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Faculty Handbook

The 2020-2021 Faculty Handbook provides information for all Palm Beach State College Faculty.
Download Faculty Handbook in PDF format


2020-2021 Faculty Handbook PDF

The Faculty Handbook includes information on the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Message from the Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • General Information - Strategic Plan, Vision, Mission & Values
  • Academic Calendars
  • Pillars of Instructional Excellence
  • 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

Compliance Calendar

Faculty & Instructors are encouraged to add the Compliance Calendar to your Outlook Calendar. Follow these steps to ensure deadlines are not missed:

  1. In the Outlook Calendar, click on the Home Tab.
  2. Click on Add Calendar, and then click on From Address Book.
  3. Type “Compliance” in the search bar, and “Compliance – Calendar” will populate in Calendar box below, and then click “OK.”

Faculty Home Page Utility

For Faculty Home Pages, please note the following:

  1. Accessing the Faculty Home Page - Login to and select Faculty Home Page Utility.

  2. Tutorials and Instructions - View a video tutorial and Adobe PDF Instructions on how to use the Faculty Home Page Utility. In addition, there are Instructional Design Technology Workshops being offered for faculty and staff.

  3. 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.

  4. Faculty Home Page - 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Posting Deadlines - Syllabus Posting Deadlines, we will monitor compliance and report back to Deans, Associate Deans, Directors and Department Chairs.  

  7. 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 homepage loaded.

  8. These guidelines apply to both Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty.


Mid-Term Grading Procedure

In order to maintain Palm Beach State College's commitment to student success, the Mid-Term Grading Tool (web based tool) was developed to give faculty an efficient way to assign mid-term grades. Faculty are required to advise students of their mid--term grade, to keep the student informed on their progress. Mid-Term grades can be delivered  electronically or in writing or any other delivery method as long it is FERPA compliant. Students mid-term grade MAY NOT be posted publically.

When faculty enter the mid-term grade, the grade is emailed to the student via the student's College issued email address ( T
he web tool gives a two-week window in which mid-term grades may be entered. Mid-Term grades are not stored nor used in to calculate the student's grade point average. Faculty are not allowed to publically post student names, student ID's and grades. 

The following table displays the session dates and mid-term grading windows for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:
Term Session 1 Session 2 Session 3*  Session 4
2021-1 08/31/2020 12/17/2020 08/31/2020 10/23/2020 09/28/2020 12/17/2020 10/26/2020 12/17/2020
Grading Tool

Opens Closes Opens Closes Opens Closes Opens Closes
10/16/2020 11/01/2020 09/18/2020 10/04/2020 10/30/2020 11/15/2020 11/13/2020 11/29/2020
2021-2 01/11/2021 05/12/2021 01/11/2021 03/15/2021 02/09/2021 05/12/2021 03/16/2021 05/12/2021
Grading Tool

Opens Closes Opens Closes Opens Closes Opens Closes
03/04/2021 03/20/2021 02/03/2021 02/19/2021 03/19/2021 04/04/2021 04/05/2021 04/21/2021
2021-3 05/20/2021 08/12/2021 05/20/2021 07/01/2021 07/05/2021 08/12/2021 N/A N/A
Grading Tool

Opens Closes Opens Closes Opens Closes Opens Closes
06/23/2021 07/09/2021 06/02/2021 06/18/2021 07/16/2021 08/01/2021 N/A N/A

*(2021-1 Fall 12-Week Courses - Session Code CR12) & (2021-2 Spring 12-Week Courses - Session Code 12WK). Please note dates are subject to change.

Accessing the Mid-Term Grading Tool

  1. The mid-term grading tool is located by signing on to the  with your User ID and Password that you use for your 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. Faculty shall assign letter grades as outlined in  which is most appropriate. Grades are automatically emailed to students once the window closes.

A tutorial is available at:  Using the Mid-Term Grading Tool.  Please email Cyndi Demitruk, Compliance Coordinator should you have any questions or need assistance. 

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 - Agreement between the District Board of Trustees of Palm Beach State College and the United Faculty of Palm Beach State College.


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



Additional Resources:

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