Whereas, The primary basis for faculty hiring is subject matter expertise and meeting the minimum qualifications outlined in Title 5 and in Minimum Qualifications for Community College Faculty and Administrators;
Whereas, The California community college faculty minimum qualifications has no requirement for pedagogical knowledge or teacher preparations;
Whereas, Many colleges do not have a formal faculty professional development program tied to improvement of teaching and pedagogy; and
Whereas, The climate and culture of California community colleges have changed greatly over the last several years and faculty must be responsive to the needs of students at all levels and the vast array of diversity among students;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges research professional development programs for college faculty linked to teaching and learning and their impact on student success, and report its findings back to the body; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges take the position that faculty need professional development that is ongoing and based on a faculty member’s pedagogical learning needs.
MSR: Referred to Executive Committee along with amendments 12.03.01 and 12.03.02 for perfecting and return to the body by Spring 2014 plenary.
The resolution contact will work on including language connecting professional development with evaluation. The approved changes made by the body in amendments 12.03.01 and 12.03.02 are to be incorporated as underscored and strikethrough language. The resolution will be brought back as an Executive Committee resolution at the February/March meeting.