Adjunct Affairs Minutes – February 8, 2018

Adjunct Affairs meeting with Dr. McCloud on Thursday, February 8, 2018

Attendance (alphabetically):  Sheryl Hadley, Madison Huber-Smith, Traci Putnam, Tatiana Scanlan, Irene Schmidt

Purpose of the meeting:  Review the Adjunct Job Description and discuss updated Adjunct Roles

Context:  Since roughly 2014, efforts to update both the FT and PT Faculty job descriptions have been made.  The PT Faculty job description presented in earlier iterations to Faculty Senate seemed too close to FT Faculty job descriptions.  As of fall 2016, FT Faculty job descriptions and engagement statements were updated.  While the most recent version of the PT Faculty job description has been polished, our discussion focused on the need to retain Adjunct Professor as a title (as opposed to Instructor).

The Adjunct Affairs committee members inquired when and how this job description will be distributed.  We know it will be filed with HR but encouraged Dr. McCloud to disseminate the revised document via e-mail to all deans and faculty.  Adjunct Affairs members received print copies but not a pdf to share electronically.

There was also discussion regarding required Canvas training for adjunct faculty.  Dr. McCloud indicated that some compensation will be forthcoming in fall 2018.  ALICE training is not a yearly requirement therefore replacing ALICE with the Canvas module on the Gradebook would be considered mandatory training.  Adjuncts receive a stipend to complete all mandatory training ($100 in fall 2017).  Adjunct Affairs members encouraged Dr. McCloud to consider LMS training a yearly endeavor to be compensated as an incentive for adjuncts to adopt a mindset of continuous quality improvement in course design and delivery.

Our meeting was very constructive and enlightening.  As some Adjunct Affairs members complete their Faculty Senate terms, all were encouraged to continue to build relationships and keep communication lines open.

Adjunct Affairs members have also been gathering information on other areas of concern.

Lieberman Teaching Excellence Award:  Now that the Adjunct Job Description has been updated, criteria for this award will be updated to reflect key changes.  Notably, adjuncts are expected to focus on teaching and professionalism.  Adjuncts are not required to serve on campus-wide committees and yet this was frequently a key way to show “service” to the institution for this particular award.

Adjunct Affairs has confirmed that the Office of Staff and Organizational Development is now tasked with updating criteria for that award.  Hopefully, the outcome will be less cumbersome for adjuncts and service will be a modified criterion.  Previously, adjuncts had to build and submit a teaching portfolio which was sent to an external judge just to be considered for a monetary prize.  Given other recognition options for JCCC Staff exist with monetary awards in addition to recognition without the nominees spending hours on writing portfolios to justify their worth, Adjunct Affairs hope that the ability to earn a cash award will be vastly simplified.  It would behoove Adjunct Affairs members elected in fall 2018 to follow-up with this process.

 

HR Hiring Process:  As expressed at the Faculty Senate January, 2018 meeting, and various settings prior, for years senators have been concerned that, (a) there is a lack of transparency or consistency in the announcement of job openings and, (b) adjuncts with both the credentials and teaching experience at JCCC have not been considered for job interviews.

Adjunct Affairs did not have time to get into details about this concern with Dr. McCloud but committee members have reached out to HR.  Once again, we have heard that HR will be taking steps to improve the hiring process to address these concerns.  This is a particular item that will require following up in the months ahead.

Respectfully submitted,

Irene Schmidt

Adjunct Affairs Chair

 

Adjunct Affairs Minutes – November 9, 2017

Johnson County Community College
Faculty Senate
Adjunct Affairs Subcommittee Minutes
November 9, 2017, CC 305

Call to Order:  4:00 PM

Members Present:  Peggy Barlett, Sheryl Hadley, Traci Putnam, Tatiana Scanlan, and Irene Schmidt.

Updates on subcommittee business:

Irene spoke with Dr McCloud.  He was invited to attend today’s meeting, but did not show.  In discussion with Irene, he assured us that he is working on the adjunct job description and the Lieberman Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award criteria.

Sheryl shared what she learned in her meetings with Human Resources regarding the Master Teacher Workshop and postings on Infolist According to HR, the Master Teacher Workshop’s goal was to reach out to new junior faculty and senior faculty. This is a pilot program with 24 spots reserved for faculty previously involved with the Learning Exchange Network System (LENS).  Adjunct instructors had been involved in the past.  The pilot to bring the Master Teacher Workshop back to JCCC is focused on the LENS program participants this year, but hopefully will include adjunct faculty in the future.

Sheryl met with Lisa Gartland to find out about Infolist postings for full-time job openings on campus.  Lisa has tried to post job openings online, but administrators in HR will not allow her to post these openings, citing legal concerns. There is an upcoming meeting with HR and JCCC legal counsel about these concerns.  We have requested follow-up information

Sheryl also discussed concerns about hiring practices on campus.  There are reports of adjunct instructors teaching classes at JCCC being denied interviews for full-time positions.  According to Lisa Gartland, Silkroad (the current hiring software system) will be discontinued.  Criteria of granting interviews should be examined and will be maintained by HR.  Sheryl suggested creating a standardized rubric for granting candidate interviews, and assuring faculty-led hiring committee requirements.  Traci emphasized that we want to ensure that each division/department in the college provides interview criteria/questions that best fit the needs of the departments.

Irene recapped the recent Collegial Steering Committee discussions, and the newly-elected Board of Trustees members were announced.

The next meeting date will be scheduled following our next Faculty Senate meeting.

The Meeting was adjourned at 5:00 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Traci Putnam

Adjunct Affairs Minutes – October 12, 2017

Johnson County Community College
Faculty Senate
Adjunct Affairs Subcommittee Minutes
October 12, 2017, CC 305

Call to Order:  4:00 PM

Members Present:  Peggy Barlett, Sheryl Hadley, Madison Huber-Smith, Traci Putnam, Tatiana Scanlan, and Irene Schmidt

Adjunct Affairs Background: To welcome the new subcommittee members, Irene shared the background of the Adjunct Affairs Subcommittee.  We discussed how the structure and focus of the subcommittee has evolved over the years.  Information and meeting minutes can be found on the Faculty Senate blog.  Peggy suggested sending committee minutes to Patrick (Faculty Senate President) before the Senate meetings, to have the highlights made available to the senate in writing.  Typically, a committee member verbally recounts the subcommittee information to the full Faculty Senate.

Subcommittee Chair:  Irene told the group that although she is acting as the defacto chairperson of the committee, she does not want her position to be assumed, if another committee member would like to take over as the committee chair.  Irene shared her history of working with Lorie Paldino (former FS executive board member and Adjunct Affairs subcommittee member). The subcommittee chairperson is tasked with setting the agenda for meetings, reporting to the Faculty Senate, and contacting administrators and outside people for meetings and information. It was agreed last year that the chair of the committee should be an adjunct faculty member.  At this time, no subcommittee member expressed an interest in taking over the chair position.

Adjunct Survey Results:  One of the tasks that the committee worked on last year was an adjunct survey to gather information on adjunct information and engagement with JCCC.  The data shows that our typical adjunct instructor:
16 years of teaching experience
72% of adjuncts have earned a master’s degree (many degrees are in teaching/instruction)
1/3 of adjuncts state that they want to become full time faculty
The committee will be looking at the data this year to highlight recurring themes and what our adjuncts deem as important topics.

Hiring Practices: The committee discussed the current hiring policies, wondering why an adjunct instructor who meets all of the initial hiring qualifications for a full time position is not granted an interviewSheryl volunteered to talk with administrators in HR and the President’s office to gauge response.  We also discussed the importance of clarity in hiring practices throughout the college.

Adjunct Job Description:  Irene will be requesting a meeting with Dr. McCloud to follow up on our request for an updated adjunct job description.  We will reach out to Karen Martley in Staff Development, as well.  An up to date job description is a necessary first step when we look at hiring, engagement, and recognizing outstanding adjunct faculty through the Lieberman Award.  We compared the online FLAC page to the previous forms that adjuncts signed to acknowledge their contracts.  Important information such as KPERS and some contractual agreements are no longer available.

NISOD Virtual Conference:  Sheryl contacted Farrell Janab about the possibility of bringing this conference to JCCC.  It is an all-day web conference that focuses on adjunct issues.      https://www.nisod.org/conference/

The next meeting date was confirmed for November 9th, at 4:00 p.m.  Meeting was adjourned at 5:00 PM

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Traci Putnam

 

Adjunct Affairs Minutes – February 14, 2017

Johnson County Community College
Faculty Senate
Adjunct Affairs Subcommittee Minutes
February 14, 2017, CC 305

Call to Order:  1:05 PM

Members Present:  Peggy Barlett, Lorie Paldino, Traci Putnam, Irene Schmidt

Adjunct Task Force:  Task force will be on Faculty Senate agenda Thursday.  Purpose of this task force is to investigate adjunct orientation and mentoring in the different departments/divisions.  Questionnaire will be created and distributed to senators in each division to collect information about who offers orientation and mentoring to new adjuncts, what types of professional development are offered and how often the mentoring occurs.  This committee will collect the data before spring break.

Adjunct Survey 2014:  The committee reviewed each of the 14 questions from the 2014 survey to update and use for new 2017 survey.   Some questions were modified or deleted.  New questions were added.  Plan to make the survey available to adjuncts for two weeks following spring break.

The next meeting date was not set.  Meeting was adjourned at 3:00 PM

 

Respectfully,

Traci Putnam

Adjunct Affairs Minutes – January 30, 2017

The following is a summary of the adjunct committee meeting with Dr. McCloud on Monday, January 30.  In addition to the regular committee, Leanna Graham and Deb Kitchin were in attendance.  Deb did a great job of getting us organized. Here is what we discussed:

  1.   Adjunct job description:Mickey will be dealing with it after he figures out a chairs job description.  He will include us (or us and other adjuncts) in the conversation when he does.  He will use the draft job description that Larry came up with as a starting point.  Therefore, we are welcome to start working on that description ourselves so we are prepared when he is ready to go.  (Personally, I think that is a great job for our committee.  I think it is important to have FT and PT on that task.)
  1.   Adjunct handbook:He will ask Karen about the timeline for replacing Tom.  He will then deal with that person in pushing for a handbook which better meets our needs. We provided him with a copy of the handout and a copy of our list of suggested revisions.
  1. Two HR issues: (1) Job postings:he will start an inquiry into posting jobs on Infolist, which was a process agreed to by HR.  (2) Verification of past continued employment:While he is at it, he will also ask HR what can be done for adjuncts who need HR to confirm their continued employment for a variety of personal needs, such as getting a bank loan. We tried to make the point to him that adjuncts can really be in a tight situation because of their contingent status, and the college could be doing things to ease that situation.
  1. Contracts: Adjuncts should not be teaching a class prior to signing a contract.  He will look into the situation.  We hope the message was clear that it is a real hardship for adjuncts to not be paid for a month.
  1. Healthcare: Some adjuncts just might prefer to buy healthcare, even without subsidization from the college, even if it is expensive.  There may not be many who would opt for it, but would it be possible to offer it?  We offered several examples of adjuncts who were in tough situations and needed the coverage. He will talk to Judy Korb.

On that note, we should consider a new adjunct survey.  One of those questions should be a yes or no question about the need for non-subsidized healthcare.

We also talked about seniority, a continuation of contract scenario, some sort of stability for those who have been here a long time.  It didn’t get anywhere. We did not discuss the commonly-yet-inconsistently applied limit of a 10 credit-hour teaching load.

We also talked about how haphazard the process is for some adjuncts, thus the need for an adjunct advocate or an adjunct office.  While he didn’t agree or disagree, but he did express dismay that some new adjuncts are not given the tools they need to start teaching here.  I mentioned Irene’s two people who complained that they were not given guidance.

Hopefully, he paid attention when Traci touted the benefits of adjuncts acting as adjunct facilitators.  She gave great examples of how the math adjunct facilitators connect with their adjuncts frequently, especially that first semester.

Minutes-September 13, 2016

Johnson County Community College

Faculty Senate Adjunct Affairs Subcommittee Minutes

September 13, 2016

CC 305, 2:05-3:00pm

Call to Order:  2:05 PM

Members Present:  Peggy Barlett, Lorie Paldino, Traci Putnam, Irene Schmidt

The State of Adjunct Affairs:  Members discussed the culture of adjunct presence at the college – how engagement has grown over the past several years, and the focus from administration this year on more full time faculty engagement.  How does this affect the role of the engaged adjunct faculty member? Will adjuncts be discouraged from contributing to committees on campus?

Currently, there is a question about adjunct faculty senate members not receiving stipend pay as we have in the past.  We need to get an answer from Mickey McCloud regarding compensation for faculty senate membership.  If adjunct faculty senate members do not get paid going forward, as we have been in previous years, what is our response? We need to discuss this issue with our fellow senators to gauge support of adjunct faculty senate compensation.  Dr. McCloud was invited to our meeting, but was not available.  Irene will schedule a meeting for us with Mickey McCloud in the upcoming weeks.

Adjunct Faculty Mentoring:  Members shared our experiences with adjunct mentoring and the roles of adjunct facilitators in our divisions.  There are vast differences among divisions on campus regarding the mentoring of adjuncts and how we are evaluated and trained.  The committee is interested in seeking the help of the Office of Institutional Research to study faculty mentoring at JCCC, and how different departments facilitate and mentor adjuncts.  The committee will be taking this request to the Faculty Senate for support.

Subcommittee Leadership:  Members discussed the leadership structure for this year’s committee.  It was unanimously approved that Irene will continue on as our subcommittee chair. Traci has agreed to keep minutes again this year.

The next meeting date was not set.  Meeting was adjourned at 3:00 PM

Respectfully,

Traci Putnam

Minutes – April 20, 2016

Johnson County Community College
Faculty Senate
Adjunct Affairs Subcommittee Minutes
April 20, 2016

The following motion was approved by the Adjunct Affairs Subcommittee on Wednesday, April 20th:

  1. Purpose of Adjunct Affairs:  This is a subcommittee of the faculty senate that focuses on adjunct concerns and needs as they relate to the broader concerns of all faculty, this institution, and how they affect our students; it is about advocacy for adjuncts. It may also collaborate with the Faculty Coordinator of the Office of Staff Development to recommend ideas for Professional Development.
  2. Membership: Elected adjunct senators should not be mandated to be part of the Adjunct Affairs Subcommittee.   Membership consists of proportional representation of the existing elected adjunct senators, with no fewer than three, and it welcomes the participation of at least one FT faculty senate member.  Current adjunct senators are encouraged to provide leadership of the committee.  It is recommended that at least one person commit to at least one consecutive term for continuity’s sake.
  3. Leadership (expectations):  The committee requires an elected chair and secretary.  The chair should be an adjunct and makes arrangements for meetings, posts monthly agendas, and communicates relevant messages on the AdjFaculty listserv.  The secretary attends meetings of this committee and takes minutes which are uploaded to the Faculty Senate blog under Adjunct Affairs.  Any members serving this committee commit to attend meetings at times agreed upon and / or respond to e-mail messages, especially in lieu of meetings.
  4. Guests: The Adjunct Affairs Committee has open meetings so that any adjunct may attend, keeping the door open for all elected adjunct senators and elected adjunct alternates , but also ensuring any outside participation, including that of guests.
  5. Meetings:  Meetings are monthly, 60-90 minutes long prior a few days prior to the faculty senate meeting.  Meetings may be announced on the AdjFaculty listserv or Infolist.

Minutes – April 11, 2016

Johnson County Community College
Faculty Senate
Adjunct Affairs Subcommittee Minutes
April 11, 2016, CC 305

Call to Order:  3:00 PM
Members Present:  Sharon Lundeen, Lorie Paldino, Matthew Schmeer, Irene Schmidt

Minutes (online)

Adjunct Affairs Motions — Irene moves that the committee officially approves these statements:

  1. Purpose of Adjunct Affairs:  This is a subcommittee of the faculty senate that focuses on adjunct concerns and needs as they relate to the broader concerns of all faculty, this institution, and how they affect our students; it is about advocacy for adjuncts.  It may also collaborate with the Faculty Coordinator of the Office of Staff Development to recommend ideas for Professional Development.
  2. Membership: Elected adjunct senators should not be mandated to be part of the Adjunct Affairs Subcommittee.   Membership consists of proportional representation of the existing elected adjunct senators, with no fewer than three, and it welcomes the participation of at least one FT faculty senate member.  Current adjunct senators are encouraged to provide leadership of the committee.  It is recommended that at least one person commit to at least one consecutive term for continuity’s sake.
  3. Leadership (expectations):  The committee requires an elected chair and secretary.  The chair should be an adjunct and makes arrangements for meetings, posts monthly agendas, and communicates relevant messages on the AdjFaculty listserv.  The secretary attends meetings of this committee and takes minutes which are uploaded to the Faculty Senate blog under Adjunct Affairs.  Any members serving this committee commit to attend meetings at times agreed upon and / or respond to e-mail messages, especially in lieu of meetings.
  4. Guests: The Adjunct Affairs Committee has open meetings so that any adjunct may attend, keeping the door open for all elected adjunct senators and elected adjunct alternates , but also ensuring any outside participation, including that of guests.
  5. Meetings:  Meetings are monthly, 60-90 minutes long prior a few days prior to the faculty senate meeting.  Meetings may be announced on the AdjFaculty listserv or Infolist.

2016 – 2017 Leadership / Members of Adjunct Affairs:  Will be determined in the fall.

Adjunct Faculty Support Office proposal update:  We sent the proposal to Sheri Barrett.  The survey issue is still up in the air.  Andy has not yet given his approval.  We strongly recommend that Traci raise the idea of an adjunct center at Collegial Steering.  While she is there, if Andy is in the room, she can ask him if he has objections to a survey, since we are waiting for his reply. Andy turned down the idea of doing an adjunct poll to determine support.  Leadership is hoping to address some of the issues in the proposal via other means.  The project is on hold.

Next Meeting:  We are voting electronically on the motion above, which needs a second now that is has been updated to reflect feedback on Monday.  The next meeting will be held in the fall.

Lorie Paldino
Stand-in Notetaker Adjunct Affairs Subcommittee

Minutes – March 7, 2016

Johnson County Community College

Faculty Senate

Adjunct Affairs Subcommittee Minutes

March 7, 2016, CC 205

 

Call to order: 3:00 p.m.

Members Present: Peggy Barlett, Sharon Lundeen, Valerie Mann, Traci Putnam, Matthew Schmeer, Irene Schmidt

Members Absent: Doug Harvey, Lorie Paldino

Approval of Minutes:
Minutes from the February meeting are posted on the Faculty Senate blog

Adjunct Affairs Subcommittee:
Currently, the Adjunct Affairs Subcommittee is a standing committee where membership is comprised of all adjunct members of the Faculty Senate. Irene made the suggestion that this subcommittee may need to undergo some structural changes in order to keep the subcommittee effective and not overlap or duplicate information discussed in the Faculty Senate general meetings. Proposed changes include:

  • The subcommittee should be a voluntary committee. We need to avoid adjuncts spreading themselves too thin, taking on too many tasks.  Adjuncts should not be required to be on a committee.
  • The number of Adjunct Affairs subcommittee members should be limited to a percentage of the number of adjuncts serving on the Faculty Senate. Minimum number of members should be 3, and there should be one full-time Faculty Senate member on the subcommittee.
  • The subcommittee should continue to hold open meetings. We should continue to bring in experts/guests who will contribute to topics being discussed.  Faculty, administration, Board of Trustees members will all be welcome to attend meetings, or to be added to our list serve if they so request.

 

Adjunct Faculty Support Center
There has been recent discussion of the formation of an office to serve the JCCC Adjunct faculty.  The purpose of this support center is not to replace current and existing support, such as department liaisons and faculty mentors.  Instead, we are interested in enhancing and streamlining our current support systems.  The Adjunct Faculty Support Center (AFSC) could be a hub to coordinate and store resources for adjuncts.  There should be both physical and online resources including a coordinator to organize information about teaching at JCCC as an adjunct, including information on contracts, payroll, networking, and professional development opportunities.  There could also be office space for meetings between students and their adjunct instructors.  A support center such as this would serve as a “hub” of information among the various departments and divisions on campus.   It could be possible to link the creation of an AFSC to an AQIP Action Project (Valuing Employees).  Irene and Lorie will be attending the upcoming AQIP listening sessions for more insight. Irene has written a draft proposal to submit to the Faculty Senate in April.

CAO Search Committee
Question that we would like for the CAO search committee to ask candidates include

  • Would he/she support an adjunct faculty support center?
  • Would he/she continue to support stipend pay for adjuncts who serve on committees?
  • Would he/she continue to support stipend pay for adjuncts to complete mandatory training or other conditions of employment?

Adjunct Handbook – Getting Started
Lorie provided us with a working draft of the updated Getting Started section of the JCCC Adjunct Handbook.  The section contains a great deal of pertinent information for adjunct faculty, but some of the information/checklists may be department specific, and perhaps should be addressed by individual departments.  This handbook would be an appropriate job for the AFSC, as there is much more information to add, and will take time to develop with the continued support of the Office of Staff Development.

 

Next Meeting:  Monday, April 11, 2016 at 3:00p.m.

 

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 4:03p.m.

 

Minutes – February 8, 2016

Johnson County Community College

Faculty Senate

Adjunct Affairs Subcommittee Minutes

February 8, 2016, CC 205

 

Call to order: 3:00 p.m.

Members Present: Peggy Barlett, Sharon Lundeen, Valerie Mann, Lorie Paldino, Traci Putnam, Irene Schmidt

Members Absent: Doug Harvey, Matthew Schmeer

Approval of Minutes:
No minutes were available for approval

Defining our Focus:
Irene suggested that to begin our first meeting of the semester, we should discuss ideas that we be focusing on as a sub-committee. The majority of the discussion focused on continuity and consistency among department practices involving adjunct faculty. Differences in how adjuncts are included and compensated in committee work and staff development within departments were discussed. It was suggested again that a college–wide Adjunct Administrator within Human Resources could help with the inconsistencies and misconceptions surrounding the role of adjunct faculty. Having an office for adjuncts to go to and an administrator to oversee the policies, practices and effectively disseminate information would be beneficial to the college as well as to the adjuncts. Other colleges have such departments in HR.

Adjunct Handbook:
The Adjunct Faculty Handbook is being updated, and we need to continue to work to see that it is an accurate, comprehensive document that is easily accessible to adjuncts (new and veteran alike). We seek to promote policies at JCCC which are adjunct friendly. The Adjunct Certification Training program was brought up as a good example of effective adjunct mentoring. Lorie stated that she has been working on the “Getting Started” section of the handbook. She is updating links to online policies. Valerie suggested that she check the Ed Affairs D2L site. Lorie will share a draft of the “Getting Started” section for our feedback, and will share a draft with Tom Grady.

Gun Survey:
The Faculty Senate passed a motion to create a survey on the issue of guns on campus following the town hall meeting last fall. The committee used part of a pre-made survey that was used at Regents Schools. The survey is still open with no certain end date. Once the survey is complete, the results will be shared only with JCCC staff. This survey will not be included in the Regent schools survey results. The purpose of the survey is to help with the decision making as we draw closer to summer 2017, when the gun exemption expires. Irene mentioned that the Campus Ledger has run several articles, blogs and op-eds to inform students about the topic, as has the local media. Peggy suggested that an end date for the gun survey would be appropriate, as well as re-sending the survey link to all faculty, reminding them to participate. KOPS is scheduled to meet this Friday.

Adjunct Faculty Leadership:
A motion had been made in the Faculty Senate to develop leadership programs at JCCC for Part-time and Adjunct faculty, so we need to follow up to determine what we want as an outcome for this motion, and who will be responsible for coordinating this program. Students and Full time faculty already have access to a leadership development program at JCCC. Irene has shared a link to a workshop for those who would be interested. Suggestions were made to offer leadership development during the Adjunct Professional Development days held before each semester, and to possibly apply for professional development special grants.

Role of Alternates on Faculty Senate:
When a Faculty Senator misses a meeting and an alternate senator attends the meeting, the alternate should be paid for his/her attendance. Not all alternates are aware of this. The payment for Faculty Senate is based on attendance. We all need to be aware, and check our attendance in the meeting minutes (based on the sign in sheet that is passed around during the meetings).

Online Contracts:
The contract acknowledgement procedure ran more smoothly this semester. Next semester, adjunct faculty should begin receiving a receipt of contract acknowledgement sent via email in which we will have access to details of the contract in a printable format. Much of the language omitted from the paper contracts was deemed irrelevant (except to College Now instructors).

Adjunct Survey on Committees:
A survey was created to collect information about adjunct involvement, commitment, and compensation with committee work outside of their teaching contract. The Adjunct Affairs Committee review and commented on a draft of this survey last fall. It was decided to hold off on sending out the survey. We will revisit the idea at a later date.

HLC Credentials Audit:
So far, the committee members report that many faculty (up to half in some departments), mostly adjunct, are not qualified as determined by the HLC. Some faculty have been personally insulted by the changes & expectations, and suddenly being “underqualified”. According to the HLC guidelines, a plan to meet credentials must be in place for affected faculty by the Fall of 2016. Graduate degrees in education/curriculum/instruction are not acceptable to the HLC in terms of content specialty. It has been noted that the college will support some of the education efforts of those who need to take classes to become “qualified,” although how much they will offer to each individual has yet to be determined.  It seems likely that the college will experience a high rate of faculty attrition in the upcoming years, as “underqualified” instructors will seek retirement or pursue other opportunities. It was mentioned that along with the increase in education requirements and an increase in job descriptions/expectations, there does not appear to be any kind of increase in compensation for adjunct faculty. The nursing department is not affected by the changes, as the department recently went through their accreditation.

 

Private Insurance Policies:
It was shared that there are two types of insurance policies that might be beneficial to adjunct faculty at JCCC. The first is medical insurance for people who consistently log a 20 hour workweek. According to the IRS, the number of credit hours x 2.25 = total work hours for college professors. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/02/11/irs-guidance-health-care-law-clarifies-formula-counting-adjunct-hours

The second policy is a gunshot injury policy that is offered for a minimal fee. The full language and scope of these policies may vary, but may be of interest to adjuncts.

CAO Candidates:
Lorie will be serving on the CAO hiring committee. She would like us to talk with our constituents to find out what questions they would have for the CAO candidates. Lorie would like to have input from adjuncts as the committee conducts its search for Andy Anderson’s replacement.

Adjunct Leadership Opportunities:
Be thinking about leadership positions that will be available after this year.

 

Next Meeting: Monday, March 7, 2016 at 3:00p.m.

 

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 4:04p.m.