Faculty Development Days
Policy on Annual “Faculty Development” Days
(Replacing S93-185 and F78-40)
Faculty development is a university-wide responsibility
and is best accomplished in a variety of ways. Thus, the Academic Senate shall
sponsor all-university faculty development programs in odd-numbered years,
while individual colleges and programs shall plan faculty development programs
in alternate years.
1. A committee appointed by the Senate Executive Committee
and consisting of representatives from across campus shall plan university-wide
programs to be held in odd-numbered years. The fullest possible participation
of staff is encouraged as far as permitted by collective bargaining agreements.
The committee shall decide whether the program is held on or off campus.
2. In even-numbered years, faculty development will be the
responsibility of individual colleges and programs.
3. The administration shall provide support to enable as
many members as possible of the campus community to participate.
Rationale: The Academic Senate is responsible for
approving the academic calendar. Each year Faculty Development days are
scheduled during the period between fall and spring semesters, work days when
faculty are on duty but are not scheduled to teach classes. With so many campus
and systemwide initiatives, it is important for all members of the campus
community to have the opportunity to discuss issues of concern to the entire
campus community. At the same time, colleges and programs have concerns of their
own and need to have time to meet when no other events or classes are
scheduled. Thus, it is important for both types of development to be encouraged