ERIC Number: ED368411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
The Hunt for Hidden Resources: A Chair's Guide to Finding Campus Support for Faculty and Staff Development.
Mott, Maxine C.
In times of budget constraints and cutbacks, it is especially important to promote staff and faculty development activities since they may not be viewed as college priorities and employee morale and motivation can suffer during such times. Department chairs must engage in a "treasure hunt" to search for hidden resources to meet professional development needs. Before the hunt can begin, professional development goals for the department need to be identified, based on the department's overall objectives collaboratively determined by faculty and staff. Faculty and staff should then identify individualized professional goals and objectives which reflect the departmental goals. Then, an action plan can be developed, identifying how and where hidden treasures might be unearthed; responsibilities can be assumed by groups or individuals; a timeline should be determined; and a progress report expected. To start the actual search for resources, three directions should be explored. First, chairs should seek out hidden talents of departmental staff and ask students for their ideas. Second, other departments, such as teaching resource centers, professional development coordinators and professional development committees, should be searched. Finally, a look into the local community can provide inexpensive but valuable resources. Throughout the process, the chair should provide department members with encouragement, support, and a sense of purpose. (KP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference for Community College Chairs, Deans, and Other Instructional Leaders (3rd, Phoenix, AZ, February 23-26, 1994).