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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Also Refer to Amarillo College Board Policy Manual
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DK - Professional Development 


 

Purpose and Rationale


Amarillo College recognizes significant service and encourages both scholarly achievement and professional development. Programs to improve service will have more impact if they emphasize a wide range of activities, values, and skills. Faculty renewal and development programs will provide monetary grants, compensation, institutional support services, or release time, etc. Participants in the program may research, write, or study to improve service to Amarillo College. 

Both the institution and the individual are responsible for faculty renewal and development. Faculty should take the initiative for their development. The institution will provide appropriate rewards and incentives in the form of four programs: (1) instructional development grants, (2) professional development grants, (3) faculty development leave grants, and (4) other faculty development activities. 



Approved: August 20, 1991 

 

Faculty Development Grants Program

Faculty Development Grants Program

  1. Instructional Development Grants 
  2. Professional Development Grants 
  3. Faculty Development Leave Grants 

General Policies for the Instructional Development Program, Professional Development Grants, and Faculty Development Leave Grants

  1. Application forms are available from each instructional or service division office. In writing the proposal, the applicant will follow procedural instructions attached to the application form. 
  2. The applicant will submit the proposal for recommendation to the immediate supervisor, division head, and appropriate Vice President, in that order. If the proposal is not recommended at any step, the applicant may either revise the proposal or forward it as is to the next person. Regardless of recommendation, the Faculty Grants Selection Committee "the Committee," will review every proposal, unless it is withdrawn by the applicant. 
  3. The Committee will review the proposal and may make recommendations for changes in the proposal and/or a request for a more detailed final version of the proposal. 
  4. The Committee will accept or reject the proposal within 30 days of final application. 
  5. A summary report must be filed with the Committee at the end of the project. If the project is of longer duration than one semester, the recipient must file a progress report with the Committee and immediate supervisor at the end of each semester. A report will be submitted to one of the Amarillo College publications when the project is completed. 
  6. Grants will be awarded for a period of one year or less. If extensions are needed, they will be subsequently negotiated with the committee. 
  7. No grant may be used to subsidize graduate study or substitute for conventional departmental travel funds. 

 

Approved: August 20, 1991 

 

Instructional Development Grants


Instructional development projects should be designed to produce significant changes in existing instruction or services at Amarillo College. Projects may originate with the faculty or with a department. These projects normally should not require a leave of absence from teaching duties. Assistance may be in the form of release time, technical assistance, secretarial services, materials and supplies, monetary compensation, etc.

Instructional development grants will be limited to Board-appointed faculty (teachers, librarians, or counselors).

Instructional development grants may be awarded for, but are not limited to, any of the following purposes:

  1. The grant may be given for development of new courses and programs or for improvements in existing courses or services.
  2. The grant may be given for the development of different teaching techniques or for additional instructional content.

Criteria used by the committee in awarding instructional development grants will include:

  1. The potential number of students to be affected.
  2. The degree to which the project promotes improved instruction and services.
  3. The potential for application of the techniques, procedures, or materials to be applied to other areas.

 

Approved: August 20, 1991

 

Professional Development Grants


These grants are intended to increase an applicant's value to Amarillo College, although their impact on existing instruction and services may be indirect.

Such projects normally would not require significant release time, monetary support, or instructional services.

Professional development grants are limited to Board-appointed faculty (teachers, librarians, or counselors).

Professional development grants may be awarded for, but are not limited to, any of the following purposes:

  1. Research in the applicants' areas of responsibility.
  2. Writing concerning the applicants' areas of responsibility.
  3. Consultation with other institutions or specialists for the purpose of program or course development.
  4. Other areas of study acceptable to the committee.

The following criteria will be used by the committee in awarding professional development grants. Except for Item #1, no priority is suggested by this sequence.

  1. Potential for improving the applicants' professional competence within their areas of responsibility and applicability to the faculty professional development plans,
  2. Length of service at Amarillo College, and
  3. Demonstrated research or writing skills in the applicants' areas of responsibility.

 

Approved: August 20, 1991 

 

Faculty Development Leave Grants


Faculty development leave grants are intended to increase an applicant's value to Amarillo College. As authorized by Texas law in Vernon's Texas Codes Annotated, Education, Volumes I through III, Chapter 51, Section 51.105 (a), annual faculty development leave grants may be awarded by the Board of Regents upon recommendation of the president of Amarillo College following nomination by the committee.

Faculty development leave grants are limited to tenured faculty (teachers, librarians, or counselors). Faculty must apply no later than the first week of the spring semester of the preceding academic year.

Faculty development leave grants may be granted for, but are not limited to, any of the following purposes:

  1. Research in the applicants' areas of responsibility,
  2. Writing concerning their areas,
  3. Other areas of study acceptable to the committee, such as work in industry, and
  4. Consultation with other institutions or specialists for course or program development. 

 

Approved: August 20, 1991

 

Conditions for Faculty Development Leave:

  1. Leave may be taken for one academic year at 75 percent salary or one-half academic year at regular salary.
  2. Compensation will be monthly, unless exception is made by the president of Amarillo College. If faculty receive outside salary related to the leave, Amarillo College will make up the difference between that salary and their regular salary. The outside salary, along with an appropriate proportion of fringe benefits, will be paid directly to Amarillo College, which in turn will pay faculty.
  3. Employees on leave will continue membership in group benefit plans to the extent allowed by institutional policy and by contracts in force during the period of leave, and employees will continue to receive any related benefits provided by Amarillo College to all other employees. Any benefits not related to group benefits plans (e.g., vacation) are excluded except as approved specifically by the president of Amarillo College.
  4. Faculty will be entitled to all designated salary increases (e.g., annual increments, cost-of-living raises). 
  5. Except as noted, all compensations and benefits will continue contingent upon periodic submission of evidence of satisfactory progress toward objectives for which the leave was granted. The Committee will be responsible for reviewing progress.
  6. Recipients must agree in writing to return to Amarillo College for an equivalent time period following the faculty development leave grant or to reimburse Amarillo College for the grant money expended.
  7. The president shall make a recommendation to the Board of Regents, which has final authority for the selection of the faculty development leave grant recipients. 

The following criteria guide the committee in awarding the leave. Except for Item #1, no priority is suggested in the order of sequence.

  1. Potential for improving the applicants' professional competence within their areas of responsibility,
  2. Length of service at Amarillo College, and
  3. Demonstrated research or writing skills in the applicants' areas of responsibility. 

 

Approved: August 20, 1991


Faculty Development Mini-Leave Grants

The purposes for which a Mini-Leave Grant may be granted are the same as those for the Faculty Development Leave Grant. Additionally, this Grant gives the faculty the opportunity to visit the most innovative programs in the faculty field and attempt to garner useful information for use and dissemination at Amarillo College.

Faculty desiring to participate in the Mini-Leave Grant should submit an application containing a proposal that will permit the faculty to accomplish his/her purposes in a limited number of excursions. The proposal should contain specific objectives, background preparation, the school(s) to be visited, and justification for the locations chosen. It is anticipated that this Grant will consist of two or three leave periods of two or three days each. The Grant application should also contain the faculties plan to cover his/her class schedule while absent. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Candidates should note that this Mini-Grant is not for attending seminars, workshops, and conferences as these are normally funded through departmental funds.


Faculty Development Activities

These acts include Faculty Forum, workshops, Dean's Book Reviews, etc. Their purpose is to promote professional growth.

 

Approved: August 20, 1991

 


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