The 2016-17 Faculty Handbook provides information for all Palm Beach State College Faculty.
Download the document in PDF format.
The handbook includes information on the following topics:
- General Information
- Teaching Excellence
- Student Issues or Concerns
- Before Classes Begin
- While Classes are in Progress
- As Classes End
- After Classes have Ended
- Distance Learning
- Academic Affair Policies & Procedures
- Employee Benefits
- Resources for New Faculty & Program Instructors
- Campus Information
Questions? Please email Dr. Velmarie Albertini
Faculty Home Page Utility
The new Faculty Home Pages have been activated. Please note the following:
- To access the new Faculty Home Page, login to the EmployeeWeb and select Faculty Home Page Utility.
- View a video tutorial and Adobe PDF Instructions on how to use the Faculty Home Page Utility. In addition, there are Workshops being offered for faculty and staff.
- Your first priority should be to upload your syllabi for the upcoming term according to the Syllabus Posting Deadlines.
- After that you may build out the Faculty Home Page with your information. If your
department or discipline has standards on what should be included, please follow them.
- You may upload your syllabi using the New Faculty Syllabi Creator Tool. Starting
Summer Term (20173) the old way will no longer be available.
- Documents and Links - If you had links to documents or websites on your old faculty home page that students
in Summer need to access, please email the documents and links to the students or
place them on your new faculty home page.
- Photo Display Options – You may choose to display your PantherNet ID picture or choose not to display any
photo. If you wish to have your ID picture retaken, please see your PantherCard representative
at your campus.
- Posting Deadlines - View syllabus posting deadlines, we will monitor compliance and report back to Deans and Associate Deans.
- Link to your Faculty Web Page – If you reference the link to your faculty home page in your syllabus or in notes
on classes in PantherNet, please know that the links will need to be updated. The
link is displayed at the address bar of your web browser when you have your faculty
- These guidelines apply to both Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty.
Mid-Term Grading Window
In order to support Palm Beach State College's commitment to student success, a web grading tool was developed to provide faculty with an efficient and sustainable way to assign mid-term grades to students. When faculty enter grades in the system, grades are emailed to students through the Palm Beach State College student email system. Grades are not stored nor used in any calculations of grade point average. The use of the tool is not required; however faculty are required to deliver a mid-term grade in some form - using this web form, some other form of written communication to the student, in private consultation with the student, or through an online grade book. Faculty MAY NOT post grades on doors or some other form of public display of grades.
The web tool is programmed to provide a two-week window in which a mid-term grade may be entered. The following table displays the dates for the 2016-17 Academic Year:
Accessing the Mid-Term Grading Tool
The mid-term grading tool is located on the EmployeeWeb page
1. Sign on to EmployeeWeb using your user id and password that you use for email.
2. The mid-term grading tool is located under the Faculty/Advisor Tab, labeled Mid-Term Grades. It is the second item in the pull-down box.
3. Assign the letter grade which is most appropriate.
4. Grades are automatically emailed to students once the window closes.
Please email your associate dean or department chair should you have any questions or difficulties.
Online Teaching Modules
The League for Innovation, funded through a National Science Foundation grant, has produced a set of six modules on improving teaching skills.
From the website:
Welcome & Overview to Getting Results. Whether you're a new or experienced teacher, you have a chance to make an impact on the future of the country. How can you be as effective as possible? This multimedia resource for community college faculty will challenge your previous thinking about teaching and learning and give you the basic tools for effective classroom practice. The key theme of the course is to encourage you to focus on what the students will do and take responsibility for their success. Teachers know their content and they know how to explain. These are valuable skills. But teachers have to become experts at tapping into their students' knowledge base and how they learn.
Below are the links to the website and each of the six modules:
Getting Results: A Professional Development Course for Community College Educators
Overview: How to Take This Course
- Module 1: Creating a Community of Learners
- Module 2: Planning for Outcomes
- Module 3: Active Teaching and Learning
- Module 4: Moving Beyond the Classroom
- Module 5: Teaching with Technology
- Module 6: Assessing Teaching and Learning
Textbook/Software selection is based on Palm Beach State Textbook Selection Policy and individually approved cluster textbook selection policy. After a textbook/software selection is made, cluster chairs must submit a completed
Textbook/Software Adoption Form to MS #51, along with copies of the revised course outlines and cluster minutes approving
the textbook changes. With this information, Kathy will update the online course outline list and determine if curriculum action is required for the change. Part-time faculty
members will need to contact their department chairs or cluster chairs to request
a current copy of the course outlines.
To view the list of textbooks that are on current order for the College, visit the Follett Web site. There, you will key in "Florida" to select the location. Next, you will select the Palm Beach State location of your course. Finally, you will key in the course number. The course text title and price will be displayed.
Computer Resource Management provides an online Web site where faculty can view textbook software evaluations and licensing information. The CRM’s at each respective location will keep this page up to date as they test and evaluate textbook software
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