Faculty Development Week, which will be from August 15-19, is meant to help teachers learn and explore different methods in order to increase their productivity.
“It’s a week of workshops for all faculty –full-time or adjunct. It’s to inform them of new technology to improve teaching techniques and a host of other information in order for teachers to be current and learn new methodologies,” said Ruth Vise, a professor at EPCC’s Northwest campus and Faculty Week staff member.
The workshops are meant to help teachers by enhancing teaching effectiveness, fostering organizational development and by supporting the college’s mission and vision.
The developmental week is used to provide needs-based programs and activities, while also maintaining a sense of collegiality among all college employees.
However, instructors do not only meet amongst themselves.
“It also includes meetings with their deans and other administrators dealing with any new programs,” said Vise.
Full-time faculty members are required to attend a minimum of two workshops, and adjunct faculty members are required to attend a minimum of one workshop. New faculty members are required to attend New Faculty Orientations.
All Faculty members, with an exception of the new faculty members, are required to attend the Division & Discipline meetings.
Each Development Week has a theme.
The 2016 themes were “Building Competencies” for the spring, and “Pathways” for the fall.
“Pathways” is a new program for encouraging completion of degrees and getting students ready to transfer to four-year colleges, and also to join the work force,” said Vise.
The “Pathway” program is competitive.
Out of the 30 colleges that applied nationwide, EPCC was among the chosen.