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Professional Development Units Policy
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Professional Development Units Policy
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VI. A-5
Professional Development
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To help each faculty member grow as an instructor or college professor and, in turn, improve student achievement in the courses taken. A means of quantifying and measuring the extent of faculty involvement is by introducing the concept of Professional Development Units (PDUs).


A Professional Development Unit (PDU) is a measurement used in professional development to award credit for participation in a broad range of activities, including action research, staff development programs, curriculum design, faculty forums, workshops and seminars, etc. PDUs generated by such workshops, seminars and conferences are generally earned at the rate of one for each hour of participation. Such a workshop or seminar must be offered by a provider previously approved by the Professional Development Director.

PDU activities that are selected must address one of the following purposes:

  • To advance your knowledge and skills in your current area(s) of expertise.
  • To develop your knowledge and skills in areas determined to be critical for all PMU faculty.
  • To expand your knowledge and skills in an additional teaching field or toward the acquisition of a relevant education degree.
  • To update and/or reinforce relevant skills
  • To explore other areas of interest such as social, educational, political, or cultural issues.
  • To meet like-minded people to improve the quality and delivery of education

How To Earn PDUs:     Professional development units may be earned by any of the following activities provided they are documented.

  • Attending Faculty Forum meetings
  • Volunteer service to professional or community organizations
  • Participating on collaborative planning and professional improvement teams and committees
  • Participating in decision-making teams or relevant committees related to department or content improvement plans
  • Mentoring or Peer Coaching previously approved by the dean or department chair
  • Evidence of completing graduate or post graduate credit courses
  • Evidence of completing modules from online programs such as Alison or certificate programs
  • Serving on conference planning committees or making presentations at conferences or at professional meetings
  • Writing and publishing research and/or position papers

 “Other” Activities:    A faculty member may earn professional development units for activities not specifically mentioned in the PDU description. These “other” activities may be acceptable if the person involved keeps on file written evidence that:

  • Describes the activity and its purpose, intensity, duration, and outcomes;
  • Discusses how the activity is related to the improvement of your knowledge and skills;
  • Identifies which activity mentioned earlier most closely resembles the claimed activity and proposes a number of PDUs that is commensurate with the value assigned to the similar activity identified above.

It should be noted that the category “Other” may not be used to claim credit for activities that are only partially completed.  PDUs are not earned through attendance at department organized meetings.

Certificate of Accomplishment:     PDUs may be earned throughout the academic year. At the end of each academic year, certificates will be awarded to faculty based on the following criteria:


20 PDUs


35 PDUs


50 PDUs

Reporting PDUs:     Faculty will be required to report the number of PDUs earned on the annual self-assessment instrument that has to be completed and submitted each year.  This will have an impact on decisions made concerning each faculty member. The official number of PDUs on record for each faculty member may be obtained from the office of the Professional Development Director.