Posts Tagged ‘Faculty Load’

Update – December 3, 2013

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Good Afternoon San Jacinto College Community –

The end of the fall semester and calendar year are near. I suspect that everyone is feeling the extra pressure that comes with the busy-ness of this time. It is always a challenge to balance the extra stress, excitement, work load, and time constraints. Add onto that the bizarre temperature swings we are experiencing, from near record highs today to highs in the 40s later this week. Perhaps you can relate to Henry Kissinger who said, “There cannot be a crisis next week.  My schedule is already full.” Hang in there.  The semester is coming to a close soon.

In this Update, I would like to let you know about some important topics that I hope will be helpful for you: Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – August 15, 2010

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Good Morning San Jacinto College Community —

I am looking forward to seeing all of our faculty and administrators Monday morning as we gather to kick off College Community Week and the start of fall semester.  As of Friday, August 13, our unduplicated headcount was up 15.1 percent and funded contact hours college-wide were up 13.2%, as compared to fall 2009. I know everyone is busy trying to help students get registered and ready for classes, and we know this next week will be even more wild with busy-ness. Please hang in there!! Read the rest of this entry »

Faculty Load – Compensation Study

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It’s Friday and the last day of the Summer Schedule.  I hope everyone has big plans for this afternoon!

I have two items that I want to bring to your attention and I didn’t want them to get lost in the weekly update.

The first is regarding an adjustment on the faculty loads in visual arts and engineering design graphics.  A couple of years ago, the Faculty Load Task Force provided recommendations on areas that should be considered for revisions.  During this year (2009-2010), the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) addressed a recommendation regarding the cosmetology department, and we said that other recommendations regarding visual arts and engineering design graphics would be considered during the budget process for 2010-2011.  The Strategic Leadership Team did review the work of the task force and agreed that revisions should be considered for these other two areas.  For art and visual communication, the loads have been at 24 contact hours per week, and the recommendation from the task force was for 18. The SLT approved a choice ranging from 5 three-hour lecture courses for 15 contact hours up to 4 studio courses for 24 contact hours.  In addition, there are two more load options, with one at 18 contact hours and one at 21 contact hours.  For engineering design graphics, the faculty is teaching 24 contact hours per week, and the task force recommended 18 contact hours per week.  We approved faculty loads in this area to range from 18 to 22 contact hours per week.  Both of these areas have unique courses their offerings, and approving the ranges allows for flexible options in supporting our students and faculty. The plan is for the three vice presidents of instruction (Richard Bailey, Barbara Hanson, and Toni Pendergrass) to develop the roll-out plan for a Spring 2011 implementation.   The details of the approved recommendation are attached.

The second item is regarding a compensation study that will be conducted during 2010-2011.  Over the last 16 months, I have heard concerns regarding our compensation structure from all areas of the College.  As one of the actions for the next year, the College will conduct a comprehensive compensation study.  The objectives, areas of focus, and process are outlined in the attached document.  As you will notice under the process section, I intend to create an internal council with broad representation to be engaged in the process to understand scope, philosophies, and outcomes.  I picture this council working similarly to the Planning Council which had representation from the SLT, faculty, staff, and other administrative areas. They worked to ensure that there was transparency and effective communications around their charge.  During 2010-2011, we will gather the information and then figure out what next steps are required. I have been asked, “Why are you taking this on and is it a good time?” My response is that this is an issue of significant concern, and college leadership needs to clearly understand the issues and the related impact.  As an organization, we support a culture of evidence and that applies to this area also.  We need to gather the data and information, because we cannot figure out solutions until we fully understand the issues.  

Have a great week-end!



View the Load Recommendation Report

View the Compensation Study Objectives

Weekly Update – May 16, 2010

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Hello San Jacinto College Community!  

Are you slowly starting to breathe a sigh of relief as the semester is coming to an end? And what about that sense of pride from celebrating four graduation ceremonies over the past week?  As our work for this semester wraps up and as we get into full swing for the mini and summer sessions, I am reflecting on my open “to do” list for the summer. We all know that these “to do” lists can go on and on, but the real challenge is how to focus our work to accomplish the most off of these lists. Read the rest of this entry »