Staff and Organizational Development

Professional Development

First Year Experience Program
for Tenure-Track Faculty 2015 – 2016

The First Year Experience Program at De Anza College has been created to help new tenure-track faculty settle into the culture and community of De Anza College. Although new employees often arrive with extensive experience from other college institutions, each institution has its own unique environment. This is a year-long program that meets every few weeks during the first academic year.

Fall Quarter

The Director of the Office of Staff and Organizational Development and the Tenure Review Coordinator will guide tenure candidates through the processes and procedures of completing their classroom observations for Phase I of the Tenure Process. Topics will include: What to expect from your committee members, what committee members will expect from you, and guidelines and practical tips.

A representative from the FHDA Faculty Association, and/or the De Anza Campus FA Conciliator, will discuss contract topics that are pertinent to new faculty such as scheduling, full-time and part-time assignments; Faculty Service Areas (FSA’s) and how they relate to a reduction-in-force; leaves that are available to faculty; personal necessity leave, sick leave, unpaid leave, and contract reduction. If time allows they will also cover load and class size. Bring your FA Contract or laptop with you to this session.

This workshop focuses on defining and articulating how you frame your pedagogy via the Teaching Perspectives Inventory (TPI). The TPI allows us look more deeply at the underlying values and assumptions related to teaching and learning and gives us a process for critical reflection by articulating a faculty member’s beliefs about learning, knowledge, and the social role of "teacher."  Prior to the workshop, participants will need to go to and take the TPI and bring the results to the workshop.

This workshop focuses on writing your self-evaluation, an important part of the tenure process that affects all phases of tenure. Learn what to include, what NOT to include, and get guidelines and practical tips. Samples will be reviewed.


Winter Quarter

Information will be presented to help assure legal access and to enhance success for students with disabilities and alternate learning styles. Facilitated by the Directors of Disability Support Services and the Educational Diagnostic Center, this workshop will familiarize participants with the law and resources that are available through these two De Anza College programs.

The Director of the Office of Staff & Organizational Development and the De Anza Human Resources representative will do a quick review of the PGA/PAA application, cover eligibility requirements, help you define what constitutes a professional growth activity, and explain how PGA/PAA relates to advancement on the faculty step and column salary scale. Participants will receive a PGA/PAA Organizer.

The Director of the Office of Equity, Social Justice & Multicultural Education will lead this workshop that introduces the concept of cultural humility and its importance to faculty, students and in the classroom. This workshop seeks to pose questions such as: Why is there a need to be culturally responsive in the classroom? and What is cultural humility anyway? and How does that impact the classroom?

At this workshop an overview of the SLO Assessment Process will be presented. Participants will be guided through the log-in procedure to their TracDat accounts (e-mailed to new faculty during Fall). The group will then enter either mock or real assessment materials for one of the SLO statements for one of the classes taught during a previous quarter, and finish the session by generating of a report on SLOACs (student learning outcome assessment cycle) for their department/area.
Spring Quarter

This interactive training session has two objectives: for Tenure Candidates to check in regarding the results of Phase I of their Tenure Process, and review the timeline and due dates for observations and student evaluations for Phase II of the Tenure Review process. Facilitated by the Director of the Office of Professional & Organizational Development and the Tenure Review Coordinator.

This 50 minutes session is a general overview of Kolb's Learning Styles, Multiple Intelligences, and Emotional Intelligences, and other conditions and circumstances that may impact a student. These multiple ways of knowing our students deepens our own practice of teaching and enhances student learning and success.

Phase II and III of the Tenure Review process, states that the candidate is expected to start to integrate more fully into the campus community and to contribute to the campus and district via shared governance committee participation/work. This workshop will review the basics of the various shared governance committees on campus, in the district as well as within some departments and will review the roll of an effective shared governance committee member regarding attending meetings and reporting back to your constituency, etc. This workshop is facilitated by the Director of Staff and Organizational Development and the Tenure Review Coordinator.

Building: Media and Learning Center, room 246
Contact: Mary Kay Englen
Phone: 408.864.8322



Last Updated: 7/21/16