HCC provides ongoing development of faculty as teachers, scholars, and practitioners. Professional development is viewed as a shared responsibility at HCC. It is the responsibility of the administration to provide development opportunities and resources and it is the faculty’s responsibility to seek out and complete professional development activities. Faculty development is documented through tenure portfolios, personnel files, and completed institutional forms such as “Application for Faculty Member Sabbatical Leave,” “Faculty Enhancement of Professional Skills,” “End of Term Verification,” and “Request for Advancement in Professional Rank".
HCC’s faculty development program begins upon hire. A new faculty member must attend ten (10) hours of College Pre-Employment Orientation. Each year, faculty members on an annual contract must compete approximately forty-five (45) contact hours of faculty development. New faculty members must take and complete the following graduate courses: “The Community College in American Higher Education” and “Seminar in College Teaching” or, if the course names are changed, courses with a similar concept. The number of faculty completing these courses to date is 97. Each completed course credit hour is equivalent to 15 faculty development hours. Tuition and books are paid for by the College. The number of faculty taking advantage of tuition and book reimbursement from 2002 to 2005 is 97. If the above graduate courses have been completed, the Director of Associate in Arts or Director of Technical Programs may approve substitute offerings of other graduate-level education course work. In addition to taking the required courses, participating in the College Faculty Development Program for a minimum of 10 hours each year for a total minimum of 120 development hours during the first three years of employment is required. Supervising deans and the faculty member will determine, by joint effort, the annual goals of non-tenured faculty.
HCC’s faculty development program continues with the tenure process and is outlined in the “Agreement between the Hillsborough Community College District Board of Trustees and the Faculty United Service Association August 2004 – August 2007” (Article 6, page 13). The tenure candidate must maintain a tenure portfolio to be submitted as part of the tenure process. The portfolio must contain regular professional self-assessment information, including data about student success, retention, and placement as may be modified and redefined by the Student Success, Retention, and Placement Committee. The portfolio must also contain documented evidence of significant continuing contributions and/or participation in the following areas: 1) participation in College or educational committees; 2) participation in community groups or projects; 3) contributions to the profession (such as conference presentations, professional organization membership and activity, grant writing); and 4) participation in professional development activities. For a faculty member to earn tenure they must have completed at least 135 faculty development hours.
Next, HCC requires, among other things, continuing professional development for advancement in faculty rank. The faculty member must present documented evidence of significant continuing contribution and/or participation in at least three of the following areas, one of which must be professional development activities: 1) participation in College or educational committees; 2) participation in community groups or projects; 3) contributions to the profession (such as conference presentations, professional publications, professional organization memberships and activities, grant writing); and 4) participation in professional development activities.
Tenured faculty development goals for each academic year are discussed and established by the Supervising Dean and the faculty member. Faculty will participate in a minimum of ten (10) contact hours of faculty development activities each year, over and above in-service, except for those parts of in-service specifically designated as faculty development by the Administration.
The faculty contract outlines the enhancement of faculty professional skills process (Article 6.20, page 26 FUSA contract). Full-time faculty member successfully completing university courses will be awarded an academic stipend. In order to qualify for this stipend, the faculty member must have successfully completed course work approved by the Office of the Vice President for Education and Student Development and must have earned satisfactory grade. Course work should be designed to enhance professional skills and/or teaching abilities. A faculty member may also attend approved seminars or workshops that are required for certification within the faculty member’s discipline or are within an area where the College desires additional certification/training. The faculty member must provide verification of seminar/workshop attendance to qualify for reimbursement.
HCC annually provides faculty and staff with opportunities to develop themselves professionally and to develop or enhance programs that help fulfill the College’s mission. The Annual Faculty and Staff Program Development Report (FSPD Report) identifies how HCC’s FSPD plan was effectively implemented during a given year (LINK FSPD REPORT). For the academic year 2003-2004 expended $753,000 developing 1,250 faculty and staff. The report identifies all development activities, development activity goal, development activity evaluation, and the results of the development activity.
HCC provides numerous development opportunities throughout each year to all faculty members in the College. These development opportunities include two Faculty In-service days, an All College Day, and multiple STARLINK distance learning presentations. HCC also maintains a Faculty Development Website where faculty are offered resources, development opportunity schedules, and advice regarding their development.
HCC further supports faculty development by allowing for both Sabbatical Leave and professional leave. A full-time faculty member with a continuing contract (tenure) will be eligible for a Sabbatical Leave for professional development after completing six (6) years of continuous fulltime service with the College. The College will compensate a faculty member on Sabbatical Leave with three fourths (3/4) of his/her salary for a period of the leave. The request for a Sabbatical Leave is submitted on the College Sabbatical Leave Form and will include the specific professional benefit anticipated, and the date when the applicant will return to the College to resume his/her work assignment. After returning from Sabbatical Leave, the faculty member files a Sabbatical Leave Activity Report and, if applicable, a transcript of earned credit with both the College President and the Director of Human Resources.
A professional leave is leave granted to a faculty member to engage in activities that will result in the faculty member’s professional benefit or advancement, which will include attending professional conferences, earning college credit or degrees, or which shall contribute to the profession of teaching or benefit the College. To request a professional leave, a faculty member completes a leave of absence form with the following information included as an attachment: 1) The benefit available to the applicant; 2) the contribution to the College; and 3) the location of the activities.
The College maintains the following Standing Committees that among other things support faculty development: 1) Faculty Development; 2) Professional Rank; 3) Sabbatical Leave; 4) Student Success, Retention and Placement; and 5) Tenure.
Part-time faculty are required to attend a mandatory all-day in-service once a year (two part time faculty in-service sessions are offered each academic year). Part-time faculty receive a small stipend for attending the in-service. Further, part-time faculty are invited to participate in most full-time faculty development activities.