The goal of College of Marin's professional development program is to provide employees with resources, training and opportunities that support their professional development needs; to create a positive and supportive working environment that recognizes and celebrates achievement; and to improve institutional effectiveness with the ultimate goal of supporting student success. The Professional Development Committee is the participatory governance group that oversees professional development planning.
Professional Development & Flex Activities
Online Professional Development Training Modules & Archived Webinars
Access online professional development modules and Webinar recordings that can be used by employees to complete training and fulfill Flex hours. Click: COM Online Professional Development Modules
Campus Safety Workshops Scheduled March and April 2013
Click here to download a Workshop Flyer or check the Professional Activities Calendar for dates, times and locations.
Complete the Flex/Staff Development Workshop Proposal Form to submit your request to present a workshop or propose an outside presenter. Your proposal will be reviewed by the Professional Development Committee.
Professional Development Workshops & Resources
On Campus Workshops:
On-campus instructor-led workshops are
posted on the Professional Development Activities Calendar.
Online Professional Development Opportunities
A variety of online professional development modules that can be used by employees to access training or complete Flex hours are posted here: COM Online Professional Development Modules.
New Full-time Faculty Academy: New Full-time Faculty Academy Web Page
Boots to Books: Supporting Veteran Students' Success Workshop:
Boots to Books: Supporting Veteran Students's Success 8/20/12 Flex Workshop PowerPoint by Catherine Morris and Jay Blake of Sierra College.
Flexible (Flex) Calendar Program
The Flexible Calendar program allows College of Marin to take days out of the required 175 annual teaching days and devote them to professional development activities for credit faculty in lieu of teaching. Faculty may elect to attend workshops or perform individual activities on the Independent Flex days or during the semester. There is a Mandatory Flex day scheduled each semester that includes College Convocation in the morning and Academic Department Meetings in the afternoon. Convocation and Department meetings are mandatory Flex activities for full-time faculty. All employees are encouraged to attend College Convocation.
Flex activities are open to all faculty and staff. Some activities require registration. If so, registration instructions are noted on the workshop schedule.
Note: Days converted to staff development use must be accounted for to the state. Faculty must identify how they met their Flex obligation each semester by submitting a "Flex Activities Verification Form" to Human Resources by the last day of each semester. Click on the appropriate link below to download the current Flex Verification Form.
2012-2013 Professional Development/Flex Days
Flex workshop dates, times and descriptions are posted online on the Professional Development Activities Calendar as the schedule is finalized. Be sure to select the correct month and year.
- Fall 2012
Independent Flex Days: Friday, August 17 and Monday, August 20
Independent activities and selected workshops
Mandatory Flex Day: Tuesday, August 21
9:00-11:00 a.m. Fall College Convocation, Olney Hall 96
1:30-3:30 p.m. Department Meetings (Check Department Chair for location.)
- Spring 2013
Independent Flex Day: Thursday, January 10
Independent activities and scheduled workshops
Mandatory Flex Day: Friday, January 11 ,
10:00-12:00 noon, Spring College Convocation, Performing Arts Theater
1:30-3:30 p.m., Department Meetings (Check Department Chair for location.)
2013-2014 Professional Development/Flex Days
Note: There are no Independent Flex Days in 2013-2014
Times and locations for Convocation will be posted on the Professional Development Activities Calendar as plans are finalized.
- Fall 2012
Mandatory Flex Day: Friday, August 16
Morning: Fall College Convocation (Time and location TBD)
1:30-3:30 p.m. Department Meetings (Check Department Chair for location.)
- Spring 2014
Mandatory Flex Day: Friday, January 10
Morning: Spring College Convocation (Time and location TBD)
1:30-3:30 p.m. Department Meetings (Check Department Chair for location.)
Check the appropriate semester's Flex Guidelines for information about how to fulfill your Flex hours, how to document your hours, forms to be submitted etc.
Spring 2013 Flex Guidelines
Fall 2012 Flex Guidelines
Flex Hours of Obligation Formula
How to Calculate Your Flex Hours of Obligation:
The number of Flex hours due is directly related to the number of teaching units a faculty member has and the number of Flex days in the designated semester.
Professional Development/Flex Program Workshop Schedule
January 2013 Workshop Schedule:
January Professional Development/Flex workshop information is posted on the Professional Development Activities Calendar. This is your best source for complete workshop descriptions, room changes and updates. A printer-friendly Flex calendar is also available for download: January 2013 Flex Activities at-a-glance.
August 2012 Workshop Schedule:
August Professional Development and Flex workshop information is posted on the Professional Development Activities Calendar.To download a paper-friendly version of the schedule, click:
One Page Workshop At-a-Glance Schedule - Overview with workshop titles, times and rooms
Professional Development/Flex Program Information - Complete program information including workshop descriptions. Updated 8/14/12.
Note: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in Flex activities, including auxiliary aids or services, please contact the Human Resources Department at 485-9340. Notification at least 3 weeks prior to the activity will enable us to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to the workshop. An ASL interpreter will be provided for College Convocations.
Flex Verification Forms
All faculty must submit a Flex Verification Form to Human Resources by the last day of finals week each semester documenting how they completed their Flex hours of obligation.
Spring 2013 Flex Verification Form
The Spring Flex Verification Form is due in Human Resources the last day of finals, Thursday, May 23, 2013.
Fall 2012 Flex Verification Form
The Fall Flex Verification Form is due in Human Resources the last day of finals, Friday, December 21, 2012.
Previous Flex Workshop Programs:
Spring 2012 Flex Workshop Program
Fall 2011 Flex Workshop Program
Spring 2011 Flex Workshop Program
Fall 2010 Flex Workshop Program
Spring 2010 Flex Workshop Program
Fall 2009 Flex Workshop Program
January 2012 Convocation Handout:
Download the handout from Jean Steel's Convocation Presentation: Spring 2012 Convocation Handout
Professional Development: Conferences, Training & Travel Requests
Funding for faculty to attend conferences and other professional development activities is available through the UPM/District Professional Affairs Committee (PAC). Information about how to request PAC funds is posted in the online faculty handbook on the PAC Information Page.
A limited amount of funding is available through the Staff Development Office for job-related training and professional development activities for classified staff. Funds are distributed during the fiscal year on a first-come, first-served basis. In general, funding is not available for activities that are more than $500. However, Staff Development funds may be combined with other department or institutional funds to cover training, conferences or other professional development activities approved by the classified staff member's supervisor or manager.
To request funds:
- Download and complete a Request for Classified Staff Development Funds Form detailing the activity, the job-related benefit and the amount of money requested. (Note, funding is generally not available through the Staff Development Office for more than $500.)
- Submit form to your supervisor or manager for approval to attend the activity.
- Submit signed form to Staff Development Office (LC 65 or Staff Development Mailbox in the Ktd. Mailroom) to request staff development funding for the activity.
- Form will be submitted to the Director of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness for approval of staff development funds.
- If funding is available, the form will be approved by the Director of PRIE and returned to the classified staff member along with a memo that will explain how to access funds or be reimbursed for approved expenses.
Professional Development Conferences
@One Technology Training and Resources for California Community College Faculty and Staff
CAPED: Mission Possible: Universal Design
California Association of Post Secondary Education and Disability Annual Conference Information
Communty College League of California (CCLC) Annual Conference
League for Innovation in the Community Colleges Conference & League Information
4CSD, California Community College Council for Staff & Organizational Development
4C/SD provides training, resources and support fo those involved in professional development in California's community colleges.
Teaching & Learning Resources for COM Faculty & Staff
The resources in this section are available to College of Marin faculty and staff through the California Educational Technology Collaborative (CETC), (sponsored by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office) and the Staff Development Office. CETC is a statewide grant funded project designed to offer faculty and staff technology sevices, tools and support. You will find an array of teaching and learning resources listed below designed to support both your professional development and student success. Most are free to administrators, faculty and staff of the California Community Colleges (CCC).
E-Conferencing Site for COM Faculty & Staff
Free e-conferencing tool for California Community Colleges employees. Use it to conduct meetings, confer with students, make free conference calls and more. All you need is an internet connection and a phone. Free training is provided at the www.cccconfer.org. Sponsored by CETC.
@One Technology Training and Resources
@ONE makes it easy for California Community College faculty and staff to learn how to use technology to enhance student learning and success. Programs provide training, online resources and support for free - or at a very low cost. Training is developed by outstanding peers in technology and education, providing the best quality content that is based on true life experiences of California Community College faculty and staff.
Programs are structured to fit busy faculty and staff schedules. They include Desktop Seminars, Instructor-led Online Courses, Self-Paced Online courses, Hands-On Institutes and other online resources. Sponsored by CETC.
Educational Television and Satellite Services
3C Media Solutions
Educational television, live instruction, satellite conferencing & streaming media storage. Sponsored by CETC.
Free CCC System Technology Newsletter
Free technology newsletter published quarterly to provide timely and relevant news about telecommunications and technology in California's 110 community colleges. Sponsored by CETC.
Teaching for Success (TFS) E-Journals & Resources
This year the Staff Development Office is funding "Teaching for Success (TFS)," a subscription service for College of Marin faculty and staff. "Teaching for Success" products include e-journals, Quick Study Courses and a searchable database of teaching and learning resources called "The Solutionary". Articles and tips for success are contributed by community college faculty from across the country. New newsletters will be posted on the Staff Development Web Page throughout the 2010-2011 academic year. These materials are intended only for COM faculty and staff use.
High Impact Teaching: Building the Foundation
How to Focus Your Energy to Manage the Load
Adventures in Transformation and Cultural Awareness
TFS Quick Study Courses:
How to Test and Evaluate Learning
How to Ensure Positive Classroom Discipline
How to Plan a Successful Learning Module
How to Make Small Group Learning Work
How to Activate Your Lectures
How to Construct an A+ Syllabus
Microsoft Software for COM Faculty and Staff
Microsoft Software for Faculty and Staff
Low cost Microsoft Office software and MS Operating System software (XP, Windows 7 etc.) are available via our Microsoft License and the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Go to the www.collegebuys.org and follow the links for faculty and staff.
Online Teaching & Learning Modules - Professional Development Site for COM Faculty
4faculty.org is an online professional development network of resources and learning modules that was designed specifically for the needs of community college faculty. Whether you are a veteran instructor or just beginning to teach, 4faculty.org is a place where you can find tools and resources to support and enhance your teaching. The more than 200 contributors to the site hope what you learn will help you reach your students more effectively and enhance their learning experience. Faculty may complete modules on this site to fulfill Flex hours.
Although the project is no longer funded, 4faculty.org teaching and learning modules continue to be available online. College of Marin faculty, staff and administrators may access the site by following the prompts to create a personalized account at www.4faculty.org.
MyCOM & Banner
Faculty use the MyCOM portal to access class rosters and post grades or positive attendance hours. Faculty can also access a Moodle course shell for each class they teach that enables them to post materials online and use other powerful features to enhance face-to-face classes as well as create online and hybrid courses. Classified Professionals use the MyCOM portal to update personal information and complete online Leave (Absence) Reports. A link to the MyCOM portal can also be found under the Faculty and Staff tab on the College Homepage.
To access the MyCOM portal click on the "Faculty and Staff" tab on the College Homepage and select the MyCOM link. When new faculty or staff are hired, their names are entered into the Banner system by Human Resources. This generates a "Welcome Letter" sent to their home address that includes the initial login information. When employees login to the portal the first time they will be asked to create a new private login and password. Those that need login information should contact I.T. You may leave a message at 457-8811 ext. 8888.
MyCOM Training Tutorials
- The "MyCOM Quick Guide" is designed to be used as a self-paced tutorial that provides the login procedure as well as easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions for viewing rosters and posting grades or positive attendance hours.
- Use this handy guide to set up your MyCOM email to forward to the email address of your choice: Forwarding MyCOM Email
Fiscal Services Module
The Banner system is used to create and approve Requisitions/Purchase Orders and Budget Transfers and to querry your budget accounts. The "Self Service Banner Finance" manual is posted on the Intranet in the "Manuals" folder. New employees need who need training on this module should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. (You will need your network login and password to access the College Intranet.)
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Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) Web Page
Technical Contact: Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Staff Development Program Administrator, 415-485-9344
Content Responsible: Dr. Chialin Hsieh, Director of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness, 415-485-9545