Advice to Students from your Instructors

(Email: Sept 25)

Just a quick thank you all for your work in helping students off to a successful start of Fall quarter!  I know there were some bumps and room for improvement, but overall it went well, and I thank you all for all you have done under these difficult circumstances.

I’d also like to share this short video, which includes advice to BC students from instructors about succeeding during this time of remote learning.  Thanks to Jenna, Rachel, Li, Bob, and Donna for your contributions! We will post this on the website, but also please pass on the link to your students. (We may try a similar video of advice from students, too.)

Staffing & Scheduling Best Practices

(Email: Sept 10)
As we prepare for the new academic year, I’d like to share with you some new guidelines about class staffing and scheduling that I shared with the program chairs last month, so that everyone is aware of these new guidelines for the coming year.

Based on a framework of equity for all faculty, the AVP of Academic Affairs, the Provost and President all support the attached best practices for scheduling/staffing classes. These practices recognize that adjunct faculty play an important role in serving our students. In addition, we acknowledge that changing the current SBCTC system, which is heavily dependent on the inequities between full time and adjunct faculty, requires systematic and long-term changes at all levels.  At the college level, we feel that we can contribute to this by issuing guidance on class staffing that provides a more equitable, transparent, uniform and fair system of class assignments for the most vulnerable of our faculty colleagues.  Hence, you will see that a major focus of these guidelines honors the long-term contributions of all our adjunct faculty by more clearly considering how make class assignments, and how and when we communicate that information to all faculty. A major change from current practice is to schedule existing adjunct faculty for a full load (plus an additional class) before making full time moonlighting assignments. In conjunction with this we, as program chairs and as a college, need to nurture and provide feedback to adjunct faculty in their first few years (much like we do with tenured faculty) to support their success as effective instructors.   

This document also provides additional guidelines on communicating class assignments, moonlights, “per head” assignments, release time, cancelations, and bumping. 

With COVID and budget cuts, it was important to release these guidelines before staffing occurs for winter, hence during the summer.  However, input from Faculty Council, the Positive Policies for Adjuncts Committee, and faculty discussions with the President did inform these guidelines. We will have time to discuss them further in the coming year.  I also recognize that some programs and situations will require some flexibility, however, it is important that we have some standard expectations as a college, to assure that all faculty know what to expect when it comes to making course assignments. But I think it is important, especially in this time of so many unknowns, to provide more equity for adjunct faculty.

Please let me or your Deans know if you have questions, Chairs and Deans will be working with these guidelines as they work on any remaining Fall staffing, as well as moving forward with Winter scheduling/staffing and beyond. 

Advice for Students – Submit a Short Video

(Email: Sept. 1)
Remote learning is a challenge for many of us, and our students are also struggling with learning socializing and succeeding in this new COVID world. 

What would you like your students to know, or what advice would you give to your students about learning remotely?  

Record a video clip (up to about 30 seconds) with your advice, and upload it to the this SharePoint site by Thursday, September 10.  We will edit as many of these as possible together and make a short video to share with our new and returning students via Canvas and the BC web site.    Tips for making your video clip can be found on the attachment on video recordings. 

I know this sort of thing is not for everyone, but I hope that some of you are inspired to participate in this video project! 

Thanks,
Rob 

Training and PD Opportunities for Remote Learning

(Email: August 31)
While we have learned a lot in the last 6 months, I know that all of us are still learning new strategies and practices for teaching remotely.  I encourage you to continue to take advantage of professional development opportunities in this area and to share your own successes and lessons learned with your colleagues. 

To help let you know and share what opportunities are happening out there, we’ve compiled the list of PD activities (internal and external). Please feel free to share other opportunities in the comment box (via the link) and we regularly update this page with new opportunities.

The link I provided is a new Academic Affairs Blog – called Instructional Meanderings.  I’ll plan to archive any informational emails (such as this one), as well as other news and resources from Academic Affairs, on that site.  Please bookmark it and come back often. 

Fall Technology Needs Request Form

(Email: August 25)
Hope your summer break is going well! 

In an effort to assure that you have the basic technology needed to effectively teach online during COVID we put together a simple form for you to use for requesting technology – namely computer equipment or assistance with internet connectivity. 

Click here to make your basic equipment requests via this link

Megan Kimball, in Academic Affairs, will compile this list every Thursday and work with ITS to help meet your needs. There may be delays in obtaining some items, so the sooner we can get started the better.

For discipline-specific technology, or any regular office supplies that you need to complete your work such as paper, pens, etc., please contact your Division Dean or Division Operations Director. 

Preparing Faculty to Lead with Racial Equity Teaching Online During COVID-19

(Email: August 20)
I’d like to invite anyone who is interested to attend the SBCTC’s Fall Faculty Institute (Sept 9-10) which is focused on “Preparing Faculty to Lead with Racial Equity Teaching Online During  COVID-19” (see the agenda below). The meeting is entirely online and open to anyone from BC. Thanks to Jennie Mayer for promoting this opportunity earlier this week!
We have purchased an institutional license, so all you need to do to register is sign up at (https://www.sbctc.edu/colleges-staff/programs-services/assessment-teaching-learning/fall-faculty-institute.aspx) and select Institutional Pricing $0 for the conference fee on the registration form. 
I hope you are able to take advantage of this opportunity while you enjoy the rest of the summer break!
Rob

2020 Fall Faculty InstitutePreparing Faculty to Lead with Racial Equity Teaching Online During  COVID-19
Wednesday, 9/9/20 to Thursday, 9/10/20
10:00 AM to 4:30 PM 


Short URL to this Document: https://bit.ly/31TP7aq

Link for A la Carte Registration: https://bit.ly/2Xpam19
Link to Institutional Pricing: https://bit.ly/30Dyejj
Follow-Up DEI Programming:
Follow-Up DEI Programming for faculty on instruction-specific topics is being developed and will be available by August 31st, 2020.

What is the Fall Faculty Institute?
The 2020 Fall Faculty Institute is designed to support faculty learning by providing sessions on:

Sessions will be informed by the SBCTC vision statement and antiracist criteria currently in development by a subcommittee of the DEI Instruction workgroup (one of the DEI in WA CTCs Initiatives).

Who Should Attend the Fall Faculty Institute?

Sessions will be useful for faculty in all 3 mission areas: Basic Education for Adults (BEdA)Academic-TransferWorkforce (Prof-Tech)Full-time faculty, faculty beginning or in the tenure process, and part-time  faculty are all welcome.

Agenda

Day 1
10:00 AM to 10:30 AMOpening Welcome
10:30 AM to 12:00 PMPlenary Session Part I: Leading with Racial EquityFacilitator: Dr. Debra Jenkins
12:00 PM to 1:00 PMLunch on your own
1:00 PM to 2:30 PMPlenary Session Part II: Leading with Racial EquityFacilitator: Dr. Debra Jenkins
2:30 to 3:00 PM Break
3:00 to 4:30 PMTeaching Online During COVID-19: Choose 1 of  3 Concurrent Sessions
(1) Moving from “Surviving” to “Striving” to “Thriving” Facilitators: Dr. Todd Waters and Whatcom Faculty Members, (2) Increasing Retention and Completion in Your Online Course Facilitator: Dr. Tish Lopez (3) Critical Pedagogy Online Facilitator: Laura Adele Soracco

Day 2
10:00 AM to 10:30 AMLand Acknowledgement
10:30 AM to 12:00 PMOpening Plenary: What is the Faculty Responsibility in Interrupting Systemic Racism? Facilitator: Dr. Xyan Neider, Whatcom Community College
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch on your own
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Antiracist Assessment Practices: Choose 1 of 3 Concurrent Sessions
(1) Antiracist Assignment Design Across Disciplines & Programs Facilitator: Dr. Xyan Neider, Whatcom Community College, (2) For Faculty Who Teach or Assess Writing: Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies and Labor Based Grading Contracts Facilitators: Asao B. Inoue (ASU) and Emily Beals (GRC), (3) For STEM Faculty: Contextualized Learning and Labor Based Grading in STEM Facilitators: Karina Vega-Villa and Bobbi Johnson, Wenatchee Valley College
2:30 to 3:00 PMBreak
3:00 to 4:30 PMClosing Plenary Session: Reflection and ActionFacilitators: Dr. Judy Loveless Morris, Tacoma; Amanda Rasmussen, Spokane; Peg Balachowski, EvCC