Faculty Professional Development Committee

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The Faculty Professional Development Committee (FPDC) consists of four elected tenure-track or tenured faculty representatives, two academic managers appointed by the President of California University of Pennsylvania, the FPDC Center Coordinator, and Chairs of the five FPDC subcommittees.


  • Determines, with input from faculty and management, the thematic emphasis for an academic year.
  • Promotes workshops, presentations, forums, etc., which encompass all areas of professional development.
  • Develops criteria for and evaluates proposals which have been endorsed by the appropriate dean, makes awards, monitors expenditures, and evaluates the report of results for awards.
  • Coordinates on-campus grant activities and supports external grant writing.
  • Informs, in writing, all faculty who apply for grants, or other services of the FPD Committee's action regarding such applications. (It is the responsibility of the chair to report the recommendations of The Committee in a timely fashion.).
  • Oversees the FPD Center by assisting in an advisory capacity and evaluating the center's overall program and the functions of the FPD Center coordinator.
  • Facilitates the functioning of the Subcommittees on Teaching and Learning, Service and Service-Learning, Research, Technology, and Grants and Contracts by furnishing clerical and organizational support (through the FPD Center); allocating and monitoring expenditures of funds, and providing committee and managerial clarification upon request.
  • Reviews, modifies, and codifies the roles and responsibilities of the subcommittees.
  • Ascertains faculty professional development needs in order to plan, implement, and evaluate programs to address these needs.
  • Evaluates proposals for state-level PASSHE FPD Council annual grants and forwards recommendations to the university’s office of grants and contracts.


The FPD Committee coordinates FPD activities for the University and serves as a conduit for the State System FPD Council and its various programs.

The Committee consists of eleven voting members: four tenured or tenure-track faculty (elected by the faculty), one representing each of the three undergraduate colleges and one representing faculty not associated with any particular college; one administrator appointed by the president of the University or his/her designee; the coordinator of The FPD Center; and the chairs of the subcommittees on Research, Teaching and Learning, Service and Service-Learning, Technology, and Grants and Contracts.

The Committee meets bi-weekly during the fall and spring semesters and is available during the summer as needed.

Members of the Faculty Professional Development Committee

Kyle Fredrick
FPDC Chair
Representing the Eberly College of Science and Technology
Department of Earth Sciences

Nicole Evanick
Chair of the Service and Service-Learning Subcommittee
Department of Nursing Department

Scott Hargraves
Representing the College of Education and Human Services
Department of Health Science

Paul Hettler
Faculty Center Coordinator
Department of Business and Economics

Brent House
Representing the College of Liberal Arts
Department of English

Leandro Junes
Chair of the Research Subcommittee
Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems

Mark Lennon
Chair of the Technology Subcommittee
Department of Business and Economics

John Massella
Representing Non-teaching Faculty
Counseling Center

Michael Perrotti
Chair of the Grants and Contracts Subcommittee
Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

Michelle Torregano
Chair of the Teaching and Learning Subcommittee
Department of Childhood Education

Mohamed Yamba
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Management Representative

Faculty Professional Development Organizational Structure

The FPDC oversees the program through activities developed and supported by the Center and various FPD subcommittees. All FPD activities follow established policies and procedures approved by the FPDC, the Provost, the President and the Council of Trustees of the University.

FPDC Organizational Structure



Grants and Contracts


Service and Service-Learning

Teaching and Learning


Contact the FPDC

Faculty Professional Development Center

Paul Hettler, Center Coordinator

Patricia McClain, FPD Program Assistant

Azorsky 134
250 University Avenue
California, PA 15419-1394

FAX 724-938-4370

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