Faculty Professional Development (FPD)
FAQs for CONTRACT Faculty (revised 9/4/15)
You are compensated to complete 60-hours a year of FPD activities. The Flexible Calendar Program allows SBCC to designate a specified number of hours each semester for professional development (flex) activities in lieu of teaching (Title 5, § 55720, § 55726).
The State obligation for SBCC is 175 instructional days (between July 1-June 30). Summer sessions are not counted. When SBCC adopted the 16-week calendar, with 165 instructional days, the remaining 10 days became flexible. These 10 days are paid working days and, as such, must be accountable to the state auditors. A flex “day” is considered six (6) hours. A student contact “hour” is 50-minutes.
The flex obligation for all full time faculty is 60-hours (24-hours mandatory on the four in-service days plus 36-hours individual). The obligation will be reduced proportionally for those working a reduced contract or on approved leaves. Because the obligation is for 175 days total, there is not an additional obligation for those full time faculty with an overload. This obligation must be completed each contract year between July 1 and 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.
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.
In the past, full time faculty have simply been told they need to report their mandatory in-service hours as well as their individual activities. The new flex system, starting in fall 2015, keeps independent track of Mandatory Flex and Individual Flex Activities. The Mandatory Flex activities, as noted above, are those occurring on the in-service days preceding each semester. Faculty who do more than six hours of activities on any of the four mandatory days may record those additional hours as Individual Flex Activities.
Review the schedule for the day and pick another session to attend - most sessions should have space for a last minute addition. You can find the schedule online in the flex system.
Since these days are mandatory, any absence must be reported both in the flex system and to your department chair. Complete the Certificated Employee's Absence Report form (available from the department administrative assistant or your dean's office). Submit the completed form to your department chair for signature and then route to the area dean. The reasons for absence include illness, AB 109, bereavement, industrial accident, personal necessity, jury duty, or an authorized leave. In addition to completing the form, you also need to record your absence in the online flex system.
No, all activities on Thursday and Friday are mandatory including the Educational Programs opening session on Friday morning. Faculty will record a total of 6-hours a day of activities for each of these two days.
However, the department or division meetings may be rescheduled to another time with the approval of the Professional Development Coordinator in consultation with the Faculty Professional Development Committee and/or the Academic Senate President. The department meeting must be rescheduled as a special meeting focused on professional development or college service. Once that meeting has been held, those in attendance can confirm their participation using the In Service department meeting listed under “Sessions Offered” on their Flex system dashboard. If your Division meeting is rescheduled, you need to attend the new Division session and register your participation as described above for rescheduled Department meetings
You receive one hour of credit for each hour of participation in an FPD activity.
To record your hours, go to http://flex.sbcc.edu. You will be able to check your status online at any time.
The Faculty Professional Development Committee (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. The guidelines are incorporated into the approval screens in the flex system. Please read all descriptions and confirmations carefully.
Faculty may request guidance regarding activities not clearly covered in the FPD Guidelines by contacting the FPD Director (email@example.com) 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 FRC Director will send out emails to announce new FPD workshops. 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 4:00 in the FRC. 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.
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. Because the obligation is for 175 days total, there is not an additional obligation for those full time faculty with an overload.
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."