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By the end of the fifth week of classes, immediate supervisors are required to return all course material

February 26th, 2010 Comments off

All day faculty members.

By  the end of the fifth week of classes, immediate supervisors are required to return all course materials to faculty along with the Checklist of Course Materials (Form XIII-E2).  While these materials were in the possession of the immediate supervisor, the confidentiality of these materials should have been maintained and the  employer should not have distributed these materials to anyone without your permission. It is a violation of the contract for the employer to place your course materials in the personnel file, to make additional copies for desk copies, or to distribute your course materials to FT and adjunct faculty.

If any of the 10 items listed on the checklist were missing or if the immediate supervisor had concerns, the faculty member should be notified and given an opportunity to submit materials or respond to the concerns within fourteen (14) calendar days.  If the missing items and/or concerns are identified,  I recommend that you respond in writing to the immediate supervisor with the updated or missing item(s) and provide your students with the updated information.

The intent of this 14 day response period serves two (2) purposes:

  1. To give the faculty member the opportunity to correct an oversight without a negative comment being placed in the summary evaluation.
  2. To insure that students have all of the items on the checklist.

NB: Please note that faculty have full freedom in the selection of course materials and if the faculty member believes that a directive from the immediate supervisor to change the course materials infringes upon academic freedom,  then the faculty member has the right to initiate the grievance process.  Faculty have full freedom in the selection of course materials.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Dennis Fitzgerald
119 Rocky Pond Road
Plymouth, MA  02360

email mcccfitzy@comcast.net
tel 508-746-2533
fax 508-746-5258

Our next PA meeting will be on Monday, February 8th

February 4th, 2010 Comments off

Our next PA meeting will be on Monday, February 8th during the college hour in 13/114.
MCCC Vice President Donnie McGee and Margaret Wong, MCCC Executive Committee at large member will be guests at this meeting.  Please make every effort to attend.  As always pizza and soda will be served.  Please see attached agenda for the meeting.
thank you,
Lynn McDonald
Secretary
STCC Professional Association

Instructional workload and reassigned workload

February 4th, 2010 Comments off
Chapter Presidents – Please Distribute – Thank you
At the end of the drop/add period, immediate supervisors shall compute the actual instructional workload and reassigned time for faculty on the Workload Computational Form on page 90 of the Contract. I recommend that all faculty request a copy of the completed Workload Computational Form.
Below 29 Hours –  If the sum of the instructional workload and reassigned workload is below the minimum of 29 hours, then the supervisor after discussing alternatives with the affected faculty member will determine:
1.     Whether additional course section(s) shall be taught by the faculty member; and/or
2.     Whether the faculty member shall provide activities related to course, program or curriculum development; and/or
3.     Whether the faculty member shall provide activities such as independent study, contract learning, learning resources development, assessment of prior learning or similar instructional activities; and/or
4.     Whether the faculty member shall provide activities such as additional office hours, advise more students, engage in additional college/community service, or professional development activities; and/or
5.     Whether the faculty member shall provide activities of an administrative nature for which the faculty member is deemed qualified; and/or
6.     Whether the faculty member will provide additional tutorial laboratory instruction, where a faculty member is teaching two or more sections of courses designed to develop basic skills, whether remedial or supplemental, credit or       non-credit or their equivalent in time and/or content as determined by the President or the President’s designee.
Above 31Hours (didactic) or Above 33 Hours (lab/clinical) – If the sum of the instructional workload and reassigned workload is above the 31 hours for instructors teaching all didactic courses or above 33 hours for instructors teaching a lab or a clinical section, then the supervisor will reduce non-instructional work proportionally. These reductions in non-instructional work must be in writing and can either be in advising, office hours, and/or college service.
I have attached a Workload Chart for Article 12 which will help in determining your actual workload.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
Fitzgerald Dennis
MCCC Grievance Coordinator
tel 508-746-2533
fax 508-746-5258