The Faculty Development Department contributes to student success in a learning-centered community by cultivating and supporting teaching excellence.
All Faculty Development offerings are provided in the context of Clark College's vision and mission and its commitment to the "learning college" model. Our goal is to celebrate the teaching profession and champion a collegial work environment by providing faculty with programs, services, and resources to ensure student success in a learning-centered environment.
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The New Faculty Orientation is a quarterly information session tailored to new faculty. Includes optional Smart classroom podium training (additional 60 minutes).
The New Full-time Faculty Retreat is offered each fall quarter, giving new tenure-track and full-time faculty the opportunity to work together and consider evidence-based teaching strategies.
The Faculty Handbook is an excellent source of information on the essentials of navigating Clark College policies, procedures and academic culture.
This conference-style event is held exclusively for faculty during Clark College's Fall Orientation. Watch for announcements beginning in August each year for Fall Orientation and Faculty Focus activities.
Professional Placement Advancement Committee (PPAC) considers applications for
credit equivalents for professional development activities for which academic credits are not available. These credit equivalents are recognized by the College and can be used for movement on the salary scale.
Academic Early Warning (AEW) is our in-house early alert system that allows faculty members to log into a secure server to electronically file warning reports on students who are behaving in ways that endanger their education.
Behavioral Intervention & Threat Assessment (BITA) works with students, faculty and staff to identify and respond to student behaviors that cause others concern and/or fear that the student poses a danger to self, others or the college community.
The Mentor Commons is a library of 20-minute webcasts available on demand. Programs give practical, real-world advice to enhance teaching and learning.
Open Educational Resources (OER)
Open Education refers to the growing set of practices that promote the sharing high quality educational resources and support learners to access education anywhere, anytime. Open Education incorporates educational networks, teaching and learning materials, open textbooks, open data, open scholarship and open source educational tools, collectively referred to as Open Educational Resources or OER.
Community college students spend the equivalent of 72% of their tuition costs on textbooks. Considering the financial pressures that many of our students face it is no surprise that 7 out of 10 students avoid purchasing the required materials for their courses.
By adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) Clark can address the rising cost of education AND provide learner-centered education.
Explore the following links for more information:
Finding OER -- a resource of links to open source courses, textbooks and search engines
The Faculty Speaker Series showcases recent experiences that have enriched both the lives and teaching of Clark's faculty members. This series aims to join the college-community in learning through our own faculty's wide range of interests and achievements.
Professional Learning Communities
Professional Learning Communities are professional development models made up of cross-disciplinary groups of up to 15 faculty and professional staff engaging in a fulfilling and sustained 9 month-long program with a curriculum that enhances teaching, learning and student success and retention.
Faculty Development Funding
Funding for off-campus professional development opportunities such as retreats and conferences is determined by instructional deans.
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Recommended online resources that address best practices and evidence-based research in areas including assessment, open educational resources, universal design, cultural diversity, and more.