Office of Professional & Organizational Development
The Office of Professional & Organizational Development (OPOD) supports Academic Advancement and student learning by providing high-quality personal, professional and organizational development offerings for STC faculty and staff and the region. These offerings include college-wide Professional Development days for all faculty and staff as well as specialized days for both full-time and part-time faculty. The OPOD also delivers innovative training through the Academy Model. This model delivers timely professional development while building cohorts and creating buy-in among participants. The Academies help to implement institutional priorities and increase college-wide communication.
Each year, the OPOD coordinates a variety of South Texas Leadership Academies and other workshops for targeted audiences of faculty and staff. These offerings provide participants with the opportunity to advance their skills in the areas of classroom instruction, leadership skills, discipline-specific development, technology skills, and personal enrichment. The OPOD relies on its four advisory teams to help develop programming for each employee group.
Finally, the OPOD, in conjunction with the academic departments, facilitates events that provide community members with information and skills to improve their career development.
Our mission is to serve our students, our communities, and each other through development and empowerment through our staff and faculty in an enriching, positive, and dynamic way.
Professional Development Liaison
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Professional Development Specialist
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The Chronicle of Higher Education Newsletter Request Form
Faculty and Staff Recognition
Distinguished Teaching & Learning Award Nomination
The purpose of this recognition program is to provide a framework to recognize full-time or part-time faculty members who have established an exemplary, creative and effective teaching technique, practice, or activity at South Texas College.
Deadline: March 31, 2017 5:00PM
Spring 2016 College-Wide Organizational Development Day
*Coffee and water provided by the Office of Professional & Organizational Development
**Cafeteria will be available for food purchases
Cross-Divisional Planning Activities & Meetings (By Invitation Only)
Scheduled Division/Department Meetings (By Invitation Only)
Limited Breakout Sessions (Open to Anyone)
|11:30 a.m.||Lunch On Your Own|
*Snacks provided by Culinary Arts Department and the Office of Professional & Organizational Development
Scheduled Division/Department Meetings (By Invitation Only)
Limited Breakout Session (Open to Anyone)
Schedule your department meeting, resources and services you need, quickly and easily. Download the Department Meeting Request Form below and submit to the Office of Professional and Organizational Development Department by Friday, January 8. Email requests will not be submitted. The Office of Professional & Organizational Development organizes meeting rooms. If you do not see your department meeting, please contact your department Chair for meeting information or check back soon for updates soon. Thank you.
MONDAY DIVISION MEETINGS
|Liberal Arts & Social Sciences||9:00 a.m.||Cafeteria|
|Math, Science, & Bachelor Programs||8:00 a.m.||Cooper Center|
|Business & Technology||1:30 p.m.||Technology Campus Auditorium|
|Nursing & Allied Health||8:00 a.m.||Rainbow Room|
|Monday, January 11|
|Advanced Manufacturing||9:30 a.m.||Technology Campus|
|History/Philosophy||1:00 p.m.||J 1.216|
|Computer Science & BAT||1:00 p.m.||M-152|
|Education/College Success||1:00 p.m.||T 1.206|
|Communication Arts||1:30 p.m.||L-158|
|Criminal Justice/Social Sciences||1:30 p.m.||T 1.402|
|English||1:30 p.m.||J 1.514|
|Medical Assistant Technology||1:30 p.m.||J 1.212|
|Child Development||2:00 p.m.||J 1.414|
|Information Technology||3:00 p.m.||Tech Campus A-205|
|Accounting, Economics, & Business Admin||4:00 p.m.||Tech Campus A-119|
|Tuesday, January 12|
|Political Science||10:00 a.m.||T 2.206|
|World Languages||10:00 a.m.||J 1.210|
|Wednesday, January 13|
|Biology||10:00 a.m.||J 3.706|
|Computer Science 7 BAT-CIT||1:00 p.m.||M-152|
|Physical Science||1:00 p.m.||G-118|
|Thursday, January 14|
|Beacon Mentoring Training||2:00 p.m.||G-226|
|Friday, January 15|
|Dev. Math||10:00 a.m.||J 2.402|
|Physical Science||10:00 a.m.||G-118|
|Saturday, January 16|
|Child Development||12 noon||J 1.414|
|Communication Arts||12 noon||L-158|
|Computer Science||12 noon||M-152|
|Criminal Justice & Social Sciences||12 noon||T 1.402|
|World Languages||12 noon||J 1.210|
|Dev. Math||1:00 p.m.||J 2.402|
|Information Technology||1:00 p.m.||Tech Campus A-205|
|Physical Science||1:00 p.m.||G-118|
Ambassadors Cross Training Academy
The Ambassador’s Cross Training Academy is designed to provide STC employees the opportunity to continually improve their knowledge of all aspects of the college and increase their ability to assist students and colleagues. Ambassadors (cross-trained employees) will help to:
- Eliminate road-blocks for students and employees
- Provide better assistance to their colleagues
- Create greater transparency, understanding and collegiality among all areas of the college
Participation in the Ambassadors Cross Training Program is recommended for employees with at least six months experience in their present position. Ambassador applicants are required to attend all sessions in their entirety on the scheduled Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in order to be commissioned as an STC Ambassador. Should a conflict arise with any of the scheduled dates, it is the responsibility of the applicant to attend the needed sessions in order to graduate from the next scheduled Academy.
As part of the Benefits of the Academy, participants will be provided with in-depth information and understanding of other areas of the College such as Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, Instructional Technology, Facilities and Public Relations. As an Ambassador, you’ll have confidence that you are assisting students and colleagues with information, procedures, improving everyone’s overall performance.
All sessions are held on selected Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Participants are required to attend all sessions in their entirety and have the opportunity to attend make-up sessions if a conflict should arise.
Ambassadors Leadership Academy
Cultivating Leadership at Every Level
The Ambassadors Leadership Academy (ALA) will provide current leaders, and those who aspire to leadership positions, the structure and guidance to develop and refine their leadership skills. The Academy will prepare participants to create strong teams, promote powerful communication strategies, work within and support a culture of evidence and accountability, understand the state and national context for the community college, and design and manage a team project that will reflect and advance the goals of the institution. Academy participants will also be matched with a mentor and engage in job shadowing to help them articulate a leadership vision and create an individualized professional development plan.
Participants will meet on the second Friday of each month for one academic year. Each session will have expert presenters, open discussions, engagement sessions, and reflection activities for each session topic, which include:
- - Leadership Styles, Self-Assessment, and Challenges
- - STC Organizational Structure, Culture, and Decision Making
- - Understanding and using data effectively
- - Impact of State Legislature & Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Community Colleges
- - Overview of the Budget Process at STC
- - Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, and Team Building
- - Ethics in the Workplace
- - Managing Change
- - Developing Others through Coaching
- - Motivating through Recognition and Appreciation of Others
- - Strategic Planning and Engagement
A steering committee, comprised of representatives from each campus, division, and employee classification, will review applications and select the membership for each cohort. The committee advises on academy curriculum, presenters, as well as reviews and evaluates the team projects.
Customer Service Academy (CSA)
CSA: Level 1
The CSA: Level I will provide customer service skills for front-line staff at South Texas College. The curriculum is designed to provide hands-on, real-world applications for employees who serve customers on a daily basis, contextualized in the community college environment. Participants will focus on developing exceptional customer service skills, creating positive first impressions, working with internal customers, and dealing with difficult customers. Participants will also have the opportunity to refine their skills in active listening, telephone etiquette and professional communication. Each session will give them the opportunity to learn and apply their skills in their respective departments. Upon completion of the CSA, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion and CEU credit upon request.
CSA: Level 2
The CSA: Level II will provide customer service skills for supervisory staff at South Texas College. The curriculum is designed to provide hands-on, real-world applications for supervisors who serve customers on a daily basis, contextualized in the community college environment. Participants will focus on developing exceptional customer service leadership, intelligence, measurement, and coaching skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to refine their skills in active listening, telephone etiquette & professional communication. Each session will give them the opportunity to learn and apply their skills in their respective departments. Upon completion of the CSA, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion and CEU credit upon request.
Dual Enrollment Learning & Teaching Academy Online
The Dual Enrollment Learning and Teaching Academy (DELTA) Online will help Dual Enrollment Faculty to become part of the South Texas College family. DELTA Online will provide participants with support and guidance as well as information on faculty expectations, resources, policies, procedures, and creating a college environment.
Participants will have six weeks to complete all course requirements but are encouraged to complete each module on a weekly basis.
The Academy is fully online and consists of six learning modules:
- The Community College Philosophy
- Dual Enrollment Faculty Responsibilities
- Creating a College Environment
- College Knowledge for Faculty
- Connecting Students to College Resources
- Dual Enrollment Program Assessment and Monitoring
Focus on Creating Ultimate Student Success
Powerful Teaching. Powerful Learning.
The FOCUS Academy designed to provide support and structure for faculty working together in professional learning communities. The Academy provides in-depth training on andragogy, contextualized in the teaching and learning environment. For a period of one semester, participants are immersed in an interactive classroom environment to include active learning strategies and technologies around which they enhance their courses based on the principles and techniques they have learned.
The delivery of these strategies creates an embedded form of professional development that can be observed by academy participants. The faculty member and his/her peers then engage in reflective dialogue on student learning and corresponding teaching practices.
This process creates a community of reflective practitioners who are committed to embracing modern theories of learning to create an engaging classroom experience for all students.
Common Instructional Framework (CIF)
The CIF is an approach to teaching and learning that incorporates six powerful student engagement strategies that require the students to take an active role in their own education.
|Collaborative Group Work||Scaffolding|
|Classroom Talk||Writing to Learn|
The Rounds Model
The Rounds Model is the faculty peer observation component that takes place within the classroom and is modeled on the medical rounds process. It extends the CIF from the theoretical to the very practical.
The faculty prepares and provides a lesson plan and highlights the strategy to be implemented and observed on the day of rounds. Participants in the FOCUS Academy are then invited into each other’s classrooms to observe student learning in action. After the rounds, the observation team will gather to debrief and reflect on the observable student learning behaviors and identify strategies to address learning enhancement.
Participants implement proven instructional strategies learned in the Academy to create an engaging environment and implement effective interactive content that positively impacts the success of their students. Faculty learn how to:
- Utilize Lesson Planning Strategies
- Create an Active Learning Environment
- Incorporate Authentic Assessments
- Employ Reflective Practices
- Collaborate with a Professional Learning Community of Peers
- Integrate Technology
All interested full-time or part-time faculty are welcome!
The academy spans one academic semester. Participants are immersed in the Common Instructional Framework and engage in a practicum implementing what they have learned. The Academy requirements include the following:
- Attend the full-day FOCUS orientation session
- Attend at least 7 out of 8 scheduled FOCUS sessions during the semester
- Engage in two scheduled peer-to-peer observation rounds and collect observation data that will be turned in to the FOCUS Instructional Coach.
- Prepare and share a content lesson plan for the observation.
- Implement/model one of the FOCUS interactive strategies at the time of observation.
- Participate in a debriefing session after the observation.
Eligible STC faculty who graduate from the Academy by completing the activities listed above will receive a $300 stipend. The stipend for graduates will be processed after completion of the Academy.
The JAGUAR ACADEMY engages new employees beyond the standard first day orientation and helps them connect to South Texas College’s Comprehensive Mission and to become part of the STC Family. The Academy will focus on providing guidance, support and instill confidence in new employees as they adapt to their roles at the College. Participants will complete a service area tour to enlarge their vision of STC’s regional impact as well as connect employees with the many valuable resources available to them. The Academy will help them become familiar with the College culture and enable them to better assist students and colleagues.
PARTICIPATION in the Jaguar Academy is designed specifically for members of the STC family who have been here less than 6 months. Any new full-time regular or temporary staff member is eligible to attend.
New employees will learn about STC's Comprehensive Mission and Philosophy, as well as make connections with departments around the College. The Jaguar Academy will assist new employees in shortening the new hire learning curve, ultimately preparing them to deliver results faster. Participation will ensure new employees feel welcomed and prepared for their position and their role at the College. The participants will meet the STC President, learn about STC Points of Pride, engage in customer service training, learn about campus resources, and take a full-day service area tour.
The Jaguar Academy is held each Fall, Spring and Summer to accommodate new hires on a regular basis. There are a total of seven sessions held on Thursdays and a one full day service area tour. Supervisors are asked to sign a time commitment form to demonstrate their support of the employee’s participation in the academy.
All regular sessions are held in D-106, Pecan Campus. The Campus Tour Session will meet initially in the Cooper Center North Conference Room.
- Building Our Networks: Connecting to College Resources
- Service Area Tour *FULL DAY*
- Campus Safety
- Getting To Know Your HR Benefits
- Information Security
- Customer Service & Business Etiquette
- College Mission, Philosophy, & Points of Pride
- Reflections of STC Spirit
Supervisory Leadership Academy (SLA)
The SLA: Level I will provide supervisory leadership training for Professional / Technical Supervisors (non-administrators) at South Texas College. The curriculum is designed to provide hands-on, real-world applications for supervisors, contextualized in the community college environment. Participants will focus on the transition from a team member to supervisor, the competencies of supervision, positive communication through active listening and teambuilding. Participants will also have the opportunity to refine their skills in performance coaching and appraisals, setting SMART goals for their employees as well as self-management. Each session will give them the opportunity to learn and apply their skills in their respective departments. Upon completion of the SLA, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and CEU credits upon request.
Teaching & Learning Academy
The Teaching & Learning Academy (TLA) was designed to help Faculty become part of the STC family. TLA provides support, guidance and training as new faculty transition into the role of Instructor. Faculty participants will receive information on available resources, policies, procedures and effective teaching strategies as well as provide faculty with many opportunities for professional development.
Each session will have an “STC Expert” in attendance to answer questions about the College. In addition, there will be a Great Teachers Retreat held at the beginning of the Spring Semester to give faculty the opportunity to reflect on best teaching practices and to share those experiences with colleagues. TLA Key1
Participation in the Teaching & Learning Academy is required for the first year as faculty at STC (AY2014 Faculty Letter of Appointment). There are a total of nine (9) TLA Sessions held throughout the Fall and Spring semester. Sessions are held on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Participation in the TLA will fulfill College Service Hours for the year.
Customer Service Based Training
- Understanding and Managing Customers’ Behavior Styles
- Telephone and Business Etiquette
- Dealing with Challenging Customers
- Communications Skills for Better Service
- Understanding our Unconscious Biases
- Goal Setting and Visioning
- Keys to Productivity
- Working from our Strengths