Professional Development

Professional Development

While our offerings are open to all Sinclair Community College faculty, adjunct faculty are prohibited from being assigned or accepting more than 12 payload hours per term or any combination of payload hours and other work or compensation at the College which result in working in excess of 28 actual hours per week. In nearly every case, training must be included in this limit. If in doubt, clarify with your department chair before attending any college sponsored or related training.


Interested in Submitting a Workshop Proposal?

Do you have a great idea for a professional development workshop for our faculty? Please click here to submit a workshop proposal for the next semester. We welcome cross-discipline and co-facilitation of workshops on teaching and learning. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) Mind/Brain Education, Engaged Pedagogies, Flipped Classroom, Diversity, Deep Learning Strategies, Technology, Understanding College Pedagogy, Contextualization, Mentoring Students, Working with International Students, and Universal Design for Learning. Workshops are to include active attendee participation, an in-depth treatment of a topic, pre/post tests, and handouts.

An email receipt will acknowledge each proposal and letters of invitation to present the workshop will be emailed to the lead facilitator. The CTL will work with you to determine dates, times and rooms.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Adjunct faculty are prohibited from being assigned or accepting more than 12 payload hours per term or any combination of payload hours and other work or compensation at the College which result in working in excess of 28 actual hours per week. In nearly every case, professional development must be included in this limit. If in doubt, clarify with your department chair before developing, facilitating or attending any college sponsored or related training. These restrictions only apply during the academic term, not between terms.


Sinclair CTL Internal Professional Development Opportunities

  1. Fall Faculty Professional Development Day, August 21, 2015
    Fall Faculty Professional Development Day is a faculty development day set aside by the college in which all full-time faculty attend and participate in various workshops on teaching and learning. Adjunct faculty are also welcome to attend and participate. The highlight of the day includes a morning keynote address by an invited speaker on topics related to teaching and learning. In the past, speakers such as Stephen Brookfield and Ronald Berk have offered insightful learning opportunities for faculty. Fall Faculty Professional Development Day is planned and coordinated by a faculty committee each year.
  2. Learning Technology Support - Faculty can receive training, equipment and assistance with eLearn and other technologies. |LTS website|
  3. First Year Faculty Experience - All recently hired full-time faculty are required to attend a year-long experience where faculty meet monthly to learn about pertinent topics on campus such as classroom management, best practices in teaching and learning, and the tenure process. The highlight of the year includes an opportunity for all new faculty to attend and participate in the Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
  4. Adjunct Faculty Certification Course The course is offered as a 6-hour workshop with online content and classroom observations completed within 5 weeks. Completion of this certification course along with teaching 9 payload hours will qualify an adjunct to be promoted to Lecturer II rank. |more info|register online|
  5. Teaching Excellence Academy - This is a year-long program for mid and late-career faculty who have been previously recognized for teaching excellence. Deans nominate two to four faculty annually. Faculty meet monthly during the academic year and explore best practices in teaching and learning. The academy culminates with each faculty member presenting their "last lecture."
  6. Diversity and Inclusion Development
    • Change Agents: During 2009-2010, the Center for Teaching and Learning sponsored intensive faculty development sessions around the topics of white privilege and diversity and inclusion in higher education. This experience included participating in book reads on those topics as well as face-to-face training with diversity consultants Francis Kendall and James Anderson. Over 50 faculty and staff participated in this training. Inspired by the experience, an informal group was formed to work on diversity and inclusion at Sinclair Community College. This group meets throughout the year on various issues and currently, a small group of faculty is working on defining cultural competency as a requirement for faculty performance. Many members of this group are also part of various diversity committees on campus. We do offer numerous diversity and development offerings throughout the year and becoming a change agent does involve intensive professional development including white privilege training.  Should you wish to learn more about becoming part of this informal group, please contact Amanda Romero, Faculty Fellow, Center for Teaching and Learning at amanda.romero@sinclair.edu.
    • Diversity and Inclusion Workshops: The Center for Teaching and Learning works with the Diversity Officer at Sinclair Community College to offer regular professional development opportunities at Sinclair. Offerings have included Safe Space training, working with veterans, working with ex-offenders, and helping all students succeed in the classroom. For more information about these types of faculty development offerings please access the CTL registration system.
  7. Curriculum and Assessment Development: The Center for Teaching and Learning sponsors an intensive faculty development program on curriculum and assessment at minimum three times a year. See the Curriculum and Assessment information on this website.
  8. Submit a workshop proposal - All Sinclair faculty are welcome and encouraged to develop and facilitate faculty professional development workshops. |Online form|

Opportunities for External Professional Development

The Center for Teaching and Learning encourages faculty to participate in teaching and learning conferences offered locally. We do have limited funding opportunities available for faculty to attend local conferences.

SOCHE Conferences - The Southern Ohio Consortium of Higher Education hosts several conferences on teaching and learning annually |website|

Lilly Conference - An annual conference held at Miami University in Oxford, OH |website|

Many faculty attend disciplinary conferences and apply for funding through their departments and/or the CTL. We recommend signing up for the Conference Alert website below to receive updates about pedagogically related conferences.

Conference Alert - a website you can use to help you find conferences to attend |website|