THE SENATE STANDARD – ISSUE 2.32
Dear Faculty Colleagues,
Semester grades are due in a little over a week, and it looks like we’re going to make it! Still a few opportunities for professional development below. You’ll also find calls to participate in the process to replace Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Charles Cook, who announced he will be retiring at the end of the summer. Some great opportunities to engage in summer activities, with calls for getting involved in fall leadership and professional development events. Your Full-Time Faculty Senate continues to tackle ambitious agendas with what’s left of this senate’s term. Very shortly we will be presenting our Salary and Benefits Committee’s recommendations to Neil Vickers. We’re shooting to announce the next class of senators in the next Standard, and then we’ll start soliciting faculty volunteers to serve on our various Shared Governance councils and committees as well as our senate standing committees.
Have a great week wrapping up the semester. Remember, grades are due by 5PM on Wednesday, May 19th. But, then we have a week or so to catch our collective breath before launching the summer semester.
Senate Meetings / Minutes / Agendas
The next Full-Time Faculty Senate meeting is this Friday, May 14th from noon to 2:00PM. Click the link above to add this meeting to your Google calendar. See the agenda here. VP of Instruction Mike Midgley will join us to share information about the emerging “hyflex” and “double hybrid” modes and take questions.
TLED Recap of the April 23rd Faculty Evaluation Forum. Check out the recording of the forum at https://instruction.austincc.edu/tledupdates/2021/05/11/faculty-evaluation-forum-outcomes-april-23-2021/
TLED End of Semester Bash (Friday, May 14; 2-3PM]: 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!?
ACC’s Social Support Resource Development (SSRD) and Office of Compliance for the May College Host a Health and Well-being Webinar [May 21st at 10-11:00 AM]: Employees can receive 1 hour of professional development credit for attending by registering here.
ACC Leadership Academy Open [Application 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. You can 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 the Zoom meeting at
Meeting ID: 944 0589 7323
Find your local number: https://austincc.zoom.us/u/a0I7zT4id
TLED Summer Software Day [Proposals due Monday, June 14; Event Friday, July 23]: Summer Software Day is an annual event that offers workshops for all ACC faculty and staff. The event provides you with an opportunity to keep up to date with your tech skills and learn new ones to implement in your classrooms and day-to-day tasks. This year, Summer Software Day will be delivered entirely online on Friday, July 23, 2021. Click here to get event reminders. TLED’s Faculty Development team is seeking presenters for Summer Software Day sessions that focus on:
- ACC Resources
- Accessibility and Universal Design
- Active and Engaged Teaching
- Adobe Tools
- Assessment Techniques
- Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
Please consider submitting a workshop proposal or encouraging a colleague to do so. Workshop proposals are due on Monday, June 14, 2021. More details are available at austincc.edu/softwareday
HR Compensation Announces Annual Educational Adjustment Process for Qualifying Full-Time Faculty [Deadline, July 31, 2021]: The Annual Educational Adjustment Process for Qualifying Full-Time Faculty is now being conducted by HR Compensation. If you have completed a higher degree or completed additional graduate hours (either 24, or 45 or more) in your teaching discipline or in the discipline of Education in this academic year (FY21), those additional hours or degree qualifies your salary to be reviewed for a higher salary level. See attached for more details. Contact Carla Dykstra at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) [Application deadline August 1]: Registration is now open for the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 cohort. Watch Samantha Croft’s short video for her take on why now is the right time to join this program. You have plenty of time before the deadline to apply, but please keep TLA in mind over the summer. Please mark your calendar to submit your application by August 1, 2021. Learn more and apply here.
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.
New Action Items:
Provost/Chief Academic Officer Collegewide Virtual Listening Session [Friday, May 14, 10-11AM]: ACC is beginning its search for a new Provost / Chief Academic Officer. Do you have ideas about what would make a good Provost? Please join us for a collegewide virtual listening session for faculty. Share your opinions to help inform the work of the hiring committee. We will host future listening sessions for other employee groups, so tell your colleagues to keep their eyes peeled for the session that is right for them. If you are unable to attend, but would like to provide input, you may also share your thoughts using this form.All employees will have one opportunity to submit the form. You will be asked to log in with ACCeID, but no identifying information will be released or shared.
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). An invitation for the CCSSE survey was sent by the Office of Institutional Research and Accountability (OIRA) to 30,900 students earlier this month.
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.