Professional Development Committee

CAPPA Professional Development Committee

Charge: Provide program development feedback, recommendations, support, and other input to the Committee Chair, who is responsible for all education programs for the membership.  Assist, as requested, with the Technology Conference, and other professional development programs for the membership.  In addition, the committee provides information on educational programs to assist all officers and committees of the association, as requested, including the Annual Meeting.

Requires At least one representative from each state or province in the CAPPA region.

Co-ChairLee McQueenNE
Co-ChairScott TurleyAR
 Rod BerscheidManitoba
 Don SpiesTX
 Dean HansenTX
 Greg SilkmanMO
 Ben BoslaughMO
 Duane WeigelKS
 Michael MondtOK
 Scott TurleyAR


January 2012


The Professional Development Committee’s key role is to ensure the proper education and development of educational facilities professionals across the entire CAPPA community.  Our charge is to continually evaluate, validate and improve the educational development for the association as well as assist in the offering of the Supervisor’s Toolkit and other educational offerings throughout the year under the CAPPA umbrella.  Implicit in this charge is the need for creative thinking and bold, innovative ideas in the constant review of educational content and exploration of more effective delivery methodology.

Committee Members

The Chair of the committee is responsible for ensuring the Committee charge is executed.  The Committee members include one representative from each state/province.


Each individual should begin or continue their role with a passion for the work of their chosen committee and provide support to the Co-Chairs and other committee members alike.  As with other CAPPA committees, there is the expectation of full participation, to the maximum extent possible, in committee meetings (generally twice a year) and conference calls (generally monthly, especially during preparation for an educational offering).  Two face-to-face meetings are held each year – one in the fall (generally late September or October) at the CAPPA Annual Meeting, and one in the winter (generally late February or early March) at the CAPPA Technology Conference.  CAPPA pays for some of the expenses of committee members at these two face-to-face meetings in accordance with the then-prevailing Travel Policy (currently two nights’ lodging plus associated meals not provided by CAPPA on those two days).  The understanding is that the member’s institutions will support committee members’ attendance at these two face-to-face meetings.  If for some reason, the committee member is unable to attend one of the face-to-face meetings, he or she should make arrangements with the Co-Chairs in advance of the meeting to either provide for attendance by telephone or to provide any updates that need to be passed along to other committee members at those meetings.

Specifically, with regard to the Technology Conference, there is an expectation of support for logistics, including, for example, registration and business partner liaison, by Professional Development Committee members.  Unlike the annual conference, which is hosted by an institution, the Technology Conference is essentially “hosted” by the Professional Development Committee.  Accordingly, some, though perhaps not all, of the Professional Development Committee members are needed for early arrival in order to assist with logistics.

In addition, each committee member is expected to attend conference calls.  If a member cannot attend a particular conference call, he or she should contact the Co-Chairs in advance of the conference call to provide any updates in advance of the conference call.

As a volunteer organization, CAPPA relies upon its volunteers on the Professional Development Committee to ensure the effective delivery of educational programming.  Each member of the Professional Development Committee should take these volunteer efforts seriously.  While it is understood that each member must attend to the needs of his or her institution in their primary role as an employee of that institution, members should also understand that CAPPA and the other members of the Professional Development Committee are relying on them as well.  Thus, each committee member should be willing to extend extra effort when required or as promised in order to fulfill any responsibilities accepted by the member.  On the Professional Development Committee, there can be expected to be times of more intense activity and time requirements during the several months preceding an educational offering mixed with times of less intense activity during the interim periods between educational offerings.

Finally, each member should commit to his or her own continual professional development by reading extensively, listening to speakers (and keeping a list of the good ones), attending educational programs, and gathering ideas to be shared with their fellow committee members.

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