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The Adjunct Faculty Council discuss revisions for the adjunct faculty handbook Oct. 21 in Room 122 of Gonzales. Most of the suggestions were cutting out non-applicable sections and adding sections more suited to the current adjunct faculty. Photo by Hillary E. Ratcliff

The Adjunct Faculty Council discuss revisions for the adjunct faculty handbook Oct. 21 in Room 122 of Gonzales. Most of the suggestions were cutting out non-applicable sections and adding sections more suited to the current adjunct faculty. Photo by Hillary E. Ratcliff

Kinesiology Professor Randi Wayland and mathematics Professor Gustavo Valadez from the Adjunct Faculty Council discuss the need for clarity between the departments and adjuncts Oct. 21 in Room 122 of Gonzales. Photo by Hillary E. Ratcliff

Kinesiology Professor Randi Wayland and mathematics Professor Gustavo Valadez from the Adjunct Faculty Council discuss the need for clarity between the departments and adjuncts Oct. 21 in Room 122 of Gonzales. Photo by Hillary E. Ratcliff

Correction: Math Adjunct Gustavo Valadez said he is not invited to attend department meetings though the department said they are allowed to attend.

Adjunct Faculty Council is updating its handbook.

By Richard Montemayor

rmontemayor15@student.alamo.edu

All adjuncts should be allowed to attend faculty meetings, an adjunct faculty member said Oct. 21 at the monthly Adjunct Faculty Council meeting in Gonzales Hall.

Math Adjunct Gustavo Valadez said he is not allowed to attend department meetings.

Kinesiology Adjunct Randi Wayland said it depends on the department. “Our adjunct faculty is invited to every single department meeting.”

Wayland said it’s not right to have to ask a full-time faculty member what went on in those meetings.

“I think that (President Robert) Vela needs to have a come-to-Jesus meeting with all of the chairs and say, ‘Look, they are either part of this college or they are not and they need to be invited to every meeting,’” Wayland said.

The council is also editing its handbook for adjuncts at this college. The council reviewed possible items to edit and remove. English Adjunct and council President Amanda Martin stressed the importance of editing the 2010-2011 handbook to see “what do we need in this document and what possibly will need to be updated and what might be eliminated.” The Council has only started to revise its 2010-2011 handbook just now in 2015 Fall Semester, she said.

Wayland said the directory needs to be updated in the handbook and also suggested changing a message from the dean to a message from the president.

Martin said she would ask Vela if he would be interested in doing that.

Evening, weekend and distant education needs to be eliminated from the handbook, Martin said.

“We don’t even have a dean of the evening, weekend and distance education,” Wayland said.

The council needs to consider revising its mission statement in the handbook, Martin said.

Martin said the goal for the next meeting is to have proofread the sections in the handbook and have notes ready for corrections. Martin said she wants a final draft by the end of spring semester.

The next Adjunct Faculty Council meeting is 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in Room 122 of Gonzales Hall.

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