Professional Development

The goal of College of Marin's professional development program is to provide employees with resources, training, and opportunities that support their professional development needs; to create a positive and supportive working environment that recognizes and celebrates the achievement, and to improve institutional effectiveness with the ultimate goal of supporting student success. The Professional Development Committee is the participatory governance group that oversees professional development planning.

If you have questions about the Flex program, contact Beth Patel at

Fall 2017 Flex Week

Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 18, 2017

Convocation and Department Meetings

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – Mandatory for full-time faculty.

Fall 2017 Flex-at-a-Glance Calendar
This handy one-page calendar gives you an overview of the week and includes the sessions, presenters, dates, and times.

Fall 2017 Flex Descriptions
Open this for complete details about the Flex activities offered. Space in the art and technology sessions is limited, so please RSVP where indicated.

2017–18 Flex Information for Faculty

Fall 2017 Flex Verification Form 

All faculty must complete, sign, and submit this fillable form by Friday, December 15. Check the form carefully to make sure that you include all required information including your name, department, full or part-time status, and numbers of units, and sign the third page.

The fillable form includes space to indicate activities attended during Fall Flex Week as well as individual professional development activities.  If you complete the form electronically, make sure that you save your form before you send it. Otherwise, you might end up sending a blank form. Please note: You cannot claim Flex credit for activities such as curriculum development, syllabus design, or course materials that are a normal part of the work required for your classes. For more detail, view the 2017-18 Flex Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the California Community Colleges Flex Guidelines below.

Change in procedure:
Do not send your form to HR. You can now email the form to or put it in the Professional Development box in the mailroom.

Flex Guidelines and Faculty Flex Obligations

Classified Staff Professional Development Day

If you have questions, contact Nicole Oldendick at

Fall 2017 Classified Staff PD Day

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - This will be a joint Faculty Flex/Classified Staff PD event focused on issues of equity and community building.


Canvas Training

In the fall, the College will be moving from Moodle to Canvas. To prepare, you should use the link below to sign up for the two-part training -  Level 1: Canvas Basics and Level 2: Canvas Course Design. Each session lasts one hour and 15 minutes. This training will help you prepare for your fall classes, and you can use this training toward your Flex obligation.



Funding for faculty to attend conferences and other professional development activities is available through the UPM/District Professional Affairs Committee (PAC). Information about how to request PAC funds is posted in the online faculty handbook on the PAC Information Page.

New Faculty Academy

The New Full-time Faculty Academy is a semester-long program for new tenure-track faculty held each fall. More details can be found at the New Full-time Faculty Academy Web Page.

Classified Staff

A limited amount of funding is available through Human Resources for job-related training and professional development activities for classified staff. Funds are distributed during the fiscal year on a first come, first served basis. In general, funding is not available for activities that are more than $500. However, Staff Development funds may be combined with other department or institutional funds to cover training, conferences or other professional development activities approved by the classified staff member's supervisor or manager.

To request funds:

  • Download and complete a Request for Classified Staff Development Funds Form detailing the activity, the job-related benefit and the amount of money requested. (Note, funding is generally not available through the Staff Development Office for more than $500.)
  • Submit the form to your supervisor or manager for approval to attend the activity.
  • Place approved, signed the form in the "Staff Development" mailbox in the Kentfield Campus Mailroom to request staff development funding for the activity.
  • The form will be submitted to the Office of Human Resources for approval of staff development funds.
  • If funding is available, the form will be approved by the Professional Development Committee Office and returned to the classified staff member along with a memo that will explain how to access funds or be reimbursed for approved expenses.


Online Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Conferences

Teaching and Learning Resources

The resources in this section are available to College of Marin faculty and staff through the California Educational Technology Collaborative (CETC), (sponsored by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office) and the Staff Development Office. CETC is a statewide grant funded project designed to offer faculty and staff technology services, tools and support. You will find an array of teaching and learning resources listed below designed to support both your professional development and student success. Most are free to administrators, faculty, and staff of the California Community Colleges (CCC).

  • 3CSN - California Community College Success Network
    3CSN organizes workshops and activities at various community colleges throughout the state.
  • E-Conferencing Site for COM Faculty & Staff 
  • CCCConfer
    Free e-conferencing tool for California Community Colleges employees. Use it to conduct meetings, confer with students, make free conference calls and more. All you need is an internet connection and a phone. Free training is provided at the Sponsored by CETC.
  • Technology Training 
    @One Technology Training and Resources for California Community College Faculty and Staff 
    Programs are structured to fit busy faculty and staff schedules. They include Desktop Seminars, Instructor-led Online Courses, Self-Paced Online courses, Hands-On Institutes and other online resources. Sponsored by CETC. 
  • Educational Television and Satellite Services
    3C Media Solutions
    Educational television, live instruction, satellite conferencing & streaming media storage. Sponsored by CETC.  
  • Free CCC System Technology Newsletter 
    TechEDge Newsletter
    Free technology newsletter published quarterly to provide timely and relevant news about telecommunications and technology in California's 110 community colleges. Sponsored by CETC. 
  • Microsoft Software for Faculty and Staff
    Low-cost Microsoft Office software and MS Operating System software (XP, Windows 7 etc.) are available via our Microsoft License and the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Go to the and follow the links for faculty and staff.