Add a Designated At-Large Part-Time Representative to the Executive Committee

Spring
2023
Resolution Number
01.01
 
Assigned to
Standards and Practices Committee
Part-Time Faculty Committee
Category
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Status
Assigned

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) has had a long-standing commitment to participation of part-time faculty as demonstrated in resolutions [1] and papers, as they bring vital and unique authentic voices and experiences to discussions of academic and professional matters in alignment with the inclusion, diversity, equity, antiracism and accessibility commitment of the ASCCC;

Whereas, Resolution S96 01.05 [2] called for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) to develop a proposal to ensure participation of part-time faculty on the Executive Committee, and a paper titled Participation of Part-time Faculty on the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, developed in 1998 with recommendations to support the opportunity for part-time faculty inclusion, recommended several changes to the ASCCC bylaws to allow part-time faculty to run for election, yet the paper fell short of “assuring participation on the Executive Committee” [3] ;

Whereas, Since the 1998 paper Participation of Part-time Faculty on the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, only one known part-time faculty member has successfully run for a seat on the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) Executive Committee, showing that changes to the bylaws alone will not ensure that a part-time faculty voice will be included on the ASCCC Executive Committee and that significant barriers still exist to part-time faculty running for election, including the qualification requirements; and

Whereas, According to the California Community Colleges Datamart Dashboard, in Fall 2022 part-time faculty— labeled as “academic, temporary” in Dashboard— made up approximately 67% of the faculty workforce encompassing over half of the faculty in the California Community Colleges system, [4] and part-time faculty are important voices that are currently not represented on the ASCCC Executive Committee;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) revise its bylaws to create a fifteenth elected member of the Executive Committee as a designated at-large part-time faculty member and review policies to support part-time faculty’s ability to run for the ASCCC Executive Committee, and that these changes be brought for a vote by the 2024 Spring Plenary Session;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) review its eligibility requirements for Executive Committee members and support equitable opportunities for part-time faculty to run for the ASCCC Executive Committee; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges provide professional development opportunities for part-time faculty on the role of the Executive Committee and opportunities for participation to encourage part-time faculty to run for any position for which they qualify.

M/S/C


1. Resolution F95 17.02 Part-time Faculty Involvement in Local Senates: https://www.asccc.org/resolutions/part-time-faculty-involvement-local-senates.  
2. Resolution S96 01.05 Participation of Part-time Faculty on the Executive Committee: https://www.asccc.org/resolutions/participation-part-time-faculty-executive-committee.
3. “Participation of Part-time Faculty on the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges." (1998). Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. https://www.asccc.org/papers/participation-part-time-faculty-executive-committee-academic-senate-california-Community.
4. California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Management Information Systems Datamart. “Faculty & Staff Demographics Report.” Retrieved March 10, 2023, from https://datamart.cccco.edu/Faculty-Staff/Staff_Demo.aspx. Data table can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/10PwvOLbRqIyPoF-qvU_Az70_ecs4KnNn/view?usp=sharing.