Faculty Governance Updates – April 2013

By Rob McCaffrey

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For the first time ever, our college catalog will exist primarily as an online document. Although not officially announced yet, the catalog is live at http://catalog.valenciacollege.edu. Please feel free to check it out. If you notice anything quirky—for instance, if it fails to correctly search for something you think it should find—please contact Karen Borglum, assistant vice president of curriculum development and articulation, at kborglum@valenciacollege.edu.

Sometime during the upcoming year, we’ll get information on transitioning the input of our curriculum proposals from the Course Outline Builder (COB) to a new system that will tie in automatically with the online catalog. However, continue to use the COB for now. There will be more communication on this topic as soon as the college is ready to set up the training and make the transition.

Faculty Association Elections
I’m sending emails to members of the Faculty Association this week with a link to our electronic vote forthe next Faculty Association president. The candidates (Christina Hardin, Carl Creasman, and John Niss) all come from areas of general education, and are already involved as faculty leaders at the college. I think we are in good hands no matter who is elected.

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The email you’ll receive contains a customized link, so I can’t relink to it here. If you think you’ve missed the message, search your inbox for mail from DL-FacultyCouncil@valenciacollege.edu and it should come up. You can also use that same email address for technical assistance, if you are having problems with the vote.

The vote closes at 7:59 a.m. on Monday, April 29, at which time, I will meet with the Faculty Council executive team to review the survey results and announce the next Faculty Association president.

New Travel Forms
You may have seen in my November blog post that the College Operations Council (COC) was convening a work group to look at the issue of redefining our concept of in-district travel. This month, a draft of the new form was presented to the COC. It allows you to identify out-of-district travel via a checkbox rather than filling out a second form. The COC approved the drafts and we’ll soon see new versions of the forms in Atlas.

State Meetings at Valencia
Valencia will host at least two important state-wide meetings this summer:

The Florida State College Assessment Meeting occurs on June 20 and 21, 2013. The meeting includes tracks in program assessment and examples from the disciplines. Faculty and staff scholarships covering registration and conference meals are available here. There is still an active call for proposals until April 30, 2013, and our local experts in program assessment are encouraged to share their work with our colleagues state wide. You can submit your proposal online here. If you have questions about the event, please email participate@valenciacollege.edu, call Laura Blasi, Valencia’s director of institutional assessment, at 407-582-3113, or check out the meeting website.

The State Steering Committee on HB 7135 meets on Thursday, May 16, 2013 in the West Campus Special Events Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This group has been working since last summer on the changes impacting general education. There have been some amendments to the legislation proposed this year. The committee will review the status of the amendments and discuss next steps. You can keep abreast of those updates by visiting Valencia’s College Curriculum Committee webpage.

Farewells and Goodbyes
Although I may find other ways to contribute to The Grove, this is likely the last Faculty Governance Update from me. Next week, I will return to teaching in the digital media program and turn over the administration of Faculty Association business to a speech professor on Osceola Campus – the very capable Deidre Holmes DuBois.

I’m unsure if Deidre plans to continue the video component of these updates, but because she is a lover of Shakespeare’s work, I think I can get her to compose some updates in iambic pentameter.

Many of you, over the past year, have stopped me to offer words of advice or encouragement, and many of you have given gracious amounts of time to help lead college initiatives. If I didn’t say so at the time, I want to say so now…thank you for your help and support!

4 Comments

  • H.B. said:

    Thank you Robert for your service!

    PMThu, 25 Apr 2013 21:45:00 +0000Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:45:00 +0000pm13,9:45 pm

  • robertmccaffrey said:

    You're welcome! Thanks for watching.

    AMFri, 26 Apr 2013 07:01:56 +0000Fri, 26 Apr 2013 07:01:56 +0000am13,7:01 am

  • Jyoti said:

    Well done… you look a bit aged..

    AMFri, 26 Apr 2013 09:50:37 +0000Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:50:37 +0000am13,9:50 am

  • robertmccaffrey said:

    Hopefully not as bad as these guys :: http://society.ezinemark.com/us-presidents-before

    PMFri, 26 Apr 2013 17:57:08 +0000Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:57:08 +0000pm13,5:57 pm

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