Image: Scenes from around campus

Posts Filed under Faculty

Professional Development Newsletter and District Flex Day Debrief (Th, 1/24/19)

24 January 2019

Hello Peralta,

I hope the start of your spring term is going well!  If you haven’t already done so, please fill out this Spring 2019 Flex Day Evaluation for the District’s Professional Development day on Thursday, 1/17/19.

(workshops: Classified Leadership, Community Events, and Reading Apprenticeship)

Thank you to all those who attended and participated in the District Flex on Thursday or your college flex days on Friday. According to the morning sign-ins at the Laney Theater, we had nearly 200 people in the Theater with half from Laney and the rest divided between the three other colleges and the district offices. Almost 100 of the attendees were full-time faculty with part-time faculty, classified professionals, and administrators, and by lunchtime, a number of others arrived just in time for our late morning workshops or lunchtime discipline and area meetings.

Here are a few links if you’d like to dive-in:

If you have any additional materials from these workshops or presentations, please send them to me to post on our website!

 
Articles, Events, and Links


Column Advancement
  • Finished with Course?: If you have completed courses that you would like to apply toward column advancement, you MUST turn in those transcripts to HR by the end of the 4th week of instruction in order to have those changes included in this term’s pay checks. Please do it sooner if possible.
  • Undergraduate Courses: If you are taking undergraduate classes and you would like to apply those to column advancement (no more than 20 units), you must submit this form (download: Column Advancement Request) to staffdevelopmentofficer@peralta.edu. It will take up to 1-month for a response.
Planning for Future PD
  • Don’t forget that you can apply for professional development funding through your college committees, propose workshops or activities for the mid-semester flex days (Th., 3/21/19), and work with your departments through program review to make plans for future professional development. AND, if you’d like to propose an online Staff Development Office Hour discussion, don’t hesitate to contact me at staffdevelopmentofficer@peralta.edu.

Have a great spring term!

Scott

Filed under: Administrators, Classified, Faculty, Flex Days, Peralta Events, SDO Newsletter. Tagged:

Turnitin.com and Canvas Integration Webinar

18 September 2018

On Friday, September 7, 2018, Rupinder Bhatia set up an online webinar on the integration of Canvas and Turnitin.com. Here’s the video:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/193A064SicxfHcHCycN59sHbVd90LhyQ1/view

Note:

The integration seems to only support plagiarism checking software and will not allow for the use of self-created rubrics or comments on papers. So, if you plan on giving feedback on essays through turnitin.com, you still may need to have students submit directly through turnitin.com.

Filed under: Faculty, Miscellaneous, Training. Tagged: , , ,

Column Advancement Requests

11 September 2018

After being hired, faculty can take courses to move up columns (A – E) for salary or pay rate increase:

Column A = Master’s degree

Column B = 45 credits above a Bachelor’s degree

Column C = + 60 credits or more

Column D = + 75 credits or more

Column E = + 90 credits or more OR Doctorate degree  

*For graduate level courses, submit official transcripts directly to HR for review.  For undergraduate level courses, a maximum of 20 units can be applied to column advancement AND additional approval is required (see form below).  See below for instructions:

…more Column Advancement Requests

Filed under: Faculty, Miscellaneous. Tagged: ,

Faculty Evaluations

30 August 2018

 


Evaluations are one of most important and yet tenuous faculty-to-faculty interactions. Most instructional faculty receive little to no pedagogical training, and most receive almost no training in conducting evaluation of peers. And, yet, formal faculty evaluations are one of the most high-stakes tools we use to understand the quality of faculty interaction and success with our students. 

A few studies have shown the limitations of student evaluations (“An Evaluation of Course Evaluations” and “Flawed Evaluations”) while others have created inventories to look more broadly on an instructor’s effectiveness (“A Better Way to Evaluate Undergraduate Teaching”). In Spring 2013, the state Academic Senate came up with this report, “Sound Principles for Faculty Evaluation,” espousing the need for candid conversations founded in cultures of trust, especially when making “hard decisions.”

In 2015, Peralta’s faculty union (PFT 1603) and District Academic Senate (DAS) jointly approved an inquiry into faculty evaluations. Representatives conducted a survey, held focus groups, and eventually drafted an outline of suggested practices for evaluation of face-to-face instructional faculty: Draft of Suggested Practices for Faculty Evaluations (Face-to-Face Instruction).

While that was a great start, we still need to create such an outline for non-instructional faculty and for fully online classes. In addition, it seems that more frequent formative (and informal) evaluations from a number of data points might help faculty review and improve their practice with more regularity and rigor.

For more information on Peralta’s faculty evaluation, please visit this site:

Faculty Evaluations Handbook & Forms


Edit: Vanson Nguyen sent these interesting documents (note: these are only resources and not suggested practices or mandated procedures):

Filed under: Faculty, Miscellaneous, Training. Tagged: