THE SENATE STANDARD – ISSUE 2.30
Dear Faculty Colleagues,
A few weeks until we wrap up Spring 21. The “will get to that tomorrow” deadlines are piling up. Meetings deferred are being called. Surveys, surveys, surveys. Student appeals for more time, makeups, and mercy, with assurances they can catch up on 14 weeks work in the last two are jamming email inboxes. Graduation is around the corner (May 15), so we’re all making Congrats! videos. By the way, as Full-Time Faculty Senate President, I have the honor of addressing the graduates on behalf of the full-time faculty. Commencement speakers were recorded live on Friday. I told them (the 3 live students) how proud we are of our pandemic grads and how much they inspire us to do what we as well as we can for them. I’ll tell you this—the student speakers will rock you with their inspirational tales of how each got from where they were and how ACC helped them get to where they are going. Be sure to have something close by to wipe your eyes while watching.
In the meanwhile, see below for opportunities to grow and participate. Get vaccinated at ACC! Get up to date with Workday, ACC’s new ERP. Join TCCTA!
Have a great, y’all.
Senate Meetings / Minutes / Agendas
4/9/21 Senate Meeting – The minutes have been approved. You can view them here.
ACC is hosting another COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic open to all employees, students, family members, and friends on Friday, April 30, 2021 at ACC Highland Campus, Building 2000 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We urge you to sign up now if you and/or your family members are interested in receiving a vaccination at this clinic by sending an email to email@example.com from your ACC email address. Include your name and preferred phone number. Please also include names, phone numbers, and emails of the family members or friends who wish to receive the vaccine as each person scheduled will receive an email stating the appointment time. We will be administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. If you receive the vaccine at the ACC clinic on April 30, you will need to come back on May 21 for your second dose. If you cannot attend this clinic, please know that you can also access vaccine resources at Austin Public Health.
Workday: ACC’s New ERP – This Fall, ACC employees can look forward to the consolidation of many familiar systems and sites with Workday’s Human Resources (HR), Payroll, and Finance solutions. Colleague, eTime, and elements of the MyACC page will be replaced by this new cloud-based single platform. It offers streamlined processes as well as new data and reporting options. With Workday, you’ll be able to access your employee profile, view your benefits elections, request leave, and so much more–any time and on any device, including mobile. Workday will modernize ACC’s technology resources, enhance employee’s abilities to do their jobs effectively, and also support the strategic goals of the College. From now until go-live in Fall 2021, you’ll receive newsletters from firstname.lastname@example.org announcing the changes to come, invites to virtual meetings with the Executive Sponsor Neil Vickers, EVP, Finance & Administration, and links to resources on the new ACC Workday website.
Upcoming Campus Conversation – Join Executive VP, Neil Vickers, on May 7th from 1-2 PM, for a Campus Conversation discussing the Workday implementation. This event will provide more information about Workday and the benefits it will bring to the College.
Academic and Student Affairs Council Requests Review and Comment – The Academic and Student Affairs Council (ASAC) met on April 2, 2021 and approved one item for review and comment by College employees. This item is posted the ASAC website. Comments may be entered into the related comment form (link to comment form found directly below Items Under Review drop-down menu).
Items currently under review:
- Proposed Modifications to AR 1.01.001 Degree & Certificate Designations.
- A second BAS (Bachelor of Applied Science in Software Development) was added to the list of degrees.
Join the Texas Community College Teachers Association – When you join Texas Community College Teachers Association’s community, you are a part of the largest two-year college professional network in Texas. Six-thousand of your friends and colleagues earned us this honor. TCCTA has been connecting faculty, administrators, and staff to a community, resources, institutions, and great ideas since 1948. We encourage you to make our community and resources your own. Join TCCTA today to be a part of your community and have full access to the resources you want.
- Check out the discounts and benefits (including our professional educators liability insurance).
- You can also Join a Master Teacher Meet Up – to share information and experiences. These allow peers to connect around teaching challenges that educators face in our rapidly changing world.
- Contact our (home) offices in Austin (512-328-2044) to speak to our team about professional development, legal help or legislative questions, and more!
Philosophy, Religion, and Humanities Hosting a Forum [April 28, 7P] – Join PRH professor J. Wade Allen, Sociology professor Samuel Echevarria-Cruz, and Government professor Anaka Rivera to discuss “Racial Justice, Civil Rights, and Political Liberalism: Problems and Solutions.” The event will be powered by Zoom at bit.ly/PRHforum0428. For more info, contact Eli Arzate at email@example.com
ACC Student Rights & Responsibilities Conference [Friday, April 30, 2021] – I wanted to reach out and share with you the upcoming conference Student Affairs is hosting focused on student rights and responsibilities. The goal is to provide the ACC community the opportunity to deepen the understanding of topics related to student rights and responsibilities (SR&R) and broaden network connections among ACC staff, faculty, and students. Register HERE!
Interdisciplinary Studies Seeks Advisory Members [Deadline May 7] – Interdisciplinary Studies is currently seeking expressions of interest in serving on advisory committees for each of the five emphases in Interdisciplinary Studies. Each of these tracks helps students learn by taking courses in a variety of disciplines that focus on an overarching and connecting theme:
- African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS)
- American Studies (AS)
- Global Studies (GS)
- Mexican American Studies (MAS)
- Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS)
Current Action Items (These are reminders for things I’ve already sent out):
VP of Instruction Mike Midgley Reminder: Please Complete Engagement Surveys [Student Survey deadline, April 29; Faculty Survey deadline, May 12] – ACC is participating this month in an online version of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and also the Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE). An invitation for the CCSSE survey was sent by the Office of Institutional Research and Accountability (OIRA) to 30,900 students earlier this month.
Teach a Great Questions Seminar [deadline – May 7] – The goal of the faculty seminar is to prepare qualified faculty to teach the HUMA 1301: The Great Questions Seminar student success course as well as to help faculty develop and deepen the practice and skills required to lead engaging, discussion-based courses focused on transformative texts. Completing this training also qualifies one for enrollment in the Level II Great Questions Fellowship. Like the course itself, sessions are discussion-based, collaborative, and enriching. Faculty participants will be paid $600 for their full participation in the faculty training seminars.
- Sessions will run six consecutive Tuesdays from 1-3pm on Zoom, June 1 – July 6
- Expect to spend between 1.5 – 2 hours preparing for each session.
- They will accept letters of interest until May 7 for the Summer sessions. Faculty selected for Summer 2021 seminars will be notified by May 14.
- Please visit the website to learn more about Great Questions at ACC.
2021-2022 Faculty Learning Communities [Deadline April 30th] – ACC International Programs in collaboration with the University of Texas-Austin Hemispheres Consortium hosts two global education Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) on global education and global gender and women’s studies each year through a unique partnership. These programs engage a small interdisciplinary group of ACC faculty members in high-quality programming and collaborative discussions on globalizing community college courses. Find more information below on each FLC.