Faculty Handbook 2023-2024
The Faculty Handbook provides information for all Palm Beach State College Faculty.
Download Faculty Handbook in PDF format
The Faculty Handbook includes information on the following topics:
- General Information - Strategic Plan, Vision, Mission & Values
- Academic Calendars
- Student Issues or Concerns
- Before Classes Begin
- Attendance Reporting
- While Classes are in Progress
- Instructional Materials
- As Classes End
- Resources for New Faculty & Program Instructors
- E-Learning (Distance Learning)
- Academic Issues & Procedures
- Campus Information
Questions? Please email Cyndi C. Demitruk
Faculty Guidelines & Resources Workday Student
Workday Faculty Dashboard - PBSC Academic Team has developed a convenient Faculty Dashboard where all faculty reports and tasks are in one place. Please go to Workday Student Training for Faculty for videos, job aids, and a video Workday Student - Basics.
- Accessing the Workday Faculty Dashboard - You will see the dashboard on your Workday Home Page once you sign into Workday here:
Workday Signon. Faculty will see several tabs with Workday information. Click on the tabs to see the
reports under each area.
If You Are Completely New to Workday you will find basic Workday concepts, job aids and videos on this page. The job aids and videos below assume some basic familiarity with Workday.
Faculty must perform three functions in Workday: Verify Participation (Attendance), Withdraw Students, Grade Course Sections. Visit Workday Student Training for Faculty for these required job aids and more on Workday Student.
- Priority Posting the Syllabus - Your first priority is to upload your syllabus for the upcoming term according to the Syllabus Posting Deadlines. PBSC has adopted Simple Syllabus; a centralized, template-driven platform that enables instructors to quickly personalize
and publish interactive class syllabi. You may upload your syllabus using the Simple Syllabus Tutorial.
- Posting Deadlines - Syllabus Posting Deadlines, we will monitor compliance and report back to Deans, Associate Deans, Directors
and Department Chairs.
- These guidelines apply to both Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty.
The Division of Academic Affairs continues to promote student success that involves
the posting of mid-term grades by PBSC’s faculty and instructors. Assigning mid-term
grades is certainly not a new idea; faculty and staff have been in agreement for many
years that it is an important academic exercise.*
Faculty and instructors will regularly post student’s current mid-term grade for all courses via the Canvas LMS. Canvas also allows each instructor to be in compliance with FERPA** guidelines, as it will minimize third-party app violations as well as, assist in mitigating emergencies, early alerts, grade appeals, assignment transfers and most importantly facilitate communication of academic progress to students.
Assigning mid-term grades is certainly not a new idea; faculty and staff have been in agreement for many years that it is an important academic exercise.**
Faculty and instructors may use the information to determine how they can best provide
assistance to students
who need it. Providing our students with that feedback and assistance will help students stay enrolled in class
and, ultimately, improve their success rate. This supports Palm Beach State's Strategic Plan and the enrollment
management plan in raising retention and success rates.
Faculty and instructors play a vital role in making student success at Palm Beach State a reality.This supports Palm Beach State's Strategic Plan and the enrollment management plan in raising retention and success rates. Faculty and instructors play a vital role in making student success at Palm Beach State a reality.
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*Article XIV Mid-Term Grading Procedure Section A: Within one week after the close of the mid-term grading period, mid-term grades will be made available to all students for each class that the teaching bargaining unit member teaches by either written notification or individual conference per the Agreement between the District Board of Trustees of PBSC & the United Faculty of Palm Beach State College
**The public posting of grades by a student's name or personally identifiable information (e.g., student ID number or SSN) without the student's written permission is a violation of FERPA..
Mid-Term Grading Instructions (Canvas) for Faculty
Faculty will find instructions with screenshots and video at: To create a new column
for midterm grades in the Canvas Gradebook follow the Manual Grading & Extra Credit instructions in the Bb-to-Canvas Conversion - Where to Begin course.
Columns in the Gradebook are only created by adding an assignment in Canvas. If you need to create a column in the Gradebook to use for manual grading, you can create a No Submission or On Paper assignment.
NOTE: If you have not done so already, please enroll yourself into that course by following this link before you follow the direct page link to the gradebook instructions.
If Faculty need further “how to” assistance on Canvas functions, please contact Canvas Tier 1 Support. It is available 24/7/365 and is accessible via the 'Help' button inside Canvas or call (877) 376-9392.
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
- Academic Services Information & Reference
- Adjunct Faculty Resources
- Course & Program Contact List
- Course Outlines - Course Search
- Curriculum & Programs