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Committee Name: Professional Development Policy Committee
Meeting Date: 9/15/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Sarah Jarrett
  • Alison Moore
  • Rebecca Honeycutt
  • Lisa Hodges
  • Linda Mallory
  • Cynthia Deutsch
  • Jason Ferguson
  • Wendy Ayers
  • Mike Fein
  • Emily Pudliner
  • Layia Perry (conflict – sick leave)
  • Lorna Nelson (conflict – student conference)
  • Taz Daughtry (conflict – teaches a class from 1:00-2:15PM on Tu/Th)
  • Muriel Mickles (conflict – required meeting)
An email vote was held on July 9-10, 2020 regarding the following issues:
  • Approval of the revised Professional Development Policy for 2020-2021 that reflects the use of CARES Act funds for appropriate areas and the suspension of funding Memberships and Education Tuition due to budgetary constraints.
  • Re-election of Jarrett as Chair of the PD Policy Committee for 2020-2021.
  • Both measures were approved unanimously by email.
Jarrett welcomed members and facilitated introductions by committee members.

Approval of Minutes from April 14, 2020
  • Moore moved to approve; Ferguson seconded.  Minutes from April 14, 2020 were approved as written. 
Election of Recorder
  • Pudliner volunteered to serve as Recorder.  Pudliner was elected to serve as Recorder by a unanimous vote.
 Meeting Day/Time and Advance Calendar Scheduling Preferences
  • Jarrett noted that Daughtry is unable to attend the PD Policy Committee meetings at the scheduled time (1:00-2:00PM) due to a conflict with his teaching schedule.  Moore noted that the conflict would be temporary (i.e., limited to the Fall 2020 semester).  Mallory noted a conflict with moving the scheduled time to noon.  The committee agreed to continue with the current scheduled meeting time of 1:00-2:00PM.  Jarrett will schedule and send the corresponding invites for all 2020-2021 Zoom meetings of the PD Policy Committee.
Professional Development Survey Discussion
  • Moore noted that while she includes opportunities for input in her emails, she has not received many responses.  Deutsch noted that faculty may not respond due to their schedules.  Jarrett suggested bringing up professional development needs/interests at the classified, part-time, and faculty staff associations’ meetings.  Pudliner, Jarrett, and Moore will reach out to their corresponding staff associations to request that professional development needs be added to the meeting agendas.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Follow-up Discussion
  • Moore suggested expanding upon the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training presented by Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither during convocation and the follow-up discussion held on 09/10/2020.  Moore suggested monthly or bi-monthly topic-focused discussions.  Deutsch shared that a survey will be coming from VCCS geared to equity issues as they relate to the strategic plan.  The survey will be directed to all faculty and distributed through the Chancellor’s Newsletter.  Topics for discussion could come from this survey, articles, or book club discussions.  Jarrett suggested creating a professional development Canvas page which can track and send reminders for calendar events and also house professional development forms and other documents.  Moore will reach out to her contacts to begin the process.
Brown Bag Events
  • The constituency groups can be polled via the staff association meetings to see what ideas people have or what training opportunities may be of interest.  The format could be informal with a focus on connecting with others.  The meeting title “Lunch Bunch” was suggested, and the meetings could focus on a central topic such as favorite movies, favorite books, or favorite shows to stream on Netflix.  A similar “Coffee Hour” event from 2:00-3:00PM was suggested.
Other Topics for Discussion
  • With professional development funding coming from CARES Act funds, Mallory asked if a professional development conference needs to be 100% related to online delivery for it to be considered.
Emily Pudliner
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