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Professional Development

Professional development at Sinclair is a process for gaining the knowledge, skills, and competencies which contribute to the mission of the College. It is a process involving change which improves learning.

There are three levels of development:

  • Staff Development – programs and activities designed to enhance the attitudes, skills, knowledge, and performance related to individuals within the College
  • Program Development – programs and activities designed to enhance the attitudes, skills, knowledge and performance related to systems within the College; and
  • Organizational Development – programs and activities designed to enhance the attitudes, skills, knowledge, and performance related to institutional effectiveness

Staff Development

Full-time and part-time employees who are not faculty are encouraged to work with their management/supervisors to annually identify areas for professional and skills development, along with the workshops, classes, conferences, etc., that can meet those development goals. Working with management/supervisors to assess the cost of attendance, staff can apply for financial assistance to offset fees.

  • Career Seminars: local, one-day workshop or seminar
  • Mini-Sabbatical: multiple day conferences
  • Showcase Sinclair: an opportunity where an employee will make a presentation at an event/conference
  • Physical Education Courses: in support of employee wellness; courses will vary semester-to-semester

Funding will vary depending on the type of opportunity and whether an employee is full-time or part-time.

The Staff Development and Innovation Committee (SDIC) manages the funds annually allocated for non-faculty staff to pursue professional development opportunities. The committee is comprised of full-time staff, and with the Human Resources Vice President, regularly reviews applications.

Center for Teaching & Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) fosters and sustains professional development in the pursuit of exemplary practices in teaching and learning. Programs and workshops are open to all employees, though the CTL does focus on providing resources to support teaching and learning strategies and promotes opportunities for faculty to dialogue about teaching techniques, assessments, and peer reviews.