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.
Adjunct Affairs Chair