Palomar Professional Development

Fall 2016:

Welcome Back Faculty!

Are you ready for faculty plenary?  Plenary is the one day of the year where we all get together and get ready for a new school year.  For information on Plenary please click here.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Due to the move from the traditional academic calendar to a compressed calendar the Professional Development hours for full-time faculty have been reduced from 72 hours to 42 hours.  Calculations for part-time PD hours remains unchanged.  These updates to our union contract are still in negotiations. When the new language is approved it will be posted on this site.

Do you need to contact the PD Office? We are here to help! Email pdoffice@palomar.edu, or call extension 2250, or stop by NS-129


Goal of the Professional Development Office:

The Professional Development Office is dedicated to providing a variety of resources for Palomar College’s faculty to continue scholarship within their disciplines, to become versatile and skillful teachers, counselors, and librarians and finally, to meet the increasing demands of organizational and program innovation.

Why is Professional Development important to us?

Professional Development is important for three main reasons:

  1. Faculty know that, in order to provide the finest education for students of Palomar College, they must be current in their fields and have opportunities for general intellectual growth. However, time and other constraints limit the fulfillment of these essential professional needs. Faculty and students alike benefit in the classroom when this professional vitality is maintained.
  2. The reputation of Palomar College as an excellent educational institution is enhanced by the prominence of faculty members’ activities within their professional areas. We cannot expect to cultivate such excellence consistently without systematic attention to professional development.
  3. Effective communication on campus, and thus the efficiency of the institution, depends not only on formal structures, but also on productive familiarity between people, allowing for the free expression of divergent perspectives and opinions. The respect for others that facilitates this openness can be developed as people work together on productive and fulfilling projects. The development of these relations is valuable within departments and programs; across disciplinary lines; and between administrative, faculty and classified elements on campus

Palomar College Board Policy 7160 states, “All eligible employees will be afforded opportunities and encouraged to participate in professional development/professional growth activities”

What types of activities qualify as Professional Development?

According to Title 5 course instruction and evaluation; staff development, in-service training and instructional improvement. program and course curriculum or learning resource development and evaluation; student personnel services; learning resource services; related activities, such as student advising, guidance, orientation, matriculation services, and student, faculty, and staff diversity; departmental or division meetings, conferences and workshops, and institutional research; other duties as assigned by the district; the necessary supporting activities for the above.  According to Ed Code Improvement of teaching. Maintenance of current academic and technical knowledge and skills. In-service training for vocational education and employment preparation programs. Retraining to meet changing institutional needs. Intersegmental exchange programs. Development of innovations in instructional and administrative techniques and program effectiveness. Computer and technological proficiency programs. Courses and training implementing affirmative action and upward mobility programs. Other activities determined to be related to educational and professional development pursuant to criteria established by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, including, but not necessarily limited to, programs designed to develop self-esteem.