Adjunct Faculty Council unable to meet because of low attendance

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The council waits for approval of an adjunct job description.

By Cassandra M. Rodriguez

The Adjunct Faculty Council was unable to meet Feb. 18 for lack of a quorum.

“We can’t even call the meeting to order. We can’t conduct business today,” kinesiology adjunct Randi Wayland said.

Council by-laws require five members to form the quorum necessary to conduct official business.

Amanda Martin, Adjunct Faculty Council chair and English adjunct, said she will be calling and looking for interested members to increase attendance and representation.

“Maybe we should have a five member council,” journalism Adjunct Jerry Townsend said. He said they might need to consider reshaping the council for fewer people so that the people who are willing can take over and do what needs to be done.

The next step should be to approach the people interested in being on the council, Jeanette Bunch, student development adjunct, said.

Townsend updated the council of the efforts by the adjunct job description committee to draft an adjunct faculty job description.

In March 2013, Dawn Elmore, Faculty Senate President and English professor, asked Townsend to head the committee and write the adjunct job description, he said.

He wrote a draft by using the full-time faculty job description and removed things that were not appropriate for adjuncts.

One thing new in the job description was the requirement for adjuncts to devote time for an office hour, Townsend said.

“We’ve always had that anyway,” Wayland said, but the revised description will make office hours an official requirement.

“Well, if we put it in there as a requirement showing adjuncts have a higher bar, eventually, we can use this to justify finally getting a salary increase. We do more, so we deserve more,” Townsend said.

The adjunct job description is scheduled for review at this month’s regular board meeting on March 18, he added.

Townsend then led discussion of a petition protesting the replacement of three humanities credit hours with EDUC 1300, Learning Framework, a student development course infused with Stephen R. Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” with updates.

“The chancellor, at his own initiative, overrode all the faculties and administrations on all the campuses and set forward a change in curriculum to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board,” he said.

Without consulting faculty, Chancellor Bruce Leslie requested the approval of EDUC 1300 into the core curriculum causing an uproar from the faculty senates at colleges in the district.

This college’s Faculty Senate led a petition protesting EDUC 1300, receiving 193 signatures from this college’s faculty and staff.

“In doing so, he falsified the requirement that they faculty be extensively consulted. He ignored the faculty and did not involve them in making the decision,” he said.

“Somebody loses if we add this into the core, so that’s why the faculty opposed it,” he said.

He said the way Faculty Senate has initiated the petition was handled diplomatically and pleasantly.

“We have 100 percent signatures in kinesiology,” Wayland said.

“I can’t speak to numbers, but I imagine at the very least the vast majority of the English department has signed,” Martin said.

“I admire the Faculty Senate because they are putting their necks out there, challenging it and leading the fight,” Bunch said.

For more information, contact Amanda Martin at amartin@alamo.edu.

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