Faculty Governance Update — August 2020

Thursday, August 27, 2020

A Message from Stanton Reed, Past President and Interim President, Collegewide Faculty Association

With encouragement and excitement, I’d like to welcome each and every one of you to the 2020-2021 academic year. Whether you’re teaching virtually or on campus, I am cheering you on.

As you may recall from my update last month, our new Faculty Association President Patrick Bartee is facing a health difficulty that will be deeply challenging to him for the next six months. Although his long-term prognosis is excellent, he is currently focusing his energy and concentration on healing. To assist Patrick until his return, in addition to my role as past president, I will serve as interim president of the association as well. I’ve been talking regularly with Patrick, and he can’t wait to serve the College as association president this spring. In the meantime, please keep Patrick in your thoughts and send healing energy his way.

During my official year as association president, 2019-2020, I shared my mission for encouraging self-care, fostering personal connection and encouraging empathy for our students and each other. While not everyone could participate, I believe those that did found the experience valuable.

This year, I’d like for all of our faculty to build on this theme. As I introduced during last week’s Academic Assembly, I offer you a new challenge — the SAGE challenge: 

Think of yourself as a SAGE — a profoundly wise and virtuous person. And, as you work to inspire our students and encourage their learning journey, please remember to be selfless and accountable, while offering grace and empathy. And I hope that you will give your fellow faculty members the same.

I would be remiss if I did not mention Sandy’s major announcement during our Academic Assembly regarding his retirement. We all know him to be a committed and passionate leader. Sandy continues to challenge us to confront societal issues that impact us all. As we continue to grapple with racial inequity and injustice, I ask for a moment of silence/respect for Jacob Blake, his children and his family. If you are unfamiliar with his story please click this link. Racial inequity is a messy issue. I will, with many of you, look for ways for Valencia to make meaningful and tangible change that reflects our high values. We appreciate Sandy’s leadership and his “leaning in” for racial equity at Valencia. Please look forward to more information regarding Sandy’s transition as well as the process of naming our new president.

We continue to adapt to a “new normal.” As always, we will thrive through this, together. Keep one another encouraged. If you have any questions or just need to talk, please contact me at sreed21@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 4224. Or, you may contact President-elect Michael Robbins at mrobbins9@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 6103.

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