Professional development is a council priority

Members of the Professional and Scientific Council kicked off the semester Aug. 8 with their first meeting of the academic year. Council president David Orman reminded members to consider the council's five priority issues in their committee work.

The issues, taken from a collective "visioning" list developed earlier this year, include:

  • Salaries
  • Effective implementation of a performance management program
  • Professional development
  • Position descriptions
  • Inequities in the resource management model

Professional development

The newly named professional development committee worked on several initiatives through the summer months. Committee member Mary Beth Kaufman said the group generated goals and objectives for a "holistic" model of professional development. Three subcommittees (incentive, communication and administration) also were established to address specific initiatives.

Work is under way on a one- or two-day professional development conference -- including a draft of content and format. Kaufman said the group also is working with the council's communications committee to include professional development activities in its monthly open forums.