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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 the EmployeeWeb 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.
    Syllabus Posting Deadlines:
  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 Windows

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 give a two-week window in which a mid-term grades may be entered. 

The following table displays the dates 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

Dates are subject to change  Note: (Fall 2021-1 12-Week Classes Session Code is CR12) & (Spring 2021-2 12-Week Classes Session Code is 12WK)

Accessing the Mid-Term Grading Tool

The mid-term grading tool is located on the EmployeeWeb page, please see below:

  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. Grades are automatically emailed to students once the window closes.

A tutorial is available at:  Using the Mid-Term Grading Tool.  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




Other Faculty Resources:

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