Charge and Bylaws
The Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Faculty & Staff Development Committee is responsible for developing and approving activities and programs to enrich and enhance professional and academic development and to promote continual institutional engagement of the faculty and staff.
The charge of the Faculty & Staff Development Committee is to review and approve faculty & staff request for conferences, review faculty flexible calendar (flex) forms, recommend policies and procedures regarding faculty and staff development, and develop annual faculty staff development day (commonly referred to as “Convocation”) in conjunction with the Academic Senate. (page 81, College Participatory Governance Handbook)
There is sometimes confusion as to duties of the Faculty & Staff Development Committee and the Professional Growth Committee. The Faculty & Staff Development Committee is the entity that you need if you want to receive flex credit for a conference, workshop, training, or other activity. TheProfessional Growth Committee, not the Faculty & Staff Development Committee, is the entity that you need if you want funding. Specifically, the Professional Growth Committee is for faculty to submit a conference/travel request for reimbursement of funds spent, to be reimbursed for funds spent at or for a conference, and/or to get tuition reimbursement.
In other words, the Faculty & Staff Development Committee recognizes the time spent in participating in these activities (with flex time), while the Professional Growth Committee acknowledges the professional growth resulting from these activities (with funding). Sometimes an activity will qualify for flex credit, but not be eligible for reimbursement. Or the other way around; it may be that an activity qualifies for reimbursement, but not flex credit. So it is up to the instructor to read all of the policies and procedures with regard to acquiring flex credit and funding for professional development/growth activities.
The charge and purpose of the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Faculty & Staff Development Committee is located on page 81 of the College Participatory Governance Handbook. The charge of the committee is to:
Section A: Purpose
The purpose of the Faculty & Staff Development Committee (F&SDC) is to:
Review and approve staff requests for conferences,Review faculty flex forms,Recommend policies and procedures regarding faculty and staff development, andDevelop annual faculty staff development day (“Convocation”) in conjunction with the Academic Senate.
Section B: Membership
Clause 1: The F&SDC membership shall be comprised of voting representation from the following constituencies: Administration, Academic Senate, Employee Assistance Program and Wellness Campus Coordinator, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) 1521A Classified Staff, and Resource Representatives.
Clause 2: The approved voting membership consists of the following:
Administration (Vice President of governing area over Faculty and Staff Development) – 1 memberAcademic Senate– 8 faculty members (appointed by the Academic Senate)Employee Assistance Program and Wellness Campus Coordinator – 1 memberAFT 1521A Classified Staff – 2 members
Clause 3: The approved non-voting membership consists of the following:
Public Relations Manager – 1 memberCollege Web Designer – 1 memberEnvironmental Health and Safety Specialist – 1 memberInstitutional Media staff – 1 member
Clause 4: Each constituency may designate a person to serve as an “Alternate” in the absence of a representative from that constituency. When serving as an alternate, that person shall have voting rights and count for determining quorum. Alternates shall be specifically named.
Clause 5: If any member (or the official Alternate) misses 2 meetings, excluding non-instructional periods, in a semester (fall or spring), a notification will be sent to the member of his/her constituency group. After the third absence, the membership position is deemed “vacant” and the appointee is removed from the committee. An email will be sent to the appropriate constituency with action notification and request for replacement. The position remains vacant until replacement is appointed by the appropriate constituency.
Clause 6: A quorum shall consist of 50% plus one of the active voting membership. Vacant positions do not count towards determining the quorum.
Section C: Chair/ Chairs
Clause 1: The Faculty Chair/Chairs shall preside over F&SDC meetings.
Clause 2: The Chair/Chairs (Academic Senate faculty member) shall be elected by the committee and serve a term of two years. The Chair/Chairs may serve more than one term if elected to do so.
Clause 3: The Chair/Chairs shall be responsible for preparing and distributing a proposed agenda in advance of the meeting. They shall assist in the preparation of the minutes.
Clause 4: The Chair/Chairs shall be responsible for providing updates to the LATTC College Council.
Clause 5: The Chair/Chairs shall be responsible for providing reports to the Academic Senate.
Clause 6: In the event of a tie vote by the membership, the Chair/Chairs will cast a tie break vote.
Clause 7: In the event the Chair/Chairs are unable to preside over a committee meeting, the designee of the Chair/Chairs will assume all of the duties for that meeting.
Section D: Meetings
Clause 1: Meetings shall be held on the fourth Monday of each month during an academic year. This schedule may be altered by a simple majority of the committee. In the event of a holiday, alternate meeting dates and times shall be arranged. Meetings will be held as needed during the intersession depending upon member availability.
Clause 2: The Chair will arrange for staff support for the purposes of recording minutes. The minutes of each meeting shall be reviewed and approved at the following meeting.
Clause 3: Meetings shall be open to all members of the campus community, and individuals may address the committee by requesting through the Chair to be placed on the agenda under “Public Session.” No more than two minutes per individual or as time permits. The agenda will have an area for public comment prior to any committee voting.
Clause 4: The F&SDC agenda will be posted 72 hours prior to every meeting. The three designated posting areas are: Mailroom, Technical Education (TE) building, and the LATTC website.
Clause 5: Voting under Robert’s Rules of Order: “All in favor say: Aye, Nay, Abstention” shall be the voting practice for this committee.
Section E: Amendment of Bylaws
Clause 1: Amendments to the Bylaws may be proposed by any committee member. A majority vote of the committee members shall be necessary for adopting proposed amendments.
Bylaws amended at Faculty & Staff Development Committee meeting on October 22, 2012 (http://comm.lattc.edu/fasdevelopment/minutes/)
For fall 2015 , the Faculty and Staff Development Committee meets the fourth Monday of the month 2:40pm – 4:00 pm in MA-03.
The Faculty & Staff Development Committee is comprised of voting representation from the following constituencies: Administration, Academic Senate, and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) 1521A Staff. The approve voting membership consists of the following: Administration (1 member), Academic Senate (8 faculty members appointed by the Academic Senate), Employee Assistance Program and Wellness Campus Coordinator (1 member), AFT Staff (2 members), Resources: Public Relations Manager, Web Designer, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, and Institutional Media (4 members).
Roster of Members