Faculty Governance Update — February 2022

Thursday, February 24, 2022

A Message from Michael Robbins, President, Collegewide Faculty Association

It’s time for us to begin to consider our next leaders for the Valencia College Faculty Association. In the coming weeks, the Faculty Council will send out requests for nominations for our new leadership. This will include our next vice president for the Faculty Association and nominations for leaders at our Faculty Assemblies.

For the Faculty Association vice president, it is a three-year term of service, available to any faculty member who has a continuing contract with the College. In the first year, our elected representative will serve as the vice president of the Faculty Association. That time is spent learning about leadership at Valencia College. The newly elected vice president will have the opportunity to serve on the Faculty Council and engage as a fellow leader across all levels of governance. In the second year, the elected representative becomes our president, my current role. That position serves as the chair of the Faculty Council and as a spokesperson and representative for the Faculty Association. In the third and final year, the elected representative serves as the past president, providing counsel and expertise to the Faculty Council and continuing to give their wisdom and leadership to the College’s shared governance.

All this comes from our Faculty Association Constitution.

For our Faculty Assemblies, they will be seeking vice presidents, and potentially representatives-at-large. These are individual positions built at each campus, and you can find out more details by contacting your leaders at each Campus Assembly. These representatives serve as leaders for their campuses and as representatives on our Faculty Council. As campus leaders, they serve as both a voice for their campus at the Faculty Council and as leaders at their individual campuses.

It’s a bit dry put out that way. This work is more than just what’s outlined in the Faculty Association Constitution. Having participated in this work since August 2020 as part of the Valencia College Faculty Association Leadership Team, and as having served as a leader at Faculty Assemblies since 2014, I can tell you all that this work matters. It matters in allowing faculty a voice in conversations at the College; it matters in engaging in the decision-making process; it matters in planning the future of Valencia. We engage in difficult conversations, ones that promote both the needs of faculty, the needs of our students and the needs of our community.

I have to acknowledge that it can also be frustrating. These are conversations with no easy solutions — sometimes with no solutions available at all. This is why it’s important to engage in the discussion and to consider leaders who are prepared to not only criticize, but to seek to build new structures that will help us achieve our goals. Having faculty voice enriches those conversations.

I hope that you all will think of your peers and of your own capacity to serve, and provide us with recommendations for leaders who are ready to continue these conversations. Please keep an eye open for future messages calling for nominations.

If you have any questions, please contact me via email at mrobbins9@valenciacollege.edu.

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