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Fall 2022

August 12 - August 18, 2022

PRE-REGISTER FOR WORKSHOPS ONLINE THROUGH THE VISION RESOURCE CENTER AT

https://login.visionresourcecenter.cccco.edu/login

Fulltime faculty
are required to complete a minimum of 41 FLEX/Professional Development hours per academic year, from Juy 1 - June 30.

Adjunct faculty who are hired and scheduled to teach in either summer 2022 or fall 2022 will receive payment for attending Fall 2022 Professional Development/FLEX workshops, up to 9 hours per semester.  The first 5 hours are paid at the instructional rate and the last 4 hours are paid at the non-instructional rate.  Please see Article 19 of the AFT contract for more information.

 

  • #35F Get in Shape without Leaving Campus! Learn How to Use the Equipment in the Fitness Center
    9:00 – 10:00am
    Location: WPEK 202 – Fitness Center
    FLEX credit – 1 hour
    Presenter: Steve Ruys, Dean Physical Education, Kinesiology and Athletics
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Did you know that COC has a fitness center on campus and it’s FREE for employees to use?  Come to this session to take a tour of the fitness center and learn how to properly and safely use the equipment.

    Learning Outcome: By the end of this session, participants will be able to use the fitness center equipment properly and safely.

     

    #36F Watercolor Figurative Painting
    10:00am – 1:00pm
    Location: Zoom https://artcenter.zoom.us/j/4939153668?pwd=eUwwVXhwbjRLUm9HUjJJeVNGMkl0UT09
    Zoom Meeting ID: 493 915 3668
    Passcode: 799712
    FLEX credit – 3 hours
    Presenter: Delbar Shahbaz, Adjunct Faculty - Art
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    • No experience is necessary.
    • A list of supplies to purchase/bring will be emailed to those who pre-register for this workshop.

    This new course will focus on painting human poses from a variety of races and ethnicities. Learn how to paint a variety of skin tones as you explore the basics of color theory, linear perspective, compositional structure, figure/ground relationships, and visual perception. You'll also learn to use watercolor and gouache techniques such as wash, wet into wet, and dry brush. 

    Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, participants will have learned the basics of color theory, linear perspective, compositional structure, figure/ground relationships, and visual perception, and will be able to use watercolor and gouache techniques such as wash, wet into wet, and dry brush.

     

    #37F 8th Annual Online Instructor Retreat
    1:00 – 4:00pm
    Location: Zoom -  https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99111703170
    FLEX credit – 3 hours
    Presenters: Joy Shoemate, Director, Online Education; Chloe McGinley, Online Education Coordinator
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Get renewed inspiration and excitement for teaching through sustainable online teaching and engagement methods! At this retreat, we will explore strategies based on trauma-informed pedagogy, and ideas for communicating care to our students (while also caring for ourselves). For more information, please visit www.canyons.edu/onlineretreat.

    Learning Outcome: Participants will be able to implement effective teaching practices and strategies in their distance education courses..

  • #38F Tips on How to Be an Effective Committee Chair
    9:00 – 10:00am
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/92428452722 
    FLEX credit – 1 hour
    Presenter: Eric Harnish, Vice President - Public Information, Advocacy & External Relations
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    At this session, participants will discuss tips and best practices Committee Chairs should know to improve collaboration and communication in their committees while reducing duplication of effort Topics at this session will include:

    • How to leverage software and automation to reduce workload
    • Methods for improving communication across committees
    • How to engage committee members and improve attendance
    • Best practices for running effective meetings 
    • Access to tools and templates

    This is an interactive session where participants are encouraged to share ideas with the group on how to be an effective committee chair

    Learning Outcome: Participants will be able to incorporate the tools and ideas discussed to effectively serve as the chair of a committee.

     

    #103F Guided Tours of The Learning Center (TLC) & the Library
    9:00 – 10:00am
    Location: Meet at the TLC Front Desk
    FLEX credit – 1 hour
    Presenter: Mojdeh Mahn, Associate Dean, Learning Resources & Director TLC &
    Peter Hepburn, Head Librarian
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Please join us for coffee, snacks, and a walking tour of The Learning Center (TLC) and Library! Starting in TLC, stop by to see our trained tutors in action as they assist COC students in math, science, English, and computer tutoring! You’ll also be guided through our test proctoring facilities, meet our support staff, and check out the home for our student workshops and guided learning activities. Next, stop by our beautiful Library to learn about the support we can provide. You’ll meet the librarians who can provide instruction sessions for your students on research and the use of various resources as well as the support staff who provide course reserves and interlibrary loan assistance. You’ll also be guided around the physical collections and see the extensive individual and group study space facilities available to your students.

    Learning Outcome: Participants will learn about the many resources TLC and the Library have available to faculty and students.

     

    #39F Tips on How to Be an Effective Committee Member
    10:00 – 10:30am
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/92428452722
    FLEX credit – .5 hour
    Presenter: Eric Harnish, Vice President, Public Information, Advocacy & External Relations
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    At this session, participants will discuss tips and best practices for serving as a committee member of a college committee. Topics will include:

    • Expectations of committee membership
    • How to effectively solicit input from your constituent group on upcoming committee topics
    • Methods for preparing and participating in committee meetings

    This is an interactive session and participants are encouraged to share past experiences on committees and tips on being an effective member.

    Learning Outcome: Participants will be able to utilize the tools and ideas discussed to effectively participate as a member of a committee.

     

    #40F New Fulltime Faculty Orientation
    10:00am – 3:00pm
    Location: Zoom - https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99287331595
    Presenters: Julianne Johnson and Robert Wonser, Co-Coordinators of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
    FLEX credit: 5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    As a new fulltime faculty member, you will encounter many new challenges and interesting opportunities in the coming year. To help you become more acclimated to our campus culture, you are invited to attend a New Faculty Orientation. The orientation is designed to help you feel comfortable in your new position, and provide you with basic information that will assist you as you navigate through your first year. The orientation program provides new faculty with the opportunity to meet other faculty and staff members in various departments on campus, and will help you become acquainted with the college.

    Learning Outcome: By the end of the orientation, participants will have learned about the various departments and services provided on campus and who to contact should they have questions about those departments and services.

     

    #41F School of Visual and Performing Arts 1st Synergy Seminar
    10:00am – 1:00pm
    Location: Mentry Hall 343 and via Zoom – Meeting ID 961 5451 5028
    Presenter: Jon Amador, Faculty – Media Entertainment Arts
    FLEX credit: 3 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    This is our very first workshop-style seminar designed to bring about new ideas and innovations in curricular and co-curricular activities in the school of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), as we move forward into the start of the new academic year. The key focus of the workshop will be on developing inter-departmental pathways, degrees and programs.  While the seminar is intended to discuss VAPA content and subject matter, the seminar is open to all faculty and staff and anyone interested in being a part of the dialogue and spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration.

    Learning Outcome: Participants will discuss and contribute ideas and recommendations for new curriculum and co-curricular activities in VAPA, centered around the following topics:

    • Identifying components of VAPA program pathways that lend themselves to interdisciplinary collaboration, and considering the values of reaching common ground among specific skills-sets, objectives, and outcomes;

    • Developing cooperative activities in VAPA that increase access and engagement for our students, especially those which make effective use of our facilities for practicum and publishing content (on-campus, and via the internet);

    • Examine current curricular models and pathways, and propose new and revised models for articulation and Career Education alignment; and

    • Identify opportunities and goals that will strengthen VAPA programs and their connection with industry partners in the post-pandemic "Gig Economy 2.0".

     

    #42F Supplementary Service Forms: OnBase Tips and Tricks
    10:00 – 11:00am
    Location: Zoom https://canyonsonline.zoom/us/j/95149595738
    Presenters: Cynthia Madia, Administrative Assistant, Instruction; Teresa Ciardi, Faculty – Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences; Justin Smith, IT Coordinator, Computer Support
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Faculty pre-approval forms via OnBase can be confusing and complicated, but they don’t have to be! Instruction and faculty have been working together to create an easy way to track your Supplementary Services pre-authorization forms from start to finish. We will visually guide you through the process and distribute materials to make OnBase less stressful.

    Learning Outcome: Participants will develop a deeper understanding for how the system functions with regard to Supplementary Services forms and how to approve and submit timesheets. 

     

    #43F Canvas Open Lab: New Semester Checklist
    11:00am – 12:30pm
    Location: Zoom https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/93988222299
    Presenters: Chloe McGinley, Online Education Coordinator; Carol Johnston, Online Education Coordinator
    FLEX credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Want to ensure that your course is ready for students to access? Join us for this Canvas Open Lab, where we will walk through a checklist of start-of-term best practices. We'll review how to import course content to your fall course and how to adjust assignment due dates. We'll also demonstrate how to run the Canvas link validator, and ensure that your modules are set up so that students can track their progress through the semester. See what's new in Canvas for the fall and get your Canvas questions answered, all while having fun collaborating with colleagues!

    Learning Outcome: Participants will be able to use the latest online instruction ideas, trends and best practices in their online classes.

     

    #57F An Encore Presentation of The Science of Music with Professor Bernardo Feldman
    12:30 - 3:00pm
    Location: Pico Hall 111
    Presenters: Bernardo Feldman, Faculty – Music; Ricardo Rosales, Faculty – Biology; David Michaels, Faculty – Engineering and Physics
    FLEX credit: 2.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Please join us for an encore presentation of our most popular Coffee on the Side event, The Science of Music. Join our soon to be emeritus professor, Bernardo Feldman (Music), Saburo Matsumoto (Math), Ricardo Rosales (Biology) and David Michaels (Engineering/Physics) as we reveal the math, physics, anatomy, and more that composes the wonder that is music, with demonstrations and performances.

    Learning Outcomes: By attending this session, participants will be able to better appreciate the complexities music: scales, timbre, harmony, beats, rhythm, melody, anatomy and perception. Participants will experience first-hand the concepts discussed and be exposed to various and contrasting musical excerpts. Educators will be engaged with a variety of disciplines with lessons that can enrich the classroom of many subjects.

    About Professor Feldman

    Bernardo Feldman’s music has been described as "...highly original and abounding on innovative timbral discoveries..." (Jose Barros Sierra, Excelsior, Mexico City) "...charged with a unique sensibility..." (Jeannie Pool, Music of the Americas, KPFK FM, Los Angeles) "...in which the elements of rigor and fantasy coexist with each other..." (John Henken, Los Angeles Times).

    His catalog of works include music for chamber and symphonic groups as well as compositions involving the use of computers to combine and process electronic and acoustic sounds.  His music has been performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Brazil, several European countries, and Israel.  

    This past May, Dr. Feldman’s violin concerto (… de chile, de dulce y de manteca) was given its Monterrey (México) premier by the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon.  The composition was praised by the local press for “the dazzling scope of sonorities explored both, by the soloist and by the ensemble” (El Norte, Monterrey, Nuevo León). 

    We hope to see you there!

     

    #44F Canvas Studio Explained
    1:00 – 2:00pm
    Location: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/94611479853
    Presenters: Adam Kaminsky, Faculty – Communication Studies; Carol Johnston, Online Education Coordinator
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Are you looking for new ways to engage students through the use of video in your courses? Canvas Studio is a video recording and editing tool built into Canvas that allows you to easily create interactive video content for your courses. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to record and share videos with students in Canvas, as well as practical examples of assignments that use video to support student engagement. We hope you’ll join us as we explore this new tool for making teaching and learning with video more intuitive and effective.

    Learning Outcome:
    Participants will be able to create instructional material and interactive assignments using Canvas Studio.

     

    #45F BaNC Services for Students
    1:30 – 2:00pm
    Location: Zoom - https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/92545774918?pwd=UklBTmtsQzg4U2tLZ0tTbEVYSnBqUT09
    Passcode: 439503
    Presenter: Sarah Cox, Director Student Resources and Basic Needs
    FLEX credit: .5 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    At this session, the presenter will provide an overview of the services and resources that are available for COC students through the Basic Needs Center, including:

    • Food - grab & go snack items, single serve items, & canned goods
    • Clothing - seasonal clothing & business attire for interviews
    • Personal hygiene products
    • CalFresh & Medi-Cal sign up & assistance
    • Housing referral assistance
    • Emergency Grant Relief

    Come to this session to learn more and ways YOU can help too!

    Learning Outcome: Participants will be able to explain the services and resources that are available for COC students.

     

    #46F Reconnecting with Our Students: An Introduction to UndocuAlly Training
    2:00 – 3:00pm
    Location: Zoom - https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99440041444
    Presenters: Lead – Dr. Elizabeth Hernandez; Hernan Ramirez, Faculty - Sociology; Marilyn Jimenez, Administrative Assistant, Academic Senate and Instructional Support; Flavio Medina-Martin, Director, Diversity and Inclusion
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    In this session, we will provide you with a common understanding of undocumented students in our system along with learned strategies and promising practices to support them. As a faculty/staff member, being aware of our undocumented students’ distinctive circumstances and knowing where to direct them for help, can make a significant difference in their educational journey. It is important that as a campus community, we provide spaces for our undocumented students to feel that they belong and that they are welcomed at College of the Canyons. You will learn language, terminology, and the various resources that exist on campus.

    Learning Outcome: Participants will be able to:

    • Learn the various language definitions and what they mean (undocumented, DACA, AB540, etc.)
    • and how they are sometimes used interchangeably;
    • Examine the various common stressors of our undocumented college students;
    • Develop a better understanding of the risks/benefits of coming out as “undocumented”;
    • Enhance knowledge base of the various resources and campus partnerships that exist on campus

     

    #47F Board of Trustees Town Hall: Lessons Learned as a Result of the Pandemic
    3:00 – 5:00pm
    Location/Zoom Link: UCEN 301/https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/9258646563  
    Presenters: Members of the SCCCD Board of Trustees
    FLEX credit: 2 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    This session is designed to hear from the members of the COC college community and learn from you what you experienced during the pandemic. Topics to be discussed include:

    • What did you learn to do differently? 
    • What worked and what did not? 
    • What did you learn from and about our students? 
    • What can we build on to get better? 

    Please join us to engage in collaborative dialogue with members of our Board of Trustees and colleagues.

    Learning Outcome: Participants will hear from colleagues about their experiences teaching and serving students during the pandemic and develop.

     

  • #48F Statewide Legislative and Advocacy Training for Faculty
    9:00 – 11:00am
    Location: HSLH 232
    Presenter: Wendy Brill-Wynkoop, Faculty - Photography
    FLEX credit: 2 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Over the past decade, the California Community Colleges have undergone dramatic changes resulting from legislative reform and the budget process. While the legislation is well-intended, it may not address the problem it is trying to fix, and in fact, legislative changes often have unintended consequences affecting student success. As future legislation is imminent, it is essential for faculty to be strong advocates at the state level with a fundamental understanding of policy development.

    This webinar will cover the role of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, various system partners, and outside advocacy groups and how they influence state-level policy development. The webinar will begin with the nuts and bolts of the state legislative process, provide assistance in following and tracking legislation, and then focus on sharing the voice of faculty with confidence to connect with local state-wide representatives effectively. Join your Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and Faculty Association of the California Community Colleges colleagues to learn about how to advocate on behalf of faculty and students at the state level.

    Learning Outcome: At the completion of the workshops faculty will have the knowledge of how the community college governance system operates, how the state budget is developed and legislation is created in our state.

     

    #49F Instructional Preparations for the Next Educational & Facilities Master Plan: A Working Meeting
    9:00 – 10:30am
    Location: Mentry Hall 343 + Zoom https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/5943400232
    Presenters: Dr. Omar Torres, Assistant Superintendent/Vice President Instruction
    FLEX credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    As the college prepares for its next iteration of the Educational & Facilities Master Plan (EFMP), instructional faculty and staff will have an opportunity to meet with our consultants (from MIG) to answer questions specifically pertaining to discipline-specific data, future trends, and related question prompts that will inform the strategic direction of our college in the years to come.  Department Chairs, faculty, staff, and deans are encouraged to attend this working session, ask questions, and formulate responses to the various assessment and writing prompts.

    Learning Outcome: This session will provide participants with an opportunity to meet with their department colleagues in order to formulate responses to the various EFMP prompts, based on specific discipline data, while providing an opportunity to seek clarification from our MIG consultants as questions arise.

     

    #50F TLC Testing Center Exam Proctoring: Everything You Need to Know to Let Us Help Your Students!
    9:30 – 10:30am
    Location: Zoom - https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/s/96144105288
    Presenter: Jimmie Diaz, TLC Testing Specialist
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    In the spring of 2022, TLC’s Testing Centers launched a digital Faculty Proctor Request Form to enhance the test proctoring process for faculty, students, and staff. Learn how to submit the digital form, ask any exam proctoring questions you have, and leave with free manuals and brochures designed uniquely for faculty and student use!

    Learning Outcome: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the basic TLC Testing Center exam proctoring process;
    • Use the digital Faculty Proctor Request form;
    • Plan how TLC Testing Centers can assist your students during the term.

     

    #52F Welcoming and Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Students: An Introduction to SafeZone
    11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location: Zoom - https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99440041444
    Presenters: Stephanie Meredith, Faculty – Anthropology; Erin Delaney, Faculty – English; Katie Lookholder, Faculty - Sociology; Flavio Medina-Martin, Director, Diversity and Inclusion
    FLEX credit: 2 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    This session will be an introduction to the longer SafeZone trainings offered throughout the academic year. We will familiarize ourselves with the latest LGBTQ+ vocabulary; the faculty co-leads will share what they know about the challenges faced by our current LGBTQ+ students; and faculty will have the opportunity to ask questions and share expertise and experiences. We will also tour the latest changes to college information systems that facilitate gender-affirming instructional practices and discuss improvements that still could be made. 

    Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Discuss best practices in regards to gender and sexuality affirming practices in the
    • Classroom
    • Discuss changes and updates in our current college information systems that facilitate gender-affirming instructional practices 
    • Discuss changes and updates within our campus amenities that facilitate gender-affirming institutional practices 

     

    #91F Institutional Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (IRPIE) Data Visualization Showcase
    11:00am – 12:00pm
    Location: Zoom - https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/98826643589
    Presenter: Preeta Saxena, Director, Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Did you know that the Accreditation team recently commended the college on its data visualizations and institutional research support (2022-ACCJC-PRT-Report)? Come and check out data visualization tools that are available to the campus community. Data include metrics like course success/retention, degree/certificate completion, Program Majors, and 4-year Transfers.

    Learning Outcome: Participants will be exposed to, and interact with the data visualizations that can assist them with making evidence-based decisions to support student success in various areas.

     

    #51F Apocalypse Now and Then: Pandemics, Catastrophes and Outdoor Survival Skills
    11:00am – 1:30pm
    Location: Canyons Hall 211
    Presenters: David Michaels, Faculty – Engineering and Physics; Erik Altenbernd, Faculty – History; Brittany Applen, Faculty – American Sign Language
    FLEX credit: 2.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Coffee on the Side, the Interdisciplinary Committee's long running collaborative series, returns with three timely talks on the history of pandemics, the possibilities of future catastrophes both natural and manmade, and outdoor survival skills in the event of a zombie apocalypse or temporary societal collapse.

    Learning Outcome: This session will contextualize current events related to the ongoing pandemic by assessing three related topics - the effects of pandemics and catastrophes on human societies, assessing the probabilities of future catastrophes, and how to rationally prepare for future catastrophes.

     

    #53F Faculty Evaluations Joint COCFA/Academic Senate Task Force Collaboration
    1:00 – 2:30pm
    Location: Zoom https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/98522122687
    Presenters: Academic Senate, COCFA Leaders, CETL, and the Evaluations Joint Task Force
    FLEX credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Faculty evaluations can and should be a valuable tool for acknowledging and examining faculty performance and for improving student learning. The purpose of the evaluation process is to “improve instruction, counseling, and other educational services through the periodic evaluation of contract and regular faculty." A Joint Task Force has been established between COCFA and the Academic Senate to explore and realign our Faculty evaluations and tenure process. The purpose of this workshop is to keep faculty informed of and solicit input about the proposed recommendations being made on full time faculty’s behalf from the academic senate and COCFA regarding the evaluations process and evaluation instruments being used to evaluate full time faculty.

    Learning Outcome: By the end of this session, participants will:

    • Collect faculty input on evaluations and the tenure process
    • Align faculty experience with the evaluations and tenure process to develop a new instrument that promotes excellence in faculty and student engagement
    • Design constructive evaluation criteria

     

    #54F The Academic Accommodation Center (formerly DSPS) Presents: Supporting Students with Disabilities
    1:00 – 2:00pm
    Location: Zoom - https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/97805613809
    Presenters: Lauren Yeh, M.S., AAC Counselor; Stephanie Lee, Psy.D., AAC Counselor; and Wilbert Francis, Ed.D., Director, AAC
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Success
    The Academic Accommodations Center (AAC) provides reasonable accommodations to students with a wide range of documented physical, cognitive, mental health, communicative, and learning disabilities who are enrolled in classes at COC. The purpose of this presentation is to provide information to faculty about our services, examine challenges and explore issue-oriented strategies, discuss how we may serve as a resource to faculty, and to consider how faculty may support the efforts of the AAC.

    Learning Outcome

    • Participants will be able to describe the services that the AAC provides to students with disabilities who access our services and obtain academic accommodations.
    • Attendees will be able to cite at least two ways in which the AAC may serve as a resource for faculty.
    • Participants will be able to describe how faculty may support the efforts of the Academic Accommodations Center.

     

    #55F More In-Person Classes? Time to Refresh the District’s Emergency Preparedness Plan 
    2:00 – 3:00pm
    Location: Zoom - https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/95725307168
    Presenters: Members of the COC Incident Command Team
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    In the midst of preparing for more in-person classes, the Incident Command team would like to provide our faculty and staff with a refresher on the District’s Emergency Preparedness plan. Attend this session to gain a better understanding of what the Incident Command team does, who we are, and how we assist the campus throughout emergency situations. We will also cover important information on the role faculty and staff play during emergency situations and how to best prepare for them. 

    Learning Outcome: At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

    • Summarize what Incident Command is and what it does
    • Describe the major types of incidents and the role of staff, and
    • Identify what protocols Incident Command has in place during emergencies.

     

    #56F Black Wealth and Economic Injustice
    3:00 - 4:30pm
    Location: Zoom - https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99440041444
    Presenters: Michael Felix, Faculty – History; Brandon Ashford, Multicultural Center; Flavio Medina-Martin, Director, Diversity and Inclusion
    FLEX credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    In this session, we will examine the breadth of America's history and how evidence has demonstrated that African American/Black people have endured some of the darkest disenfranchisement. The racially motivated treatment of African American/Black people has left profound and painful wounds that the community continues to heal from today. The economic injustices that have targeted African American/Black community members have had long term detrimental and damaging effects. This presentation will take a more in-depth look at how these injustices have affected African American/Black wealth today and, in the past. We also provide an understanding of the wealth disparities we continue to see.

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Explore various dimensions of American history as it relates to the African American/Black experiences;
    • Examine various historical examples protests and demonstrations;
    • Learn how multiple riots throughout the United States have permeated throughout history (i.e. Tulsa, Atlanta, Memphis, etc.) have individually and collectively brought awareness of disparities to the surface of societal lenses;
    • Bring awareness of racial tensions that have existed in United States and provide context to why it important to understand these circumstances in present day

     

  • #58F Welcome Back Breakfast
    8:30 – 9:30am
    Location: Canyon Country Campus – Takeda Science Center Lobby
    Presenter: Teresa Ciardi, Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences and Chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    You are invited to join your colleagues for a collaborative discussion about how we can help students transition from learning in isolation to learning as a team. 

    Learning Outcome: By the end of this session, participants will be able to use teambuilding strategies that will assist students who are transitioning to learning in isolation to learning as a team.

     

    #59F BaNC Services for Students
    9:30 – 10:00am
    Location: Canyon Country Campus – CCLB 116 in the Takeda Science Center
    Presenter: Sarah Cox, Director Student Resources and Basic Needs
    FLEX credit: .5 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    At this session, the presenter will provide an overview of the services and resources that are available for COC students through the Basic Needs Center, including:

    • Food - grab & go snack items, single serve items, & canned goods
    • Clothing - seasonal clothing & business attire for interviews
    • Personal hygiene products
    • CalFresh & Medi-Cal sign up & assistance
    • Housing referral assistance
    • Emergency Grant Relief

    Come to this session to learn more and ways YOU can help too!

    Learning Outcome: Participants will be able to explain the services and resources that are available for COC students.

     

    #60F The Journey of Diversity: How to Go from Well-Meaning to Well-Doing
    9:30 – 11:00am
    Location: Canyon Country Campus – CCLB – 118 in the Takeda Science Center
    Presenters: Flavio Medina-Martin, Director Diversity and Inclusion; Brandon Ashford, Multicultural Center; and Technology; Ciara Asberry, COC Student; Ryan Valenzuela-Holguin, COC Student
    FLEX credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    College of the Canyons believes in the high standards of institutional effectiveness and inclusive excellence. At the core of this belief is the work of infusing the richness of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (D.E.I.A.) throughout the fabric of our campus. Faculty members and staff engage in a fundamental role in establishing our D.E.I.A. framework which is essential to our commitment and dedication to our campus Call to Action plan. Inspired by the work of Vernã Myers, this workshop/presentation outlines ideas, concepts, and techniques intended to illustrate what the process of going from well-meaning to well-doing looks like and other ways we can move D.E.I.A. forward. Attendees will also be participants in The Awareness Walk activity is a way to broaden their diversity lens. Ultimately, our goal for this workshop/presentation is for our faculty/staff to walk away with a blueprint that will guide them on their D.E.I.A. journey and help advance all D.E.I.A. efforts campus wide.

    Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Engage in the importance of understanding why diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to the growth of our institution.
    • Explore ways in which we can be more culturally effective across race relation.
    • Participants will receive practical knowledge on bias-proofing tools and techniques you can use to interrupt bias. 
    • Participants will also learn about the S-A-M-E Dance and the B.A.S.I.C.S of Cultural Competence models created by Vernã Myers.
    • This workshop will provide practical material on how to go about shaping the building blocks of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Attendees will participant in The Awareness Walk activity.  

     

    #61F Meditation for Peace and Relaxation
    10:00 – 11:00am
    Location: Canyon Country Campus – CCLB 206 in the Takea Science Center
    Presenter: Garrett Hooper, Counselor
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    This workshop will explore the psychological and physiological benefits of meditation. Several easy meditation techniques with be introduced as well as how to begin a regular meditation practice.

    Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn about the health benefits of meditation and how to integrate meditation practice into their daily life.

     

    #102F New Process for Drop Rosters, Grading, & Positive Attendance Hours in My Canyons
    10:00am - 11:00am
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/94778479517

    Presenters: Steve Erwin, - Director, Admissions, Records, & Online Services
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Beginning with the 2022 fall semester, the process of dropping students, grading, and entering positive attendance hours has changed and is now incorporated into the Self-Service function within the Colleague platform. This presentation will describe the change in processes and how faculty will need to operate to drop students, enter grades, and submit positive attendance hours when necessary.

    Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this presentation, you will be able to utilize the new functions of dropping students, grading, and entering positive attendance hours.

     

    #62F  What’s NEW at the Canyon Country Campus: Fifteenth Anniversary Updates
    11:00am – 12:00pm
    Location: Canyon Country Campus – CCLB 206 in the Takeda Science Center
    Presenters: Ryan Theule, Assistant Superintendent/Vice President Canyon Country Campus, Institutional Research and Planning and Grants & Anthony Michaelides, Educational Administrator, Dean, Campus Services & Operations (CCC)
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    The Canyon Country Campus celebrates its Fifteenth Anniversary in Fall 2022—a milestone that aligns with exciting campus developments such as the beautiful Takeda Science Center and the forthcoming Student Services & Learning Resources Center. This session will provide an update on campus projects, activities, programs, services, and plans. The campus plays a critical role in supporting student access, engagement, and success at COC, and this session will discuss the impact of the campus and opportunities to continue to use it as a laboratory for college innovation.

    A brief tour of the Takeda Science Center will follow the presentation along with an overview of the Student Services & Learning Resources Center construction.

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this session, participants will learn about Canyon Country Campus facilities, instructional programs, services to students, campus goals and projects, and the similarities and differences between COC's two campuses. Attendees can share ideas, ask questions, and learn how the campus supports District goals.

     

    #63F Sharing Our Stories
    1:00 – 2:30pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99168703510
    Presenters: Victoria Leonard, Faculty - Communication Studies; Adam Kaminsky, Faculty – Communication Studies; Scott McAfee, Adjunct Faculty – Communication Studies
    FLEX credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Storytelling gives us opportunity to learn about each other and share culture in a meaningful way. Join in sharing stories, listening to each other, and valuing each other and the unique experiences we bring together at COC.

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this session, participants will be able to build community through storytelling.

     

    #65F Tips on How to Be an Effective Committee Chair
    1:30 – 2:30pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/92428452722 
    FLEX credit – 1 hour
    Presenter: Eric Harnish, Vice President -  Public Information, Advocacy & External Relations
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    At this session, participants will discuss tips and best practices Committee Chairs should know to improve collaboration and communication in their committees while reducing duplication of effort Topics at this session will include: 
    • How to leverage software and automation to reduce workload
    • Methods for improving communication across committees
    • How to engage committee members and improve attendance
    • Best practices for running effective meetings 
    • Access to tools and templates
    This is an interactive session where participants are encouraged to share ideas with the group on how to be an effective committee chair

    Learning Outcome: Participants will be able to use the tools taught to effectively serve as the chair of a committee.

     

    #66F Save a Life! First Aid, CPR, and AED Training
    1:30 – 5:30pm
    Location: EPEK 101
    FLEX credit – 4 hours
    Presenter: Chad Peters, Athletics Director
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    *LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS

    This new course combines CPR, AED training and First Aid into one 4-hour course, and teaches workplace responders and anyone who wants to be prepared to respond to emergencies and provide care until advanced medical care arrives. This training meets OSHA Guidelines for First Aid Programs and combines lecture, interactive video demonstrations featuring emergency scenarios that are likely to occur in a variety of environments and hands-on training to teach participants lifesaving skills.

    Topics to be covered at this training session:

    • First Aid: Participants learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, such as burns, cuts and scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck and back injuries, and heat and cold emergencies.
    • CPR Adult: Participants learn how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults.
    • CPR Child and Infant: Participants learn how to prevent, recognize and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in infants and children under 12.
    • AED: Participants learn how to use automatic external defibrillators.

    Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this training, participants will be certified in American Red Cross First Aid, AED, and CPR.

     

    #64F More In-Person Classes? Time to Refresh the District’s Emergency Preparedness Plan 
    2:00 – 3:00pm
    Location: HSLH 230
    Presenters: Members of the COC Incident Command Team
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    In the midst of preparing for more in-person classes, the Incident Command team would like to provide our faculty and staff with a refresher on the District’s Emergency Preparedness plan. Attend this session to gain a better understanding of what the Incident Command team does, who we are, and how we assist the campus throughout emergency situations. We will also cover important information on the role faculty and staff play during emergency situations and how to best prepare for them.

    Learning Outcome:  At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

    • Summarize what Incident Command is and what it does
    • Describe the major types of incidents and the role of staff, and

    Identify what protocols Incident Command has in place during emergencies

     

    #67F Noncredit 101: A Crash Course in Noncredit Curriculum Development
    2:00 – 3:30pm
    Location: Zoom - https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/92001183528?pwd=azVKdFJzL3BIeGdQZzNVVytybUdBUT09
    Presenter: Garrett Rieck, Faculty Director Continuing and Adult Education
    FLEX credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    During this presentation you will learn the basics of noncredit curriculum, including:

    • An introduction to terms like Career Development and College Preparation (CDCP) noncredit and the ten instructional categories
    • Considerations for incorporating noncredit courses and programs into curriculum offerings
    • The possibilities for integrating noncredit into instructional programs
    • Practical tips for developing noncredit curriculum, and much more!

    Learning Outcome: By the end of this session, participants will know the basics of developing noncredit curriculum.

     

    #68F How to Empower Students Through Project-Based Learning
    2:00 – 3:30pm
    Location: Zoom - https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/98770765191
    Presenters: Patty Robinson, Faculty Director Civic and Community Engagement Initiatives
    FLEX credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Join COC faculty who have taken part in Worcester Polytechnic Institute Project-Based Learning Institutes and American Association of Colleges and Universities Engaged and Integrative Learning Institutes, to gain an understanding of the aspects of Project-Based Learning (PBL) and the key elements of high-quality projects. They will discuss ways that PBL projects move students from an understanding of theory to application of discipline knowledge to better their communities. PBL offers significant learning opportunities that not only develop important academic and professional skills but also build student confidence and benefit communities.

    Learning Outcome: By the end of this session, participants will be able to Articulate the value of project-based learning and determine which elements of PBL are important for their classes/students.

     

    #69F Tips on How to Be an Effective Committee Member
    2:30 – 3:00pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/92428452722 
    FLEX credit – .5 hour
    Presenter: Eric Harnish, Vice President -  Public Information, Advocacy & External Relations
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    At this session, participants will discuss tips and best practices for serving as a committee member of a college committee. Topics will include:

    • Expectations of committee membership
    • How to effectively solicit input from your constituent group on upcoming committee topics
    • Methods for preparing and participating in committee meetings

    This is an interactive session and participants are encouraged to share past experiences on committees and tips on being an effective member.

    Learning Outcome: Participants will be able to use the tools taught to effectively participate as a member of a committee

     

    #70F PAC-B (President’s Advisory Council – Budget) Orientation
    3:00 - 4:30pm
    Location: Zoom - https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/94283546149
    Presenters: Sharlene Coleal, Assistant Superintendent/Vice President Business Services; Jason Hinkle, Associate Vice President Business Services
    FLEX credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    This session is an orientation/refresher for new and existing PAC-B Committee members.

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this session, participants will have learned the importance, functions and responsibilities of the PAC-B Committee.

     

    #74F Online Education Drop-In Hour
    4:00 - 5:00pm
    Location: Zoom - https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/93988222299
    FLEX credit – 1 hour
    Presenters: Chloe McGinley, Online Education Coordinator; Carol Johnston, Online Education Coordinator
    Strategic Goal: Success
    Please drop in with your questions relating to orientation letters, online course design, online teaching and assessment strategies, Canvas tools, Zoom, and more! Collaborate with colleagues, get your questions answered, and explore best practices.

    Learning Outcome: By the end of this session, participants will be able to have their questions answered about the various features of Canvas and tools for teaching online.

  • #71F Think it. See it. Do it. Be it. Forging Connections, Designing Opportunities & Unlocking Potential
    8:30 – 11:30am
    Location: UCEN 258 and Zoom https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/95792310915 
    Presenter: Dr. Dianne Van Hook, Chancellor
    FLEX credit: 3 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Each day, we sit at the intersection of potential and opportunity.  Potential is the common denominator – we all have potential.  But potential remains just a little bit of what we can accomplish without the numerator of opportunity.  As role models and leaders in our college district, our responsibility is, in essence, to create opportunities for others. 

    For all of us, the real challenge is that potential is about tomorrow – something we can’t predict nor count on.  Yet, opportunity is about today.  As we continue to merge in and out of the pandemic, we find ourselves moving back-and-forth.  As we do, the most common question is, where does potential meet opportunity?  The answer is “within each of us” and how we connect with each other. 

    As colleagues; mentors; teachers; and team members across campus, it is our responsibility to bring together potential and opportunity.  It is up to each of us to coach and inspire others to believe that their potential is unlimited and show them how to invest in themselves and be ready to seize the opportunities that stand before them and create those that do not yet exist!  Today and every day, the question we must ask ourselves is, “How do we do that”?  We ramp up our energy to help create connections that matter.

    Last spring, we started talking about connections and how critically important they are to the access, engagement, and success of our students, of ourselves, of our college district and of the impact we can have on our larger community. 

    Fast forward to six months later, where we still find ourselves working to balance between in-person and virtual mode.  We know what it feels like to be surrounded by people and how important that is.  Yet for some, at some times, operating in a virtual environment can sometimes feel as if there is really no one there. 

    For our students in these ever-changing and uncertain times, we know that the moments they are experiencing can make them feel alone, as though they cannot take one more step forward.  It is our responsibility as leaders and developers of the human potential to be those people who reach out for the hands of others, who show up for them, and who show them the way.  All it takes is for one person to step up with encouragement.  That is exactly what we need to do.  That is who we need to be for others.  That is how we can forge connections and inspire others to do the same.

    Whether it’s providing direction and helping others discover various ways to achieve their goals; or giving them permission to fail so that they risk and achieve the satisfaction of getting up and being successful in doing something that they never thought possible; or helping them to reset rather than resent their experiences of the last two years, we need to recalibrate our expectations with appreciation and gratitude for just how far we’ve come; just how much more capable we’ve become; and the potential that lies ahead. 

    The purpose of this FLEX session is to:

    • Celebrate what we are doing
    • Explore how we can do more
    • Become aware of how we can be better together by connecting with each other
    • Reaffirm how we can be the change we wish to see

    This session will:

    • Give us a chance to look in the mirror and share what it is that each of us is doing; identify the things that we can do more of, can do better, in new and different ways
    • Afford us the opportunity to hear different perspectives as we learn from our colleagues, our partners, our students and our staff who have been successful in reconnecting in creative ways
    • Enable us to deepen our resolve as we reflect, reset, and are renewed
    • Identify what we can connect with as each of us goes forward

    As we continue to transition out of the pandemic, the push and pull, the uncertainty, the redirection, the redoing, the stepping back and stepping forward will still cause frustration in many of us.  At the same time, there is and will be excitement in the air as we turn our attention to what is ahead with a renewed commitment to create new paths; gain new understandings; and design new opportunities! 

    That sense of promise encourages and empowers us all as we let go of the feelings of fear, isolation, and frustration; embrace a new burst of energy and confidence; reflect on the important lessons we’ve learned over the past two years; and focus on how we can move forward, be better together, and do the very best we can for our students.

    Come prepared to:

    • Learn about what others are doing to engage and connect with students
    • Share your ideas about how you enhanced connections
    • Describe challenges or hurdles you have faced and how you addressed them
    • Engage in conversations with others who share your passion for connecting with students and identify your priorities for this upcoming year!

    Please join us for this engaging, fun, and informative workshop.  I am looking forward to spending time together and I can’t wait to reconnect with you as our new year begins!

     

    #72F Get in Shape without Leaving Campus! Learn How to Use the Equipment in the Fitness Center
    12:00 – 1:00pm
    Location: WPEK 202 (Fitness Center)
    FLEX credit – 1 hour
    Presenter: Steve Ruys, Dean Physical Education, Kinesiology and Athletics
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Did you know that COC has a fitness center on campus and it’s FREE for employees to use?  Come to this session to take a tour of the fitness center and learn how to properly and safely use the equipment.

    Learning Outcome: By the end of this session, participants will be able to use the fitness center equipment properly and safely.

     

    #73F Helping Students in Distress
    1:00 – 2:00pm
    Location: Canyons Hall 201
    FLEX credit – 1 hour
    Presenters: Adam Kempler, Faculty – English; Kathy Kubo, Faculty – Math; Michelle LaBrie, Faculty – Psychology; Brittany Applen, Faculty – American Sign Language; Jeannie Chari, Faculty – Biological and Environmental Sciences
    Strategic Goal: Success
    This session will focus on identifying students in distress, communicating with students in distress, and referring students in distress to the various support services available on campus to assist them.

    Learning Outcome: By the end of this session, participants will be able to identify the characteristics of distressed students and refer them to the appropriate resources on campus available to assist and support them.

     

    #76F How to Maximize the Use of HyFlex Classrooms
    2:00 - 3:00pm
    Location: Hasley Hall 306 + Zoom https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/91606850262
    FLEX credit – 1 hour
    Presenters:

    • Julie Johnson, Faculty – History
    • Robert Wonser, Faculty – Sociology
    • Joy Shoemate, Director Online Education
    • Chloe McGinley, Online Education Coordinator
    • Sally Rowland, Director, Technology Services
    • Regina Blasberg, Construction Management & Technology, Engineering, Land Surveying, Water Systems Technology
    • Shawn Irwin, AV Technician IV

      Strategic Goal: Engagement

    In this session, faculty and staff will be introduced to HyFlex technology and ways to implement that technology in the classroom.  Faculty will explore HyFlex instructional practices and begin to discuss initial HyFlex course development.  Faculty will be introduced to ideas that enable flexible student participation in various modalities.

    Learning Outcome: By the end of this session, participants will be able to use the technology associated with the use of HyFlex classrooms.

     

    #77F Understanding the Importance of Cultural Intelligence as We Return to Campus
    2:00 - 3:00pm
    Location: Zoom - https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99440041444
    FLEX credit – 1 hour
    Presenters: Alene Terzian-Zeitounian, Faculty – English; Ryan Valenzuela-Holguin, Student; Flavio Medina-Martin, Director Diversity and Inclusion
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Cultural intelligence is the ability to recognize and adapt to cultural differences. However, culture goes beyond nationality, gender, religion, age, etc. In this session, we will engage in a discussion on the importance of enhancing our cultural intelligence lenses. Given that we are a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), it is important to examine the various landscapes that exist across diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We will examine cultural openness, cultural awareness, and cultural responsiveness and how each of these components play a role in how we work and engage with our student population. It is important to be aware of human actions, gestures, speech patterns and our ability to interpret human elements that fall outside of our own perspectives.

    Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Recognize and redirect our reflexive nature that might misjudge or misinterpret others;
    • Enhance our empathy-lens and play a more active role in becoming well-informed of the interpersonal and cultural values of diverse individuals;
    • Expand our sense of compassion for others, while increasing our ability to speak up on behalf of marginalized and oppressed individuals;
    • Enrich our usage of knowledge, strategic thinking, motivation, and behaviors so that we may better understand our students and our academic approaches to student engagement.

     

    Department Retreats
    3:00 – 5:00pm
    Please contact your Department Chair for the location and additional information.
    FLEX credit: 2 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement
    Department Chairs will set the agenda and format for the retreat. Adjunct faculty who attend and who are scheduled to teach during the summer 2022 or fall 2022 terms are eligible to receive FLEX pay.

    Learning Outcome: Upon completion of the retreat, participants will be able to identify the key issues the department will be addressing during the upcoming academic year.

  • There are many opportunities to do so throughout the year.  The list of activities below describes the variety of options you have.

    Attend on-campus Professional Development workshops
    Workshops and other training opportunities are offered during fall and spring FLEX weeks and throughout the year.  Please be sure to sign the sign-in sheet at each session you attend in order to receive FLEX credit.

    Do an Independent FLEX Project
    An independent project proposal form must be submitted to the Professional Development office and approved prior to beginning the project, and by the submission deadline of the first Monday after spring break.  To receive FLEX credit, a final project report must be submitted by June 30, 2023. The proposal form is available at https://login.visionresourcecenter.cccco.edu/login .

     

    Conduct Fulltime and Adjunct Faculty Evaluations
    3 hours for the evaluator
    2 hours for the evaluatee
    Please email Sarah Dettman at sarah.dettman@canyons.edu with the name of the faculty that you evaluated and the date the evaluation was completed.

     

    Attend Conferences Outside of Scheduled Work Hours
    Please complete a FLEX application form online at https://login.visionresourcecenter.cccco.edu/login .
    Applications must be submitted within 21 days of the conference.


    Sign up for Individual Computer Tutoring
    FLEX credit - 3 hours max per year
    Scheduled tutoring sessions in your own work area, on your own computer are available. To schedule an appointment, please send an email to Leslie Carr at leslie.carr@canyons.edu . Please be sure to indicate the program or software in which you would like to receive tutoring.


    Sign up for Individual Web Page Tutoring
    FLEX credit – 2 hours max per year
    Staff members from Computer Support Services will be available by appointment for tutoring sessions throughout the year. They are available to assist individuals on specific topics related to web page development. When requesting a tutoring session, please indicate your desired topic. To make an appointment, please send an email to Leslie Carr at leslie.carr@canyons.edu .

    Engage in Individual SLO Training
    FLEX credit - 3 hours max per year
     Members of the SLO committee are available to meet with you by appointment in order to meet your individual training needs regarding Student Learning Outcomes and Student Learning Outcomes assessment. To set up an appointment, please contact Cindy Stephens at cindy.stephens@canyons.edu and include the topic you would like to learn more about as well as your availability. Learning outcomes will vary by session. To receive FLEX credit, please report your training time via email to Sarah Dettman at sarah.dettman@canyons.edu .

     

    Take the Canvas Self-Paced Online Course
    FLEX credit - 4 hours
    This online, self-paced training provides an overview of Canvas, including layout and settings, how to build, organize and edit content, effective online communication tools, and Canvas assessment tools.

    For more information, please visit https://www.canyons.edu/academics/onlineeducation/facultysupport/workshops.php .

     

    Participate in the Professional Development Mentor Program
    FLEX credit - 8 hours semester/16 hours max per year

    The purpose of the Professional Development Mentor Program is to provide opportunities for employees who have a desire to develop and enhance their career development opportunities, to be paired with a mentor who will guide, advise and motivate them to continue to improve their skills and knowledge and grow with the College.  

    The Professional Development Mentor Program is open to all full-time and adjunct faculty, classified and confidential staff and administrators.  Applications are accepted prior to the start of the fall semester.  Please contact Leslie Carr at leslie.carr@canyons.edu for the application and additional information.

     

    Participate in the Mentor Program for Faculty Teaching with Canvas
    FLEX credit - 8 hours sem/16 hours max per year
    The Mentor Program for Faculty Teaching with Canvas is designed to provide additional support to instructors during the first semester or two of online teaching. The program will pair new online instructors with instructors who are experienced with online teaching in order to provide feedback on course design and offer ongoing encouragement and advice. Mentors will earn 8 hours of FLEX credit per semester, with a maximum of 16 hours per academic year. New online instructors can request a mentor by contacting Joy Shoemate at joy.shoemate@canyons.edu.   If you are an experienced online instructor and would like to become a mentor, please contact Joy Shoemate at the email above.

     

    Participate in the Alliances Mentor Program
    FLEX credit - varied

    • Mentors may set individual hours of availability for students to meet with the mentor outside of Alliance meetings.
    • FLEX hours for mentoring may include:
      • Alliance meetings
      • Alliance events
      • Mentor support meetings (i.e., Alliance Leads Check-in)
      • Mentor-student meetings    
    • FLEX hours are also available for faculty who attend alliance meetings.

    Please complete an Alliance Mentoring Proposal online at out https://www.canyons.edu/_resources/documents/administration/pd/AllianceMentoringProposalForm.pdf 

     

    Participate in IRB Training (Institutional Review Board Training)
    FLEX credit – 6 hours basic/3 hours refresher for IRB board members.
    FLEX credit – 2 hours basic/1 hour refresher for faculty submitting requests to the IRB.

    The Santa Clarita Community College District Institutional Review Board is charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects for projects in which the District is engaged. Guided by the principles of The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research, the SCCCD IRB reviews all human research protocols in accordance with federal regulations, State laws, and local and District policies. The SCCCD IRB is comprised of members from various disciplines in the social/behavioral sciences, biological/physical sciences, nursing, institutional research office, and community/lay members (as needed) to assure a comprehensive review process. Through a collaborative partnership, the SCCCD IRB assists investigators in the protection of human subjects.

    Please contact Dr. Daylene Meuschke at daylene.meuschke@canyons.edu for additional information.

     

    Attend Non-COC Provider Training
    Faculty and staff can earn FLEX credit for attending training provided by entities outside of the Professional Development program.  Please complete a FLEX application form online at https://login.visionresourcecenter.cccco.edu/login .

     

    Collaborate on a Project
    FLEX credit is given for faculty who collaborate with another on-campus department or individual on a project or initiative.  Please complete a FLEX application form online at https://login.visionresourcecenter.cccco.edu/login .

     

    Engage in Outreach
    FLEX credit is given for faculty who engage in outreach activities on behalf of the Santa Clarita Community College District. Please complete a FLEX application form online at https://login.visionresourcecenter.cccco.edu/login .

     

    Propose a Workshop
    Faculty and staff are invited to propose a workshop to be presented as part of the Professional Development program offerings.  If you would be interested in proposing a workshop, please complete the online proposal form at https://login.visionresourcecenter.cccco.edu/login .

     

    College of the Canyons is committed to providing the highest quality Professional Development program possible.  Over seven hundred training opportunities are available to faculty and staff annually on a variety of relevant topics.  Every employee is encouraged to complete a personal Professional Development plan each year and engage in training that addresses the needs identified in that plan.

    If you desire training on a topic that is not currently listed in the FLEX booklet or Professional Development program offerings, please contact Leslie Carr in the Professional Development office at leslie.carr@canyons.edu or at 661.362.3100.  Every effort will be made to make the training available to you.