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.

chart of PD projects


Application Schedule

Short-Term Projects

  • Applications accepted on a continuous basis by the Faculty Professional Development Committee.
  • Applications received in summer are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Submit at least 30 days prior to the activity. 
  • Later submissions (within 30 days) will require the dean to include on the signature page a brief reason justifying the late submission. 
  • Suggested:  submit applications earlier than the due date to minimize costs (flight, hotel, and registration costs).

Flowchart (PDF)   - details of Faculty Application Process for Short-Term Faculty P.D. Funds

Long Term Projects

  • Applications considered by the Faculty Professional Development Committee
  • Two separate cycles, with deadlines normally in October and January.
    • Due date for Spring 2024: Friday, October 13, 2023
    • Due date for Fall 2024: Friday, January 26, 2024

Extended Leave (Sabbatical)

  • Applications considered by the Professional Development Committee once a year in January.
  • For detailed information about short term, long term, and extended leave, visit the AFT Contract page

Due date:  Friday, January 26, 2024


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.

Professional Development Forms

Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader or Adobe Acrobat Pro to complete these forms, and submit to your division office. Deans/Division Assistants (or applicants), please forward the application to Karen Dimalanta after the Dean signs. If you have any questions regarding the Faculty Professional Development funds and application process, please contact:

  • Luciana Castro, Chair, Faculty Professional Development Committee
  • Karen Dimalanta, Division Assistant, Academic Support & Learning Technologies

Conference Expenses and Travel Procedures

Prohibited travel to certain states

Please note that California law prohibits state-funded travel to other states with discriminatory laws.  Visit the State of California webpage for more details.


2023-24 Faculty Professional Development Committee Members