Organizational and Professional Development
Professional Development Pathways
Professional Development Pathways
Courses are offered throughout the year within the following professional development pathways.
Distance Education programs continue to grow worldwide and it is imperative that faculty become confident and competent in the use of technology and learning management systems for distribution of course content to students. Whether you are teaching an online class or simply using the Canvas LMS as a supplemental resource for the classroom, understanding the platform, knowing how to best use its tools and being able to provide an engaging online experience for students are among the many skills you will learn through Distance Education training.
While a number of training opportunities are TJC-sponsored, employees are also encouraged to take college-level courses and participate in job-specific and/or discipline specific training offered by local, state, regional, and national organizations. Prior approval may be required by your supervisor.
“Given the complexity and dynamism of life in American colleges and universities, the development of leadership talent throughout institutions of higher learning is fast becoming a strategic imperative” (Linda Hill, Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School). Leadership strategies are not reserved for those in leadership positions. Learn how you can improve your performance on the job and your ability to succeed in all areas of life through leadership training.
Onboarding & Compliance
The onboarding program at TJC is designed to welcome and integrate new employees into the existing community, to prepare them for the vital tasks they will perform within the organization, and to provide continued support as they transition into their roles within the College. Initial Compliance training is embedded within the onboarding program. Compliance refresher courses are required at least every other year.
The reputation and success of Tyler Junior College relies on a high level of personal and professional commitment from its employees. Regardless of the position held or what is in our job description, it is imperative that we continue to grow and develop throughout our careers. Professional commitment training topics are diverse and are designed to meet a wide range of needs across the disciplines. In a general sense these activities acquaint employees with College requirements, policies, and processes that relate to their positions, improve communication among staff and across disciplines and departments, broaden the staff member's awareness of institutional initiatives, provide opportunities and resources for professional growth beyond the employees’ current position, offer on-going encouragement, facilitate collegiality, and assure the success and self-sufficiency of each employee.
To ensure that employees understand federal, state, and college policies to which they are held accountable, Tyler Junior College has designed risk management training (some mandatory; i.e. Compliance modules) for employees of the College. TJC welcomes many students, employees, and visitors to campus every day and seeks to maintain an inviting, safe, and secure environment for visitors on campus and for those who are engaged in TJC-sponsored activities. Risk Management training is designed to maintain the College’s strong reputation for and deep commitment to doing things right – right by our students, external regulatory bodies, and our own internal standards. Adherence to external and internal regulations and policies assures a safe, productive workplace and learning environment.
Scholarship & Praxis
Ludy Benjamin, Ph. D., Presidential Professor of Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M said "If you teach, learn to do it well; if you do it well, learn to do it better." In an educational community we must encourage intellectual stimulation. We must recognize that we are a part of a learning institution and cultivate a culture of scholarship. "Collegial interactions foster reflection and dialogue,” and thereby "create a culture in which people willingly learn with, learn from, and teach their colleagues" (Thomas Hoerr). Research indicates that one out of every three educators will leave the profession within their first three years. Continued growth in both the art and the science of teaching and learning will empower them to embrace education as a life-long career.
Workshops are offered based on user interest and best practices for both instruction and general productivity enhancement. Small group book studies, round-table discussions of current issues and events, and the critical discourse of scholarly (and not so scholarly) articles and research. These sessions will focus on issues and topics in higher education and will vary each semester.
America faces a new dilemma in the 21st century - it must prepare itself for a new world, one that is more global and connected than ever before. The implications are huge - American educators must transform their way of thinking and their way of teaching to empower students for success in a "flattened" world (Thomas Friedman). Our courses must be embedded with technology and we must be willing to explore how technology will enhance instruction. Educators must have access to and actively work toward integrating the vast store of digital content available. We can no longer ignore the fact that the majority of our students have never known a time without internet, iPods, e-readers, or cell phones. Chances are, we are preparing our students for jobs that currently do not even exist. As committed educators "we must [look for ways to] train our students for their futures, not our past!" (Daniel Pink).