Summary During the academic year 2007-8, the PDC was responsible for the spring semester review process of the four faculty development awards (Vice President’s Assigned Time, Mini-Grant, Summer Stipend, Faculty Diversity Support Awards “formerly Affirmative Action Award”). The Council used the guidelines for application and review that were finalized by the Council in Spring 2007. The PDC established a meeting schedule for 2007-2008 for meetings, held monthly on Thursday afternoons from 2-4 pm. II. Charge to Council [From Academic Senate Policy #S99-183] 1) The Professional Development Council, an all-university council, shall: a) Promote a campus environment supportive of professional development; b) Exercise leadership in the development of policies and programs in support of professional development; c) Provide a forum for the dissemination of information and discussion of issues relative to professional development; d) Advise appropriate agencies of the university on the needs of faculty pertaining to professional development; PDC Annual Report 2007-2008 Page 2 e) Recommend procedures and changes in procedures to appropriate agencies that facilitate professional development (e.g. distribution of intramural funds to Provost); f) Formulate and/or revise for recommendation to the Provost and the Academic Senate University policies pertaining to professional development, and refer recommendations having implications for academic policy, to the Academic Senate for action; g) Invite, evaluate, and recommend funding of proposals pertaining to faculty professional development (e.g. Affirmative Action Grants, Chancellor's Mini and Summer stipend grants, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Assigned Time grants). 2) The Professional Development Council's regular advisory statements and annual report shall be addressed to the President, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Academic Senate. 3) Clerical support for the Council's activities shall be determined by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. 4) The Council shall hold at least three meetings per semester. III. Activities of the Year Meetings The PDC met four times in fall 2007 and three times in spring 2008. In addition, subcommittees met one time in the spring to review award applications. Major Activities 1. Review of applications and recommendations for awards (Vice President’s Assigned Time Awards, Mini-Grants, Summer Stipends, and Faculty Diversity Support Awards) The PDC used the standardized evaluation form to evaluate and rate award applications; we divided into four subcommittees that each reviewed one grant category. After the subcommittee reviews were completed we met as a whole committee to evaluate rankings; we reached consensus and made final recommendations that were forwarded to the Provost. Number of applications reviewed in Spring 2008: Spring 2008: Vice President’s Assigned Time 44 Mini-Grants 22 Summer Stipends 54 Affirmative Action Award 27 PDC Annual Report 2007-2008 Page 3 The following number of awards was awarded: 10 Faculty Diversity Support; 16 VP Assigned Time; 13 CSU Mini Grant; 17 CSU Summer Stipend. One faculty member declined the summer stipend in favor of summer teaching. 2. PDC meeting time The Council agreed upon a preset meeting time for 2008-2009: Thursdays, 2-4 pm, once a month IV. Agenda for 2008-2009 The PDC has devoted a significant amount of time and effort for the past three years to improving the award application guidelines and the rating systems of the council and college review committees. While this is an ongoing process, the Council is ready to return to some of the other duties as stated in Academic Senate Policy #S99-183. At the end of spring 2008 the Council decided to return the charge of promoting a campus environment supportive of professional development and to discuss additional ways that we can support the professional develop of faculty on campus.
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