FLEX and FLEX Opportunities
FLEX: Faculty Professional Development
FLEX stands for Flexible Calendar Program, and facilitates professional development. Professional development opportunities help full- and part-time faculty improve their instruction, curriculum and learning resource development skills, understanding of diversity and community, explore research opportunities, and more.
Full-time faculty use the online FlexTrack v2 system to file FLEX requests. If you do not have access to the FlexTrack system as a full-time MVC faculty member, contact Sabina Fernandez by email to ensure that your role or account is set up.
Changes to FLEX Credit Process
Effective April 18, 2022, Etrieve is no longer used to report professional development activities. Please use the following process to submit professional development and discipline-specific assessment training hours for compensation Per the 2021-2024 FA Agreement, Articles X.Q. 4, 5 & 6.
Applying for FLEX Credit
For associate faculty members who choose to participate in professional development (FLEX), assessment activities, or equity-centered training, the contract allows compensation for up to three (3) hours for each of these three categories (professional development, assessment, and equity-centered training).
To submit these hours for compensation, please follow this new process:
- Send an email to your Instructional Department Specialist (IDS) with “Reporting Faculty
Professional Development Hours” or “Reporting Faculty Assessment Hours” in the subject
- Stephanie Allen – School of Business, Health, and Human Services
- Jennifer Cruz – School of Public Safety
- Sandra Maciel – School of Communication, English, and World Language
- John Lee – School of STEM
- Sabean Scott – School of Humanities, Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and School of Visual and Performing Arts
- In the body of the email, please include the following information:
- Your name
- Your department
- Date, Time, and Activity [Note: Time = number of hours you are reporting. Ex.: 1.25 hours]
- Brief description or summary
- For Assessment training only: Attach a self-reflective narrative identifying how you have applied the knowledge gained from this assessment training (Article X.Q.5)
- IF the professional development activity was NOT one offered by the college or district, please attach proof of attendance documentation
- An AdobeSign document will be generated, populated with this information. When you receive the AdobeSign document via email, please review and sign.
Once you have signed, this document automatically forwards to your department chair for signature, before the completed document is automatically forwarded to payroll to process for payment. No further actions are needed on your part. Please verify payment on your next pay stub.
Educational equity means that each person receives what they need to develop to their full academic and social potential.
A commitment to equity means gaining an understanding of the intersectionality of social identities and the multiple axes of oppression that have caused, and are causing, people from different groups to be disproportionally impacted.
Working towards equity means:
- Removing the predictability of success and failure that currently correlates with any social or cultural factor.
- Identifying and dismantling inequitable practices, examining biases, and creating inclusive and just conditions for all.
- Honoring and cultivating the gifts, talents and interests that each human possesses. (Adapted from National Equity Project)
Contributes to success of disproportionally impacted students in the colleges' faculty leadership and board-approved Student Equity Plan and includes:
- Trainings, conferences, and courses from vetted organizations such as CORA and USC Race and Equity Center.
- Trainings, conferences, and courses from other appropriate groups or organizations approved by respective Faculty Professional Development Committees (in consultation with applicable committees, i.e., Student Equity) with the goal of improving instruction for equitable student success
- Any college/district-sponsored training, speaker, consultant brought to discuss/consult facilitate on equity-mindedness, cultural proficiency, and social justice.
- Communities of practice, trainings, and facilitated discussion by experts and/or RCCD employees/equity leaders who have completed a relevant researchedbased course or training.