By | July 14, 2020

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THE SENATE STANDARD – ISSUE 42

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Dear Faculty Colleagues,

This week, I’m sharing some news about changes to two shared governance committees. In addition, there is a call for feedback from faculty who are currently teaching on campus.

I also want to remind you that tomorrow is the deadline for faculty to make selections about the committees / councils on which they would like to serve. There is a form to fill in under the “current action items” section. Look for the topic: “2020-2021 Committee Service Preferences Form.” Right now, only about TEN PERCENT of full-time faculty have responded. This is a required part of our faculty contracts, so please take a moment to share your preferences now.

Have a wonderful week. Stay safe and healthy!

 

Senate Meetings / Minutes / Agendas

7/10/20 Senate Meeting – We’ve now had our final meeting of the 2019-20 Senate.  Minutes for this meeting are now in development. They will be shared when they are approved.

 

Newsworthy

Shared Governance Review Council (SGRC) 7/10/20 Meeting – Faculty Senate shared concerns about the makeup of ASAC (Academic and Student Affairs Council) and the Curriculum and Programs Committee. Membership of both groups had over time shifted such that they were out of balance, with more administrators than other groups. At this meeting, the SGRC approved adjusting membership of both groups.

ASAC – This group will add one FT faculty member, and will move the Provost to a non-voting member. The four members that were previously listed as “Student Affairs Staff” have now been updated to state that members may be chosen from prof-tech, classified, or faculty, eliminating additional administrators from consideration.

Curriculum and Programs – Two administrator positions on this committee (VP Instruction and AVP School Relations) were moved to non-voting members. They will be replaced by two Adjunct Faculty, so that now there will be EIGHT FT faculty and FOUR Adjunct Faculty. This re-balances this committee which should be predominantly faculty so that it now does have more faculty than administrators.

New Action Items [please check due dates below!]

Teaching an on-campus class this summer session? Your feedback is requested! [due by end of summer session two] – Samantha Croft is the Senate representative on our “ACC Back to Campus” Committee. She asks that faculty who are currently teaching on ACC campuses provide feedback about how our current plans and processes for returning to campus are working. If you are teaching on campus right now, please send your feedback to scroft@austincc.edu so she can bring them to the attention of the committee.

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

2020-2021 Committee Service Preferences Form [July 15 @ 5:00pm← LAST REMINDER] – 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.

Help Improve our Workplace Culture! [need TWO faculty – due July 15← LAST REMINDER] – Administration has agreed to overhaul the Administrative Rule governing the processes we use to handle employee complaints and grievances. Learn more by reviewing the memo at the link above.  Submit your name to the Senate Volunteer Form to be considered for this important work. Please submit your application by July 15.

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