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2.B.3 Professional Development
EITC provides faculty, staff, administrators, and other employees with appropriate
opportunities and support for professional growth and development. Although reduced
budgets have limited attendance at many conferences, the college has provided workshops on-
campus, and divisional budgets provide some leeway for participation in smaller, less-expensive
state and regional conferences. Recently, the President has allotted $10,000 for professional
development activities in FY14. Employees will apply for funds with an agreement to bring back
to campus what they have learned. A form is currently being developed for implementation
next fall.
Professional development activities are encouraged and tracked by individual organizations.
Many instructional programs require recertification of faculty. Recertification requirements
may be met through completion of relevant academic coursework from other post-secondary
institutions or obtained by participation in workshops and seminars. A professional
development plan is required of all faculty and certificated staff. Many full-time faculty and
staff are also working towards degrees. Currently 18 employees of the college are working
towards a degree – one is pursuing an AAS; five are working towards a bachelor’s degree, eight
are pursuing a master’s degree; and four are earning a doctorate.
Professional development for support personnel is reported to and tracked by Human
Resources. Professional development includes in-house workshops, seminars, webinars and
trade shows.
2.B.4 Faculty Credentials
EITC employs a blend of full time, part time and adjunct faculty to achieve its educational
objectives. The faculty is centered on a cadre of dedicated full-time professionals in each of the
professional-technical, general, and adult basic education divisions at the college. Professional-
technical certification of these professionals is in accordance with requirements established by
the division of professional-technical education. These are augmented by a sufficient number of
other instructors to achieve the college’s educational goals, which support core themes and
mission whether on campus, at remote EITC sites, via distance learning or in clinical
environments. Among full-time faculty, three have industry certifications (less than an
associate), five have associate degrees, 12 have Bachelor’s degrees, 11 have Master’s degrees,
one has a Specialists degree, and three have Ph.Ds (2012 data). Faculty degrees are also
published in the EITC catalog and can be found at the following url:
2.B.5 Faculty Responsibilities and Workload
Policy 300, “Faculty Workload,” guides the hours each instructor works per week. The workload
policy is a collaborative development between administration and the faculty senate. This
policy was written many years ago by a faculty senate ad-hoc committee and approved by
administration. Although well-thought out, it will require some streamlining and reworking in
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