THE SENATE STANDARD – ISSUE 2.31
Dear Faculty Colleagues,
Twelve days to the end of the semester! Like everyone, I’m shifting into hyper productivity mode to see if I can’t get done in the next two weeks what’s left to be done. I trust you are, too. So, a brief intro to this week’s Standard. You’ll notice a number of requests for input, feedback, volunteers, and surveys. The big news this week is our past president Dr. Missi Patterson has been selected to lead the hiring committee to replace Provost Charles Cook. And, we’re soliciting professor-volunteers to sit on this very crucial committee to do work that will impact the entire college—selecting our next chief academic officer. Find that opportunity under New Action Items below.
Good luck this week as you start wrapping things up for the semester.
Senate Meetings / Minutes / Agendas
The next Full-Time Faculty Senate meeting is Friday, May 14th from noon to 1:30PM.
TLED’s Office of Academic Technology Requests Faculty Feedback on Faculty Video Usage [Deadline: Friday, May 7]: The short survey below will help us understand what features are most important when considering when/how to incorporate video into your course. Click here to submit your feedback
Campus Conversation w/ EVP Neil Vickers on Workday [Friday May 7, 1PM-2PM]: Join EVP Neil Vickers 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. Submit your questions in advance here. Visit the Campus Conversation page on the 7th to learn more about Workday.
TLED End of Semester Bash [RSVP May 10th; Event on Friday, May 14, 2PM-3:30PM]: TLED’s Faculty Development Office invites you to our End of Semester Bash! This year has been tough so let’s get together and have some fun! We are partnering with GoGame to host a virtual team-building event. There will be games like trivia and Pictionary and a talent show! Can you believe we will do it all online!? RSVP NOW: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3QW26QP
Interdisciplinary Studies Seeks Advisory Members [Deadline: Friday, 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)
ACC Leadership Academy Accepting Applications [Deadline: June 4]: The ACC Leadership Academy is a leadership development program for full-time faculty and staff members. Participants are chosen for their demonstrated commitment to the college, the potential for professional growth, and long-term goals. Visit this webpage for more information. To find out more about ACC Leadership Academy, join us for an info session!
- May 12 @ 10:00 AM
- May 31st @ 1:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 944 0589 7323
Find your local number: https://austincc.zoom.us/u/a0I7zT4id
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.
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!
New Action Items:
Provost Hiring Committee Soliciting Volunteers [Deadline: Friday, May 14]: The search for the Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs will be underway shortly. Dr. Missi Patterson has been appointed Chair of the search committee. As you know, the College is committed to equity, inclusion, excellence, innovation, and student success. In all of our processes and operations we appreciate the involvement of faculty, staff, and students. We are, therefore, reaching out and seeking faculty expertise in attracting and evaluating an outstanding and diverse candidate pool. The senate has been invited to nominate 5 full-time faculty members, 2 of whom will be selected for the committee in keeping with our district’s emphasis on having a diverse, equitable, and inclusive search committee. If you are interested in serving on this committee, go to the senate homepage Volunteer Opportunities and complete the form.
Current Action Items (These are reminders for things I’ve already sent out):
VP of Instruction Mike Midgley Reminder: Please Complete Engagement Surveys [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). Here’s your opportunity to share your thoughts!
Teach a Great Questions Seminar [deadline – May 7 ß LAST REMINDER]: 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.
- Letters of interest accepted 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.
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.