Faculty Professional Development (FPD)
FAQs for CONTRACT Faculty (revised 10/06/05)
Title V, section 55720c states that "a district with an approved flexible calendar shall ensure that all employees under contract with the district work at least 175 days." When SBCC decided to adopt a 16 week calendar, with 165 instructional days, the remaining 10 days became "flexible." SBCC considers these ten days equivalent to 60 hours.
Full time faculty are required to complete 60 hours during the fiscal year, July 1- June 30.
SBCC requires contract faculty to attend a minimum of 6 hours of professional development activities on each of the two mandatory days preceding each semester.
Non-teaching faculty may be required to provide student services during the time of the mandatory programs. In this case they will arrange with their area dean to make up their FPD hours on a different date.
The programs are for all-faculty presentations, workshops, division and departmental activities. All faculty are required to attend. Individual FPD activities may be completed earlier or later on the mandatory professional development days if they are not in conflict with a mandatory 6-hour program.
You receive one hour of credit for each hour of participation in an FPD activity.
To record your hours, go to the FPD online registration site (http://flex.sbcc.edu). You will be able to check your status on-line at any time.
If you are attending a scheduled SBCC workshop, you will get FPD credit by signing the FPD registration sheet.
The FPDC and the Senate have approved FPD Guidelines listing allowable activities. These FPDC Guidelines are updated each year and posted on the website (http://flex.sbcc.edu). Generally, individual activities are allowed as long as the faculty member establishes a connection to the development of professional skills and can demonstrate the activity is above and beyond responsibilities outlined in their job description.
Faculty may request guidance regarding activities not clearly covered in the FPD Guidelines by contacting the FPD Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) or FPD Committee BEFORE engaging in the activity. If you are concerned that you may not be credited for an activity, it is to your advantage to check first to avoid denial of the credit.
No. The system is set up such that you enter hours for activities after you have completed them. If you are concerned that you may not be credited for an activity, it is to your advantage to check first to avoid denial of the activity.
This is especially important if the activity is not specifically listed in the FPDC Guidelines (http://flex.sbcc.edu).
The "FPD" year begins July 1st and goes through June 30th of the following year.
Faculty may engage in FPD activities any time the individual faculty member is not engaged in class, office hours, or other activities specified inher or hisjob description.
For non-teaching faculty, FPD activities must take place outside of their regular workday, or the time must be made up on a different date, with permission of the area dean.
No, contract faculty cannot bank from year to year, nor can FPD credit be given before or after the FPD year. The FPD year is July 1st through June 30th.
The FPD Director will send out emails to announce new FPD workshops. The subject line in the email will read "FPD Update" so that the information is easily recognizable. In addition, the FPD Director will add new workshops to the Web site (http://flex.sbcc.edu) as soon as they are scheduled.Back to top
An individual's professional obligation as referenced in the faculty job description does not count as FPD. See guidelines for further clarification (http://flex.sbcc.edu).
The Faculty Professional Development Committee (FPDC) of the Academic Senate is the body that interprets the Title V regulations as they apply to SBCC's FPD activities. The committee's determinations are published in the FPD Guidelines (http://flex.sbcc.edu). Please contact any committee member if you have recommendations regarding these FPD Guidelines.
You may request in writing or in person that the FPD Director or FPDC reconsider the decision. The FPDC meets twice per month on the first and third Thursdays at 3:30 in BC 214. Please contact the FPDC chairperson before the next scheduled meeting to request your issue be placed on the agenda. The decision of the FPDC is final.
In general you can claim each hour of attendance at a conference related to your field. See FPD Guidelines (http://flex.sbcc.edu).
As FPD hours are paid working hours, your pay would be reduced at your contract load rate by the number of unfulfilled hours (6 FPD hours are equivalent to one day).
You are welcome to participate in as many workshops, meetings and activities as you would like, but the College cannot compensate you for your participation over and above your required hours.
No. SBCC has decided not to assign an additional obligation for overloads.
Notify the FPD Director who will follow up with your suggestion or schedule you for an FPD presentation. All ideas are WELCOME!!
Yes. The terms are used interchangeably. "Flex" is often used to mean "Faculty Professional Development."