Faculty Governance Update — February 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021

A Message from Patrick Bartee, President, Collegewide Faculty Association

Hello my Valencia family.

First, I am so excited to see another day, week and month. My presidency has proven to be different and so will my messages. As we leave this month of February, Black History has been on display, and I have had the opportunity to enjoy wonderful presentations of our history. In this month alone, we have lost some historical icons of fame: Cicely Tyson, Hank Aaron, Mary Wilson of The Supremes and Chadwick Boseman, just to name a few. I expressed this because so often we are caught up in the day-to-day struggles of work, family and life in general.

If I have learned anything from facing cancer for the second time around, it’s that I take nothing for granted and to live life to the fullest each day. I have also learned to show some form of kindness to someone every single day. We have become a society that depends on electronics to communicate and not sharing how we feel to those people around us face-to-face.

I’d love to know how you are showing kindness. Please email me how you shared an act of kindness this month, and then I’ll share some them in my next message next month. My mother always says, “It’s just nice to be nice.” So many of us have forgotten this.

As many of you may or may not know, I have lost the ability to speak for now. Nevertheless, as I am fighting to speak again to be able to verbally share my thoughts, I respect and care for each of you and all that you do to make our college phenomenal. So many of you have shown me acts of kindness through this very troubled journey I have encountered in 2020-2021. I believe that if we start at home simply being kind and saying a kind word, it will spill over into our offices, classrooms, Zoom meetings or wherever you are throughout the day. I personally believe that this will make Valencia even stronger, and the world will see why we are the best at what we do.

I am so proud to be a part of such a wonderful institution that has shown kindness and love beyond measure. I cannot thank you enough for being a college of not only higher learning but a college of love and concern for everyone around.

Again, I want to encourage faculty, staff, students, leadership, administration and whomever is reading this month’s message to continue to do the fantastic jobs that you are doing and live your lives to the best of your ability.

On a business note, here are some important items the Faculty Council covered in our Thursday, February 11, 2021, meeting:

Advancing Data to Faculty 

Interim Executive Dean of the Winter Park Campus John Niss shared the history behind the Data to Faculty work group and the long-standing idea that if faculty are to make data-based decisions then they need access to student data. Since 2017-2018, when faculty members gained access to more detailed student success data, there have been connections made to College efforts like the Math Pathways work, action research, student outcomes discussions, and equity and inclusion conversations.

Assistant Vice President of Teaching and Learning Wendi Dew informed the council that a new work team will be formed to build upon and advance the well-established Data to Faculty work — the Advancing Data to Faculty work team. The goals for this team are to increase data literacy, provide opportunities for critical, equity-minded reflection and to provide opportunities for improvement of teaching practice at the college. The team of faculty and deans will evaluate and make revisions to the current faculty development course through which faculty gain access to the data, create a reflection tool to deepen conversations related to student learning and determine how the data, development course and reflection tool can be used.

Academic Integrity
Professor of Biology Tim Grogan spoke with the council about the Academic Integrity Standing Committee and concerns that faculty are expressing with academic integrity at the College. One of the main points in this conversation was that academic integrity encompasses a variety of things, and the integrity of both students and faculty members should be considered in the discussion.

After a lengthy discussion regarding academic integrity, it was decided that the council leaders will schedule a meeting with Vice President of Teaching and Learning Wendi Dew to discuss this further.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me via text at 407-529-6595 or email at pbartee@valenciacollege.edu.

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