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Faculty Teaching Toolbox: Building Skills for Faculty

The Faculty Teaching Toolbox is a resource for faculty and staff that provides an introduction to some of the many instructional support services offered by Austin Community College.

What is Professional Development?

Professional Development is the continuous process of acquiring new knowledge and skills that relate to one’s profession, job responsibilities, or work environment.

It plays a key role in maintaining trained, informed, and motivated employees, regardless of job classification.

ACC offers required Professional Development courses through the Human Resources department to communicate important policies to all employees, such as training in ADA compliance and cyber-security. These courses are updated annually, and all employees must be up to date on these courses as a part of the evaluation process. 

In addition, the Teaching and Learning Excellence Division (TLED) offers faculty development opportunities through their website and at annual events, such as Summer Software Day and Spring Development Day. Registration for these faculty development events may also be available on the  HR Professional Development Workshop & Event Registration site, in addition to the TLED site.

How do I use Professional Development?

Austin Community College encourages its employees to participate in professional development activities and provides a number of resources through which these activities may be completed.

The objectives of professional development are to help employees:

  • enhance their job skills
  • obtain job-related knowledge and information
  • increase productivity and efficiency
  • prepare for higher-level positions

ACC provides Faculty professional development opportunites for classroom skill enhancement and increased knowledge in their specific academic discipline, as long as the activity is pre-approved by the individual’s supervisor.

Professional development activities may include:

  • credit and non-credit courses (classroom or online)
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • webinars 
  • audio-visual materials

What do I tell my students?

Typically, professional development is not a common conversation between faculty and students. However, if a student approaches a faculty member with concerns about another faculty member's teaching, sharing ACC's commitment to excellence and refering them to an appropriate department chair or dean to formally share their concerns might be a reasonable approach.

ACC has a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and instruction. Students can be confident that their instructors are knowledgeable in their fields and are continually improving their skills and expanding their knowledge base.

Classroom faculty are required to complete 12 hours of training and development annually, but of course, many do much more than what is required to assure they are competent and confident in their instruction.

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