Welcome The College of Alameda Professional Development Committee is participatory constituent committee at College of Alameda. The committee supports faculty, staff, administrators, and student leaders in activities enhance and support the College of Alameda Mission of serving the educational needs of its diverse community by providing comprehensive and flexible programs and resources that empower students to achieve their goals. Committee Charge Plan, promote, and implement major staff development activities and events for college-wide participation. Responsible for the final review of applications for funds for staff development activities to ensure compliance with state guidelines and college goals. This committee meets on the 1st Monday of every month from 12 pm – 1 pm in A 228 or virtually in Professional Development Committee Zoom Room Membership:

  • Faculty Representatives (3) one of whom serves as Chair
  • Administrative Representatives (3)
  • Classified Representatives (2)

Our Mission and Responsibilities

  1. Work all constituents to create and foster diverse professional development activities
  2. Establish priorities and procedures and approve funding requests for Professional Development activities.
  3. Oversee the sabbatical leave process (see Article 26, Paragraph R and the Sabbatical Leave Handbook for description of guidelines, procedures, applicants, etc.); and review, score and rank all applicants. The committee shall make its recommendations to the College President and the Chancellor.
  4. Plan and Evaluate the Flex Day activities

Meeting Schedule and Location

Academic Year 2023 -2024

Meetings: The first Monday of every month
Time:          12:30 – 1:30 pm
Place:         Professional Development Committee Zoom Room

All are welcome to attend. The Professional Development Committee can be reached by email by contacting your 2023 chair, Drew Burgess (dburgess@peralta.edu). Please include Marivic Lizardo (mlizardo@peralta.edu) in your correspondence with the chair.

Staff Development Workshop Proposal Form

Committee Membership
ChairDrew Burgess
FacultyGlen Pearson
Stefanie Ulrey
AdministrationWilliam Ramos Ochoa
Reza Majlesi
Maurice Jones
Stephanie Bradshaw
ClassifiedLaShawn Brumfield
Kawanna Rollins
Louie Martirez
Marivic Lizardo
Date Agendas Minutes
May 6, 2024 Agenda Minutes
April 8, 2024 Agenda Minutes
March 4, 2024 Agenda Minutes
February 5, 2024 Agenda Minutes
December 4, 2023 Agenda Minutes
November 6, 2023 Agenda Minutes
October 2, 2023 Agenda Minutes
September 5, 2023 Agenda Minutes
April 17, 2023 Agenda Minutes

Agenda & Minutes Archive

The Professional Development Committee at of CoA meets monthly reviewing proposals for professional development. Funds may be used for conferences and courses related to your professional development aligned with your department/college mission and goals. Full and part time faculty may apply. Generally the funding award is up to $1000 per semester.

Here are the steps to apply for Professional Development funding for conferences, classes, workshops and other appropriate uses:

How do I request Professional Development Funds for approved activities?  

Step # 1: Selection Criteria

  1. Funds are available for contract and part-time faculty only.
  2. Funding is generally up to $1000 per semester.
  3. We encourage faculty to seek additional funds if travel exceeds this amount.

The Professional Development Committee is working with other committees to facilitate a referral for additional resources.

  1. All activities shall be aligned with the discipline, cluster, division, college and

district goals and mission.

  1. Provide a statement on how you plan to share the event/activity with colleagues, COAFAS, and/or the Peralta District. Examples on how to share info: Write an

evaluation/assessment report; facilitate a professional day workshop; facilitate a faculty

engagement workshop; give a presentation to your department/discipline.

  1. Once the committee approves or rejects your request, the Professional Development

Chair will contact you.


Step # 2: Complete and Include in your proposal:

  1. Name
  2. Department
  3. Describe the training/workshop or class/activity and how it aligns with the department/division and college goals and mission. Feel free to attach any supporting documentation
  4. Insert the Start Date of the Training/Activity/Event
  5. Insert the End Date of Training/webinar
  6. Insert the Total Cost of Online/Training Webinar and itemize different costs (registration, fees, etc.)
  7. How do you plan to share the knowledge with the college community? Provide a statement on how you plan to share the event/activity with colleagues, COA-FAS, and/or the Peralta District. Examples on how to share info: Write an evaluation/assessment report; facilitate a professional day workshop; facilitate a faculty engagement workshop; give a presentation to your department/discipline.
  8. Add any additional information that supports this application

Professional Development Form


Step # 3 Travel Request Form 7400

All travel requests will continue to require your dated signature. Please discuss plans with your Dean or supervisor and obtain their approval/signature, as well. You must obtain a supervisor’s signature before the committee can review your request.


Step # 4: Email completed documents to PD Committee Chair Drew Burgess dburgess@peralta.edu ; and Committee Coordinator Marivic Lizardo Mlizardo@peralta.edu


Step # 5: Travel Request Form 7400

A statement on how you plan to share the event/activity with colleagues, COA-FAS, and/or the Peralta District. Examples on how to share info: Write an evaluation/assessment report; facilitate a professional day workshop; facilitate a faculty engagement workshop; give a presentation to your department/discipline

Deadlines/Lead-Time for Applications for Professional Development Funds

Please see the file below for a more detailed timeline of what is required for your request to be approved:

All applications will be reviewed during the regular Professional Development Committee meetings, so for any application to be considered and to be approved you must apply by

October 2 for any activity that starts after this date

October 30 for any activity that starts after this date

November 27 for any activity that starts after this date

More deadlines for activities that take place during Spring 2021 will be posted soon.

  1. Awards for full-time and part-time faculty are limited to a maximum of $1000 per person during Fall semester. All faculty are eligible. Classified professionals are encouraged to contact your Classified Senate President for information regarding possible funding.
  2. Funds are allocated for tuition (courses aligned with the mission/goals/discipline areas), conference registration fees
  3. These funds at this point are allocated for Fall semester activities and a decision about Spring will be made as soon as we have more information
  4. The PD committee will use the criteria below to assess your application and request
    • the nature of the event being related to the PD Committee and College goals and the priority of ensuring a high quality of online teaching
    • the nature of the event being shared with students, discipline, division, college

Funds will not be allocated for:

  • Faculty on leave without pay
  • Part-time faculty who are not currently teaching at College of Alameda during Fall 2020 semester

Upon the completion of these form, also please consider organizing a Professional Development Training

What is the process of facilitating a workshop?

Our Goal — Share of knowledge, effective practices

Once you complete your professional development activity, we encourage you to disseminate your knowledge. Present your growth during district and college flex days, share with your department or colleagues, write an article for the COA Splash, or submit to us and we will post your accomplishments on our webpage.

We are accepting application for October 20 Flex Day, as well as Spring Flex Day, and the committee

To be considered for October 20 Flex Day, please submit a proposal no later than October 2

Complete and submit to the Professional Development Committee the Professional Development Workshop Proposal Form

College of Alameda is a diverse, supportive, and empowering learning community for seekers of
knowledge. We are committed to providing an inviting, creative, ethical, and inclusive
environment in which students develop their abilities as thinkers, workers, and citizens of the global world.

We use this vision to choreograph three central values that guide us to serve the educational needs of our community:

We call these “our ABCs” emphasizing crucial success indicators for our students in achieving an enhanced capacity to pursue their dreams! Noting the Community College Movement all over the world emerged out of the American focus upon “community” and “citizenship” in higher education; we draw the meaning of a community college degree as defined for us by California Education Code: Title 5. From this, what you should be able to do with what you learn here is outlined in three general areas that define a comprehensive community college education that prepares students in terms of:

    • Foundational Knowledge and Learning – college courses that prepare people for transfer to higher levels of education or simply to understand our place in the world and the world in and of itself
    • Critical Thinking and Applied Skills – an overall set of life “survival” skills necessary to be a productive, employed, and effective citizen including applied learning in the areas of Career and Technical Education (CTE)
    • Personal Enrichment and Efficacy – college courses that develop the life skill sets for pursuing well being and an enhanced quality of life

At College of Alameda, “ABCs” means we integrate our core values in all we do to help students in their efforts to realize their dreams. How are these crucial success indicators emphasized in service to our learning community?

    • Academic Excellence means we validate our work based on the assessment of our students’ success as defined by our Institutional Learning Outcomes. We seek to meet these goals with a commitment to innovative and integrated curriculum built upon collaborative partnerships within our organization between student services and academic instruction, seeking to create  opportunities for applied learning (such as service learning, civic engagement and cross-discipline learning communities), all within in the context of a psychologically and intellectually safe environment that encourages risk-taking and celebrates our successes.
    • Budgetary Competence means all our services need to be offered creatively within the real-world constraints of our budget. We are all a part of this process of being responsible stewards for the resources entrusted to us by the community we serve. We strive to not bring ideas to the table without first asking how this fits within our resource limits, seeking to find creative ways to supplement our budget. In this we also seek to find creative ways to do what we want to do within the context of our vision of success – not merely a shrunken vision of what we have always done. We also seek to serve our students with convenient and creative scheduling allowing us to offer courses that are productive, creative and experimental. We look for holistic offerings that complement our existing programs, our sister colleges within the Peralta Community College District, and that play to the unique strengths of College of Alameda.
    • Community Engagement means we seek to embody a Spirit of Collegiality, actively working towards a student-centered philosophy that embodies a community of scholar practitioners committed to serving our students with professional and collegial competence. We aspire to hold one another accountable to clear standards of success and excellence – as defined by our Institutional Learning Outcomes – utilizing a process of evaluation and assessment, leading to improvement of college programs and services. In this we
      use tried and tested models of academic excellence that work! COA’s Learning Communities (Adelante, APASS, Amandla, Community Leadership and Public Service) are all examples of successful programs that exemplify our  commitment to students. We focus on a holistic collaborative approach to learning; one in which learning happens both in- and out- of the classroom. We recognize our frontline staff members are no less important than our administration and our faculty cannot function without either. We actively
      promote and support students as equal partners in shared governance through the Associated Students of College of Alameda (ASCOA) and our Campus Life Council. This one team approach, comprised of students, staff and faculty, seeks to de-emphasize distinctions between the stakeholders; we are all learners, each working towards a common goal: student success!

In line with our definition of crucial student success indicators, “Learning at College of Alameda” follows the notion that an Associate’s degree from a comprehensive community college should embody, “a coherent and integrated pattern of learning experiences (to) prepare students (as) educated persons with a broad range of knowledge to evaluate and appreciate the physical environment, the culture, and the society in which they live; to be able to examine the values inherent in proposed solutions to major social problems; and to be able to participate effectively in their resolution.” Title 5 emphasizes the role of education in preparing “citizens with a broad educational foundation, to develop a populace that can participate effectively in all domains of society: civically, economically, and politically.”

Therefore, it is the Mission of College of Alameda to serve the educational needs of its diverse community by providing comprehensive and flexible programs and resources that empower students to achieve their goals.

Following Title 5, the faculty, staff, and administration at College of Alameda strive to accomplish our mission in a more complex world with challenges unique to living in the 21st Century. We meet these challenges offering courses in three areas of focus: career technical education, liberal arts and sciences, and personal enrichment. It is by being “comprehensive” in this way that College of Alameda offers students critical life skills and tools to live more effectively in the world.