Our areas of programming include:
Faculty Academy - The system for obtaining professional development credit that can be earned through various instructional opportunities at Parkland College and other colleges and universities. These credits need to be transcriptable and can be used for a one-time increase in the annual base salary.
Staff Development Series - Each of the sessions in this new Center for Excellence series is designed to help you sharpen skilss, get the most from professional relationships, learn more about and interact with colleagues, and feel engaged with Parkland's mission.
"This was a great topic for discussion. As a staff memeber at Parkland it is good to see what I and my co-workers can do to create the best possible working environment."
* Great Teachers
- This retreat will be a mini version of the well-known Great Teachers Retreat.15 faculty members from Parkland will join 15 faculty members from Heartland Community College for a day of reflection, sharing and celebrating teaching and learning.
"Practical and focused small group activities; one of the best small group experiences ever (and that’s in 23 years of teaching)"
"Great idea to connect with colleagues at a different college; the opportunities to talk with other teachers about ideas and problems on a day in a place devoted to that; I really like the combination of topics and chance to present and to talk informally"
* Staff Retreat - Focusing on professional development, confronting challenges at work and at home, and engaging with colleagues. This half day retreat includes lunch, workshops on Living the Four Agreements (participants will receive a copy of the book), Relaxation Techniques, and a GIFTS sessions facilitated by Parkland faculty and staff members.
"This was a fantastic session. All of the segments were informative and helpful”
Technology - We offer training sessions on software throughout the college, including our new online learning system, Cobra Learning; scheduling software, 25 Live; the Datatel Colleague system; as well as task-focused sessions on Office, Adobe, and other programs.
Preparation and Development Week
– One full week at the beginning of each semester to focus not only on discipline specific meetings and topics, but also on big picture issues relevant to our students, faculty and staff.
New Full-Time Faculty Orientation
- A year-long program of orientation and professional development opportunities for new full-time faculty members to offer support you in a new position, ease anxiety, share in Parkland’s mission, learn about our students, form a cohort, and introduce the College culture.