ERIC Number: ED243513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-3
Reference Count: 0
Professional Development Programs That Work.
Shawl, William F.
The professional development program at Golden West College has successfully maximized instructional change and innvovation for several years. The success of the program is due to factors such as support from the president; the appointment of a dean of educational development whose sole responsibility is to work with faculty on new developmental projects; the highly individualized nature of the program; efforts to keep faculty abreast of new research and new teaching techniques through means including a faculty newsletter; annual faculty development needs assessments; the centralized location and high visibility of the Educational Development Center; and secure local funding for faculty projects. Those interested in developing and maintaining staff development programs should: (1) locate the staff development office in a place that is convenient for faculty and staff; (2) avoid overburdening the staff development person with administrative detail; (3) provide rewards for participants; (4) have top-level administrative support; (5) avoid equating staff development with faculty attendance at workshops and conferences; (6) design the program to respond to both little and big needs; (7) carefully choose the person responsible for the staff development program; (8) join a network involved in staff development; and (9) involve all college personnel and utilize campus resource persons in staff training. (LAL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Golden West College CA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (64th, Washington, DC, April 1-4, 1984).