Faculty Senate president steps down

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Social work Professor Lisa Black, right, resigned Sept. 23 as Faculty Senate president. Criminal justice Professor Tiffany Cox, center, was elected president and foreign languages Professor Tammy Perez, left, was elected vice president by acclimation.  Photo by Kyle R. Cotton

Social work Professor Lisa Black, right, resigned Sept. 23 as Faculty Senate president. Criminal justice Professor Tiffany Cox, center, was elected president and foreign languages Professor Tammy Perez, left, was elected vice president by acclimation. Photo by Kyle R. Cotton

Lisa Black becomes faculty fellow for decision-making model.

By Kyle R. Cotton

kcotton11@student.alamo.edu

Faculty Senate President Lisa Black stepped down from her position Sept. 23 during Faculty Senate’s first meeting of the semester.

Black, who was first elected president in spring 2015, will become the faculty fellow for the new faculty decision-making model, at least until another can be found.

“I’ve accepted the faculty fellow position, but sort of on a conditional basis. It’s meant to be a two-year position and it’s meant for that faculty fellow to be the liaison to the Executive Faculty Council, which is really a new ability on how we’re going to have a lot of input into how decisions are made that affect faculty across the district,” Black said.

Black was the co-lead with Dr. Mike Flores, president of Palo Alto College, in designing the decision-making model.

“Because it’s a brand-new model, it’s going to take a lot of work to get it moving. It’s grunt work. It’s what form we should use? What questions we should ask? How do we communicate that out to faculty? All those things that’s just basic infrastructure has to be put into place so that we can honor the transparency that we were asked to do, to give to the faculty when the model was created,” Black said.

The faculty fellow is a liaison for the faculty decision-making model, which includes scheduling, taking meeting minutes, forming agendas and communicating what the model is doing to all the stakeholders.

“It was not an easy decision, but I believe that model is so important for us that I was willing to do it till at least the spring,” Black said. “Part of my job will be to find a faculty member who wants to do it for two years and is ready and able to step into that position. But it needs to be at a time when people have time to think ahead.”

Potential candidates will go through training before being put forward to an interview process and final selection by Dr. Jo-Carol Fabianke, vice chancellor of academic success.

“On a personal note, I’m really proud of the work I was able to engage in with the senate. I don’t regret one moment of the hair loss, the weight gain … but I really hope this senate continues to move forward in the way that we have and just really represent the faculty in such a powerful way that everybody can see,” Black said. The faculty fellow is a liaison for the faculty decision-making model, which includes scheduling, taking meeting minutes, forming agendas and communicating what the model is doing to all the stakeholders.

“It was not an easy decision, but I believe that model is so important for us that I was willing to do it till at least the spring,” Black said. “Part of my job will be to find a faculty member who wants to do it for two years and is ready and able to step into that position. But it needs to be at a time when people have time to think ahead.”

Potential candidates will go through training before being put forward to an interview process and final selection by Dr. Jo-Carol Fabianke, vice chancellor of academic success.

“On a personal note, I’m really proud of the work I was able to engage in with the senate. I don’t regret one moment of the hair loss, the weight gain … but I really hope this senate continues to move forward in the way that we have and just really represent the faculty in such a powerful way that everybody can see,” Black said.

Senators applauded Black for her service. She will remain as a senator.

Criminal justice Professor Tiffany Cox was elected president, foreign languages Professor Tammy Perez was elected vice president and creative multimedia director Barbara Knotts was elected secretary by acclimation.

Dr. Lisa Zottarelli, sociology professor and this college’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges liaison, was named parliamentarian.

Cox said she is excited to serve as president. “I served as vice president last year and secretary the year before, and I’ve just spent the last couple of years learning how shared governance works and how we can really support the faculty and speak for faculty, increase faculty influence and decisions on campus and across the district, and I’m really looking forward to my team,” Cox said.

Executive Faculty Council meetings are open to the public.

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