Teaching and Learning

Adjunct Certification Training

Adjunct Certification Training (ACT) provides adjunct faculty with the tools and resources to assist them in becoming more effective educators in the classroom. Details on required and elective courses are available in the ACT Brochure and Schedule. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants per semester. Certification requires completion of the nine required modules and at least one elective module within a two-semester sequence, with the option to extend for one additional year. Upon completion of ACT, the adjunct will receive a one-time stipend of $800.

Upon completion of ACT, the adjunct instructor should be:

  • Cognizant of the college’s mission
  • Aware of policies and procedures of the academic branch
  • Comfortable in the college’s learning community
  • Equipped with more resources to enhance student learning in the classroom

All adjunct faculty members are encouraged to apply for ACT. Primary consideration will be given to adjunct faculty who have:

  • The recommendation of his/her academic director
  • Limited or no teaching experience

Adjunct Faculty Handbook

Click here to access.

Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides resources to assist faculty in creating effective and successful teaching and learning environments. As defined by the faculty, successful and effective teaching and learning environments joins three integral parties: an effective teacher; willing, prepared and capable students; and supportive staff and administration.

Effective teaching requires content expertise. Effective teaching demonstrates deep subject knowledge, including key concepts, current and relevant research, methodologies, tools and techniques, and meaningful applications.

Effective teaching reflects sound instructional methods drawn from the scholarship of teaching and learning. Effective teaching uses a variety of proven methods for engagement and assessment that facilitate student mastery of the content. Effective teaching cultivates a supportive learning environment that allows students to think critically and experiment with the material, providing constructive, encouraging and corrective feedback.

Effective teaching communicates successfully. Effective teaching clearly articulates high, achievable and purposeful expectations. Students receive timely, substantive feedback in appropriate forms. Effective teaching adeptly guides meaningful course activities, allowing students to advance their knowledge or skill.

Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Individual Development Plan completion is voluntary; however, it may be an eligibility requirement for funding through the Staff & Organizational Development Office. We suggest completing your IDP online so that you may enter information and save it, at multiple sessions if you desire. Please note It is best to allow pop-ups while working with your IDP. (Note to Mac users: Firefox browser works better than Safari)

To complete your IDP online:

  1. Log into MyJCCC
  2. Select JCCC Applications located in the list in the gray box to the right
  3. Under the General arrow located on the left, Select Individual Dev. System
  4. You must PRINT your IDP, sign and date it. (Supervisor’s signature optional)

You may scan it as a pdf file and send it to staffdev.dept@jccc.edu or send the hard copy to Staff and Organizational Development, GEB 275, Campus Mail Box 43. It will be scanned electronically and then returned to you.


The League’s Innovation Stream—more commonly known as iStream—is the League’s comprehensive, online resource bank in which faculty, staff, and administrators can find solutions for research and reference needs. An iStream subscription provides everyone at your college access to subscription-only professional resources, including:

  • Free webinars and learning programs
  • League books, monographs, articles, and reports, including all volumes of Leadership Abstracts and Learning Abstracts
  • Keynote and special session videos, and PowerPoint presentations from League conferences

iStream user accounts are available to all JCCC administration, faculty, and staff members. Users must have a valid institutional email address to activate an iStream account. Please click on the link below to create a user account or sign in.


KCPDC Faculty Certification

KCPDC Faculty Certification is a program developed by the Kansas City Professional Development Council (KCPDC) to provide faculty with the tools and resources for becoming more effective in the classroom. Full-time and adjunct faculty who choose to complete the six core classes and an additional two elective offerings will receive a certificate for the successful completion of 24 hours of study.

Registration is FREE. Course offerings appear in the Staff Development Class Search. Click on the Advanced Search tab and select KC PROF. DEV. COUNCIL – ZPDC from the dropdown list. You may register through MyJCCC using your selected CRNs. A snack will be served along with a beverage with each class.

Further details are available on the KCPDC Faculty Development Program web page. You may also call ext. 7654 or e-mail staffdev.dept@jccc.edu.

New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation (formerly called LENS) is a year-long program that acquaints new full-time faculty with JCCC history, culture, procedures, and instructional issues. Facilitators are David Krug and Luz Alvarez.


  • After completion of New Faculty Orientation, participants should have practical methods of:
  • Creating a positive learning environment
  • Developing learning outcomes and competencies
  • Selecting teaching and learning strategies
  • Enhancing teaching and learning using educational technologies
  • Developing classroom assessment for formative or summative purposes

In addition, the participants will be given opportunities to collaborate with each other in leading some of the activities and will share a strong sense of community with other first-year faculty members.


  • Week-long training prior to fall semester
  • Additional meetings during the fall and spring semesters

Mentoring and Peer Review

The purpose of the JCCC mentoring and peer review program is to acquaint new faculty members with opportunities and resources for their first year. Please attend an orientation session to learn how to have a successful mentoring relationship with a new faculty member.


  • Teaching and Mentoring Future Leaders (link to file)
  • What’s a Mentor, Anyway? (Link to file)


  • Mentor Goals
  • Mentor Handbook
  • Mentor Log
  • Mentor Report Example


STARLINK provides professional development programming to colleges and universities via the Internet 24/7 and is available to all JCCC faculty and staff members. Please e-mail Farrell Hoy Jenab, Faculty Development Coordinator, at fjenab@jccc.edu or call ext 4756 to obtain login and password information. Topics are available online for two-week periods; then are available on a DVD that may be checked out from Farrell.

The Teaching Professor, Distance Education Report, and Online Classroom Newsletter

All JCCC faculty and staff members have access to The Teaching Professor, Distance Education Report, and the Online Classroom Newsletter. The publications can be accessed in D2L.

To access the publications, faculty should:

  1. Log into D2L
  2. From the D2L homepage, under Communities, locate and click on Faculty Resources and Training
  3. Click on Content
  4. Scroll down and click on the desired publication
  5. View and select the current and archived issues

For further information, please contact your Dean or Assistant Dean, or Farrell Jenab , Faculty Development Coordinator, at 913-469-8500 ext. 4756.