PD Opportunities for PCC Faculty
From learning new skills to collaborating with colleagues to exploring the latest research, our professional development program for faculty offers a continuum of learning experiences and activities, designed to support you wherever you are in your career as an Educator.
New Faculty Orientation
The New Faculty Orientation is a one year program facilitated for all newly hired full-time faculty. The objectives of the program are to assist faculty in: (a) becoming familiar with PCC’s culture and operations and developing a supportive network of colleagues and friends; (b) integrating effective practices related to course design, pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment; (c) furthering their understanding of the student populations we serve at PCC and ways in which one creates an equity-minded classroom; and (d) leveraging technology to connect with and engage 21st century learners.
The New Faculty Orientation launches in the summer, prior to commencement of full-time duties, and then continues through the Fall and Spring semesters.
Faculty Peer Mentor Program
The PCC Faculty Peer Mentoring Program matches faculty members (mentees) with experienced faculty peers (mentors), and provides a structure for sustaining that mentoring relationship. The focus of the mentorship is flexible and can encompass any or all of these elements: orientation to the faculty role at PCC; socialization to the PCC faculty community; development of teaching, research, and service skills; leadership development; and work/life balance.
San Gabriel/Foothill Association of Community Colleges (SanFACC) Mentor Program
Through the SanFACC Mentor Program, faculty who have a clear interest in entering community college management are paired with mentors from neighboring colleges already serving in an administrative role. This experience provides a safe environment to develop a knowledge base that supports effective leadership and management.
The SanFACC Mentor Program runs for the full academic year (i.e., begins in the Fall semester and ends in Spring semester). In mid-Spring of each year, a call is put out for applicants for the upcoming academic year.
The California Community Colleges Professional Learning Network (PLN) provides faculty with a one-stop online location for accessing and sharing resources aimed at supporting professional growth and enhancing student success. The PLN is where one can access training videos, modules, and courses from Lynda.com, Skillsoft, and Grovo.
The College 1 Professional Learning Institute is a three-day event that provides College 1 instructors with the opportunity to learn about: (a) foundational theories pertaining to first year student success, (b) Reading Apprenticeship principles and tools, and (c) College 1 student learning outcomes (SLOs) and related curriculum. This institute takes place annually during the Summer semester.
Faculty who are interested in teaching online or hybrid classes can access and complete a range of courses facilitated by the @One Project. PCC’s Distance Education Department will reimburse faculty for the cost of those courses that are required to be completed prior to teaching online at PCC.