order to clarify and standardize practice among the colleges in
implementation of professional development days (also known as flex days
or staff development days) which appear in the calendar,” a memorandum
was established between the union and district.
“Mandatory professional development day will require the attendance of
all full-time classroom faculty at the planned college activities on
that day; hourly faculty are welcome to attend such activities but may
meet their professional development obligation as well by the methods
"Full-time teaching faculty flex obligation for an academic year is
33.5 hours of professional development activity. For persons with hourly
teaching assignments, the hourly teaching professional development
obligation for an academic year equals half the sum of the standard
hours value of the fall assignment and the standard hours value of the
spring assignment. (The standard hours value of a course is the number
of hours per week it would have met if taught in full semester mode in a
traditional uncompressed semester.)”
Examples of professional development (flex) obligation:
a. FT instructor has no hourly assignment, just regular load:
33.5 hours or 6 hours 42 minutes per day (5 days per AFT agreement, Appendix M)
b. FT instructor has also an hourly assignment of let’s say 3 hours in fall and 3 hours in spring:33.5 hours for regular assignment plus 3 hours for hourly professional development (flex) obligation (3 fall + 3 spring ÷ 2)36.5 hours total obligation for the year
c. PT instructor teaches one semester only, either fall or spring, 3 hours:
3 hours ÷ 2 = 1.5 hours of professional development obligation
d. PT instructor teaches both semesters, 3 hours in fall and 3 hours in spring:
3 hours + 3 hours ÷ 2 = 3 hours of professional development obligation
“Hourly professional development obligation is not related to the days a
class meets or the dates of the assignment, applying equally to all
whose assignments have the same standard hours. Professional development
obligation applies to nontraditional instruction such as PACE, TBA,
online, and noncredit, and regardless of whether the class is full
semester or short term.”
Every instructor now has a professional development (flex) obligation regardless of what day of the week that one teaches.
“The professional development schedule will run from July 1 to June 30
each year, reporting once a year. Reports on professional development
activity are due from faculty the day after the last professional
development day of the spring, and final reporting will be completed by
June 30.” Professional Development Activity Reports are due on June 11,
2010. If Professional Development Activity Reports are not received by
the due date, a reduction of pay will result. Due dates will be strictly
adhered to, so please submit your agreements on time. You may submit
them throughout the semester. Please submit only the Activity Report
form and keep your activity documents in your own file for 5 years in
case of audit.
“The professional development obligation remains even though the
designated professional development days shown on the calendar may occur
outside of the payroll assignment. The faculty member is paid for the
obligation as part of the total level pay issued over the term of the
assignment for the class.”
Hours Allowed for Professional Development (Flex) Credit
AFT agreement stipulates that “every full-time monthly rate faculty
member shall serve on at least one departmental, college, or
District-wide committee or equivalent”. This is mandatory. Participation
in each committee beyond the mandatory committee earns 7 hours.
- Only committees that meet monthly each semester can qualify for this category.
- Maximum allowable for additional committee participation: 14 hours
may be earned by attending a conference, workshop or seminar that
provides training for the purpose of improving methods of instruction,
upgrading course content, or developing strategies for improving student
retention. Credit can be earned for activities not scheduled during
regular assigned hours. Other conferences unrelated to the activities
above will not be accepted for credit.
Maximum allowable: 14 hours
Credit may be earned for courses taken that are directly related to courses taught or to faculty service area at LASC.
Special Campus and District Events
may be earned for attending special programs, retreats, and workshops
that are approved by the campus or district offices. The number of
professional development hours to be earned will be established by each
Individual Faculty Projects Individual
faculty projects are those that will enhance the institutional program
at LASC. Project proposals must be submitted in detail to the Staff
Development Faculty Subcommittee for approval.
Maximum allowable: 14 hours per project
Presentations for Professional Development
faculty member wishing to present a workshop and to share his/her
area(s) of expertise with colleagues may request to do so by completing
the “Flex Presentation Form” and submitting it to the Staff Development
Faculty Subcommittee at least four weeks prior to the activity date.
3 hours of credit will be earned for each hour of presentation time.
may be earned for advising and counseling students during organized
matriculation activities outside an instructor’s regular assigned
Maximum allowable: 7 hours
Professional Networking Credit
may be earned for campus, district, regional, state, and national
meetings that are directly related to the instructor’s teaching
discipline or faculty service area.
may be earned for attendance to live performances, museums, films, and
productions when directly related to the instructor’s discipline or
faculty service area.
Maximum allowable: 6 hours
Personal Enrichment Credit
may be earned for activities that have educational value or which
assist individuals to be physically, socially, and mentally better able
to perform their jobs; e.g. stress reduction, self-defense, nutrition, wellness.
Maximum allowable: 4 hours
Academic Senate officers, curriculum chairperson, and program review coordinator each will earn 24 hours.
Please keep activity documents in your own file for 5 years in case of audit.