Faculty Development
Off-Campus Activities

 Annual Recognition Dinner

Purpose: To recognize faculty and staff members nominated for awards during the preceding academic year.

The Recognition Dinner is held at an off-campus location. All faculty and staff award nominees are invited to attend. The College pays for their dinner and a guest. The dinner involves an address by the College president and recognition of nominees and winners. This event is available to all faculty and staff.

The 2018 Recognition dinner will be held at the Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway Blvd, on Friday, May 4, from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.


 Annual Retreat

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for faculty and administrators to participate in an activity that fosters intellectual sharing and creative dialogue. In the process, communication between faculty and administrators produces a heightened degree of camaraderie and a positive attitude toward the College and one's profession.

2018 Faculty Retreat

All faculty are invited to attend the 2018 Faculty Retreat on May 15-16 at the Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort in Tucson, AZ.  Please register on or before Monday, March 5.


Click here for more details regarding the retreat and application process. 


Email applications will NOT be accepted.  Please download the Registration Form and submit it with payment/deposit by March 5th to the Faculty Development Office, Valle Verde Campus, Room C429, or interoffice campus mail. If you want to pay with a credit card, please download this form. CC payment for 2018 Faculty Retreat

If you would like to present a workshop at the Retreat, please download the 2018 Retreat Proposal Form ) and return via email to Ana Resendez, aestrad9@epcc.edu by March 5th.

 Spanish Immersion Program

Purpose: To promote the development of conversational Spanish and cultural awareness among faculty via a one-two week immersion program in Costa Rica. 

This summer, the Faculty Development Office will again be sponsoring the Spanish Immersion Program for faculty. This program is designed to improve the Spanish speaking skills and cultural awareness of our faculty. There will be three different levels of instruction ranging from beginner to advance. Participants will spend several hours a day in class with additional time devoted to cultural and immersion activities.

The program will be held in Flamingo, Costa Rica. Flamingo is located on the Pacific coast about 45 minutes from the city of Liberia. The date for this year’s program is August 6  - August 13. Costa Rica is stable, progressive, and among the most beautiful countries in all of Central America. Participants can opt for homestays with local families or stay in apartments or hotels. The college will pay for language instruction, the cost of a portion of the transportation fees from the airport to one’s homestay or apartment, and the cost of homestays (includes breakfast and dinner with family). Persons who elect to stay in a hotel will be given a $180 allotment for food/lodging. All participants will have to pay for their travel to and from Costa Rica.

In addition to the formal classes and cultural activities, a "buddy system” will be used to pair up advanced with beginning speakers. This “buddy system” will be used to assist less advanced speakers when traveling to and from Costa Rica. The “buddy system” will also be used during some of the free time while in Costa Rica. Finally, beginners will be asked to participate in a pre-immersion activity to improve their Spanish.

This program is open to all faculty members with some preference given to full-time faculty. However, a fixed number of openings are designated for adjunct faculty. Newcomers will be given preference over previous participants. However, all interested persons are encouraged to apply as we often accept previous participants and have cancellations.

If you are interested in participating in this program, complete and return the application form on the back of this memo by April 7. Please be sure to attach the refundable deposit. Persons accepted into the program or placed on the waiting list will be notified by April 13.

Spanish Immersion Application (MS Word)

 Wellness Saturday

Purpose: To discuss health and environmental issues and personal renewal concerns in a relaxed atmosphere; to provide an opportunity for faculty, staff, and administrators to become better acquainted.

A wellness Saturday is held each year, planned by an ad-hoc wellness committee. Registration includes a minimal fee to cover group meals. Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Announcements are placed in the Faculty Development Newsletter. This event is available to all full & part-time faculty.

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