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EFSC Professional Development Council

The Professional Development Council (PDC) gives the faculty at Eastern Florida State College a voice in their professional development. The Council makes recommendations to the College President concerning teaching in a higher education institution and professional development opportunities.

This Council assigns faculty advancement credit to workshops and evaluates applications for the Professional Learning Activities Fund (PLAF) and the Distinguished Educator Award, plus reviews workshop proposals submitted by faculty through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

The PDC oversees publication of Science2Practice, a new online peer-reviewed academic journal first published in November 2023.

The Council also coordinates the annual Neoteric Educational Research and Development Symposium (NERDS). This exciting online event provides an opportunity to collaborate with peers and share novel practices in digital pedagogy. Poster Session archives are available from the Fall 2023 NERDS by contacting Dr. Katina Gothard, PDC Chair, at or 321-433-5223. And stay tuned for info about submitting for the 2024 event!

PDC Member list
Name Term (Fall-Spring) Campus Discipline
Laura Browning 2022-2025 Cocoa Library Science
Karen Cuda 2023-2026 Melbourne Communications
Dr. Katina Gothard
(22-23 Chair)
2022-2025 Palm Bay Mathematics
Ted Hartselle 2021-2023 Cocoa Aerospace Technology
Thomas Highsmith 2023-2026 Cocoa Career & Technical Education
Dr. Donna Iannotti 2023-2026 Palm Bay Science/Chemistry
Sharon Kline 2022-2025 Melbourne Psychology
Slav Peytchev 2022-2025 Melbourne Chemistry/Environmental Science
Dr. Roslyn Reid 2022-2025 Melbourne Nursing
Marian Smith 2023-2026 Melbourne Library Science
Lynn Spencer
(22-23 Vice Chair)
2022-2025 Melbourne Humanities
Dr. Susan Styron 2021-2023 Melbourne Science
Erin Vorke 2022-2025 Melbourne Mathematics
Lisa Yarnell 2022-2025 Cocoa English

All Professional Development Council meetings are held from 8 AM to 11 AM on EFSC's Melbourne Campus, Building 7, Room 218 and also online via MS Teams unless otherwise specified.

2023-2024 PDC Meeting Schedule

Friday, September 8, 2023 (on campus only)
Friday, November 3, 2023
Friday, December 1, 2023
Friday, January 26, 2024 (on campus only)
Friday, March 1, 2024
Friday, April 12, 2024