The Maricopa Adjunct Faculty Reflective and Experiential Applied Practices (REAP) Program is an independent, self-guided program that allows experienced adjunct faculty to show evidence that they meet the five competencies based on prior teaching or professional development experience. As an independent experience, adjuncts determine how quickly they can move through the program. The REAP Program recognizes the value of professional development, whether it is formal or informal.
This can include teaching, presenting at or attending conferences, leading or attending workshops, leading service-learning projects, and much more.
This program allows adjunct faculty to show evidence that they meet the five competencies based on prior teaching experience, professional development, and/or through the content of the program. Attainment of the competencies is designed to be flexible and implemented in a manner consistent with college and MCCCD practices. In addition to being reflective and competency-based, this program emphasizes experiential learning, which is the process of integrating knowledge, activity, and reflection.
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- illustrate their teaching practices and their alignment with the five competencies
- utilize competencies to improve their teaching
- advance their professional skills
- identify areas to enhance professionally
- reflect on their teaching and professional practices
Adjunct faculty completing REAP will be showing evidence of competency mastery through an electronic (e) professional portfolio. Electronic or digital portfolios are computerized versions of a professional portfolio, this suggests that artifacts, structural organization, and information are represented in digital formats via communication technologies.
A professional portfolio is a record of goals, growth, achievement, and professional attributes developed over time. For faculty, a professional portfolio is a thoughtfully organized and purposeful collection of artifacts that illustrates professional status, pedagogical expertise, subject matter knowledge, knowledge of learning processes, and professional and personal attributes that contribute to teaching. It should provide evidence for accomplishing the competencies put forth by MCCCD. The professional portfolio itself is the product of, and cannot be separated from the reflection and assessment processes required to produce it.
The program is facilitated by the Maricopa Center for Learning and Innovation in partnership with faculty throughout the District. Adjuncts enroll in a Canvas Shell for the Program and complete the e-Portfolio as they go through the content of each competency. Facilitators and Assessors review and approve the portfolio demonstrating competence in the five areas. Once the e-Portfolio has been approved and it has been determined that all competencies have been met, adjuncts will have successfully completed the program and may reap the rewards! (See what we did there?)