Best Practices: Integrating Part-time Faculty into Shared-Governance

Fall
2010
Resolution Number: 
13.09
Contact: 
Assigned to : 
Category: 
General Concerns
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is committed to professionalism for all faculty as an essential element in providing students with excellent educational opportunities, services, and instruction as recommended in Part-Time Faculty: A Principled Perspective (adopted Spring 2002); and

Whereas, The Academic Senate is committed to integrating part-time faculty into senate activities at the local and state level as stated in Part-Time Faculty: A Principled Perspective (2002); and

Whereas, The 2008 Educational Policy Committee found that most academic senates across the state appear to provide dedicated representation for part-time faculty (72.7%), but “Part-time Faculty: Where Are We Now?” (Rostrum, December 2008) noted that the presence of one or two part-time faculty serving on a local senate is a far cry from meaningful involvement of part-time faculty in the intellectual life of the institution; and

Whereas, No guidelines have been provided by the Academic Senate to aid local senates in developing bylaws that encourages recruitment, retention, and mentoring for integrating part-time faculty into senate activities;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges administer a comprehensive survey soliciting quantitative and qualitative information about local senates’ bylaws and best practices regarding the recruitment, encouragement, and inclusion of part-time faculty in the voice of the academic senate through such means as local senate executive committee participation, department representation, compensation, voting or non-voting status, and inclusion on senate and local committees; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges compile and disseminate information regarding participation of part-time faculty via a paper, Rostrum articles, or other appropriate venues, and report on the progress of the resolution at the Fall 2011 Plenary Session.

MSC Disposition: Local Senates

Status Report: 

This is the survey Lesley led.