By | June 30, 2020

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THE SENATE STANDARD – ISSUE 40

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Dear Faculty Colleagues,

I hope that your summer is going well and that those of you who are teaching are winding up your semester successfully.

This week’s Standard focuses on some opportunities for increasing wellness and to examine a Board Policy that will affect faculty. The Senate is hard at work ensuring that the faculty voice is represented at ACC.

 

Senate Meetings / Minutes / Agendas

7/10/20 Senate Meeting noon – 2pm – This is the final call for agenda items for our July meeting. Please send items for consideration to me at mpatters@austincc.edu or to your campus senator by Friday, July 3. Details for how to join this meeting online can be found on the Senate Calendar. You can also add the event (and online joining details) to your own calendar by clicking the link above.

Newsworthy

Coping / Wellness Professional Development Opportunities – How is ACC coping during the time of COVID 19? Well, we have webinars to help you learn! Many resources (including an online conference) can be found here. Review the topics, dates and times, and sign up in the professional development database.

New Action Items [please check due dates below!]

Senate Work on Board Policy DMC (Local) on Financial Exigency and Workforce Reduction – At the June 22nd Board meeting, there was an agenda item on this board policy. I’ve been working with the full Senate to develop a statement to share with administration and the Board. In the goal of transparency, I want to share it with you all. Please note that at this time, I’m not taking comments on the document, but have created a voting instrument for Senators. Please take a peek at the details and statements at the link above. If you wish to share your thoughts with your Senator, find their contact information on the Senate webpage above, and feel free to cc me.

Current Action Items (These are reminders for things I’ve already sent out):

Committee on ACC’s Grievance and Complaint Processes [need 1 faculty – due July 2 ←LAST REMINDER] – The Senate and many others have been working to get a thorough revision of the processes we use to handle employee complaints and grievances. I’m pleased to announce that Administration has agreed to overhaul our Administrative Rule governing this process. This will be a subcommittee of the Administrative Services Council, and each employee association will have one representative. The group will be helped by Charlene Buckley, Director of the Compliance Office, and Amanda Dean, Ombudsperson. If you would like to collaborate on this important work, enter your name for consideration by filling in our Senate Volunteer Form. Please submit your application by July 2.

 

TCCTA Conference Leading from the Middle [July 7-8 ←LAST REMINDER] – This conference will offer insight into recent legislative updates, suggestions on how to meet SACSCOC requirements, a broad overview of current legal issues in regards to public employment, and how to transition into the fall semester. Leading from the Middle offers information and updates we are all looking for during a time of unknown. For more information about the Leading from the Middle conference, visit the event page.

 

2020-2021 Committee Service Preferences Form [July 15 @ 5:00pm] – Submit your preferences to serve on crucial 2020-2021 committees and councils! Your service will ensure faculty members are heard in many policy-making meetings throughout the year. Please visit ACC Shared Governance for details about our role in shaping ACC policies and procedures. For more information about the councils/committees, and to express your interest to serve on one or more of them, please complete THIS FORM by July 15, 2020.

Annual Educational Level Adjustment [due July 31] – Human Resources is now going through the process of updating faculty education levels. If you received a new degree this year, please review the announcement and the form for more details.

Teaching and Learning Academy [←APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 3rd] – You might want to consider participating in the 2020-2021 Teaching and Learning Academy. Anchored in the ACC Faculty Values and developed by twenty-five faculty for faculty, the Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) contributes to student success by expanding faculty teaching practices.  Essential to the Teaching and Learning Academy is the creation of a cohort of faculty who will learn from each other by exploring the scholarship, art, and passion of teaching.

The Teaching and Learning Academy offers faculty 4 courses. Each course is 15 hours that includes 12 hours of asynchronous online coursework. The remaining 3 hours are completed in a Cohort Meeting the last Friday of each course from 8:30 to 11:30 AM.  Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2020.

 

Best,

++missi patterson