For more information, visit Professional Development.
Faculty Professional Development Funding
All SMC faculty are eligible to apply once per academic year for up to $1,000.00 of professional development funding for conferences or other professional development activities.
Please read the form carefully to be sure that your proposed activity meets the guidelines established in AB1725. The application requires the approval of five signatures in total: the Department Chair, Vice President of Academic Affairs, PDC Chair, Vice President Human Resources, and the President/Superintendent. Therefore, we ask that the form be turned in at least 30 days in advance of the event.
The PDC is an Academic Senate Joint Committee that only meets during the fall and spring semester, and does not meet during the intersessions. The PDC can receive conference funding applications dated before the start of the academic year, but since the committee does not officially meet until the fall semester, we cannot guarantee that applications will be reviewed or approved during the summer months. All eligible applications must first be approved in order to receive reimbursement from the district. District policy does not allow for retroactive reimbursement after an event has occured.
Step 1: Complete the PDC Conference Funding Form
Step 2: To request reimbursement of expenses, submit the Conference Reimbursement Claim Form (found on the Faculty Professional Development page under "Forms")
Online Flex Reporting
What is Flex and why do we need to track participation?
Flex activities are professional development activities for faculty. California legislation and SMC's Faculty contract mandate that faculty participate in flex acitivites as part of the compressed academic calendar. SMC's Human Resources department is responsible for reporting faculty participation to Academic Affairs and Payroll. The State of California conducts audits of our flex tracking documentation.
Report Flex hours and activities into mProfessor.
2 institutional flex days @ 6 hours each +
3 departmental flex days @ 6 hours each +
24 individual flex hours = 54 hours per year
And, one additional hour per semester for each hour of overload assignment.
One hour per semester for each weekly hour of teaching assignment.
i.e. Teaching 9 hours per week requires 9 hours per semester of flex.
Part-time faculty may fulfill personal flex commitments for fall or for remote conversion stipend-eligible work.
*Non-credit part-time instructors are not required to complete flex
Additional Information on Faculty Flex
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
Working at Santa Monica College is qualifying employment for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. To qualify you must:
- work for a government agency or for certain types of nonprofit organizations (Santa Monica College qualifies),
- work full-time (at least 30 hours per week). If part-time, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to complete the public service loan calculator which will accompany your certification form,
- have Direct Loans (or consolidate other federal student loans to qualify),
- repay loans on an income-driven repayment plan,
- make 120 qualifying payments (over 10 years)
Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN): 95-276-7537
For additional information or questions, please contact
Office of Human Resources
310-434-4415 / ProfDevelopment@smc.edu