Secret ballot

During the September 26th meeting of the STCC Professional Association, the voting membership unanimously ratified a resolution supporting a referendum on the siting of a high school on this campus. The resolution calls for a secret ballot “allowing all non-administrative employees to register their approval of, or opposition to, this charter school by means of a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote.”

Accordingly, a polling station and ballot box will be located in the lobby of Building 13 and in operation from 8:30AM to 4:30PM on Wednesday, October 3rd and Thursday, October 4th. Provisions are being made for absentee ballots. Again, the referendum is open to all non-administrative employees, whether full-time or part-time.

For further information, contact Nicholas Camerota, STCC Professional Association President at x 4806 or 413-896-5219.
Thank you,
Lynn McDonald
Secretary
STCC Professional Association

Nicholas Camerota response to Dr. Poe’s letter

Thanks for keeping me in the loop. I don’t view your comments as a dispaly of distempter; they reflect the frustrations of many on campus.

A statement hobbled by equivocations might soothe those with more sensitive souls but, given the seriousness of the matters at hand, a timorous message would be a disservice to the campus community. The administration should be told bluntly why Shared Governance failed to retain the confidence of many whose interests it was supposed to represent.

There are times when frankness is far more valuable than diplomacy when striving to secure the common good. I commend you for having the strength of character to address these painful issues in a forthright manner.  I’m quite certain I am not alone in my admiration for you and your efforts to develop a body which encourages the administration to become more open, responsive and accountable to all who work at STCC.

You can be certain that salient points rasied in your draft will be considered by the members of the Professional Association during our September 26 meeting.

Nicholas Camerota

Shared Governance is dissolved and will not be revived at this time.

Shared Governance is dissolved and will not be revived at this time.

The committee to restructure SG has arrived at the decision that this form of governance is not tenable on this campus in the current climate. In order for SG to thrive, it is essential that the Administration, especially the Office of the President, support and uphold the decisions made by the committees.

Following the NEASC accreditation process, we received instructions from the commission to look at how SG is not working on this campus and to fix it. To begin this process, the Coordinator of SG (Pamelyn “PJ” Jongbloed) met with President Rubenzahl to discuss how to approach this process and how to address the needs from the NEASC response.

A committee to restructure SG was convened through the coordinating committee. At our first meeting, we discussed what we saw as the problems of SG and how we should proceed. The resounding sentiment from this group, which surprised none of us, was that there was no support of SG from the Administration on campus. The committee decided that we needed to get a clear statement from President Rubenzahl on how the Administration would support any form of SG. The three most recent Coordinators of SG (PJ , Joe Maciaszek, and Brandon Poe) met with President Rubenzahl to discuss what SG means on this campus and to express that he and his Administration had to do to share in this governance for it to be affective.

So, President Rubenzahl attended meetings of the restructuring committee and we started a discussion about what needed to be done. The committee felt that a contract needed to be established outlining the role the Administration would play in this new iteration of Shared Governance. President Rubenzahl agreed to compose a draft of this agreement that we would discuss at the next meeting. That draft was bland and non-committal and was not accepted by the committee. Brandon Poe, with the agreement of the committee, drafted a new statement.

At the next meeting of this committee, with the President’s input, we worked through the points in that new draft and decided on language that was agreeable to all. The result of that exercise is the Agreement which was presented to the campus through the Forum at the end of the Spring. At that same Forum, we all voted to dissolve Shared Governance while voting to have the committee to restructure meet again to present options, or models, of how Governance can continue on our campus.

The result of that meeting is just this: There appears to be no model of Shared Governance that can hope to work on this campus. The morale on campus is abysmal and the mood seems cynical that the Administration would honor, much less participate in, any governance structure which does not allow for carte blanche. It is the strong recommendation from this committee that SG not be restructured and our response to the NEASC letter state as much.

Brandon Poe,
Chair of the Committee to Restructure Shared Governance

Nicholas Camerota
President of STCCPA
The membership unanimously approved the suggestion that PA President Camerota co-sign Dr. Poe’s letter

Unanimously endorse at the STCCPA chapter meeting.

Course Materials and Office Hours

COURSE MATERIALS
Full-time and Part-time Day Unit Faculty Course Materials Under the Day Contract – – Please Note-This does not apply to DCE day/evening/weekend/summer adjunct faculty (DCE Contract Applies) 
Faculty are required to distribute course materials  to each student and forward a copy to the immediate supervisor prior to the conclusion of the add/drop period.  The course materials shall include all materials listed on the attached Checklist for Course Materials. (Form XIII-E2)
The confidentiality of these materials shall be maintained and the  employer may not distribute these materials to anyone without your permission.  The immediate supervisor must return all course materials to the  faculty member by the end of the fifth (5th) week of classes.  If items on the checklist are missing or if the immediate supervisor has concerns, the faculty member will be advised in writing and will be given fourteen (14) calendar days to submit the missing items and respond to the concerns.
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. 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.   Full freedom in selecting course materials includes full freedom to:
Select texts and paperbacks,
Adopt instructional objectives,
Adopt teaching procedures,
Give Assignments and/or supplemental reading,
Select tests,
Determine the basis for student grading,
Determine the criteria for evaluating student performance, and
Determine attendance policy.
OFFICE HOURS
Full-time Faculty Office Hours
1) All faculty are required to submit their preferred office hour schedule at the beginning of the semester and post their office hour schedule by the end of the first week of classes.
2) Office hours are required on campus unless a faculty member is approved to hold office hours at an off campus instructional site.
3) Faculty are required to maintain four (4) office hours per week over four (4) days unless a faculty member has a reduced instructional workload.
4) For faculty with reduced instructional workloads, one (1) office hour is reduced for each three (3) credit hour course reduction.  This means that the number of days required for office hours is reduced by one (1) day for each office hour reduced.
Adjunct Faculty Office Hours
Adjunct faculty are not required to submit and/or post  office hours under the day contract and/or the DCE Contract.  If you are a day/unit part time faculty member, then there is no requirement to post/ hold/provide office hours.  If you are a DCE unit member (day or evening), there is no requirement to post and hold set office hours, but there is language in the DCE contract that states you are obligated to be available to students by appointment when mutually convenient.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
Dennis Fitzgerald
MCCC Grievance Coordinator
170 Beach Road #52
Salisbury, MA 01952

email mcccfitzy@comcast.net
tel   978-255-2798

fax  978-255-2896

Contract Administration Tip – Faculty Workload

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 pages 88-89 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.
Dennis Fitzgerald
MCCC Grievance Coordinator
170 Beach Road #52
Salisbury, MA 01952email mcccfitzy@comcast.net
tel   978-255-2798

fax  978-255-2896