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Purpose:  This policy applies to faculty in unlimited positions. The purpose of the professional development plan, as stated in Minnesota State Board Procedure 3.32.1,, "is to identify activities and/or strategies to be used by the faculty member to maintain currency in the faculty member's credential field(s) and in teaching and learning skills and may include activities that go beyond maintaining currency..."

This policy is written in accordance with Minnesota State Board Policy 3.32 and Minnesota State Board Procedure 3.32.1 regarding Faculty Credentialing. The professional development plan process will be administered by the Academic Dean/Supervisor.

All faculty members in unlimited positions are responsible to prepare and carry out a faculty professional development plan. Plans will be developed in consultation with the Academic Dean/Supervisor and shall address specific objectives and expected outcomes in up to six of the following component areas:
1. Content knowledge and skill in the discipline/program
2. Teaching methods and instructional strategies
3. Related work experience
4. Study appropriate to the higher education environment
5. Service to the college and the greater community;
6. And other components, as appropriate
The Professional Development Plan must cover a period of three academic years unless there are extenuating circumstances dependent upon the nature of the activities to be completed. While the plan effective dates may vary, the faculty will be required to annually complete an Academic Plan Progress form provided to them by the Academic Dean/Supervisor each fall semester to ensure progress and relevancy to the faculty member's credential field and level of teaching experience.

List related policies, procedures or plans here: 
Minnesota State Board Policy 3.32 
Minnesota State Board Procedure 3.32.1
SCC Faculty Professional Development Plan Procedure


Date & Subject of Revisions: January 18, 2019