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CDC attends HARPS, develops faculty development plan in next 7 years

30 October 2017 by CBucu

Six faculty members of the College of Development Communication attended the Harmonizing Academic Resources Planning Seminar-Workshop (HARPS) held at the Lima Park Hotel in Malvar, Batangas on October 25-26. The activity aims to develop a human resources development plan vis--vis the current and projected activities of the university; come up with a succession plan in light of faculty turnover due to retirement; and identify logistical requirements for teaching, research, creative work, and extension/public service activities.
The CDC delegation is composed of Dean Ma. Theresa H. Velasco; Dr. Ma. Stella C. Tirol, chair of the Department of Development Broadcasting and Telecommunication; aProf. Kabzeel Sheba G. Catapang, chair of the Department of Development Journalism; Dr. Edmund G. Centeno, chair of the Department of Educational Communication; aProf. Aldo Gavril T. Lim, representing the Department of Science Communication; and aProf. Pamela Joyce M. Eleazar, who is part of the College Academic Personnel Committee.
In her opening message, Dr. Maria Cynthia Rose Bautista, UP Vice President for Academic Affairs, said that UP--as a community of scholars--"brings together 5900 faculty members belonging to different disciplines and epistemic communities; as such, this community has a high potential for collaborative teaching, research, and public engagements, and also a high potential for debilitating conflict," hence the need for a faculty development plan to create an environment for nurturing "the life of the mind, the body, and the spirit."
Given that the seminar-workshop aims to develop a faculty development program that targets to increase the number of UPLB faculty with Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree to 50% by 2025, Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, Jr. emphasized the importance of a comprehensive and realistic plan in order for the university to "step up our game and look for possible ways to achieve the increase of PhD holders."
At present, 38% of UPLB faculty are PhD holders. This figure is reportedly the highest among UP constituent universities.
During the workshop, the CDC delegation was able to craft and present a faculty development program that aims for 59% of its faculty being PhD holders by the academic year 2020-21 and 100% of the current faculty holding PhD degrees by academic year 2024-25.
HARPS, which was organized by the UPLB Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, was attended by deans, directors, chairpersons, and members of the Academic Personnel Committees of the various units of UPLB.