Pro-D Resources for All Faculty

We strive to support your professional development needs at all stages of your teaching practice.

The intention of this Faculty Guidebook (formerly called faculty handbook) is to combine helpful information from different resources into one organized place.

The guidebook is not a substitute for and does not supersede the official Policies and Procedures of the college, nor the Faculty Collective Bargained Agreement.

As part of the faculty bargained agreement, faculty will have one half of 1% set aside from each yearโ€™s operating budget at Lake Washington Institute of Technology for professional development.

What can this funding be used for?

Funds may be requested for research, conferences, classes, degrees, and other professional development opportunities that align with the collegeโ€™s core themes and mission. The professional development opportunity should end with a product that will be shared in some way to bring benefit to the college. This might be in the form of a published paper, presentation given to a group or committee, report, etc. You may be awarded partial funding at the discretion of the committee.

Note: for tuition towards higher education, e.g. a doctorate, you may request and be granted up to $3,000. The fund does not pay for certification or licensing that is necessary for you to have in order to teach your classes. Those are paid for out of division money.

Who can apply for funding?

In order to be eligible to request funds, the faculty must be either full-time, or part-time faculty who have taught an average of 30 credits a year for the past 2 years. Please note that special consideration may be taken for faculty who do not qualify, but are close to qualifying, at the discretion of the Faculty Professional Development Committee.

How much funding can I apply for?

Requests may be made for up to $3,000 (this amount must include pay for a substitute instructor, if needed, to cover missed classes, however, priority will be given to applications under $1,500 to help ensure that more faculty are served). Under ordinary circumstances, funding will not be available to more than three persons to attend the same event.

How often can I apply for funding?

Faculty may not apply for funds more frequently than once every other year.

What is the application deadline?

Applications must be received no later than the 6th week of the quarter to request funding for the following quarter. Project funds are limited and will be allocated as worthy requests are received, so it is recommended that faculty submit their applications by the earliest possible deadline.

To find out more or to apply, visit the Faculty Professional Development Funds Application

  • You will receive an Employee Weekly Workshop Update in your LWTech email.
  • Also look for other trainings that come from Human Resources such as the LEADS (leadership development program) and from the Equity Diversity and Inclusion Council.
  • Each year our college typically sends a few faculty to the following conferences

If you need help getting started with Canvas, contact the eLearning department to make an appointment.

If you are looking for a robust (3-weeks, asynchronous, approx. 20 hours) Canvas training, visit our system's  Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) training registration page.

For Professional Technical faculty that are required to take a First Aid CPR training, we typically offer one during Fall Inservice - Opening week. 

Center of Excellence for Careers in Education

Careers in Ed offers boot camps and other trainings for professional technical instructors at educational institutions of Washington State.

Center for Learning Connections (@EDCC)

Resource for trainers and training. "The mission of the Center for Learning Connections is to prepare learners to manage change and create successful futures..." 


IGNIS offers FREE webinars from faculty and education professionals across the state. IGNIS: Imagination * Genius * New understanding * Innovation * Shared knowledge

State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC)

SBCTC offers Online Training on Canvas, How to Use Open Educational Resources and more. 

Other Faculty Resources

Do you like the idea of reducing the cost of textbooks or learning materials for your students?  Or be given the chance to see if there's openly licensed resources you can remix to fit your course learning needs?  Check out Open for Learning for details and information on who to contact in regards to Open Educational Resources (OER), or contact LWTech Library Staff for more information.

As you prepare for class, check out the Academic Calendar to plan around any holidays, advising, and inservice days. Class session days are  in green: