Dean goes back to astronomy classroom

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Astronomy professor David Wood, former dean of performance excellence, speaks at a College Council meeting in October 2013. File

Astronomy professor David Wood, former dean of performance excellence, speaks at a College Council meeting in October 2013. File

College seeks institutional research director to replace him.

By M.J. Callahan

Dr. David Wood, dean of performance excellence, has returned to his former position as an astronomy professor for personal reasons after a year in the job, he said Aug. 6.

Wood said demands of the job were taking a toll on him and in his relationships with his family and fiancé.

He said he was working 80 hours a week and getting little sleep.

Wood was involved not only in executive responsibilities, he also kept duties as director of institutional research, including data analysis and heading the college’s reaffirmation with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

“It was a personal decision for Wood to go back but he will be missed,” Dr. Robert Zeigler, newly retired president of this college, said. Aug. 14.

“We have lost a talented administrator, but the students are gaining a wonderful professor,” Dr. Robert Vela, president of this college, said Aug. 19.

Wood said he appreciated gaining the administrative experience.

“I have a profound appreciation for Dr. Zeigler, Dr. Vela and the executive team for giving me these opportunities. It was a difficult decision to make to go back. And I appreciate everything they have done, but it was the best decision for me to make at this time,” Wood said.

Wood going back to the classroom has put several changes in the administration into play.

The dean of performance excellence position has been dissolved, and the college is looking for a new director of institutional research as well a statistical analyst to have a successful SACSCOC reaffirmation, Vela said.

Real estate Coordinator Johnnie Rosenauer will serve as the liaison with the accrediting agency for the reaffirmation. Rosenauer led this college’s last reaffirmation in 2006, Vela said.

Rosenauer is working with the reaffirmation committee to compile two years of documents to present to SACSCOC for the reaccreditation of this college in 2016.

Wood, joined the astronomy faculty here in 2002, and was promoted to the director of institutional research, planning and effectiveness in 2011 and moved up to dean in 2013.

“I love teaching,” he said. “It’s not a big sacrifice for me to go back to the class room.”

He said he would make about the same amount of money per month teaching as he made as dean with half the stress.

As dean, Wood earned $84,600 for 12 months, or $7,050 per month, according to the 2013-14 district budget. He will earn $64,000 as a professor for nine months or $7,111 per month.

Wood’s salary was the lowest of the college’s six deans.

The 2013-14 district budget lists the following salaries deans at this college:

Dr. Alice Johnson, dean of library science, $107,457; Vernell Walker, dean of professional and technical education, $101,269; Tim Rockey dean of continuing education; $101,131, Dr. Conrad Krueger, dean of arts and science, $100,920; and Emma Mendiola, dean of student success, $89,376.

Johnson returned to her former position as director of the library at the beginning of this academic year, and Mendiola stepped down as dean to become chair of student development.

Lisa Alcorta, who recently accepted the position of dean of student success, earned $91,800 as director of developmental education and academic success at the district office.

Alcorta’s salary as dean of student success was requested, but human resources did not return phone calls.

Wood’s other duties were running institutional research reports (about 500 ad hoc reports in two years plus all standard reports); assisting units with automating data collection for grant reports; validating data reports from district; preparing the president’s performance protocol and annual board report; collecting and reporting on 3000-plus sections of student learning outcomes every semester including this college’s sections at North East Lakeview; aligning and mapping student learning outcomes to the new THECB core; strategic planning for the college and all of its units,

Other duties were leading the Baldrige team; managing Class Climate student evaluations every semester; chairing the Competency Committee; serving on the district institutional research lead team; serving on the city’s P-16 Data Council; Challenger Center Advisory Board and development of Scobee Education Center assessment plan.

Executive team responsibilities included meetings and representing the college at various functions; managing a small staff; and other duties as assigned by this college or district administration.


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