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Faculty Handbook

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


2021-2022 Faculty Handbook PDF

The Faculty Handbook includes information on the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • 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

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.

  1. 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. 

  2. 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. Please watch the video at Introduction to Workday to learn more about Workday Student.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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


Mid-Term Grading 

The Division of Academic Affairs continues to promote the student success strategy that involves the posting midterm grades by PBSC’s faculty and instructors. Faculty and instructors will regularly post student’s current grades for all courses via the Canvas learning management system. Through Canvas students will be informed of their academic standing in a class at any time throughout the term. 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.

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.


The following table displays the session dates and mid-term (interim) grading windows for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. 
Term Session 1 Session 2 Session 3  Session 4
Fall 2022 08/30/2022 12/19/2022 08/30/2022 10/20/2022 09/20/2022 12/19/2022 10/24/2022 12/19/2022
Grading Tool

Opens Closes Opens Closes Opens Closes Opens Closes
10/16/2022 11/01/2022 09/16/2022 10/02/2022 10/27/2022 11/12/2022 11/13/2022 11/29/2022
Spring 2023 01/12/2023 05/08/2023 01/12/2023 03/03/2023 02/02/2023 05/08/2023 03/13/2023 05/08/2023
Grading Tool

Opens Closes Opens Closes Opens Closes Opens Closes
02/03/2023 03/19/2023 01/29/2023 02/14/2023 03/13/2023 03/29/2023 04/02/2023 04/18/2023
Summer 2023 05/16/2023 08/07/2023 05/16/2023 06/26/2023 06/12/2023* 08/07/2023 06/28/2023 08/07/2023
Grading Tool

Opens Closes Opens Closes Opens Closes Opens Closes
06/18/2023 07/04/2023 05/28/2023 06/13/2023 07/02/2023 07/18/2023 07/10/2023 07/26/2023

*SESSION 3 NEW SUMMER TERM 2023 (8 Wk) ; Dates are subject to change.

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.

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, you can contact Canvas Tier 1 Support -- It is available 24/7/365 and accessible via the HELP icon in the Canvas navigation bar.

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 

Additional Resources:

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