TCC Faculty Senate

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Emergency Shut Down Poll

Recognizing that any emergency shutdown is less than ideal, in the event of an emergency that demanded closing the college for a period of time, what challenges would your discipline or program face?

Based on your academic expertise, how could the college best plan to meet the academic needs of your students?

Could you meet the academic needs of the students using Blackboard or other online technology?

If your discipline or program demands hands-on proficiency or labs, how could those challenges be met?

In the event that your campus or center was shutdown, does your discipline or course have unique needs that are not available at other TCC campuses? What are they? Please share your ideas or concern here.

The question to the right in the poll has been cut off because of length. Here it is in its entirety.
Based on your professional and academic judgment as a faculty member, what percentage of a semester would need to be completed in order to meet academic objectives and protect the college’s academic mission in the event of an emergency situation that shutdown the school?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Adjunct Issue

CHE blog (6/12/09) on the adjunct issue:

"According to [a] paper [delivered at this year's AAUP convention in Washington , DC], faculty members who work off the tenure track are largely invisible in that they’re not viewed as the public face of an institution, they’re unlikely to participate in faculty governance, and the issue of their poor salaries and benefits isn’t discussed enough. If more adjuncts told their stories in a systematic way, they could be their own advocates and “build common ground with those who can advocate on their behalf but do not.”

The implication that full-timers could advocate but don't struck a nerve for me as a senator. What do we, as the Senate, do to raise the profile of the adjuncts who make up so large a percentage of our instructional faculty? What else could we do?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Student Evaluation of Faculty

The Faculty Senate is interested in your comments on the new online student evaluation of faculty. This semester marks the second round of online evaluations; however, only Math and online classes used this system in the fall. Now that all student evaluations will be conducted online, we'd like to know about your experiences so far.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Motivation?

A few weeks ago in a comment to a post, one faculty member wondered, what kinds of incentives motivate faculty to do good committee work?

Which of those incentives could we offer?

These are excellent questions, and who better to ask than the faculty.

What do you think?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Addressing Enrollment Concerns

With the economic downturn, skyrocketing enrollment growth is a fact of life at community colleges as are classrooms bursting at the seams from the increased demand. This certainly seems to reflect our situation here at TCC. In this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education, http://chronicle.com/weekly/v55/i29/29b01101.htm there is a story on the phenomenon, and some of the measures that the colleges are taking to address the rising demand and the pressures on resources (like space and faculty) including more classes, weekend sections, more on-line and even 24/7 scheduling, but this raises an important question for us:

What role should the faculty be playing in the formulating of the policies addressing these demographic changes?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Senate terms

Faculty senators serve for 2-year terms. Should faculty senators have limits set on the number of consecutive terms they can serve? If so, how many? Please comment and cast your vote on the right. Thank you.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

An article in the February 6, 2009, edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education: “Downturn Threatens the Faculty's Role in Running Colleges” is important reading for faculty members curious about – or concerned about – shared governance. According to author Robin Wilson, the current economic climate of belt-tightening and budget-cutting is undermining shared governance on many campuses. In the name of efficiency and the bottom-line, decisions on matters such as curriculum and reorganizing programs are being made at some schools with no faculty input or worse directly in the face of faculty opposition.

TCC, of course, is not among the schools profiled, but the final quotation of the piece is worth our consideration: "If there isn't a good system on a campus for consultation and communication, this climate is going to make that clear," says Ms. [Merrill] Schwartz, who directs research at the association of governing boards. "Good communication builds trust and good will, which are essential when difficult decisions need to be made in a short amount of time."

Click on this sentence for a link to the article.