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The PA meetings

September 10th, 2014 Comments off
Good afternoon,
The PA meetings for the Fall semester are listed below.  They will all be during the college hour and held in Building 2, Room 701-702 except where noted.
Monday, September 22nd
Friday, October 24th
Wednesday, December 3rd (this date is not on the employee planner)
Wednesday, February 4th – Building 2, Room 703-704
Monday, March 9th
Friday, April 10th
Also please note the new contracts are available and can be picked up in Lynn McDonald’s office, Building 27, Room 155.
Thank you,
Denise Zarlengo
Secretary Professional Association

COURSE MATERIALS

September 7th, 2014 Comments off
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
Dennis Fitzgerald
MCCC Grievance Coordinator
170 Beach Road #52
Salisbury, MA 01952

 

Contract with your students

September 5th, 2014 Comments off
On behalf of your union’s Executive Committee, welcome back.
As a new semester begins, your union wants to suggest some measures that might help you avoid needless student grievances.
One effective and increasingly popular method you might adopt is developing a “contract” with your students. Here’s how it’s done. On a separate sheet of paper, reproduce the behavioral expectations (student conduct) found in your syllabi, or add other relevant items with regard to in-class student deportment. Make certain any additional expectations aren’t in conflict with class policies already outlined in your syllabi.
When you distribute this sheet to students, inform them this document will serve as a contract and their signature constitutes their agreement to abide by the stated conditions. Create spaces for their name in two forms (a legible signature and printed lettering) and the date. Collect and file them.
Try to avoid language which might appear harsh or excessively punitive; don’t convey the impression you are spoiling for a fight. Your demeanor when requesting student signatures should be friendly and the matter should be treated as standard procedure.
You might also inform students verbally of established college policy which dictates that complaints about any instructor should be addressed to the instructor first, not department chairs, deans or vice presidents.
In the event of a formal student complaint, union members are strongly urged to contact me before meeting with any administrator. (Remember, this is your legal right.) Call or send a text message to my mobile phone (413-896-5219) as soon as possible. This is the most reliable and immediate way to reach me.
If you have any questions regarding this memo, please feel free to phone me. No STCC/PA member should ever hesitate to contact me to pose questions or express concerns.
Nick Camerota
PA President