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Faculty Development at Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology : 5:02:01:08

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The Tennessee Board of Regents recognizes the need for the continued growth and development of all faculty at colleges of applied technology. The primary objectives toward which that growth and development should be directed are (1) enhancement of skill development, (2) providing technical information, and (3) increasing instructional or teaching ability. While all faculty are responsible for their own continued professional development, it is essential that the System and the colleges provide planned, organized faculty development programs which assist the colleges in fulfilling their mission and the individual faculty in achieving professional advancement (as specified in Board Policy 5:02:02:10, "Faculty Rank and Promotion at Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology").

Pursuant to the foregoing considerations, the Board hereby sets forth the following minimum guidelines concerning faculty development.


  1. Faculty Development at Colleges of Applied Technology
    1. Each college shall plan and implement on an annual basis a structured, coordinated program for faculty development. The program shall address in a balanced approach each of the three primary objectives, and the program plan shall be presented by the president in the annual budget submission. The program should encompass an appropriate variety of activities which may include the following:
      1. Systematic evaluation of instruction by students, faculty, and appropriate administrators to provide bases for planning means of increasing the effectiveness of instructional programs.
      2. Financial support for faculty participation in workshops, demonstrations, short courses, and seminars designed to enhance skill development and provide technical information.
      3. Financial support for maintenance fees to support course work, on an audit basis, in appropriate programs at universities, community colleges, or technical institutes.
      4. Financial support for a partial grant-in-aid which may provide reimbursement for credit course fees when the faculty member demonstrates, and the president concurs, that the coursework is directly supportive of the three primary objectives for faculty development.
      5. Development of effective faculty exchange programs between the college and industry, or the occupation being taught.
      6. Encouragement of innovation and improvement of instruction by recognition system (e.g., outstanding teacher awards).
      7. Sponsorship of appropriate workshops or related activities that enhance instructional effectiveness.
    2. The budget for each college of applied technology will reflect the amount of funds allocated for faculty development.
    3. The office of the Chancellor will also maintain a System-level program for faculty development to supplement and enhance programs of the individual colleges. The senior vocational-technical administrator on the Board staff will plan this program in cooperation with the College of Applied Technology Sub-Council.



T.C.A. § 49-8-203


TBR Meeting, September 30, 1983

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