THE SENATE STANDARD – ISSUE 2.33
Dear Faculty Colleagues,
Here is the last Standard of the spring semester! A relatively short one as we all go into grading mode, busying ourselves with wrapping up yet another COVID semester. But, do you see the light at the end of the tunnel? Masks are coming off and people are gathering outdoors to bond again with friends and family. Of course, we don’t want to spike the ball before crossing the goal line, but there is hope on the horizon.
Your Full-Time Faculty Senate marches on through the summer. We’ll hold June and July meetings, continue to monitor our initiatives and communicating with leadership on your behalf, and publish a few more Standards. Find below an announcement about our 21-22 Senate election results and opportunities to share your thoughts via surveys and feedback on the latest AR under review. You’ll find some great professional development and leadership opportunities, too.
Keep your eyes open for a call for volunteers for our shared governance councils and committees and our Senate standing committee in the near future.
Good luck with your final grades (due by 5PM on W 5/19!), get some rest, and have some fun.
Senate Meetings / Minutes / Agendas
The next Full-Time Faculty Senate meeting is this Friday, June 11th from noon to 2:00PM. Click the link above to add this meeting to your Google calendar. If you have agenda items, please email Wayne Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
21-22 President-Elect and Senators Elected! Nancy Stano has been elected our next President-Elect. For a list of the newly elected senators, click here. Many thanks to Jennifer Brimberry, chair of the Nominations Committee, and David Haney, chair of the Auditing and Elections Committee. And, many thanks to all who ran and congratulations to our new President-Elect and Senators!
ACC Employee Check-In Survey: Austin Community College (ACC) is conducting an online college-wide employee “check-in” survey to get a better understanding of employee engagement and satisfaction. This survey is a new version of the check-in survey which was sent out in April, and below is a custom link that can only be submitted once. All responses are confidential, and prior to analysis, all identifying data will be removed. Results are reported at the group level only (employee group, race/ethnicity, etc.), and no employees will be identified or connected to their data in any reports of the survey findings.
Follow this link to the Survey:
Take the Survey
Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
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/
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.
Academic and Student Affairs Council Requests Review and Comment: Teleworking AR [Deadline: June 2]: The Administrative Services Council (ASC) has reviewed the following proposed new Administrative Rule (AR) and Guideline/Procedure (G/P) and the drafts have been posted for comments from ACC employees. The AR was created to:
- Create and sustain a strong culture while promoting remote working opportunities when in the best interest of the College,
- Make available opportunities for remote work when it is in the best interest of ACC and meets the needs of ACC’s business operations, and,
- Enhance staff productivity and support student success.
The drafts are available for viewing and adding comments below. Please read the instructions before adding comments:
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 on May 31st @ 1:00PM.
Join Zoom Meeting
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 email@example.com 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.