Faculty Association Breakfast and Business Meeting

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At 8:00am on 11/12/19 at the Scott North Campus of Wake Technical Community College, I attended the Faculty Association Breakfast and Business Meeting presented by Kim Atkinson, Faculty Senate President and Medical Office Administration instructor, and President-Elect Brad Swearingen Associate Professor of SGD. Co-presented by Debbie Manness and John Etheridge.

As a faculty senate member, I attended this meeting to keep abreast of the topics of current interest. I am recovering from my auto collision on 10/17 and sitting  through sessions with broken ribs may be an issue.

Faculty Association has been working on:

  • PD hours, reducing the yearly requirement from 30hrs to 20hrs mandatory.
  • Pay survey:  faculty association pay >> Posts >> see feedback there
  • Dr. Scott Ralls, President of Wake Tech Community College, came to the faculty association meeting to listen to concerns. Minutes will be posted soon
  • Calendar issues abound. Go to posts >?? calendar guidelines. This will be helpful to getting faculty on board.
  • Summer 2020 is published, and should be out to faculty soon
  • WE requested
    • Faculty calendar completed 1 year in advance to plan vacations. Faculty has no vacation
    • We requested to know who finalizes the calendar
    • improve accuracy of labeling the calendar.
    • 12 month faculty would like longer breaks in semesters
    • What is the clarification of the need of faculty after final exams. There is a hesitancy on the top level to give Deans the power to decide.
  • Please stay current on faculty association actions and pushes, cares and concerns.

 

Elections

Seats will be open in February. Seanate seats are given for 2-year terms. Open officer seats will be filled by senators with at least 1 term experience. Elections will be held in April with the results announced in may. Contact Lorri Wiliford with questions

 

Teaching and Learning Fund

Guidelines and applications are available on the faculty website. Deadline is April 1, 2020. It is mainly used for reimbursement of professional development.  Aisha Eskandari can be contacted if there are questions

 

Debbie and John: the NCCCFA Report

Debbie Manness, VP internal for the NCCCFA began with a solid message: Represent your department and division in the faculty senate. Encourage all faculty to visit, join, and take part. You can enjoy meetings via teams, etc. Debbie Manness has been a faculty association member for 20 years, and now she is a state level participant.

Faculty across the state are having trouble traveling. Our Wake Tech PD Conference is now open to any teacher with PD requests. This will be an ongoing PD Conference ability. The NCCCFA handouts are available, giving more opportunities and resources focused on teaching excellence and student success.

 

NCCCFA President’s Report

John Etheridge, President of the NCCCFA spoke with his report. There has been a large turnover since the NCCCFA was almost shut down last year. First few months were about getting people onboard and ensuring that the cart is back on the road, monetarily, administratively, etc.

We’d like to talk about efficient money use over time.

Faculty Salaries are not addressed into its “legislative priority”. It is up to the discretion of the college president how much you will get paid.

“What is the NCCCFA doing about salaries?” You are not a state employee, you are a college employee, and you will get paid based on the presidents choice. the 2019 workforce development legislative agenda has several bullet points (talking points). They are not currently addressed.

We would like lawmakers to ask the NCCCFA when addressing concerns for college faculties.

“What about Dues?” We’d like dues to be passed back to teachers through a reimbursement process similar to the faculty association’s current set. We’re also hoping to include monies for online PD availability to faculty across the state.

We can we do better, and how can faculty get involved?

First, get involved. We had a good reputation in the past, and we’d like to leverage that again. we’d like to gain visibility by being present in the legislature. We need folks in committees, we need people involved in the NCCCFA so that officer roles will get filled.

Get in touch with your legislator. They will listen to constituents over faceless organizations. Talk about what is going on in the college. School teachers have vast resources, with paid people who only work for better deals. The NCCCFA president has a single courses load reduction, and no other officers have any.

“Can we get a copy of the 2019 Workforce Legislative Agenda?” Yes, we’ll put it on the Faculty Association website.