Professional Development Units (PDUs) provide a means for recognizing and rewarding
major activities undertaken by individual faculty members in order to stay current
in their fields and/or grow professionally.
Non-probationary academic employees shall receive four (4) PDUs for each new year
of service completed. In addition, non-probationary and probationary academic employees
shall earn PDUs by meeting the criteria described below.
Activities shall be completed beyond the base workload duties of the academic employee
unless specifically approved by the appropriate supervising administrator. Faculty
shall not receive PDUs for activities considered part of their regular workload, including
activities for which faculty receive release time or activities in accordance with
Article 601.6 College Obligation.
For details about PDU's, please see the Faculty Contract.
At the beginning of the academic year, revisit your TEP. Select PDU earning activities
that will help you to meet the outcomes outlined in your TEP.
Upon completion of the activity, the academic employee shall submit the required documentation
to the designated administrative representative. All documentation must be submitted
within one year of the completion of the activity. PDU documentation submitted after
the first day of summer quarter will be evaluated the following academic year
Pre-approval is required by your dean for craft performance or research & development
To receive credit for PDU generating activity, you must provide supporting documentation.
This documentation might be a conference agenda, a transcript, a time log, a calendar,
a written report, or even an email from your dean with required pre-approval. Please
see the PDU form to decide which documentation is required for your activity.
Submit your completed PDU form and supporting documentation to your dean.
Faculty are encouraged to maintain copies of their PDU documents. Human Resources
will send out a notice at the end of each academic year with a summary of your approved
Documentation for PDU's must be submitted within one year of the completion of the
activity. PDU documentation submitted after the first day of summer quarter will be
evaluated for the following academic year.
PDUs will be evaluated and approved by the appropriate vice president or dean. If
a PDU application is not approved or is altered, the Office of Instruction will notify
the applicant by email or in writing including reasons for alteration.
Disputes over the validity or acceptability of an activity will be resolved by a Dispute
Resolution Committee (DRC) consisting of three faculty and three administrators selected
by the Vice President for Instruction.
Check the PDU form to see what documentation is required for your 'PDUable' activity.
Typical documentation includes transcripts, conference brochures, and time logs. Research
and development PDUs require the submission of a comprehensive report & prior approval
from your supervising administrator. What should you do? Gather the appropriate documentation
and resubmit the PDU form the following year.
If the activity was undertaken because it indeed has value to the faculty member and/or
program, perhaps the teaching effectiveness plan needs to be updated. The teaching
effectiveness plan is a dynamic document. Revisit it with you dean to see how the
plan might be updated to better reflect new directions that could include the desired
What can you do? Prior approval is important because it helps avoid misunderstandings
about correlation between work completed and the teaching effectiveness plan, funding,
and required documentation. However, if an oversight occurs, connect with your dean.
If the activity is related to or specified in the teaching effectiveness plan, it
has a good chance of being approved.
You may only apply for PDUs for one year after completing the activity. Submit the
PDU application immediately after completing the PDU activity, or prior to the first
day of summer quarter.
Faculty members who are interested in participating in faculty development activities
that strengthen the college mission and/or Annual Priorities have the ability to make written requests directly to the Vice President of Instruction.
These are one-time-only funds, but the funds can have wide-ranging application. Funds
may be used for a specific professional development activity, such as a conference
or workshop; or funds may be used for an event or activity, such as an art gallery
show, campus speaker series, or arts magazine debut.
Grant Applications are released towards the end of winter quarter and are due in early
spring to fun activities occurring the next academic year.
Carl Perkins professional development funds, available only for professional technical
faculty, are intended to fund activities that either help faculty stay current in
their given field or promote program improvement. Applicants must write a short narrative
in which they describe:
The application is submitted to the Dean for Workforce, and is review by the Workforce
Education Team. Funds are allocated on a first come, first serve basis, although consideration
is given to how funds have been dispersed among eligible program faculty. Additionally,
recipients of these funds must submit a short written report before the end of the
academic year summarizing the actual outcomes of the activity including the actual
or expected impact on the professional/technical program.
Exceptional Faculty Grants provide for projects or services that promote student learning. Projects may relate
to existing or to new programs, courses, or services. Awards can be used by full and
part-time faculty to pay for in-service training, temporary or replacement costs directly
associated with faculty development programs, conferences, travel, publication, and
dissemination of exemplary projects; to supplement the salary of the holder; or to
pay expenses associated with the holder’s program area. Applications are reviewed
by the Exceptional Faculty Committee consisting of at least three faculty, an LCC
Foundation member, and a dean who serves as chair of the committee.
Except under unusual circumstances, grants are not funded on a continuing basis. Recipients
must submit a brief report to the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Faculty
or their designee when their project is complete as well as share the results of their
project with the general faculty. The project must be completed and all paperwork
and required documentation must be turned in before June 30th of the award year to
receive grant funds.
The Faculty Development Committee disperses funds to full and part time faculty for activities that promote professional
growth. The Committee is composed of one representative from each department and is
chaired by the Vice President of Instruction. The Vice President of Instruction's
Executive Assistant is the secretary for the Faculty Development Committee. The Committee
meets at the beginning of the academic year and creates an updated set of guidelines
for disbursement of funds as well as quarterly due dates for applications which are
shared with full and part time faculty. Faculty who apply for funds must fill out two documents:
If the applicant wants to travel outside Washington State, the prior approval must
be signed by the President of the college before submitting. Once a travel request
has or has not been approved by the Committee, the applicant will receive a letter
from the Vice President outlining the action taken by the Committee.