ERIC Number: ED394595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Teaching Resource Center: A Catalyst and Resource for Chairs and Deans in the Quest for Faculty/Staff Development and Excellence.
One of the most important responsibilities of community college academic leaders is to encourage and provide resources for professional development. A Teaching-Learning Center (TLC) can be a crucial resource for achieving that goal. Trends in faculty and student demographics, the expansion of technology, changes in college governance, and declines in institutional effectiveness all underscore the importance of supporting the services and resources of professional development centers for community college faculty and staff. In helping college personnel improve the quality of education and the functioning of the institution, TLC's should provide the following services: (1) orientation for new employees; (2) workshops and other professional development opportunities to improve the instructional skills of faculty; (3) materials to help internationalize the curriculum; (4) support for advancement activities, including clarification of institutional policies and guidance in preparing portfolios; (5) resources related to the formative evaluation activities of faculty; (6) facilitation of partnerships with other educational institutions; and (7) advocating efforts to improve the teaching and learning environment, including issues related to technology acquisition, classroom furnishings, and organizational development. In addition to promoting the use of a TLC, other strategies for enhancing academic leaders' roles in professional development include attending and sending faculty to development conferences and discussing training responsibilities, needs, and resources with other leaders and with faculty and staff. Contains 10 references. (TGI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: The Olympics of Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles, Balancing Skills, Taking Risks. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the National Community College Chair Academy (5th, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1996); see JC 960 276.