By Deidre Holmes DuBois
Welcome to your May 2013 Faculty Governance Update. This update comes to you from Deidre Holmes DuBois, the new college-wide Faculty Association president.
I’d like to introduce myself, share some of my Valencia background, and let you know what’s coming up this year in faculty (and college) governance.
In my time at Valencia, I have served in all types of faculty contracts: I started as an adjunct professor in 1996, was hired as a four-month professor in 1998, moved into a tenure-track position in 2004, and was awarded tenure in 2007. (I had some time away from Valencia when I lived in Jacksonville, Florida, from 2001-2004. There, I taught at Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida as an adjunct instructor and worked as a proofreader for a direct-marketing company.) Currently, I am a professor of speech at the Osceola Campus; I am also credentialed in English.
I have spent a lot of time at Valencia serving in governance roles. I served on the old Faculty Association Board of Directors in the late 1990s. I was vice president and president of the Osceola Campus Faculty Association from 2005-2006 and 2009-2010, so I spent those years on the Faculty Council as well. Although I was on sabbatical in fall 2012, during this past spring semester I attended many of the meetings that Rob McCaffrey, our past president, attended so I could be ready from day one to serve as president. Carl Creasman, our new vice president, has the same commitment to involving himself in our work.
During the next year, your Faculty Council and I will be working on several incredibly meaningful issues, including the revision of the Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA)/tenure process from three years to five; the annual evaluation process for each type of faculty member (including post-tenure review); and the textbook policy. (Yes, the textbook policy.) I hope you will read my monthly updates in this newsletter as well as the emails I will send regarding these important issues. You will not have to search hard for a committee to join or a place to get involved, that’s for sure. I look forward to hearing from you.
Finally, I’d like to give a shout-out to Rob McCaffrey, who has taken his video-making skills and returned to the classroom. Rob worked tirelessly to represent faculty in his year as president, and I hope you’ll give him a well-deserved “thank you” if you cross paths.
Need a couple more volunteers for the Study Abroad Committee.
The Study Abroad and Global Experiences (SAGE) office is still searching for a couple of full-time faculty representatives for its Study Abroad Committee. Please contact me if you’re interested, and I can share the specific requirements with you.
“Assignment of Professors” policy survey closes May 31, 8 p.m.
Full-time faculty recently received a link to a survey about the revised “Assignment of Professors” policy. The survey closes on May 31 at 8 p.m. sharp, so get your comments in quickly. Remember, only if you take the survey do you get to also provide input on the mysterious extra credit question!
See you May 31 at the Tenure Summit!
I hope you will be joining the discussion at the Tenure Summit on May 31. Our newly hired tenure-track faculty (and our students!) deserve the best process we can design. The location of the summit has changed to West Campus, Special Events Center (Building 8); we will get started promptly at 10 a.m. and finish by noon.