Professional Development Committee Membership

Nine Voting Members: 

  • 3 Administrators
    • Laura Cyphers Benson, Associate Vice President - Human Resources- Co-Chair
    • Denise Axtell, Director of Food Services
    • Kathleen Tibbals, Director of Early Childhood Education
  • 3 Faculty
    • Roger Gerard, Business Instructor - Co-Chair
    • Shelly Presnell, Speech Instructor
    • Teresa Doyle, Student Success Coordinator/Student Development Instructor
  • 2 Bargaining Unit Classified
    • Justin Babb, Computer Maintenance Technician
    • Jan Krewson, Staff Secretary - Health Sciences
  • 1 Confidential Classified
    • Sherry Nicholas, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Services


 I. Name and Purpose 

A. The official name of this body shall be The Professional Development Committee. 

B. The above-named committee shall exist only during such times as the Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District Board of Trustees may authorize it.

C. The Professional Development Committee is a “joint” committee that reports to the Shasta College Academic Senate.

D. The purposes and duties of the above-named advisory committee shall be to
promote an inclusive learning culture that supports the strategic goals of the college, in which all personnel will have ongoing opportunities to develop and expand the skills and practices that influence student learning and support students in achieving their educational goals. Specifically, the committee is charged with adhering to the California Code of Regulations, Section 55724, including:

​1. Providing a complete description of the Professional Development
calendar and configuration

​2. Developing institutional criteria for Professional Development credit

​3. Developing the content and schedule for instructional improvement days
(activities in lieu of classroom instruction for faculty, work hours for
classified staff, and administration

All Professional Development Activities at Shasta College must support any of the Institutional Goals and the recommendations of the Student Success Act.

​Institutional Goals 2012- 2030 

​1. Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District will use innovative best practices in instruction and student services for transfer, career technical, and basic skills students to increase the rate at which students complete degrees, certificates, and transfer requirements. 

​2. Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District will use technology and other innovations to provide students with improved access to instruction and student services across the District’s large geographic area. 

​3. Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District will increase students’ academic and career success through civic and community engagement with educational institutions, businesses and organizations. 

​4. Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District will institutionalize effective planning practices through the implementation, assessment, and periodic revision of integrated planning processes that are transparent and participatory and that link the allocation of resources to planning priorities. 

Student Success Act of 2012: 

​Recommendation 6.1
Community colleges will create a continuum of strategic professional development opportunities, for all faculty, staff, and administrators to be better prepared to respond to the evolving student needs and measures of student success.

​Recommendation 6.2
Community colleges will direct professional development resources for both faculty and staff toward improving basic skills instruction and support services.

 II. Membership 

A. The committee shall consist of nine members.

B. The committee membership will be drawn as follows: Three administrators (including the Associate Vice President of Human Resources), three classified staff, and three faculty members. Faculty members are appointed by the Academic Senate, Classified Staff members are appointed by California School Employees Association (C.S.E.A), and Administrators are appointed by the president’s office.

C. The appointment of Committee Chair(s) shall be ratified by a majority vote and shall take place in the spring semester of even numbered years. The three-year term will commence with the start of the following fall semester. One committee chairperson will be the Associate Vice President of Human       Resources and the Professional Development Committee will vote in the other chairperson.

D. The Associate Vice President of Human Resources in consultation with the Professional Development Committee co-chair, committee participants, and campus constituent groups shall make membership appointments.

E. Members are expected to serve a minimum of one full academic year, but may tender their resignation from committee service at any time.

F. Members may be removed from the committee for non-performance by a majority vote of the other active committee members. Non-performance is said to occur when a member has failed to attend three (3) or more consecutive meetings and has simultaneously failed to participate in collaborative work with the other committee members in reviewing working proposals and other committee work product.

 III. Responsibilities of Professional Development Committee Chair(s):

A. Serve a three-year term

B. Provide an annual committee status report to the Administrative Council and the Academic Senate by the end of every Spring semester, including committee membership 

C. For the following academic year, recruit and manage committee membership 

D. Assist in facilitating and approving Professional Development activities for Shasta College faculty, staff, and administration

E. Meet a minimum of five times with committee per semester to evaluate program including: planning, budgeting, implementation, and assessment

F. Schedule committee meetings and develop meeting agendas

G. Facilitate committee discussion of proposals for training and campus sponsored training activities

H. Report to the President, Administrative Council, Academic Senate, and the Professional Development Committee

I. Report fiscal expenditures and budget to Professional Development Committee

 IV. Responsibilities of Committee Members:

A. Attend regularly scheduled meetings of the committee

B. Research new campus-wide training topics that are appropriate for faculty and/or classified staff, and administration

C. Identify possible presenter/speakers for professional development sessions

D. Identify relevant and meaningful training content for faculty, classified staff, and administration

E. Function as a link between faculty, classified staff, and administration regarding professional development sessions/events

F. Review evaluations of professional development sessions/events with respect to benefit for faculty, classified staff, and administration

 V. Committee Calendar and Agenda:

A. The committee will meet monthly.

B. The committee will meet bi-monthly in October and March for the purposes of planning the All College Day for the following semester.

C. Meeting dates and times for the following academic year will be finalized by the last meeting of the current academic year.

D. Faculty co-chair (s) is responsible for establishing the agenda for each meeting.

 VI. Committee Procedures:

A. The co-chairs will disseminate campus-wide proposals to committee members for evaluation at least one (1) week or five (5) business days prior to regularly scheduled meetings.

B. Campus-wide proposals received within one week/five-business day window may be considered on the subsequent agenda if committee work volume permits; otherwise they will be considered at the next committee meeting.

C. Campus-wide proposals for external-provided training, conference attendance, and individual projects are evaluated an approved or denied during full committee meetings whenever possible.

D. Individual committee members via email may evaluate campus-wide proposals, which are unable to be reviewed during full committee meetings.  Committee members then submit their recommendation for approval or denial via email and these recommendations are recorded by the faculty co-chair.

E. Campus-wide proposals that are denied for professional development may be resubmitted for consideration with justification and written support from the faculty co-chair.

F. A simple majority vote of the committee is considered for approval or denial of campus-wide proposals during the academic year.

 VII. Evaluation of Professional Development Campus-wide Proposals:

A. The committee will remain mindful of state guidelines on Professional Development: The purpose of professional development is to educate and improve the entire staff. AB1725 funds Professional Development activities in California community colleges. The Flexible (Flex) Calendar allows community colleges to set aside 1-15 days of the state-mandated teaching year (175 days) for Professional Development purposes. This time is to be used primarily by faculty for Professional Development activities related to staff, student and instructional improvement (Title 5, section 55720).

B. The committee will remain mindful of the authorized uses of Professional Development funds as outlined in AB1725 by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office:

1. Improvement of teaching

2. Maintenance of current academic and technical knowledge and skills

3. Retraining to meet changing institutional needs

4. Intersegmental exchange programs

5. Development of innovations in instructional and administrative techniques and program effectiveness

6. Computer and technological proficiency programs

7. Courses and training which implement affirmative action and upward mobility

8. Other activities determined by the Board of Governors to be related to educational and professional development pursuant to criteria by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.

C. The activity must also support the intent of Shasta College’s Institutional Goals, as outlined in the Strategic Plan; Institutional Student Learning Outcomes; and the Student Success Act of 2012.

D. The activity must not conflict with contractual faculty or staff duties.

E. Staff and administration must receive permission from supervisor. 

F. Professional development credit is provided for hours of participation in approved activities.

 VIII. Professional Development Credit:

A. Employees may request credit through their divisions/departments for:

1. An on-campus workshop, presentation, training or academy

2. Training by a non-Shasta College (“external”) provider

3. Conference attendance

4. An independent/individual project

B. Individual proposals will be scored by department supervisor with the Professional Development Activity Rubric tool available on the Shasta College Human Resources website.

C. All requests are subject to specified caps and deadlines as outlined by Division Deans, Area Administrators, and the Human Resources office.

1. The application forms are available on the Shasta College website at Resources/Pages/2590.aspx

2. The closing date for applications/proposals for the current academic year must be received by the Monday following Spring Break for consideration for credit during the current academic year (fiscal year ending June 30). 

3. Campus-wide proposals for next fiscal year can start to be submitted on May 1.

4. Campus-wide proposals are added to the committee meeting agenda in the order they are received

5. Employees are notified of committee decisions via email within two (2) business days of the committee meeting

 IX. Amendments:

A. The bylaws may be amended or added to by a two-thirds majority vote of active members at any regular committee meeting. 

 X. Rules of Order:

A. The meetings and activities of this advisory committee shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order, except as otherwise provided by these bylaws.