Spring Orientation Meeting
Friday, January 15, 2016
APC Event Room
Call to Order: 12:29 PM
Adjourned: 1:30 PM
Vice President Bickley welcomed the Faculty Council Members and thanked them for coming.
Introduction of New Faculty
Melissa Morgan (Assistant Professor of Mathematics Developmental Education/College Readiness)
Introduction of Council Officers
Doug Jeppesen, President
Keith Bickley, Vice President
Tim Moriarty, Treasurer
Kathy Randall, Senator Local 604
Amy Powers, Secretary
Scholarship: Cliff Luxion reported that our endowment is approximately $102,000 and that each year we provide five $500, five $1000, and 1 $2,500 scholarships. Our funds come from payroll deductions, contributions, and the resale of text books, trade books, DVDs, CDs, video game consoles, calculators, digital cameras, and other small electronics. He encourages everyone to continue donating books and electronics. He has placed book bins in several buildings on all campuses.
Membership: Scott Hollenback is pleased to report that 106 of the 118 full-time faculty have joined the Faculty Council, bringing the membership up to just under 90%.
Long-Range Planning Committee: Cathy Collins will be distributing a survey to the members’ personal email addresses as a way to prioritize negotiation items. She asks that everyone respond to Tim Moriarty’s email asking them to update their email and home addresses. The data collected from the surveys will help inform the negotiating team about which issues are most important to faculty and provide them with evidence to use during the bargaining process.
Dual Credit: Steven Skaggs and the committee met with Bill Marzano, Henry Hinkle, and Bob Cofield twice last semester. The committee would like to look at data that will help them understand the impact of Dual Credit classes on such things as enrollment, quality, etc. Dr. Lovingood will replace Bill Marzano in this role now that he has retired.
Senate Meeting Times/Dates
The Senate will meet at 3:30 in APC 170 on the first Wednesday of each month.
Tim Moriarty reported that our current account balance is $26,923.41. During negotiations years, the Council will need to pay the negotiating team members. He will file the Council’s taxes soon.
Doug Jeppesen thanked the faculty presenters at today’s Orientation session.
He also thanked everyone for their generous food donations. Gary Clark will deliver the donated food to the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry.
Doug mentioned the following concerns and issues:
New Faculty: New faculty members were not introduced on the first day of Orientation when all of the staff were in attendance. New administrators were introduced at this time, but not the faculty.
Graduation: The contract reads that faculty will attend/participate in “graduation ceremonies” (see Article VII I.2) The negotiations team plans to address this language (the use of the plural) in the upcoming negotiations.
Negotiations Team: This year’s team has eight members. Many thanks to Cathy Collins for collecting the list of issues for the Long-Range Planning Committee. The negotiators have asked the College for financial data.The first meeting will take place on January 29th. All information and updates will come from Vice President Keith Bickley via the members’ personal emails.
4 New Online Degrees and the Dunham Quick Path: Doug plans to talk to AVP Sue Murray about these programs and ask about increasing faculty input. The College is doing great things, but the faculty would like to be more involved in the planning and implementing of these new initiatives. We all have the same goal: to make the college awesome.
Run, Fight, Hide: The negotiators will discuss security issues with administration
Engagement: 19 faculty attended the engagement session during Orientation. Three themes consistently emerged: Faculty would like autonomy to make decisions, they would like to be treated as professionals, our colleagues make work enjoyable.
Doug thanked everyone for bringing food. Please call the officers or your senators if you have concerns.
A member asked a question about the new Title V grant, specifically the section pertaining to online learning. What will this process look like? Not known.
A question was asked about graduation. Any more details?
What has been the impact of Dual Credit? Has it affected specific divisions or departments? Yes. Henry Hinkle is gathering specific data, however, to answer these questions.
How would the officers describe the relationship between the Faculty Council and Administration? Interest-Based Bargaining has been effective in improving communication and overall is a positive force. Faculty need to be proactive in order to be a significant part of the process.
A motion for adjournment was seconded and approved at 1:30 PM.
Amy Powers, WCCFC Secretary
Associate Professor of History