Roadmap for Reopening: Faculty Engagement Hours in Phase 2

Thursday, June 25, 2020 

A Message from Amy Bosley, Vice President, Organizational Development and Human Resources

As the College moves forward to implement Phase 2 operations, several operational considerations and recommendations are being finalized about what will be on campus and the protocols and processes of facilitating instruction and support services for students.

In Phase 2, as was announced last week, the majority of faculty, staff and students will continue working and learning remotely to help reduce population density on campuses, and minimize the risk of contracting the coronavirus. Also, by keeping most of our courses online, we will be able to minimize any significant academic disruptions if we have to move back to Phase 1.

For this fall semester, only a limited number of programs and courses will be offered on campus in a face-to-face format — those that are unable to be delivered online or are very difficult to administer online. During Phase 2, we are asking that only staff involved with the safety, security, cleaning and maintenance of the facilities and faculty who are delivering on-site, face-to-face classes come to campus. All other employees should remain working remotely.

Faculty Engagement Hours with Students

So what does this mean for office and student engagement hours? As outlined in the Workload for Professors Policy: 6Hx28: 3C-01.2, all full-time faculty are required to maintain office and student engagement hours. In accordance with our Phase 2 reopening plans, faculty members will continue to engage with students virtually to meet their required student engagement and service to the institution hours. A variety of best practices on engaging students virtually have been shared over the past few months in the Teaching Through the Coronavirus, Together series that could assist you in making this time meaningful for you and your students.

For faculty members who are teaching on-site in the fall semester, you may choose to have some or all of your student engagement hours on campus, but must utilize spaces on campus that are located in buildings that are open during Phase 2. This means, for example, that if you are teaching a course on West Campus, you would be able to conduct office hours in the building where you are teaching or another space located in a building that is open on the campus. Campus Operations staff will assist faculty who are teaching on-site and wish to have engagement hours face-to-face in finding a suitable location in the building where the class is being taught.

I encourage you to continue to visit the Roadmap for Reopening webpage for up-to-date information on our plans and processes as we move forward with our phased approach to opening. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at abosley@valenciacollege.edu or Organizational Development and Human Resources (ODHR) at HR4U@valenciacollege.edu, or call the HR4U helpline at 407-299-5000, extension HR4U (4748).

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