2018-2019 Minutes

Thursday, May 26, 2019

Members Present: Melanie Harvey (President), James Leiker (Vice President), Dennis Arjo (Past President/Acting Secretary), Brian Wright (Uniserve Representative) Jeff Anderson, Samira Hussein, Deb Williams, Bob Carney, Larry Weaver, Jim McWard, Scott Gilmore, Diane Davis.

Guests: Farrell Hoy Jenab, Director Faculty Development

President Melanie Harvey called the meeting to order at 3:30.

President’s Report

Wall of Honor: Pres. Harvey announced the candidates for the Wall of Honor.


Grade Appeal Process: President Harvey then reported on a discussion about the grade appeal process at the Policy and Procedures meeting. Changes to the process and attached form are in the works and include a guarantee that the faculty will be able to respond to a student’s complaints. The current provision for a faculty panel to hear appeals to a Dean’s decision is being removed. In the future, such appeals will be heard by the Vice President for Academic Affairs who will render a final decision. A concern was raised about a timeline and potential problems with summer when faculty may not be available. Pres. Harvey indicated that she would inquire about this. Some further concerns were raised about the elimination of the faculty panel option for appeals.

Response to the Higher Learning Commission: There was a spirited discussion of the college’s response to the Higher Learning Commission’s concerns about shared governance at JCCC. Numerous inaccuracies in the current draft were noted and plans for a response were formulated. Concerns about faculty representation, or rather lack thereof, in the preparation of the draft were registered. Several members noted that the tone of the documents attached to the response was objectionable and condescending and suggests a misunderstanding of faculty views on a number of points. Worries about the implications for the Faculty Association’s future standing at the college were also identified. Dennis Arjo volunteered to draft a response that will be circulated to interested parties for comments and suggestions.

Engagement Survey: Discussion then turned to the recently released results of the Engagement Survey. It was noted that math and science were combined for the purposes of the survey. Some questions were asked about some of the data summaries and benchmarking numbers. An apparent death spiral of declining confidence in upper administration was noted as a particular concern.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:54 pm.



April 25, 2019

Members Present: Melanie Harvey (President), James Leiker (Vice President), Eve Blobaum (Treasurer), Brian Wright (Uniserve Representative) Dennis Arjo (Past President/Acting Secretary), Ron Palcic, Jeff Anderson, Samira Hussein, Dave Krug, Larry Weaver, Deb Williams, Barry Herron, Lauren Jacobs, James Byrnes, Hugh Clark, Carol Smith.

Guests: Trustee Angeliina Lawson, Dr. Randy Weber, Vice President Student Success.

Executive Session

President Harvey called the meeting to order at 3:30 and called an Executive Session for the discussion of ongoing negotiations on the Distinguished Service Award. The Executive Session ended at 4:05.

General Meeting

President Harvey called the general meeting to order at 4:06 pm and introduced Dr. Randy Weber, Vice President of Student Success, who made a presentation about the College Promise initiative. Dr. Weber presented some data about the percentage of Johnson County high school graduate who attend JCCC. Other data presented conclude the percentage of students graduating or transferring according to the kind of aid they receive. Dr. Weber also noted that over the last ten years free lunch participation in Johnson County has gone from 14.1% to 22.5%, an increase of 59%. Dr. Weber then presented elements of a proposed JCCC version of College Promise. The current proposal to waive tuition for students who are: Johnson County residents; degree or certificate seeking; first time/full time; direct matriculant from high school; Federal aid eligible; and who have a GPA of at least 2.5 over 7 high school hours. Students would also have to maintain a 2.0 GPA while at JCCC and take part in the Pathways program, and complete 2/3 of attempted courses. Past data suggest 675 students would have been eligible for such a program in AY 2016. The cost would have been roughly $700,000 in the first year and $1.2 million overall.

President’s Report

Dennis Arjo gave an exceptionally interesting and insightful update on the KNEA RA noting resolutions passed to foreground higher ed issues more. He also reported on a proposed for a symposium on issues in higher education. Deb Williams, the Higher Ed Representative to the KNEA Board of Directors noted that planning has already begun for this symposium.

Pres. Harvey and Ron Palcic reported on changes to the VERB program that removed the option to take a cash settlement.

Pres. Harvey noted that nominations for next year’s officers was to close at midnight. To date only the current officers had been nominated. She noted that elections were forthcoming and a question asking for approval of a projected budget would be voted on as well.

Pres. Harvey noted that the treasurer’s report is on Canvas.

Pres. Harvey reported that in response to a member’s request she got a legal opinion from the KNEA general counsel confirming that Kanas’ open meetings laws do not apply to the JCCCFA.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned 5:00 pm.



March 28, 2019

Guests—Dr. McCloud

Members present: Melanie Harvey (President), Jim Leiker (Vice President), Samira Hussein, Larry Weaver, Bob Carney, Ed Ronnebaum, Mary Deas, Deb Williams, Tai Edwards, Theresa McChesney, Brett Cooper, David Davis, Diane Davis, David Krug, Sheryl Hadley.

  • 2019-2020 FA Budget Discussion—Melanie shared a draft of a possible budget for next year.  Melanie shared current FA funding for items like the LENS lunch, FA parties, awards/recognitions, etc.   Plans are in the works to include budget recommendations on the ballot for this year.  A discussion of how monies should be allotted, specifically money in support of student scholarships/needs, ensued.  For this year 1,500 dollars was budgeted for Some Enchanted Evening to support the foundation as it supports students.  Only 1,200 was needed this year.  Possibilities for next year’s budget included continuing to purchase a table for the FA,  purchasing a limited number of tickets for FA members who would like to attend, providing tickets for FA leadership, or using the funds directly for student scholarships and emergency funds.   Melanie stressed that voting on these budget items for next year will give the FA leadership more support as they make decisions about how FA funds are used.  The discussion was lengthy and eventually Dave Krug made a motion we move forward with the day’s agenda.

President’s Report (Melanie Harvey).

  • New Retirement HRA Benefit–Melanie shared information about the new Retirement HRA Benefit. The document outlining the benefit amounts and eligibility is in draft form, so she shared only on the overhead. She explained in the first draft 9-month and 10-month faculty sick leave calculations were proportionally less than 12 month, so she had pointed that out and new calculations for this benefit were offered reflecting more equity. Current faculty who plan to retire may participate in this benefit, but they need to be employed until July 1st 2019 to receive this benefit.


  •  Distinguished Service Award—The committee to research possible changes to the DSA process    has met once. This group has asked for a list of winners since 1985. A discussion about the DSA process ensued. Suggestions for change to the DSA process included making more efforts to encourage faculty to participate, perhaps raising the award amount, perhaps limiting to every 5-year submissions, and analyzing some possible perceived biases in the rubrics. Changes agreed on by both the FA and administration would need to be completed by September 1st 2019.


  •  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce—Tai Edwards asked to be moved up in the agenda to accommodate a scheduling conflict.  She introduced the taskforce needs statement and stated this group was recommending a dedicated Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resource at JCCC.  She indicated this could take many forms, but stressed JCCC is behind other institutions with this kind of support.  She took questions from members and indicated she would be sending information to all list servs she has access to.

President’s Report Continued

Committee updates—Will be provided by email.

Elections– FA leadership elections for next year will happen this spring. As of now all the current leadership is planning to run for next year. At the May FA meeting the new officers will take over.

  • KBOR change in hours that transfer from JCCC to KU—Dr. McCloud shared his ongoing work over the last year to secure a transfer agreement that would allow JCCC students to transfer more JCCC credit hours to KU toward a bachelor’s degree.  In this new agreement, students would only need 45 hours at KU to finish their degrees.  FA members expressed appreciation for this accomplishment and noted it should be advertised widely to our students as this is such a benefit for transfer students.
  • Curriculum Changes—Theresa McChesney reminded faculty that because of the anticipated change from a 16-week to a 15-week semester, courses might need modification.  If so, she encouraged faculty to bring those changes to the Curriculum Committee.

After a brief discussion of Infohub, Melanie adjourned the meeting at 5:00.



Thursday, February 21, 2019

Members Present: Melanie Harvey (President), James Leiker (Vice President), Eve Blobaum (Treasurer), Dennis Arjo (Past President/Acting Secretary), Diane Davis, David Davis, Holly Dressler, Ron Palcic, Jeff Anderson, Brett Cooper, Jay Antle, Vin Clark, Bill McFarlane, Gretchen Thur, Samira Hussein, Doug Copeland, Carol Smith, Barb [Illegible], Dave Krug, Jim McWard, Larry Weaver, Diana Hurst, Deb Williams, Lynne Beatty, Teresa McChesney, Jessica Tipon.

Guests: Kate Allen, Tiger Webster-Harris (President, Student Senate), Caleb Keltner (Vice President, Student Senate), Trustee Angeliina Lawson, Dr. Mickey McCloud (Chief Academic Officer), Roberta Eveslage (League of Women Voters), Frank Syracuse.

President Harvey called the meeting to order at 3:30 and introduced the guests.

President’s Report—Melanie Harvey

Melanie introduced Kate Allen of the JCCC Foundation who spoke about Foundation’s mission and place at the college. She noted it is the charitable organ of the college and accepts all gifts. Scholarships are its biggest job and she asked faculty to send students in need to Foundation for help. She emphasized that they sponsor a number of need based scholarships.

Dave Krug then spoke about needy students and safety net programs supported by the College. He noted that in the last two years $10,000 in aid has been dispersed. In response to a question about choices between different funds, Dave noted they are working on making the process easier. Kate Allen indicated she will send something to Melanie for dispersal.

Melanie noted that people in the community can also donate and that these donations can be earmarked. Kate noted how successful Some Enchanted Evening has been at raising lots of money and how popular it is in the community.

President Harvey then gave updates on the following:

KPERS: Loudlight.org has good information on budget issues in Topeka as well as general legislative matters. This organization has a particularly good account of the budget issues Kansas has struggled with in the last few years.

Melanie reported on a union reception with legislators focused on encouraging union friendly legislation. She noted a proposed bill that would handcuff community college spending to spot elections while demanding transparency measures that are already in place. She noted that this could be abused by political interests and thatch had filed a statement in opposition.

Jim Leiker then reported on the monthly legislative breakfasts hosted by the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce that he has been attending. He noted that the political mix has been rich and attendees are not necessarily hostile to the interests of the FA and KNEA.

Melanie then gave an update on the status of the Distinguished Service Aware. A group of FA officers and administrators met to discuss next steps on the DSA. Concerns were noted, particularly about the rubric used which was not negotiated. There is a mutual interest in cleaning up the language and clarifying the process in the Master Agreement. To that effect discussion will continue with an eye to re-opening that part of the MA for negotiating. The FA team will be Dennis Arjo, Melanie Harvey, Jim Leiker, and Tammy Baltzell from KNEA. The administration team was identified as Becky Centlivre, Gurbhushan Singh, and Farrell Jenab. Appreciation was expressed for the FA’s role in resolving the difficulties encountered this year. Some concerns were voiced about the previously constituted negotiation team not working on this issue. It was noted that the FA president has the authority to change the constitution of the negotiations team at will.

Student needs and the tuition increase

Melanie opened the floor to comments and elicited suggestions as to how she should approach the topic of President Sopcich’s controversial statements about student financial struggles at the February Board Meeting. Melanie also spoke to the need for better and more rigorous data about the financial situations of students and their struggles. A question was raised about the student perspective and the Foundation’s sense of racial and other demographic breakdown of students in need. Tiger Webster-Harris indicated his belief that students are in need but he also spoke in defense of Dr. Sopcich’s commitment to students. Kate Allen provides some some data about financial aid and Pell Grants dispersed by JCCC. Strong statements were made against the Dr. Sopcich’s history of bad comments about faculty, staff and now students. Others suggested a less confrontational approach would serve faculty and students better. Trustee Lawson reported that she has spoken helpfully with the chair of the Board. She also clarified that her breakfast with Dr. Sopcich was public. Bill McFarlane reported that the Faculty Senate made statement in support of students and will be looking at the situation as well. Tiger was asked how the Student Senate will be reacting. He indicated that the Student Senate Executive Committee will be discussing the matter next week.

Student Needs and the Food Pantry

Jay Antle reported on a committee looking at the food pantry, the meal plan, and related efforts to meet student needs. This committee is gathering data and the group will be making recommendations. The idea is to look at the possibility of expanding the food pantry, moving to a higher profile location, and adding a clothes closet. They will also probably recommend that an advisory committee be established to oversee the new arrangement.

Early Retirement Incentive

Ron Palcic reported on a proposed retirement proposal that will be presented at the next Human Resources Committee meeting. It would be ongoing and similar to the past programs in allowing eligible retirees to convert unused sick leave into funds that could be used to purchase insurance. The early announcement bonus will still be available under the current proposal. Some concerns were voiced about how this was proposed as a negotiation item and yet was not discussed as the administration team refused to bring it to the table. This is also a mandatory negotiable item. It was agreed that the proposal would be put on the Faculty Association Canvas sight.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00.



Thursday, January 24, 2019

GEB 375, 3pm

Members Present: Melanie Harvey (President), Jim Leiker (VP), Terri Easley-Giraldo (Secretary), Eve Blobaum (Treasurer), Brian Wright (Uniserv Rep), Dennis Arjo (Past President), Bob Carney, Scott Crompton, Hugh Clark, Nancy Holcroft, Diane Davis, Monica Hogan, Jim McWard, Michael Carriger, Dave Davis, Beth Edmonds, Dave Krug, Larry Weaver, Rhonda Barlow, Donna Helgeson, Theresa McChesney, Deb Williams, Jeff Anderson, Jay Antle, Lori Slavin, Luzma Alvarez, Scott Gilmore, Ron Palcic, Samira Hussein, Doug Copeland, Anna Page

Guests:  Mickey McCloud – Chief Academic Officer, Lee Cross – JCCC Trustee, Tammy Baltzell (KNEA Uniserv), Tiger Harris-Webster (Student Senate President), Terri Johnson (Alliance/KNEA), Farrell Jenab (Director, Faculty Development)

President Melanie Harvey called the meeting to order 3:30pm

President’s Report – Melanie Harvey

Calendar 2020-2021

Board approved the 2020-2021 calendar at last meeting.  Their will be a stop day on Monday (12/7) of Final Exam Week.  Finals will be Tuesday-Monday (12/8-12/14) with grades being due on Tuesday (12/15).  The remainder of the week (Tues-Friday, 12/15-12/18) will be in-service days where faculty are expected to be on campus.  The calendar will look the same for the Spring 2021 semester.

Policies and Procedures

Hasn’t officially come to policies and procedures but will soon from Tanya Wilson.  Faculty can give approval for non-students to attend classes (ex – if a student has a child and their daycare is closed for the day, they could ask for professor approval).  New policy about non-students on campus which particularly relates to unattended children on campus.  Children should not be left unattended on campus if they present a safety or risk to the campus/child or is disruptive. Campus police would be notified.

SCI and CLB Renovations

Over next 5 years, Board has tentatively approved 6 million a year for 5 years with it starting in 2021 for renovations in SCI and CLB labs.  There is a lot of uncertainty for faculty as offices and classrooms will have to move during renovations.  The hope is that input and flexibility will take place during this process.  The Math Dept voiced concern that they were not told when the Science dept was told.  Science labs will be converted to classrooms and current classrooms to labs because the pipes and structures need to be changed and updated.  Concern about the lack of communication and involvement during the discussions was voiced by both Science and Math faculty.  It was pointed out that users (Chair of Math and Chair of Sciences) be added to the committee and perhaps it could have been done earlier.

Guest – Terri Johnson (Current UniServ Director and Vice-President) introduced herself.  She asked for input from faculty as she represents us on the board.  She also asked for support as she runs for KNEA Board of Director.  She has 6 years experience as LEA Secretary, 20+ years as a public school educator in Lawrence Public Schools, participated and engaged in social and racial justice issues and wants to continue serving as your UniServ Director.  Her email is josar2x2@gmail.com.  She wants to update the constitution and bylaws and plans to do that in the future if elected.   Please send any concerns to her.

Bookstore Update – Dennis ArjoThe end of fall semester a committee was put together to look at the process by which we adopt textbooks.  The general model is faculty pick the book and bookstore gets the book and sales it to students.  There was a situation where faculty picked a format and the bookstore wanted to provide them in a different format.  The faculty position is that faculty should decide.  The format (hard-copy, versus electronic versus renting/buying) be faculty-driven.

Banner 9 Discussion

Concerns about the new class search and functionality and impacts that may have on faculty and students.  After conversation with Joe, input will be solicited from faculty to create an issue list that OLAC will submit.  Faculty Senate, Faculty Association and OLAC will all coordinate feedback to compile a master list of issues.  It was also pointed out that the student perspective should be considered and the lack of ability to search and difficulty with co-requisites.  It was asked why we can’t just keep the Legacy search and the response was because we do not have the support we used to have for it from Banner.


Distinguished Service Award

Melanie became aware of many mistakes that were made during selection process recently.  The role of the FA president includes selecting the judge and receiving the confidential results of the judge so the FA president can be a witness and make sure the contract is followed.  All the details/processes of submissions are handled by Faculty Development.  A couple of changes were made to DSA in negotiations this year – empowering the awards committee to disqualify applications and changes in weights to the 4 categories.   The judge was under the impression that 10 were going to be awarded in her communication.  There was 14 applicants but only 13 were forwarded as there was 1 that mistakenly put in the wrong folder and was discovered last week when the applicant inquired about not receiving feedback from application.  This application as then sent to the judge to include into the rankings.  On Tuesday it was discovered the judge was given the wrong rubric with the wrong weights which made a difference on rankings.  A grievance was filed but HR said they could not grieve something that is not official yet.  But through that process many things have come to light.  Also, number 7 was sent their ranking along with the judge comments.   Yesterday the judge sent a detailed spreadsheet with all 14 – the previous rankings did change.  The top 6 are in the top 10, but the weights changed the rankings.  We have not heard officially how many are receiving the award.  If the judge’s award of 10 is not honored another grievance will be filed.

Faculty expressed their concerns through discussion and questions with Mickey.

Mickey was asked why 6 and he said the rationale was out there.  He said his desire was to increase the amount of the award and decrease the number awarded.  He said his ultimate desire was to make it a smaller number with higher monetary award.  He referenced his email that he sent to faculty earlier today for the justification of awarding only 6.

Mickey said after talking to Farrell the judge was not consulted that 6 would be awarded so now 10 will be awarded.

Mickey was asked going forward how many awards he plans to give.  He said that conversations will determine the future award numbers and how to proceed.

Treasurer’s Report / FA Budget

Because of limited time – the Treasurer’s Report and the FA Budget 2018-2019 will both put on Canvas and more conversation will take place at the next meeting.

KNEA Baker’s Dozen Sectional RA is happening this weekend. 

Membership Report for AY 2018-19

One member did not continue from the previous AY, and we enrolled five new members, so we started the membership year with 200 members. One member dropped in October, one member has left the College, and we have had six retirements this AY (to date), leaving us with 192 members.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:01pm.



Thursday, November 29, 2018

GEB 375, 3pm

Members Present: Melanie Harvey (President), Jim Leiker (VP), Terri Easley-Giraldo (Secretary), Eve Blobaum (Treasurer), Brian Wright (Uniserv Rep), Dennis Arjo (Past President), Barry Herron, Larry Weaver, Brett Cooper, Jim McWard, Jeff Anderson, Laura Jacobs, Mark Swails, Justin Dunham

Guests:  Vince Miller – Dean of Academic Support and Mickey McCloud – Chief Academic Officer, Tom Patterson – Director of International Education, Angeliina Lawson – Trustee, Randy Weber – VP of Student Success

President Melanie Harvey called the meeting to order 3:33pm.

Treasurer’s Report – Eve Blobaum

Our Accounts are still in balance. From now on we will not be disclosing our account balance amounts in the meeting minutes or on the blog, but they will be available in the future on our Canvas page.

President Updates – Melanie Harvey

Calendar Committee:  This committee is meeting again tomorrow.  The last time they met there was a proposal put together to go to the Board for 2020-2021 academic year.  The fall break idea was not endorsed by the committee.  The last proposal had a stop day between the last day of class and first day of finals, and finals week would look the same for fall and spring semester.  The extra days after finals week and when grades are due can be used for departmental and divisional work and other tasks such as program review, training, etc.  For spring semester – they can’t move graduation due to facility rental to other places for graduation.  Graduation would happen the week after finals.

Tuition 2019-2020:  Tuition and fees at JCCC is together in one lump sum unlike other places that separate tuition and fees.  The Board is suggesting increase tuition per credit hour by $1 for JoCo residents, $2 for out of state and $3 for metro rate.  Tuition hasn’t been raised recently and they want to increase the cost-share of students.

FA Budgeting Plans:  Our Executive Committee will put together a budget for the remainder of the year and plan to have it for the January meeting.  This has not been typical practice in recent years for the FA, but operationally this should be helpful going forward and provide transparency.  Going forward, we would also like to have a proposed budget for the upcoming school year to go on the ballot with officer elections in late spring.

Pathways and Accucampus – Randy Weber

2014-2017 Strategic Plan had 2 big initiatives – how do we provide more consistent advice to students across campus as well as better support to self-navigating students.  Want to better connect students to already available services.  Over time we have realized Pathways has helped with onboarding but not long-term retention.  Accucampus is used for check-in and check-out for all the centers as well as with the Testing Center.  Long-term we are looking at data from previous student impact data to determine what strategies for which students would be most beneficial to put on a checklist for those on certificate or degree plan.   Future support for faculty is to include things like if I teach in AAC and I want them to go to a resume-building workshop – they can them see which students went to the workshop.  For students – it will allow students to ask what resources are available and based on their schedules it will produce a list of resources.

Faculty expressed concerns about private student data and it was asked who gets to see the data.  As far as privacy goes, everyone (staff/faculty) will have different “roles” and permissions and see what is pertinent for their role.

It was asked what is the difference between Counselors and Success Advocates.  Counselors are with Masters Counseling degree and Success Advocates are bachelors degree.  At first they were just triage with students, but now their job is to connect and not provide the support that counseling does.  Their job is to make resources available to students.

Global Distinction AQIP Project – Tom Patterson

In response to the demands to the world we live in today.  Goal of program is to prepare students to better live and work in this interconnected and interdependent world.  This can be done through:  global focus in curriculum, involvement in activities/clubs, events, and study abroad.

How can we bundle these activities to encourage students to participate and get more global experience to prepare them?  The program would have 3 components and various criteria, and models the program at KU (Global Awareness Program).  Also working with KU to pursue options for it to transfer.

Component 1-Academic (2 tracks – 1 for domestic students and 1 for international students)

Component 2 – Activities/Events

Component 3 – International Experience

Complete 2 components for Global Award and 3 components for Global Award Distinction.

Goal is to launch the program in January as a pilot and then a determination whether to move forward.

Academic Dishonesty Listening Session – Mark Swails

Hoping to get feedback and reflecting the way students cheat is different across disciplines.  The group will prepare a statement – the current statement is very vague and no campus-wide consequences.  Goal is to recommend a reporting and data collection system.  Also will make a toolkit of steps and tools for faculty to use to combat academic dishonesty.  Finally put together a recommendation for a training or remediation model for students (likely a video).

Faculty can fill out a survey at:  https://goo.gl/44xoPq


KNEA Delegates – Brian Wright

Looking for representatives to represent FA at Baker’s Dozen at the end of January and the Representative Assembly in April.  We have 6 of 10 spots filled.  If you know of people interested, please let the FA know.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:05pm.



Thursday, October 18, 2018

GEB 375, 3pm

Members Present: Melanie Harvey (President), Jim Leiker (VP), Terri Easley-Giraldo (Secretary), Eve Blobaum (Treasurer), Brian Wright (Uniserv Rep), Tammy Baltzell (KNEA Uniserv), Diane Davis, David Davis, Janette Funaro, Jeff Anderson, Larry Weaver, Dennis Arjo, Monica Hogan, Dave Krug

Guests:  Dr. Mickey McCloud

President Melanie Harvey called the meeting to order at 3:31pm.

Treasurer’s Report – Eve Blobaum

We are getting a table for Some Enchanting Evening ($1,200), so that expense will be coming up.  In recent years we’ve shared a table at a cost of $1,500, so this is actually cheaper than previous years’ expenses.

This year the Executive Council approved the purchase of getting a table.  Discussion about whether or not the FA should vote to approve getting a table at Some Enchanting Evening in the future.  Also concerns were voiced about fairness and who is asked to go.  It was suggested that next year the FA asks for a vote to approve.

Jeff Anderson asked for it to be noted that he does not support this expenditure.

President Updates – Melanie Harvey


Hiersteiner Child Development Center – got a grant to help facilitate free childcare for some students.  This grant was matched by the Foundation.

HR Hiring Change – Assigning an HR person to Full-Time Faculty search committees.  They are supposed to help with resources and moves along in a timely fashion.  It is to prevent issues from occurring.  This is not currently a policy or procedure but they want to participate in the search committees.  It was brought up that HLC did point out that we should do a better job reflecting diversity of our student population.

Board Meeting Tuesday, 10/16 – Master Agreement for 2018-2021 was approved.  Concern was expressed about several board members’ remarks concerning the recently approved contract at the October meeting

KNEA Leadership Training –  Training opportunity for emerging young faculty leaders.  Day and half program with different dates possible.  Around 8 years of experience is desired.  If you think of someone or are interested, send to Melanie.

Alliance Uniserve Rep – Board position is available.  This is the state board for KNEA. Anyone can run for this, nomination form and need 25 signatures.  Would be completing a partial term of 2 years.


Calendar – This is going to be a big deal implementing the 15 week semesters.  There was concern in the Calendar Committee that we would not be following the math requested by KBOR to meet the minute requirement 750 per credit hour.

Mickey has talked with Academic Affairs at KBOR – it looks like we will be aligned with what everyone else does currently in the state.

Some options are flexible with the extra days:

  • Grades due on Monday after finals and then have the extra days after grades are due (some of deadlines would be moved – such as Program Review, Assessment, etc).
  • Fall Break during Thanksgiving week. Students are off but faculty are working.
  • Dead Day between last day of semester and finals.

Those present were more in favor of spreading out workdays during the semester while students are present rather than having the extra days once the students are gone.

Those present in favor of a Dead Day between semester and finals.

It was mentioned starting semester on Wednesday was helpful for online classes so you can orient the first few days and then have the full week following to get into the materials.

Moving the due date for turning in grades would be helpful.

Meeting adjourned at 4:46pm.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

GEB 375, 3pm

Members Present: Melanie Harvey (President), Jim Leiker (VP), Terri Easley-Giraldo (Secretary), Eve Blobaum (Treasurer), Brian Wright (Uniserv Rep), Tammy Baltzell (KNEA Uniserv), Patrick Lafferty, Diane Davis, David Davis, Barry Herron, David Krug, Deb Williams, Rhonda Barlow, Russ Hanna, Jim McWard, Vin Clark, Jeff Lewis, James Byrnes, Beth Edmonds, Brett Cooper, Larry Weaver, Scott Gilmore, Gretchen Thum, Charlie Randazzo, Sheryl Hadley, Kathryn Byrne, Anna Page, Jeff Anderson, Bill McFarlane, Dennis Arjo, Mark Swails, Tai Edwards, Jay Antle, Joe Weis, Marilyn Senter, Ron Palcic, Terri Teal, Steve Giambrone, Doug Copeland

President Melanie Harvey called the meeting to order at 3:31pm

Treasurer’s Report – Eve Blobaum

Exploring options for the bank accounts to see if there is a better option to avoid transfer fees.

DLAC Update – Dave Davis

DLAC now has a faculty chair, Dave Davis.  The idea is that the face and agenda of the committee is driven by the faculty.  At the first meeting this semester, Dr. McCloud came to give information on required annual Canvas Training and to ask for input on administrative oversight of online classes to monitor required syllabus and grade postings.  He asked DLAC to craft policy and procedures and DLAC will be discussing at the upcoming meetings.

KOPS – Barry Herron

Gave an update on auto-lock installations in Nursing and will slowly happen across campus.  New KOPS newsletter is coming out.  Budget for tourniquets kits on campus.  On a related note – Melanie gave update that Stoll Park wants to complete connection to campus and install bollards so that they could allow evacuation if needed to and from campus in case of an emergency.  The neighborhood association is worried about their property values and this becoming an actual street.

Updates from FA President – Melanie

-Some posters from Blood and Soil which is a white supremacy group.  They are not authorized so please take them down if you see them.

-Learning Quality – they presented a change in sabbatical presentations and will be giving specific guidelines for your presentation to Learning Quality.

-Board Retreat – College Promise.  Wanted to give a heads up on potential future plans.  This would be offered to students from Johnson County High Schools coming to JCCC for the first time immediately after graduation. They must be financial aid eligible and fill out FAFSA.  The college guarantees they’d get full tuition so the college would cover what financial aid doesn’t.  They would also have to participate in Pathways.  Cost estimate based on the enrollment of students that would have qualified for this program from the past two years is 1.4 million each year. They anticipate attracting only an additional 200 students each year to JCCC with this program. Randy Weber will be coming to a future meeting to give more information and answer questions.

-Chairs – There will be a town hall announced in the future.  After the All-Faculty Meeting this fall, it was suggested that smaller groups of discussion would be helpful and more constructive.  The idea is that the Deans take the current draft to the Chairs in their area and the Chairs will talk to their areas and give feedback, comments and concerns.  The understanding is that the discussions should happen in smaller groups.  If you have concerns about chairs in your area, please contact your Dean, but also let Melanie know so she is aware and can advocate.

-3rd HLC Town Hall scheduled for Oct 8th 3:30-4:30 in GEB 233.

Negotiations Update – Negotiation Team

Presented how we got to where we are today and what the tentative agreement is which is a 3% raise each year for the next 3 years with the other tentative agreements that have been communicated to faculty in the spring.  More information will be presented to faculty once we have Board approval on the tentative agreement.

Meeting adjourned at 4:57pm.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

GEB 375, 3pm

Members Present: Melanie Harvey (President), Jim Leiker (VP), Terri Easley-Giraldo (Secretary), Eve Blobaum (Treasurer), Brian Wright (Uniserv Rep), Larry Weaver, Cherie Leiker, Brett Cooper, Janette Funaro, Diane Davis, Rhonda Barlow, David Davis, Jim McWard, Vin Clark, Bill McFarlane, Danny Alexander, Dennis Arjo, Nathan Jones, Kristen Hurth, Barry Heron, Scott Crompton, Scott Gilmore, Laura Jacobs, Myra Young, Diana Hurst, Ron Palcic

President Melanie Harvey called the meeting to order at 3:32pm

Guests- Dr. McCloud (arriving at 4pm to listen to Shared Governance Discussion) and Farrell Jenab

Faculty Development Changes – Farrell Jenab

As per AQIP committee recommendations and Cabinet approval, the position of Faculty Development Coordinator has moved out of Staff Development into Instruction.  Farrell reports to Mickey now and will teach 1 class per semester in her discipline.  Many plans for the future such as getting an advisory board and a space for faculty to collaborate and get together and “develop”.  Elaine Sinn is also with Faculty Development and they are currently housed temporarily in the Ed Tech Center.  They are here to help with any paperwork/loopholes as well as how to navigate funding sources.  One thing from the AQIP study that is challenging is money/budget and that will still be worked out.

Plug for Master Teacher Workshop – On October 2, from 11am-2pm there will be a Master Teacher open House.  Applications will be available and due on10/19.  The 2019 Master Teacher workshop will be Jan 15-17 during PDD week.

Treasurer Report – Eve Blobaum

Plan to look for a way to update accounts to avoid transaction fees.

Updates from FA President – Melanie Harvey

New Attorney for KNEA – Marjie Blaufuss was at special session meeting.  David Schauner has retired.

New Uniserv Rep – As of September 4, Tammy Baltzell is the new person in position.  This is our first-step contact person.  Currently Rex Hull has been filling this role.   Gene Neely was in this position previously.

Facilities Naming Committee – The Foundation is currently in a fundraising effort. If a large contribution is made, they consider naming the building after them in exchange for contribution.  There is a list of potential buildings up for naming/donations.  The Carlsen Center is currently on the list.  The fact they are looking to rename it as part of fundraising is encouraging.

Cyber-Security Threat – FA was targeted by an attack.  A very sophisticated attack where they had done research on who officers were.  FA has not lost anything, but wanted to make aware of these attacks.  We’ve instituted a few new policies.  Brett Cooper pointed out this happened previously when Dennis Arjo transitioned into President.

LENS Lunch – 10 new Faculty members.  Some have joined the FA

Memberships – Trying to reach out to people to join FA.  Right now about 60% of Faculty are part of FA.  In past there have been years where we are higher.  Membership forms are electronic and also available on the FA blog.

Division Delegates / Advocates – bylaws said by May, but we haven’t set meeting times/dates for next year so makes it tricky.  1 year terms, no term limits.

Currently we have:

Diane Davis – English/Journalism

Larry Weaver – Science

Need representatives from the following divisions:

-Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences



-Health Care and Wellness




Release Time for FA President

Historically what has been given is not what is in the contract.  Now we’ve been told they are following contract.  The FA President will get 3 hours each semester in summer, fall, spring.  For people running in the future, this is the way they are interpreting the contract.  Because of this release time arrangement, Melanie will try to delegate some of the duties to officers when possible.

HLC Report

Link to report was posted today on InfoList – Can be found here.

2 Town Hall Meetings are currently scheduled:

–11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Aug. 29, in GEB 233

–1 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, in GEB 233

Faculty asked for more opportunities for town halls – not times when faculty are teaching.  The 2 scheduled meetings are currently during prime teaching time.

3 basic issues from HLC as shared by Joe during All-Staff Meeting. 

Issue 1 – A report outlining the academic governance structure, including academic leadership, academic and faculty committees, and faculty, including adjunct faculty to include communication processes and protocols between the committees, leadership, and faculty.

Issue 2 – The outline of shared governance protocols and communication between faculty, academic leadership and JCCC leadership.

Issue 3 – An outline of decision-making protocols, as well as communications protocols, when decisions are final.

Dr. McCloud is here to listen to our conversation.  As a starting place, give about 20 minutes to talk about where we think shared governance is working well and list places we think it is not working as well.

Where it is working/why is it working?

-When we populate college-wide committees – it is working to have some communication from Faculty Senate and the FA to recruit people.

-get real representatives of faculty and not people picked by administrators

-those picked for committees should communicate to faculty

-often faculty as a whole have no idea of all the committees on campus-need a list of     people who are on them, and what the charge of the committee and whether they have authority to make decisions or recommendations (Living document that is updated – John Clayton is working on this).

-AQIP initiative – can be solicited from anyone on campus.  Hasn’t been perfect, but is a process we are fairly familiar with at this point.  Can communicate through Sheri Barrett’s office the results.  Clear guidelines and goals.  And action has been taken on them, such as the Faculty Development one.

-Curriculum Approval/Ed Affairs – sense of shared ownership that faculty have vetted courses and modifications

-Department Governance/Chair model – there has been more ownership over the instruction of their disciplines.

-When administrators attend faculty meetings and faculty are able to attend administration meetings (attend each other’s meetings)

Where are the places we definitely need some work and improvement?

-Faculty need to take some responsibility because some of us don’t want to be engaged or on committees – there is a “culture of disengagement”

-Don’t have enough faculty representation on committees (such as having 12 members and only 2 are faculty).  Faculty are more in line with dealing with students.  Should be more around 50% faculty participation

-Need to schedule meetings when faculty can attend – times that go around teaching schedules.  Maybe an hour a week we don’t have any classes so we can have meetings.

-Allow zoom as an option for those who can’t be physically present.  Also make recordings and minutes available from meetings.

-IDC – having an issue with it being closed and secret.  No minutes.  Some Deans release documents and some don’t.

-Consistent communication – Deans communicate differently- some explain rationale and some don’t.

-Biggest blowups result from ignoring faculty expertise such as cut-scores since faculty are the ones who work with students.  Decisions made at IDC or President’s Council and they might have be delayed or prevented if faculty had been present.

-Lot of decisions made during the summer when faculty aren’t on campus and the excuse is “well you weren’t around and decisions had to be made.”  Can still ask faculty to join and not require them to be here.

-Amount of time now required doing administrative “crap” that prevents me from doing what I’m supposed to do of improving and teaching.

-Program Review – had faculty input at the beginning – it was every 3 years and then it moved to every year.    Felt like a betrayal because changed decision on timeframe without consulting faculty.  The process itself is intense and takes away time from teaching.  Also hurts smaller departments and is more work.

-Bias towards uniformity /one size fits all/ failure to accept diversity– great complexity from one department to another. Decisions are made to apply equally to all departments.

Update on NEA RA/Alliance – Brett Cooper

One of few unions that meet annually.  Voting on budget, and sets legislative agendas and priorities for next year.  Higher Ed issues:  It was voted that October will be National Higher Education Month. No debate or discussion on it.  NEA attempt to publicize and advocate for transparency on the issue of private organizations funding specific programs at college/university level.

NEA RA is always first week of July and is in Houston next year.

UNISERV Alliance – it’s us, School for Deaf, and Lawrence, and Blue Valley.  Several positions to fill.  Will be updating the bylaws this year.

Negotiations Update – Jim Leiker

We are at impasse for those that didn’t know.  Sept 19th is set aside for the federal mediator with both teams.  Rhonda and the Research Team has been working to collect and gather information.  Many thanks to them for all of their works on gathering information.  If mediation fails, it goes to fact-finding.  If you have questions, can contact any of the team members.

Meeting adjourned at 4:50pm.