Staff Development

The Staff Development Committee

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News & Updates

  • A complete redesign of the website is underway. Please be patient and stay tuned for important updates.

  • Currently the Home Page, Agendas & Minutes, Conference Requests, and Mandatory FLEX subpages have been completed. All other pages are in progress or subject to deletion.

  • The Staff Development Committee is in the process of restructuring itself in order to better meet the needs of faculty and staff as well as abide by Title 5 education code regulations. This most likely will be restructuring the existing Staff Development Committee into two separate, but related, committees which are responsible for Professional Development on campus (PDAC) and faculty FLEX (FLEX advisory committee). The details of this process are still being worked out.




The Staff Development Committee is charged in an advisory capacity to address the professional and personal growth needs of the campus faculty, staff, and administration in accordance with the California Education Code as well as to foster the professional development goals set forth in the CLPCCD District Educational Master Plan and the Las Positas College Mission Statement & Institutional Strategic Goals.

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  • In 2014, AB 2558 was placed into effect which effectively established the Community College Professional Development Program and eliminated the Community College Faculty and Staff Development Fund.

  • This assembly bill requires that each campus has a Professional Development Advisory Committee (composed of faculty, staff, and administrators), completes an annual human development resources plan, and submits a report of the actual expenses incurred through faculty & staff development each year.

  • Professional Development Funding is to be disbursed according to the rules and regulations of the board of governors. In order to receive continued funding for Professional Development on campus, documentation must be maintained concerning employees' participation in Professional Development activities in accordance with their contractually obligated hours.

  • Another intersting item from 2014 is the creation of the new ACCJC Accreditation Standard III.A.14 which calls for the following:

    "The institution plans for and provides all personnel with appropriate opportunities for continued professional development, consistent with the institutional mission and based on evolving pedagogy, technology, and learning needs. The institution systematically evaluates professional development programs and uses the results of these evaluations as the basis for improvement."

  • Section 87153 of California Education Code specifies the type of Professional Development activities that may be funded by the Community College Professional Development Program. They are as follows:
    • Improvement of teaching.
    • Maintenance of current academic and technical knowledge and skills.
    • In-service training for vocational education and employment preparation.
    • Retraining to meet changing institutional needs.
    • Intersegmental exchange programs.
    • Development of innovations in instructional and adminstrative techniques and program effectiveness.
    • Computer and technological proficiency programs.
    • Courses and training implementing affirmative action and upward mobility.
    • Other activities determined to be related to educational and professional development pursuant to criteria established by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, including, but not necessarily limited to, programs designed to develop self-esteem.


Meetings are held during the second Monday of each month from 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM in the Teaching and Learning Center (Room 2410).

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Charge of Committee

Develop policies and processes for awarding of staff development funds; review and make recommendations for funding of staff proposals; plan and promote staff development activities.

Reporting Relationship

President, College Council


  • Chair:  Program Director
  • 1 Administrator
  • 5 Faculty, one from each division
  • 1 Part-time Faculty 
  • 4 Classified, including Teaching and Learning Center

Appointments by

  • Academic Senate
  • Administration
  • Classified Senate


2 years. One-half replaced each year. First year selected by lottery.

This is the membership list, effective for the 2016-2017 Academic Year:

Name Role/Position/Divison
Howard Blumenfeld Mathematics Faculty (Coordinator) (MSEPS)
Greg Daubenmire Mathematics Faculty (Coordinator) (MSEPS)
Maureen O'Herin English Faculty (A&H)
Ernie Jones Psychology Faculty (CATSS)
Robin Roy Psychology Faculty (CATSS)
Patricia Stokke Business Faculty (BHAWK)
Brian Owyoung Counseling Faculty (Student Services)
Gabriela Discua Counseling Faculty (Student Services)
Tim Druley Webmaster (Classified)
Frances DeNisco Community Education (Classified)
Bill Eddy Athletics (Classified)
Carolyn Scott Executive Assistant (Classified)
Ana Del Aguila ECD (Classified)
TBA ASLPC Representative
TBA Administrator

The Staff Development Committee currently reports out to the President & College Council. The official membership consists of a minimum of one chair (or two co-chairs), one administrator, five faculty (one from each division), one part-time faculty member, and four classified (including the TLC). Appointments are made by a combination of the Academic Senate, Administration, and the Classified Senate. Members serve two year terms with one-half of the membership replaced each year. The first year of the Staff Development Committee is selected by lottery.


Staff Development

Greg Daubenmire
Staff Development Coordinator

Howard Blumenfeld
Staff Development Coordinator

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