ERIC Number: ED382278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
An On-Going, Multi-Level Orientation and Renewal Plan: An Original and an Update.
Schormann, Randall S.; Carpenter, Lissette F.
To strengthen its traditional professional development, which relies on off-campus experts, McLennen Community College (MCC) in Waco, Texas, has developed a popular and effective in-house system. Faculty members who are experts in their own fields serve as resource leaders in faculty development opportunities for salary step-credit and in activities offered solely for academic growth. Programs include: (1) courses offered for step-credit, which focus on topics directly affecting classroom instruction at MCC and which emphasize carryover from the course to the classroom; (2) non-credit, 4-hour workshops; (3) faculty development meals, "cajolery lunches," where basic teaching skills are discussed; (4) participation by five of MCC's best instructors in local Great Teacher Workshops; (5) the Vitality in Mission program, through which seven faculty members are selected to study teaching and learning in MCC classrooms; (6) Great Teacher Connections, which links MCC faculty to top area high school teachers; (7) Partners for Teaching Excellence, which pair new instructors with experienced teachers; and (8) popcorn sessions for discussing single topics in depth. Another aspect of MCC's faculty development efforts is an on-going, multi-level orientation and renewal plan. Before the beginning of each semester, 3 days of orientation activities are attended by all new part- and full-time faculty. Throughout the year, MCC provides additional orientation and renewal activities for all faculty interested in studying the art and craft of teaching and learning. (VIM materials, the complete orientation schedule, and an updated version of the paper are included.) (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Materials presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (16th, Austin, TX, May 22-25, 1994).