Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Update on Chancellor’s Faculty Fellows Task Force

The Chancellor’s Faculty Fellows Task Force (CFFTF) has begun its work of reviewing the Fellows initiative in order to make recommendations for systemic change and improvements. The CFFTF is being co-chaired by Jose Adames and Matt Hinckley. CFFTF members are: Sharon Blackman, Jessie Yearwood, Beth Stall, Martha Hogan, Bethany Pereira, Johnnie Bellamy, Phillip Ortiz, Lori Doddy, and Matthew Henry.

The first meeting was held on September 29, 2016.  The CFFTF is specifically charged with the following:
·         To review the pilot year’s procedures and timeline, and make recommendations for systemic improvements in the 2016-2017 program.
·         To identify barriers to hiring and make recommendations to diminish those barriers for Fellows’ candidates.
·         To review “boot camp” curriculum and make recommendations for improvement.

All of the documents distributed at the meeting are available in this folder. This includes the charges to the group, a process document, a form for mentors, and a lengthy Q&A document created last spring to respond to the many questions about the Fellows program raised by faculty last fall and spring (2015-16).

At the meeting, members were informed that Talent Central has decided that this initiative will continue this academic year and that the pool for new applicants will open in November, 2016. As of now, per the charges, the Chancellor’s Fellows program will be open to those who “have no full-time higher education teaching experience.”

The CFFTF members discussed various concerns, among them the rational for the program, its parameters and eligibility criteria, and the ways in which we might define “diversity.” As a first step, we all agreed to solicit feedback from each of the seven colleges. Each member of the CFFTF is to gather feedback in the form of questions, concerns, and suggestions for improvement.

To gather this information, we are using a simple Google form, which you can access at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/h8AIJYVbG9Z7cyIz2
There is no login, so your comments will remain anonymous.  You can fill out as much of the form as you care to—one, two, or all three sections.  Please complete this before Friday, October 7th.

The next meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, October 17th. The CFFTF will then produce a draft document with recommendations that will be shared electronically with district stakeholders from October 18-21 (as a virtual “town hall” via Google).

A final meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, October 31st. The intent is to craft a final recommendations document for presentation to the Chancellors Staff at its meeting on November 7th. 

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