Center for Organizational Excellence

Supporting Faculty and Staff of CCCC

Professional Development

Professional Development Purpose

The purpose of professional development is to support the mission of the college by helping employees enhance their job skills, obtain job-related knowledge and information, increase productivity and efficiency, and/or prepare for higher-level positions. In the case of faculty members, it also provides an opportunity for classroom skill enhancement and increased knowledge in their specific academic discipline.

Professional Development Hour Requirement

There will be a minimum number of five required hours for full-time and reduced-hours full-time faculty and staff. Professional development hours will be based on what the supervisor and employee agree is a reasonable amount of time required to develop identified needs of the individual.

Available Training

Please note: A travel authorization must be submitted and approved before attending any external events.

Upcoming Training

Topic Event Name Date Internal/External Session Description Time Location Cost Registration/Access Link
Safety Asbestos Awareness 5/28/2024 External This session will cover what asbestos is and where it is found. David will discuss the types of asbestos, how to protect from exposure and the removal of asbestos from buildings and other potential asbestos containing materials. He will include health effects of exposure and regulations regarding asbestos. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Virtual Free Asbestos Awareness on 5/28/2024 Register Now
Safety Groundskeeper Safety 5/28/2024 External This session will cover basic training on preventing employee injuries while doing groundskeeping tasks and using landscaping equipment. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Virtual Free Groundskeeper Safety on 5/28/2024 Register Now
Student Support Mental Health in Higher Education (American Council on Education) 5/29/2024 External Mental health in higher education is a high priority for administrators, faculty, staff, students, and policymakers. Join us on May 29 as our expert panelists discuss the importance of prioritizing mental health, examine the latest mental health statistics, and share how they are using evidence-based practices to address the topic in their communities. Speakers will also share more about ACE’s efforts to address this issue with policymakers. Audience questions will be answered during the event, so be a part of the conversation as we close Mental Health Awareness Month with this impactful discussion! The event will be recorded and shared with all registrants following the event. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Virtual Free Mental Health in Higher Education (American Council on Education) on 5/29/2024 Register Now
Data Outcomes, Assessment, and Compliance Assist 6/3/2024 Internal Director of Accreditation Brian Simpson and Coordinator of Institutional Advancement Chris Newcomb will discuss what are outcomes and assessments, why they are important, and the 3 steps of assessment. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM LMC, Marchant 9105 and Virtual Free Outcomes, Assessment, and Compliance Assist on 6/3/2024 Register Now
Evaluation Increase Revenue and Reduce Cost Using a Program Evaluation System and AI (League for Innovation in the Community College) 6/4/2024 External This session will teach you how to use AI and a Program Evaluation System (PES) to increase revenue by picking the right programs to start or grow. PES and AI can also find pockets of opportunity to improve curricular efficiency and reduce cost. You will learn how to gather, interpret, and make decisions using data on student demand, employer needs, competition, and program economics. We’ll cover processes that include the right people and how you can enable them to reach informed decisions in days, not months. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Virtual Free Increase Revenue and Reduce Cost Using a Program Evaluation System and AI (League for Innovation in the Community College) on 6/4/2024 Register Now
Student Support Empowering Accessibility: Strategies for Success 6/5/2024 External How can institutions adapt to meet new state and federal web accessibility requirements and students' expectations? Join Elisabeth Greenwood, Instructional Technology Specialist and Chair of the Academic Affairs DEI Task Force at the University of Central Florida, and Lee O. Conerly, Ph.D., Director of Academic Instruction at Coastal Alabama Community College, as they discuss accessibility in higher education. They will discuss how to identify and adopt accessible technologies and share how to use proctoring tools, such as Honorlock, not only to protect exam integrity but also to uncover faculty professional development needs and aid students in accessibility advocacy. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Virtual Free Empowering Accessibility: Strategies for Success on 6/5/2024 Register Now
Faculty Development Hypothesis: Social annotation for equity and belonging 6/11/2024 External Join us for our Summer Workshop Series and take a pedagogical deep dive into social annotation! In this two-week series, we'll explore teaching strategies related to Hypothesis in your courses, specifically geared toward increasing student retention and success. Register for as many sessions as you'd like to attend below. If you register and attend all four workshops, you'll receive a Certificate of Attendance for the Summer 2024 Seminar in Social Annotation as a PDF certificate you can share. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Virtual Free Hypothesis: Social annotation for equity and belonging on 6/11/2024 Register Now
Student Support Making Second Chances Count: The Transformational Potential of Reentry Programs for Higher Education, Workforce, and Justice-Involved Adults (CAEL) 6/11/2024 External Hear from Matthew J. Scott, Regional Education Administrator with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, about his work with adults in custody and the success he has seen with adults in custody as they receive education, job training, and job placement before their release, so they are positioned for success. Learn what re-entry looks like, how he has partnered with post-secondary institutions, employers, and workforce training organizations to create sustainable pathways to meet individual goals and address talent pipeline issues, and what steps you can take, no matter where you are, to support this often-overlooked population. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Virtual Free Making Second Chances Count: The Transformational Potential of Reentry Programs for Higher Education, Workforce, and Justice-Involved Adults (CAEL) on 6/11/2024 Register Now
Student Support Safe Zone I 6/12/2024 Internal How students experience their campus environment influences both learning and developmental outcomes. In this session, we will explore the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ college students when navigating college environments. This session will highlight terminology, language, and symbols and the idea of power and privilege as it relates to identity. Additionally, this training will introduce inclusive strategies that can be implemented into student services practices or into the classroom, to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all students. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Virtual Free Safe Zone I on 6/12/2024 Register Now
Data Grand Challenges in Assessment: Improving the Measurement of Student Learning Over Time (Assessment Institute) 6/12/2024 External The Grand Challenges for Assessment in Higher Education project is a collaborative effort to create and enact national strategic plans to address pressing challenges facing assessment in higher education. One key challenge for the assessment community is increasing the extent to which assessment findings direct immediate and equitable pedagogical improvements. This session will share findings from a nationally distributed survey that asked higher education stakeholders how the measurement of student learning is happening in different contexts - formative assessment, experiential learning, multiple-choice exam questions, and co-curricular learning. 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Virtual Free Grand Challenges in Assessment: Improving the Measurement of Student Learning Over Time (Assessment Institute) on 6/12/2024 Register Now
Faculty Development Hypothesis: Hypothesis: Designing with UDL in mind 6/13/2024 External Join us for our Summer Workshop Series and take a pedagogical deep dive into social annotation! In this two-week series, we'll explore teaching strategies related to Hypothesis in your courses, specifically geared toward increasing student retention and success. Register for as many sessions as you'd like to attend below. If you register and attend all four workshops, you'll receive a Certificate of Attendance for the Summer 2024 Seminar in Social Annotation as a PDF certificate you can share. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Virtual Free Hypothesis: Hypothesis: Designing with UDL in mind on 6/13/2024 Register Now
Data Outcomes, Assessment, and Compliance Assist Hands-on Open Lab 6/18/2024 Internal Need help writing your outcomes? Join Director of Accreditation, Brian Simpson, and Coordinator of Institutional Advancement, Chris Newcomb, for an open lab session dedicated to refining your departmental goals and pathways to success. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM LMC, Marchant 9106 and Virtual Free Outcomes, Assessment, and Compliance Assist Hands-on Open Lab on 6/18/2024 Register Now
Faculty Development Hypothesis: Annotation starter assignments 6/18/2024 External Join us for our Summer Workshop Series and take a pedagogical deep dive into social annotation! In this two-week series, we'll explore teaching strategies related to Hypothesis in your courses, specifically geared toward increasing student retention and success. Register for as many sessions as you'd like to attend below. If you register and attend all four workshops, you'll receive a Certificate of Attendance for the Summer 2024 Seminar in Social Annotation as a PDF certificate you can share. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Virtual Free Hypothesis: Annotation starter assignments on 6/18/2024 Register Now
Student Support Safe Zone II 6/18/2024 Internal Join us for the second part of our Safe Zone training that prepares faculty, staff to be Safe Zone Allies. We will explore terminology, language, power and privilege, and introduce college student development theory and current research on the experiences of LGBTQ community college students. Participants will also gain in-depth strategies that can be implemented into everyday practice to best serve students and resources that can be used to support them. Participants can expect this session to be highly interactive, working in pairs and small groups, responding to questions and case studies 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Virtual Free Safe Zone II on 6/18/2024 Register Now
Faculty Development How Investing in Faculty Well-Being Is Investing in Your Institution (Inside Higher Ed) 6/18/2024 External Many faculty members (rightly) feel that they’re increasingly being asked to do more with less. Through case studies and an expert panel, this webcast will explore effective, efficient ways that institutions can support faculty members to achieve an improved sense of well-being, balance and productivity, for their benefit and for that of the organization as a whole. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Virtual Free How Investing in Faculty Well-Being Is Investing in Your Institution (Inside Higher Ed) on 6/18/2024 Register Now
Faculty Development Hypothesis: Grading and feedback for social annotation 6/20/2024 External Join us for our Summer Workshop Series and take a pedagogical deep dive into social annotation! In this two-week series, we'll explore teaching strategies related to Hypothesis in your courses, specifically geared toward increasing student retention and success. Register for as many sessions as you'd like to attend below. If you register and attend all four workshops, you'll receive a Certificate of Attendance for the Summer 2024 Seminar in Social Annotation as a PDF certificate you can share. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Virtual Free Hypothesis: Grading and feedback for social annotation on 6/20/2024 Register Now
Quality Matters Systematic Review: The Effect of Synchronous Instructor Presence on Student Learning & Satisfaction 6/20/2024 External In this session, we will discuss the outcome of a systematic review and meta-analysis on the relationship between synchronous instructor presence and student learning and satisfaction in online courses. Participants will engage in a guided discussion about the limitations of the current research on this topic and brainstorm positive steps toward improving the research. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Virtual Free Systematic Review: The Effect of Synchronous Instructor Presence on Student Learning & Satisfaction on 6/20/2024 Register Now
Student Support Academics, Wellness, College Life and Career Readiness: Breaking Down Barriers to Student Success 6/26/2024 External Join Inside Higher Ed’s Colleen Flaherty and Melissa Ezarik for a live and interactive webcast that highlights transformative programs, interventions and practices aimed at breaking down barriers to student success. Through engaging case studies, an expert panel discussion, and live audience Q&A, explore real-world initiatives that tackle obstacles to success across multiple dimensions – in areas such as academic achievement, wellness, college life, and career readiness – to help students persist in their studies, prioritize their wellness and excel both personally and professionally. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Virtual Free Academics, Wellness, College Life and Career Readiness: Breaking Down Barriers to Student Success on 6/26/2024 Register Now
Quality Matters Influencing LMS Adoption Through QM-Based Training and Digital Badges 7/17/2024 External In this session, we will discuss the outcome of a systematic review and meta-analysis on the relationship between synchronous instructor presence and student learning and satisfaction in online courses. Participants will engage in a guided discussion about the limitations of the current research on this topic and brainstorm positive steps toward improving the research. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Virtual Free Influencing LMS Adoption Through QM-Based Training and Digital Badges on 7/17/2024 Register Now
Accessibility Accessibility in the Classroom! Ongoing Internal Anytime Online Free Email Amanda Carter at abcarter@cccc.edu to register.
Various National Humanities Center Free Webinars Various External Various Online Free National Humanities Center Free Webinars on Various Register Now
Teaching and Learning Adjunct Faculty Roadmap Ongoing External The Adjunct Faculty Roadmap, provided by NC-NET, provides collection of resources on topics important to teaching at the college level. "A Week at a Glance" is a great place to start. You'll find other sections on "Creating a Syllabus," "A Successful First Day," "Knowing Your Students," "Classroom Management," "Active Learning Strategies," and "Fair Assessment Practices." Each section contains a description of the topic and helpful links with examples and strategies, expert advice, articles, and supporting evidence. Anytime Online Free https://www.nc-net.info/adjunct-faculty-roadmap/
Teaching and Learning NC-NET Academy Various External The NC-NET Academy offers facilitator-led online courses delivered via Moodle. Enrollment is open to part-time or full-time community college faculty members in North Carolina. The rationale behind the Academy is that educational ideas cannot simply be presented; they need to be thought about, talked over, and experienced. Academy courses weave together readings, activities, and discussions for participants to construct new understandings in the context of their own situations. Weekly threaded discussions play an essential role in encouraging participants to reflect on the readings, share stories from their lives (and their classrooms), pose questions to the group, and express their reactions. The courses provide an opportunity for faculty from across the state to network with and learn from each other. Various Various Free NC-NET Academy on Various Register Now

On-Demand Training

All on-demand training and recorded PD sessions are available on the Blackboard Professional Development Organization.

Available Resources

Professional Development Blackboard

We are dedicated to providing a variety of resources for our faculty and staff to continue their development. In the Employee Onboarding and Development organization within Blackboard, you will find recorded workshops, PowerPoint presentations, and much more to enhance your professional development and lifelong learning.

To access the Employee Onboarding and Development organization in Blackboard, login to Blackboard. Next, select Professional Development under the "My Organizations". Once in the course, select “Recorded PD Sessions” in the course menu. Sessions are organized by semester.

Need access? Contact Distance Education at (919) 718-7529 or de@cccc.edu.

Blackboard Level I
4 professional development hours
This training is designed to give you an introduction to the basic components of Blackboard, CCCC's online course management system. This training will provide you with step-by-step tutorials and exercises to prepare you for creating a supplement course to use as a resource for your seated classes.
Blackboard Level II
6 professional development hours
This training is designed to acquaint you with the fundamentals of using Blackboard, CCCC's online course management system. This training expands on the knowledge already gained in Blackboard Level I training. This training provides you with step-by-step tutorials and exercises to prepare you for developing and teaching your first online course and becoming Blackboard Proficient.
Library Higher Ed Resources

Your CCCC Library offers access to a world of resources to support your professional development! Find books about teaching and learning, leadership, academia, and more, or search for new research in your field using our databases. Go to: Faculty & Staff Professional Development

McLaughlin Young Group

Take advantage of our valuable on-demand Skill Builder trainings through our EAP provider. Select the Work-Life login and then under Centers on the right, scroll down and click Skill Builder. See the attached document for more information and topics.

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