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									            ADJUNCT FACULTY ASSOCIATION
                    NEWSLETTER
2001-2002                                  November 26, 2001                       Edited by Becky Villarreal

            Board Approves Target Compensation Numbers
The compensation target number for adjuncts was finally determined after months of
deliberations between AFA and HR. At the November 5 board meeting, John Worley proposed
that the board vote on the average between the numbers presented by AFA and HR. His motion
passed. In summary, within the next 3-5 years, the average adjunct with a Master's Degree will
earn $1025 per LEH; the average Ph.D. will earn $1190.
This is a tremendous victory for adjuncts in our quest to achieve a fair, competitive pay.

            New Adjunct Retirement Plan Begins in February
The current adjunct retirement plan administered by the Ohio National Insurance Company has
been modified, giving adjuncts more flexibility and service. As a result of lengthy discussions
with the administration, the trustees approved this new plan that will take effect February 15,
2002.
The new and improved plan will include:
Nine investment plans that adjuncts can choose from
   A toll-free telephone number
   An interactive website providing access to daily valuations
   Quarterly statements reflecting investment contributions and returns
   Reallocation selections of investment choices for existing and future contributions
Periodic investment workshops conducted by registered investment advisors held on each of
   the major campuses
   (held in December and January)
The OBRA or Omnibus Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1990 mandated enrollment of all
employees in a qualified retirement plan. OBRA is basically a substitute for Social Security.
This plan will also be implemented for hourly employees at ACC.

                             Adjunct Faculty Service Awards
                                       2001-2002
10 Years: Charles Aki, Mohammed Ally, Terry Arzola, Christie Bourgeois, Deborah Bourgeois,
Rudolph Bauss, Hai Bui, Gail Bunce, Mary Campbell, Sushil Chakraborti, Barbara Clubb,
Robert Cole, Patricia Douglass, David Ferris, Sharon Gillespie, Kanola Gist, Teresa Gordon,
Kenneth Hailey, Mike Harris, Carol Hayman, Douglas Jaques, Terry Johnson, Hari Amrit
Khalsa, Rhonda Lane, Thomas Logue, Betty Ludlum, Farnaz Masumian, Katherine Mattia,
Elizabeth Maxim, Tom Maxwell, John Moriaty, Terri Moser, Sharon Nethaway, John Norris,
Jorge Pompa, Terrell Powell, Vincent Prendergast, Michael Roberts, Kanthimathi Sathasivan,
Paul Schliesing, Linda Simmons, Anita Thomas, Sharon Tomkins, Earl Woods
15 Years: Harold Alsup, Clois Beckwith, Brucie Bowman, Frederick Dixon, Teresa Eckstein,
Michael Frick, Kenneth Hamstra, Kitty Henderson, Kamil Jbeily, Patrick Judd, Ishmael Soto,
Brent Thomas, and Ronald White
20 Years: Mostafa Avini, William Smyth, Madelon Umlauf, and John Vawter

                 Fall General Meeting at Eastview                      November 9, 2001
In attendance: Kitty Henderson, Pres.; Don Morris, VP; Becky Villarreal, Sec./Treas.; Kamil Jbeily, Immediate Past
Pres.; Agnes Robinson, CYP; Gregory Garlow, PIN; Don Becker, PIN; Janet Cobb, RVS; Joe Hoppe, RGC; Dan
Dewberry, RGC; Allison Mosshart, EVC; Laura Hague, EVC; Carrie Phyrr, NRG; Laurie Meyers, NRG

AFA President Kitty Henderson greeted the adjuncts and said she was happy with the huge
turnout. She thanked Vice President Don Morris and Agnes Robinson for putting together the
event. She also complemented ACC’s Entrée Event Management and Catering for providing the
food and refreshments.
Henderson said AFA has enjoyed good communication with the board and the administration.
The decision of the board to pay adjuncts $3075 for average Master’s degree and $3470 for
the average Ph.D. (in the next 3-5 years) is evidence of ACC’s commitment to its adjunct
faculty.
Next, Henderson introduced the AFA officers and reps, board members (Lillian Davis, Barbara
Mink, and John Worley) and Steve Kinslow, Gerry Tucker, and Susan Hamende, who presented
the service pins. Kinslow said he has been around ACC for 26 years and it has been challenge,
yet he works with and for good people. He remarked that ACC transfer students perform the
better than all other community college transfer students in the state.
Secretary-Treasurer Becky Villarreal discussed the feasibility of adjuncts receiving a health
benefits plan in the near future. In October, ACC advertised and offered proposal packages.
However, none of the companies responded to the RFP. Gerry Tucker assured adjuncts that
ACC will resubmit the offer soon. Meanwhile, Villarreal said health benefits is a legislative
issue. Adjuncts across the state must get involved and insist health benefits are provided for
adjuncts working half time or more.
Next, Morris talked about the new retirement plan, which will take effect in February 2002.
Morris thanked Dr. Fonte', Gerry Tucker, and George DeTuccio VP of Business Services, and
their staff for diligently working to develop this plan and set it up for implementation in 2002.
One adjunct expressed concern about the company. Villarreal assured him that this is a last ditch
effort for Ohio National to do the right thing and that we would be watching them.
Next, Henderson asked adjuncts to divide into groups by campus to discuss what is working and
not working for adjuncts at ACC, and to also make suggestions for improvement. The results of
the discussions are listed below.
What is working at ACC?
Due Process
Adjuncts on the task forces
    Pay for task force service
    There is a clear movement toward adjunct concerns
    Better communication between employee groups, administration, and board
Benefits and Pay
The pay increase is working
    Our paychecks come in on time
    Benefits for IAs and CAs
    Plastic ID cards
People and Personnel
Fellow instructors respect and support each other
    We love our students
    Help desk doing a great job
    Good staff support: i.e., copying and typing
    Chemistry Task Force
    Developmental Reading Task Force
    New Dean of Humanities
    Computer lab technicians
    Learning Labs and tutors
    Library and staff
    EVC staff
    AFA

Facilities
Testing centers
    Remodeled copy center at RGC

What needs improvement at ACC?
Due Process
Parity Pay: adjunct pay should be the same per course as fulltimers
     MSTA Selection flawed
     No consistency between task forces

Equality between adjuncts and full timers
No health benefits for adjuncts teaching 3-4 classes a semester
    Adjuncts have no job security

Facilities
Parking inadequate
    More office space for adjuncts
    More computers for adjuncts
    Computers not maintained or replaced properly in adjunct offices
    No personal space for adjuncts
    Copy machine problems at NRG
    Showers and dressing rooms for performing arts
    Classrooms need to be enriched and beautified with maps and posters of great art
Communication
A distant administration that interacts very little with students, faculty, and staff
    Adjunct friendly system for email needed
    HBC needs to return calls
    Adjuncts don’t get same information as full timers
    Line of communication on task forces not good
    Teachers at remote campuses are isolated
    Web site navigation is poor
Staff Concerns
Inadequate support staff
    Catalog needs better proofreading
    More services needed at EVC
New Hire Concerns
Mentoring not happening at all or soon enough
    New adjuncts not getting the information they need
    Hiring new adjuncts when existing adjuncts do not get classes
    Newcomers getting classes before seasoned adjuncts
Evaluation and Estaffing
Portfolio submission confusing
Priority to hire status not working with estaffing
Student Evaluation forms not available soon enough
Textbook concerns
Textbook acquisition problems
    Barnes and Noble not ordering enough texts
Committees selecting texts sometimes unqualified
    Textbooks arriving too late
Too many ECS students

How Can ACC be Improved ?
Due Process
Respect and nurture students, faculty and staff
     Compensate and recognize experienced adjuncts when hired, instead of waiting two years--in particular, retired
     faculty from other colleges
Invite adjuncts with 5+ years experience to serve on task forces regardless of their evaluations or status
Benefits and Pay
Benefits and security for long time adjuncts
     Pay for intercampus travel
     Salary tied to the cost of living
     Teacher discounts, low-interest loans, and incentives offered by the Austin community
Communication
Implement online orientation for new adjuncts
     Include adjuncts in full time faculty orientation
     Assign mentors to all new instructors before the semester begins
     Implement collegial teams –adjuncts need more contact with full timers on campus
     More adjuncts need to participate in campuswide and AFA committees to improve things
Facilities
More adjunct office space
     More computers
Staff
Hire technician at Cypress.
     Hire more support staff in the departmental offices, labs, student services, and payroll
Estaffing
Follow the priority to hire guidelines in estaffing
     Schedule classes at campus level
     Schedule adjuncts before full timers get overloads
     Give adjunct overloads before the full timers get multiple overloads
     Teachers should be able to trade sections before schedule is finalized
     Assignment Seniority: Preferred, 5 years; Priority, 10 yrs.; Highest Priority, 15 yrs.; Tenure, 20 yrs.
Limit the number of ECS students per class
Implement a tax base increase

After discussing the various issues highlighted above, Robinson handed out door prizes. The
contributors were as follows: Cedar Park Super Wal-mart Center and Auto Service (two prizes),
the Hyatt Regency restaurant, the Austin Area Teachers Credit Union (two prizes), the Jack-in-
the-Box on Cypress Creek Blvd., TIAA-CREF, AFA Executive Committee members, and Steve
Kramer who generously donated a lovely vase.
                                November 5 Meeting with Fonte
Henderson began the meeting by discussing the exciting, new retirement plan that will allow
adjuncts to make investment choices via an interactive website. Tucker and Kinslow assured
officers that adjuncts would be oriented into the new system beginning in December, so that the
plan can be implemented by February 2002.
All officers expressed disappointment in the failure to attract a health benefits plan for adjuncts.
According to company feedback, the lack of response was due to the September 11 tragedy and
ACC’s unwillingness to contribute to the plan.
The bulk of the meeting was spent discussing the compensation numbers. HR had its numbers
and the AFA had theirs. Jbeily said it would be nice if adjuncts could go to the board meeting
and say we have come to an agreement. Henderson said that AFA would not be calculating
anymore numbers because we need to go on to other adjunct concerns such as MSTA selection,
estaffing, and the evaluation process.
Later at the board meeting, John Worley proposed that the board vote on the average between the
numbers presented by AFA and HR. His motion passed. In summary, within the next 3-5 years,
the average adjunct with a Master's Degree will earn $1025 per LEH; the average Ph.D. will earn
$1190.

AFAEC Meeting, Friday, Oct. 5, 2001
In attendance: Kitty Henderson, Pres.; Don Morris, VP; Becky Villarreal, Sec./Treas.; Agnes Robinson, CYP; Bob
Conkright, CYP; Gregory Garlow, PIN; Don Becker, PIN; Linda Guzzardo, RVS; Joe Hoppe, RGC; Allison
Mosshart, EVC; Carrie Phyrr, NRG; Laurie Meyers, NRG

Agnes Robinson and Don Morris discussed the general assembly which was held November 9, 4-6:30
p.m. at Eastview. The event will be catered by Hospitality and Culinary department and there will be door
prizes.
Don Becker and Bob Conkright discussed Curriculum and Programs. Conkright said the master syllabus
will require specific wording for ADA and academic honesty. Allison Mosshart said that having a
carefully worded syllabus protects the adjuncts. On the Evaluation Committee, Garlow said he was
disappointed to see the student assessment instrument had not changed. Henderson, who serves on the
campus-wide evaluation committee, said the student instrument will be revised this year and next year the
changes will be implemented. She said Bush Boyd wants to add a third component regarding service:
participation on committees, task forces, etc. Don Morris said the extra activities should not count against
the adjunct who doesn't have time.
On Evaluation, Conkright said he would like to investigate slam tables. At UT, students rate the ten best
professors and the ten worst professors. One adjunct said the more “demanding” professors often
appeared on both lists. Villarreal mentioned http://www.teacherreviews.com, which has listings for
several ACC faculty members. Becker and Garlow presented the group with two slightly different
versions of a proposed instrument to be used for the student evaluations of courses, and two slightly
different versions of a proposed instrument to be used by task forces/programs when evaluating adjunct
faculty portfolios. All members of the EC were asked to provide feedback. Garlow said employee
complaints about evaluation by the City of Austin forced them to come up with a new form that provided
all parties the opportunities to understand the criteria. Employees were presented the form ahead of time
and later met with the supervisor to discuss the results. Robinson said she would like to see the classroom
observation be part of our evaluation. Henderson said this will occur for first year teachers and some
departments are implementing this practice for third year evaluations.
Laurie Meyers, who is head of the Due Process/Hiring committee, has divided her committee into three
subgroups: MSTA, Grievance, and Equality. Henderson asked Meyers to address the MSTA program
soon , because MSTAs will be our topic of discussion at the November meeting with Fonte. Henderson
said we have been overly concerned with compensation; we need to have concrete discussions and make
recommendations about other adjunct concerns.
On Health Benefits, Phyrr wanted to know why adjuncts cannot pay for their own. Henderson explained
we checked on doing that, but could not get cooperation with ERS or TRS; it’s a legislative issue that the
AFA and the Union are both working on.
On Retirement, Villarreal discussed the current holder of our retirement plan, Ohio National Life
Insurance Company. ACC contributes 1.5%; adjuncts contribute 6%. Merkley, Newman, and McLaws
administer the plan. ACC pays 25 dollars in administrative fees for hourly and adjunct employees. Thus
far, the fixed plan has achieved the following rate of return:

                                              1996:   5.12%
                                              1997:   6.00%
                                              1998:   5.24%
                                              1999:   4.55%
                                              2000:   5.89%
Regarding Compensation, Henderson explained that the board wrote a policy in 1998 on how to calculate
the average adjunct pay; since then, HR and the AFA have collected the necessary data from area schools.
However, after the September board meeting, the board complained about the complexity of interpreting
the data and arriving at a target compensation figure. The board had a discussion at the October 15th
meeting to discuss a easier way to achieve compensation for adjuncts, including paying adjuncts a
percentage of what full time faculty are paid. On the following Monday, Henderson met with Kinslow
and Tucker to discuss a study compiled in 1998, where it was determined that adjuncts are paid 57% of
full time pay. Villarreal said this opens up a can of worms; that figure is too low and it is unacceptable.
Guzzardo asserted the administrators are stalling. Henderson said this could really make adjuncts militant
because the board and administration keep changing the rules. Henderson said adjuncts should come to
the October 15th meeting to hear the board's discussion, but we will not be allowed to speak because it is
a mid-month meeting. Mosshart said that we could email board members to support our position. Morris
said we were close to coming to an agreement before the introduction of parity. Conkright suggested we
table this discussion until Henderson has more information.
The next discussion was about free speech on the listserv. A couple of weeks ago, an adjunct complained
about her TF chair on the listserv. Later, she was chastised by both him and another full time faculty
member. Two adjuncts then moved to make the listserv exclusive; however, this was voted down. After a
heated discussion, the adjuncts agreed that other ACC employees could participate on our listserv as long
as they respect our rights to free speech.
In a Union update, Mosshart talked about Campus Equity Week October 28 - November 3. This
campaign will highlight the academic personnel crises--the loss of full-time jobs and the overuse and
exploitation of part-time and other non-tenure-track faculty--in our nation's colleges and universities.
Robinson said the adjunct movement is threatening full time faculty, and that we need to come together.
Phyrr and Meyers echoed this sentiment. Robinson said research indicates that full time faculty positions
are being wiped out while administrative positions are being increased. If we move toward pay parity, we
can work with full time faculty, and this will insure the security of both positions.
Conkright told the group about the discussion on terrorism that occurred at Cypress last month. With
another adjunct faculty member, Vicki Hamilton, Conkright talked to 20+ concerned students, faculty,
and staff members about the history of the conflict in the Middle East and the psychology of terrorism.
                                    October 1 Meeting with Fonte
Kitty Henderson opened the meeting by introducing Don Morris and Agnes Robinson, who talked about the general
assembly October 9. Fonte insisted AFA call Jim Burgess about door prizes and Linda Morrison, who can get tickets
to the State Theater.
Henderson said our first adjunct social was at Eastview Oct. 16 at 2 p.m., in room 3108, and the second one at
Northridge on October 31. Jbeily said that AFA would like to encourage the board to come to these meetings and to
the general assembly as well.
Next Henderson talked about the RFPs for benefits and retirement. We hope to have a benefits plan in place by
Spring. Henderson is working on the SACS review. One of the concerns is that ACC does not have a comprehensive
orientation for adjunct faculty (online) and this must be in place soon for the SACS study.
Henderson said one problem with e-staffing is that many senior, highest priority to hire adjuncts are not getting their
classes, and letters did not go out to adjuncts who had taken a semester off. Kinslow said Bill Carter is using the
wrong contact list, but this will be corrected by next semester.
Regarding compensation, Henderson said we are having difficulty finding common ground for the UT numbers.
Gerry Tucker said that we need to find a “less complicated” method.
In a memo posted two days later to the officers of all employee groups, Fonte said, “Our current approach for
determining Adjunct Faculty compensation involves an annual request for information on every Adjunct Faculty
employed at local universities. The compiling of this information is very time consuming for the universities and is
quite difficult to interpret. The suggested modification would have this data gathering be done once every three
years rather than every year . . . Of course, the Board would have to select the percentage relationship based upon
the factors outlined in the Board Policy. The administration is not making any recommendation as to the appropriate
percentage through the wording change.”
At the meeting, Fonte pointed out that this suggested approach was originally recommended in the Adjunct Faculty
study and Task Force of 1998. He said the Board will discuss this at the October 15 work meeting, but will not vote
on it until the November meeting. Meanwhile, Fonte wants adjuncts to meet with Tucker and Kinslow to discuss his
proposal. Villarreal objected that there was not enough time. Morris agreed and said that this is not going to go over
well with adjuncts, who will view this as a “stalling tactic.”
Henderson said she has asked Fonte to discuss MSTAs for two meetings now and her request has been tabled
because of other agenda items. She ended the meeting with the insistence that our November meeting with the
president focus on this issue and no other.

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