Professional Development Committee

Professional Development Committee Mission Statement:

  • To promote professional development of faculty, staff, and administration by:
    • Providing assistance for Miramar College personnel in the development of personal growth plans.
    • Providing information about classes, conferences, workshops, and other programs for the betterment of classroom instruction, student support services and enhanced job performance.
    • Developing and maintaining a college-wide Professional Development Plan with alignment to campus and district planning, Accreditation Standards, and Title 5 Section 55730.
    • Developing and managing applications for disbursement of professional development funds for faculty and supervisors.

How to Apply for Professional Development Funds:

  • Download step-by-step instructions HERE
  • Download Travel Pre-Approval Request Form (for travel/conference) HERE
  • Download Request for Professional Development Funds (conference, seminar, workshops, etc.) HERE
  • Download Directions for completing a Travel Authorization HERE
  • Download Directions for completing an Expense Report HERE
  • Note: Complete the PeopleSoft forms AFTER committee approval at http://myportal.sdccd.edu

Instructional Improvement Activities Include:

  • Attend professional conferences/workshops
  • Take a short-term class
  • Develop new instructional skills
  • Improve course delivery
  • Make significant modification of a course to address the learning needs of diverse student populations (e.g. creating self-paced learning modules)
  • Explore alternate instruction methods
  • Visit sites related to your program and/or areas of responsibility
  • Participate in wellness activities that assist individuals to be physically and mentally better able to perform their jobs (e.g., humor in the workplace, stress reduction, self-defense, nutrition, exercise, weight reduction)
  • Learn how to incorporate technology into your instruction

Institutional/Staff Improvement Activities Include:

  • Attend workshops on how to mentor students or how to mentor faculty
  • Participate in student, faculty, and staff diversity training (e.g., sexual harassment workshops, affirmative action conferences, cultural diversity seminars, multicultural activities)
  • Attend workshops or individually designed activities to improve or enhance a person's skills or knowledge in his/her own discipline
  • Participate in wellness activities that assist individuals to be physically and mentally better able to perform their jobs (e.g., humor in the workplace, stress reduction, self-defense, nutrition, exercise, weight reduction)
  • Learn a second language to better communicate with the diverse student population
  • Participate in disaster preparedness (e.g., district procedures, first aid, review of facilities to determine areas of need)

Student Improvement Activities Include:

  • Attend faculty and staff (e.g., tutors, lab assistants) meetings to improve services to students
  • Attend training in classroom research (assessment) techniques
  • Participate in student orientation programs
  • Participate in matriculation services (e.g. special orientation for ESL students, workshops in specific disciplines for students with undecided majors)
  • Participate in institutional research focused on meeting the needs of the students (e.g., job market surveys, transfer ratios, ethnicity data on students, gender equity, campus climate)
  • Conduct special workshops for students (e.g., understanding the college schedule, transfer requirements, setting academic goals)

For More Information:

Associated Committee