Faculty Professional Development at Community Colleges

Topics: Community College, Leadership and Professional Development, Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs

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Research Questions

  • What forms of professional development focusing on teaching and instruction are offered?
  • What models for staffing and funding professional development have been most successful?
  • How is participation in professional development encouraged?
  • How do programs track and measure how professional development is implemented in the classroom?


This brief explores common models of providing faculty professional development at single- and multi-campus community colleges. The report addresses the structure and staff of professional development centers, the types of programming offered to improve faculty teaching, and methods of increasing faculty participation in and implementation of professional development activities.