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Faculty Professional Development (FPD)

FAQs for CONTRACT Faculty (revised 9/4/15)

1. Why do I have to do FPD activities?

2. What is my FPD obligation?

3.  Do I have to attend the SBCC All Campus Kickoff Days (Thursday/Friday preceding each semester) or could I do individual activities instead of attending?

3a.  During the SBCC All Campus Kickoff Days, what should I do when a session is cancelled?

3b. How do I report an absence from the SBCC All Campus Kickoff Days? 

3c. Are there any excused exceptions to participating in the mandatory scheduled SBCC All Campus Kickoff activities? 

4. How do I record credit for an FPD activity?

5. How do I know what will "count" as an individual FPD activity?

6. Do I have to record my plan on the website before I complete an individual FPD activity?

7.  When can I do individual FPD activities?

8. Can I count ahead or "bank" individual FPD activities?

9. How will I know when new FPD workshops are being offered so that I can sign up for them?

10. What does not count as FPD?

11. Who determines what constitutes an FPD activity?

12. What if I want to appeal an FPD decision made by the FPD Director or by the FPD Committee?

13. Can I just work at my regularly assigned duties instead of doing FPD?

14. How does conference attendance work with FPD hours?

15. What happens if I do not fulfill all 60 hours of my FPD requirement in the fiscal year?

16. What happens if I complete more than the required number of hours of FPD?

17. If I teach an overload, am I obligated for additional FPD hours?

18. What if I want to present an FPD workshop?

19. Do the terms "Flex" and "Faculty Professional Development" mean the same thing?


1. Why do I have to do FPD activities?

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. 

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2. What is my FPD obligation?

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.

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3.  Do I have to attend the SBCC All Campus Kickoff Days (Thursday/Friday preceding each semester) or could I do individual activities instead of attending?

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.

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3a.    During the SBCC All Campus Kickoff Days, what should I do when a session is cancelled?

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

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3b.     How do I report an absence from the SBCC All Campus Kickoff Days? 

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.

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3c.     Are there any excused exceptions to participating in the mandatory scheduled SBCC All Campus Kickoff activities (both Thursday and Friday)? 

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.Please see Substitutions, Rescheduled Activities, and Absences During Mandatory Inservice for details on options and procedures.

 

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4. How do I record credit for an FPD activity?

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. 

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5. How do I know what will "count" as an individual FPD activity?

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 (ferrer@sbcc.edu) 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. 

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6. Do I have to record my plan on the website before I complete an individual FPD activity?

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).

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7.  When can I do individual FPD activities?

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.

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8. Can I "bank" individual FPD activities?

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. 

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9. How will I know when new FPD workshops are being offered so that I can sign up for them?

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.

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10. What does not count as FPD?

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).

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11. Who determines what constitutes a Faculty Professional Development activity?

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.

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12. What if I want to appeal an FPDC decision made by the FPD Director or by the FPD Committee?

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.

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13. Can I just work at my regularly assigned duties instead of doing Faculty Professional Development?

No.

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14. How does conference attendance work with FPD hours?

In general you can claim each hour of attendance at a conference related to your field.  See FPD Guidelines (http://flex.sbcc.edu).

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15. What happens if I do not fulfill all 60 hours of my Faculty Professional Development requirement in the fiscal year?

As FPD hours are paid working hours, your pay would be reduced at your contract load rate by the number of unfulfilled hours.

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16. What happens if I complete more than the required number of hours of FPD?

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.

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17. If I teach an overload, am I obligated for additional FPD hours?

No. Because the obligation is for 175 days total, there is not an additional obligation for those full time faculty with an overload.

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18. What if I want to present an FPD workshop?

Notify the FPD Director who will follow up with your suggestion or schedule you for an FPD presentation. All ideas are WELCOME!!

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19. Do the terms "Flex" and "Faculty Professional Development" mean the same thing?

Yes.  The terms are used interchangeably.  "Flex" is often used to mean "Faculty Professional Development."

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