Thursday, January 28, 2021
A Message from Stanton Reed, Past President, Collegewide Faculty Association
It has been quite a journey being your representative in our governance structure in this moment. We’ve read books together. We’ve faced the COVID-19 challenge together in our homes, which became our place of work, living, and family space. We’ve shared our understanding and grace with one another. We’ve navigated teaching fully online together. We’ve met the needs of our students in this season together.
We’ve been confronted with the difficult reality of social injustice in the world and here in our Valencia community together. We’ve also written letters and expressed how we feel about the issues of racial inequity together. We’ve celebrated together. We’ve met faculty on other campuses whom we would have never met without this crisis, which led us to redefine words such as Zoom and Teams. We even created team names such as Flash, Planning Continuity and CARES, among others.
We created policies for our students showing our empathy and ensuring their success in this uncharted season. We’ve had collegewide and campus town hall meetings. We’ve had our first virtual Academic Assembly and an after party to celebrate our new school year. We’ve experienced our senior team meet the challenges of this season with focus, attentiveness, sensitivity, and integrity. We’ve experienced Valencia College in ways we never dreamed possible. And most of all, we have been grateful and shared these experiences together.
As you may recall, in August 2020, I shared that our new Faculty Association President Patrick Bartee was facing a health difficulty that would be deeply challenging to him for six months. So Patrick could focus his energy and concentration on healing, I assisted him by serving as interim president until his return. I am elated to share that Patrick has returned and is now fully in the role as Faculty Association president through the remainder of his term, and I will continue in my role as past president. Welcome back Patrick!
Before I sign off from my last message, I want to thank you — faculty, deans, staff and senior team. I am forever grateful to all of you and am appreciative of your support during my original and extended terms. If you could see me now, you’d see a tear. This has really been a remarkable experience to be a part of the governance process in this way.
With that, I’ll pass it on to Patrick, who is quite an extraordinary person, and I assure you that you’re in great hands. To read about him, click here. Patrick, take it away!
Hello faculty! I am so excited to return to my Valencia College home and to be your Faculty Association president through August 2021.
I have some really big shoes to fill! First, thank you Stanton for your support and continuing the momentum of our fine Faculty Association while I was out on leave. And thanks to Stanton, as well as former past presidents John Niss, interim executive dean, Winter Park Campus, and Al Groccia, professor, mathematics, for preparing me for this role and especially teaching me that listening is actually more important than talking.
During my term, my goal is to ensure that you have a voice and are not overlooked. I consider the faculty to be the lungs of Valencia College, and without us the College would not breathe or have life. I want to make sure that everyone knows and hears us and that we will continue to be knowledgeable about the overall well-being of the College as a whole.
Before we move into some business, I want to share with you my personal cell number. As I’m functioning without vocal cords, please text me at any time at 407-529-6595 or contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any faculty questions, concerns, etc. I can’t wait to hear from you.
Now for some business. In the Thursday, January 21, 2021, Faculty Council meeting, we covered the following:
Faculty Ombuds Representative
In collaboration with the Faculty Association, the Equal Opportunity team is soliciting interest for a faculty ombuds representative to support all faculty in navigating College policies and procedures and connecting faculty with available dispute resolution resources. The faculty ombuds representative serves in a collegewide capacity to support full-time and part-time faculty. To read more about this opportunity, click here.
This spring, Atlas will be upgraded with a new look. With this new upgrade, you will have access to all of the content currently in Atlas, with an enhanced user experience that will allow for an enhanced user experience, mobile responsive and ADA compliance.
In preparation for the launch of the new Atlas in March, a group of faculty and staff members have been assembled to perform testing and documentation review throughout February. Thank you to the faculty who volunteered to be a part of this testing team:
- Brandon Armstrong, professor, mathematics
- Emilie Buckley, librarian
- Laura D’Alessio, professor, biology
- Dominic DiPaolo, professor, digital media
- Jerry Hensel, professor, computer programming and analysis
- Amanda Kern, professor, graphic design
- Robin Simmons, professor, English
Again, I am so elated to represent you this year. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns via text at 407-529-6595 or email at email@example.com