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Professional Development

Professional Development Advisory Committee 


The Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC) is a subcommittee of the Academic Senate. PDAC discusses faculty  professional development issues, including those related to training activities, inititatives, flex obligation, and reports, i.e., Flex report, Program Review, and needs and outcomes assessments.

We meet on the third Thursday of the month from 12-1 pm in the PDC (LARC 200). 

The call for membership is issued for the Fall semester. Look for those announcement s in the PD Blast emails (on Mondays) and consider joining us! We need wide representation across the departments and disciplines.


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Summary of advisory committee decisions on flex
Flex should involve extra work beyond expected job duties — grading papers does not qualify.
Based on faculty requests, we agreed to grant the following hours for activities:

  • Conferences = maximum of 6.7 hours per day
  • Additional committee service = a maximum of 6.7 hours per semester (except hiring, evaluation, or ad hoc task forces = number of hours served, up to a maximum of 6.7)
  • Service Learning = 3 hours per class
  • TAP (honors) classes = 6.7 hours per class
  • Flex credit is not given for attending social events (e.g., the Dean's Reception, the Winter Holiday luncheon).

See the PD planning worksheet for a more complete list of acceptable activities.