Faculty Professional Development Fund (Article 13)

The San Mateo County Community College District provides a fund equal to 1% of expenditures for regular faculty salaries to provide faculty professional development opportunities.


Long Term Projects: Regular (Tenured & Contract III/IV) Faculty

Short Term Projects: All Faculty (Regular, Contract, & Adjunct)

Extended Leave (Sabbatical): All full-time academic employees who have completed six years of continuous paid service with the District directly proceeding the term of the requested leave are eligible for extended leaves of a full semester or academic year.  District authorized paid leaves will not constitute a break in service.


Long Term Projects:  Involve full or partial reassignment lasting more than three weeks. Types of activities could include retraining, advanced study, and research.

Short Term Projects: Projects can include participation in conferences, workshops, seminars, or training sessions lasting up to three weeks.

Extended Leave (Sabbatical):  Involve retraining; upgrade skills and knowledge for current or future assignments, improve curriculum, educational delivery, student personnel services or other support services; develop or revise certificate or degree programs; determine feasibility or revise new or existing programs.

Allowable Expenditures

Long Term Projects: Participants are provided reassigned time at full pay. It does not cover tuition, transportation, meals or lodging.

Short  Term Projects: Funds are available to cover costs of registration fees, travel expenses and substitute teaching time; tuition is not funded.

Extended Leave (Sabbatical): Participants who are approved a full semester or academic year will receive all fringe benefits and eighty percent (80%) of their regular pay.


For all projects, a written report must be submitted within 30 days of completion to the Office of the Vice President of Instruction describing the project activities and verifying that the project has been satisfactorily concluded.

Application Schedule

Short-Term Projects: Applications are accepted on a continuous basis by the Faculty Professional Development Committee. Applications must be submitted 2 months prior to the activity.

Long Term Projects: Applications are considered by the Faculty Professional Development Committee in two separate cycles with deadlines normally in October and February.

Due Date for Spring 2016: Friday, October 23, 2015. 

Due Date for Fall 2016: Friday, February 5, 2016.

Extended Leave (Sabbatical): Applications are considered by the Professional Development Committee once a year in February.  For detailed information and application forms, go to the AFT web site.

The Sabbatical Proposals are due Friday, February 5, 2016.

2015-16 Faculty Professional Development Committee Members


Professional Development Forms

Application Forms

Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader or Adobe Acrobat Pro to complete these forms. Note: Please print these one-sided and submit to your division office. No electronic copies are accepted.

Scoring Rubric

Please review the Domestic Conference Travel Procedures before attending your conference!

Conference Expense Form

(must be filled out within 30 days of completion of conference/workshop)


If you have any questions regarding the Faculty Professional Development funds and application process, please contact:

  • Rob Williams, Chair, Faculty Professional Development Committee
  • Karen Dimalanta, Division Assistant, Academic Support and Learning Technologies


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