Participation of Part-time Faculty on the Executive Committee of The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

Fall
1998
Committee: 
Educational Policies Committee

The Executive Committee of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is established in Bylaws and Senate Rules, with its members elected by the Academic Senate delegates in a plenary session. These delegates are elected or appointed representatives from each local or district academic senate.

Recommendations: 


However, the following recommendations are presented to serve as a solution to increased participation:

  1. Bylaws and policies of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges should be developed to facilitate and encourage part-time faculty participation on standing or ad hoc committees, as well as, providing appointments to system advisory committees and the like.
  2. A proactive recruitment and mentoring process should be developed to encourage leadership and involvement of full- and part-time faculty on standing and ad hoc committees, as well as, the Executive Committee. This should include urging local academic senates to seriously consider the importance of part-time faculty involvement in governance and collegial relationships at the local level and provide those opportunities.
  3. The forms used in declaring the intent to run should visually identify the opportunity for part time faculty to run. In addition, the Bylaws of the Academic Senate should clearly delineate the opportunity for part-time faculty to run for a position on the Executive Committee and the requirements for doing so. Of course the requirements would be the same as for full time, but with further elaboration on their faculty assignment. This should include the requirement for at least a 40% faculty assignment at a specific college each semester/quarter, and what happens when an assignment is lost because of class cancellations or budget constraints.
  4. If a part-time faculty member is elected to serve on the Executive Committee, reassigned time will be provided within the constraints of the 60% law from the member's district of primary employment.
  5. If a part-time faculty member is elected to serve on the Executive Committee and they are already employed with a 60% assignment, while it is not the preferred practice, a stipend at the part time rate can be provided.