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Committee Name: Professional Development Policy Committee
Meeting Date: 3/16/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Wendy Ayers
  • Taz Daughtrey
  • Cynthia Deutsch
  • Jason Ferguson
  • Rebecca Honeycutt
  • Sarah Jarrett
  • Linda Mallory
  • Muriel Mickles
  • Alison Moore
  • Layia Perry
  • Emily Pudliner
  • Lorna Nelson
  • Michael Fein
  • Lisa Hodges
Jarrett welcomed members
Approval of Minutes from February 02, 2021
  • Mickles moved to approve; Deutsch seconded.  Minutes from February 02, 2021 were approved as written. 
Updates from Alison Moore
  • Moore sent an email to update faculty and staff on professional development opportunities.  Moore highlighted the podcast, Faculty Focus Live, which provides 15-minute podcasts on various teaching strategies (e.g., utilizing online discussion boards and encouraging interactive zoom sessions).   Moore also noted the upcoming Zoom Anxiety session scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 1:00PM.  The session will begin with a short overview and continue with a facilitated discussion around the topic of Zoom anxiety.  Moore also provided a financial update, detailing that she has received a few requests for conferences and professional memberships.
 Other Topics for Discussion
  • Jarrett noted that the VCCS is developing an ALICE Part II training; however, training dates have not yet been scheduled.  The ALICE Part I training is currently being offered and Moore has included the details in the most recent Sway newsletter.
  • Mickles highlighted the upcoming National Women’s Month Presentation featuring Henrietta Lax and her contribution to medical research.  The event is schedule for Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 1:00PM.
  • Daughtrey asked about the status of the proposal to shorten the semester and lengthen class times.  Mickles responded that the proposal is still in the development phase and that surveys have been sent to faculty.  The goal is to ensure that the proposed changes are wanted by both students and faculty.  The schedule for the Fall 2021 will be traditional (i.e., regularly scheduled); however, the goal is to have more on-campus learning opportunities.  This is contingent on the coronavirus and the impacts of spring break and other gatherings on the spread and intensity of the virus.
    • Ayers noted that she voted against the proposal to shorten the semester and discussed the impact a shortened semester would have on certain programs (e.g., shortening would limit available clinical time and certain programs must follow standard timeframes for accreditation).  Mickles responded that certain programs would be exempt from the shortened timeframe if the change would disrupt the accreditation for the program.
  • Daughtrey highlighted the need for training on how to operate in a face-to-face environment as the college looks to bring more students back to campus in Fall 2021.  Mickles responded that the number of students allowed in each class will likely be limited, and until otherwise notified, masks and social distancing (6’) will continue to be required.
  • Jarrett noted that the PD Policy Committee is charged with conducting a survey to identify the PD needs of the campus community.  Due to COVID-19 and the transition to remote work, the survey was not conducted last year.  This year’s survey, assuming we continue to operate remotely, may need to focus on remote learning opportunities.
    • Mickles and Mallory agreed and added that the online virtual environment has resulted in increased participation (e.g., town halls and classes).  Jarrett added that with the recording functionality, employees at off-site centers or those working remotely can attend or watch the events asynchronously.
    • Daughtrey commented that he is seeing more conferences beginning to transition back to a face-to-face format. 
  • Honeycutt asked if there will be training on high-flex classrooms.  Mickles responded that once the high-flex classrooms are in place, trainings and additional information will be provided.
Meeting adjourned by Jarrett at 01:23PM
Emily Pudliner
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