Faculty Governance Updates – March 2013

By Rob McCaffrey

Faculty Association VP Nominations

At our March meeting, members of the Faculty Council nominated three people for the role of Faculty Association vice president. This person, once chosen, will follow our incoming president, Deidre Holmes DuBois in administering the business of the association. The nominees are Carl Creasman (professor of history), Christina Hardin (professor of English), and John Niss (professor of mathematics).

All three have already been involved in leading faculty governance and/or college initiatives, and we’ll have a great vice president no matter who is chosen.

I plan to sit with and ask questions of the three nominees before our elections in April. What are some of the questions you would ask? Send them to me at rmccaffrey@valenciacollege.edu and I’ll ask as many of them as I can.

Tenure / TLA process Survey

In case you didn’t notice it, all tenured and tenure track faculty should have received an email from Celine Kavalec-Miller, faculty director of our Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA). The subject line includes the words “Tenure Redesign,” and the email contains a survey that is a first attempt to gather feedback from you on what the newly-mandated, five-year TLA process should look like.

Our current process, which has received a lot of praise at state and national levels recently, was developed with heavy faculty input. We’d like to make sure the redesign is as well. Please try to complete the survey before it closes on Friday, April 5.

Textbook Meeting

I’ve already put this call out through your senates and associations, but sometime before the end of this semester or very early in the summer semester, we’ll try to have a ‘high-bandwidth’ meeting—that is, a lot of people meeting for a short period of time—on updating the college’s textbook policy. I’ve already gathered names from several of you interested in this topic, but please let me or your campus faculty leadership know if you’d like to be involved and I’ll get the invitations out to you.


  • H.B. said:

    Thanks Robert!

    Ka va lec 🙂

    AMFri, 29 Mar 2013 10:02:40 +0000Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:02:40 +0000am13,10:02 am

  • Robert McCaffrey said:

    I'm smooth.

    ; )

    PMFri, 29 Mar 2013 18:17:06 +0000Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:17:06 +0000pm13,6:17 pm

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