ADJUNCT FACULTY ASSOCIATION
2000-2001 May 14, 2001 Edited by Becky Villarreal
AFA Officers and Reps for 2001-2002
President: Kitty Henderson
President-Elect: Don Morris
Immediate Past President: Kamil Jbeily
Secretary/Treas.: Becky Villarreal
Cypress: Bob Conkright and Agnes Robinson
Eastview: Laura Hague and Allison Mosshart
Northridge: Laurie Meyers and Carrie Phyrr
Pinnacle: Don Becker and Greg Garlow
Rio Grande: Dan Dewberry
Riverside: Linda Guzzardo
* Two more reps will be appointed in September for Rio Grande and Riverside campuses.
Adjunct Benefits Survey
In a couple of days, adjuncts will be receiving yellow cards in the mail with a survey regarding benefits.
The questions that will be asked are as follows:
I do not have health benefits via my spouse or another job. yes no
I would be willing to pay for health benefits if the rate was less than $250 monthly. yes no
I would be willing to pay for health benefits if the rate was more than $250 monthly. yes no
I currently teach the maximum load (9 LEH or more) and work 10 or more hours in an hourly position
at ACC and I am not an IA or a CA. yes no
If the state legislature passes HB 3510, mandating free health benefits through ERS for adjuncts who
have taught at the same institution for at least five years and currently teach the maximum load (9
LEH or more per long semester), would you qualify? yes no
If you answered yes to the question above and you are not an IA or a CA, do you need benefits? yes
This data will be used to help us find the best policy available for adjuncts at the best rate. Furthermore, it
will identify adjuncts who may be benefits eligible now, the insurance needs of our adjunct population, and
the implications of pending insurance legislation (HB 3510). Whether you need insurance or not, please
fill out the surveys ASAP. We will share the results via the July newsletter and the AFA listserv.
Spring General Meeting—EVC, March 30, 2001
In attendance: Kamil Jbeily, Pres.; Kitty Henderson,
VP; John Herndon, Past Pres., Becky Villarreal,
Sec./Treas., Agnes Robinson, CYP; Letitia Keller, CYP;
Brock Gaertner, NRG; Charles Wukasch, NRG; Gregory
Garlow, PIN; Zoe VanSandt, PIN; Margaret Dahl, RGC;
Don Morris, EVC; Melissa Holton, EVC; Linda Guzzardo,
RVS; Beata Backo-Wukasch, RVS
President Kamil Jbeily opened the meeting by
introducing the AFA Officers and Campus
Representatives. Jbeily thanked Melissa Holton for hosting the event and the adjuncts for coming. Next, he
explained how he asked the administration and the board to make the initial investment of $3.0 million into adjuncts'
salaries to become effective September 1, 2001. This investment will translate into an across the board increase of
approximately $129 per LEH, or a $387 increase per 3-hour section. This will, of course, represent a larger
percentage increase for adjuncts who are at the lower end of the pay scale matrix and a smaller percentage increase
for adjuncts who are at the higher end of the pay scale matrix. Within three years, these increases will result in a fair
implementation of the board's policy for adjuncts.
Next Jbeily introduced David Fonken, Dean of Math and Sciences, who introduced Hazel Ward, Dean of
Communications; Joe Lostracco, Task Force
Chair of Communications; David Lydic, Dean
of Fine Arts; Rex Peebles, Dean of Social and
Behavioral Sciences; and Mike Midgely, Dean of
Next, a representative for Bill Carter introduced
e-staffing. (All adjuncts who are having trouble accessing the system need to contact their task force chairs or
program coordinators. Here is the link to access the system: http://www3.austin.cc.tx.us/afs/. Here is the link to the
http://www2.austin.cc.tx.us/it_train/manuals/Eligibility.pdf. AFA reps will keep one copy in the adjunct office binders.
Secretary/Treasurer Becky Villarreal then spoke about Compensation and Benefits. She told the group that she
talked to an insurance broker for Houston Community College who is actively looking for adjunct health plans with
few or no exclusions. Meanwhile, we need to know how many adjuncts would pay for coverage (that’s why we are
sending the survey). Then President-Elect Kitty Henderson spoke about the various AFA committees and invited all
adjuncts to participate. Immediate Past-President John Herndon talked next about the election which was held the
week of April 16-22. Nominees included Don Morris and Charles Wukasch, who are both running for President-Elect;
Becky Villarreal, Secretary-Treasurer; Agnes Robinson, CYP; Bob Conkright, CYP; Dan Dewberry, RGC; Allison
Mosshart, EVC; Laura Hague, EVC; Greg Garlow, PIN; Jim Hill, PIN; Don Becker, PIN; Linda Guzzardo, RVS; Carrie
Phyrr, NRG; Laurie Meyers, NRG.
Donetta Goodall spoke next and apologized for the
confusion surrounding the adjuncts being invited to
serve on task forces. She said that adjuncts would get
their letters by April 11 when evaluations are complete to ensure the list is accurate. This would still allow adjuncts
serving on Task Forces that elect their chair to participate in the election. Only adjuncts who are MSTAs, are on the
highest priority to hire list, OR have excellent/excellent evaluations will be asked to serve on task forces. If you meet
one of these qualifications and are interested in serving on your task force or program, please contact your task force
chair or program coordinator ASAP.
In the next segment, Jbeily asked that the adjuncts,
deans, TF chairs, and division chairs divide up into
groups, to answer these questions:
In your relationships with ACC Deans and Task Force Chairs, what is working?
What is not working?
What specific suggestions do you recommend to remedy this problem?
After the breakout sessions, the individual groups
gave reports to which the Deans and Task Fore Chairs responded. Next, John Herndon accepted nominations from
the floor. Finally, Melissa Holton and Kitty Henderson handed out door prizes and the meeting was adjourned at 6:45
AFAEC Meeting, April 6, 2001, 5:30 p.m.
In attendance: Kamil Jbeily, Pres.; Kitty Henderson, VP; John Herndon, Past Pres., John Herndon; Brock Gaertner, NRG; Charles
Wukasch, NRG; Gregory Garlow, PIN; Zoe VanSandt, PIN; Don Morris, EVC; Melissa Holton, EVC; Linda Guzzardo, RVS; Atietie
Tonwe, RGC; Dan Dewberry, future RGC Rep
Jbeily talked about the salary plan and his desire to fully implement the compensation policy. The SWT support our anticipation of at
least a $129 per LEH increase over the next three years in adjunct salaries. Jbeily and Herndon plan to meet soon with Dr. Worley
to discuss the compensation agenda. Henderson passed out a handout with the concerns that adjuncts had at the Spring General
new hires do not know how to initiate
evaluation materials arrive too late to make schedule
student evaluation needs to be revised
evaluation deadlines are too tight
lack of response from evaluation office
CLERICAL /FACILITY ISSUES
need support at each campus
need help in answering adjunct phones; messages not taken in offices
adjunct offices not large enough at NRG
need better dissemination of materials
too much reliance on email
need yearly calendar
need standard deadlines
institutionalize meetings with TFC; have a meeting at first of the year to go over deadlines, procedures, etc.
those who staff are unfamiliar with class content/structure
MSTA IIs not allowed to teach more than two classes, but new hires can get three classes
MSTAs whose classes don't make are given courses in which they are not highest priority to hire
Many positions left unfilled
Herndon said Joe Lostracco was concerned about the adjunct response to e-staffing. He is worried about the process taking out the
humanity of scheduling. Herndon said that TFC/PC make judgements about scheduling, good and bad, and that the e-staffing may
take some of the subjectivity out. VanSandt said that the History task force would not be using the e-staffing process, but instead
would print out requests and do it by hand.
Henderson talked about the 3-year portfolio evaluation plan that will begin this fall. The selection process is still being debated.
Adjuncts may drop one of three evaluations to compensate for an off year. The committee is having discussions about submitting
portfolios in November instead of the spring. Henderson says that there needs to be a standardization of the evaluation process,
emphasizing a baseline for all adjuncts. There was a lot of debate about this and it was decided that Garlow would propose a
standard form of evaluation that would be offered to the committee as an initiation of development. Henderson also talked about full-
time faculty requirements for Professional Development, in which adjuncts have no definitive requirements. She proposed that ACC
have a box to check on the evaluation form where adjuncts would be recognized for faculty development participation above and
beyond the call of duty. Reps will contact members for feedback and the issue will be revisited at the next AFAEC meeting. Holton
said that the Communications Task Force recommended that faculty evaluation forms be hard copied and sent to faculty.
Holton was congratulated for the outstanding Spring General Meeting and estimated 65 adjuncts in attendance. Morris talked about
the Curriculum and Programs committee meeting and the advancement of the standardized syllabus or Master syllabus. He will
scan the information and post it to the AFA website to solicit adjunct input. He also talked about the Library Leadership Team
querying the committee about the advisability of IRT purchasing anti-plagiarism software and the need therein. They asked about
getting AFA feedback on the demand for such a product. Gaertner said Sacs review is scheduled for 2004 and that he is on the
committee. Wukasch lamented the MSTA process and urged the AFA and the Union to pressure Fonte for criteria changes. Linda
talked about the CA position process for hiring and alluded that it had been frozen per her anecdotal information. She also
mentioned that there is no process in HR for transfers between campuses for the IA position. She believes that HR shelves the
position requests because of a lack of funds. The meeting adjourned about 7:25 p.m.
May 4 Meeting of the AFAEC, HBC at 5:30 p.m.
In attendance: Kamil Jbeily, Pres.; Kitty Henderson, VP; John Herndon, Past Pres., Becky Villarreal, Sec./Treas., Agnes Robinson,
CYP; Letitia Keller, CYP; Brock Gaertner, NRG; Charles Wukasch, NRG; Gregory Garlow, PIN; Don Morris, EVC; Melissa Holton,
EVC; Linda Guzzardo, RVS; Dan Dewberry, future RGC rep; Carrie Phyrr, future NRG rep
Jbeily opened the meeting by talking about the compensation policy. He presented preliminary information on the UT and SWT data
at the next board meeting. Dewberry and Gaertner are working on the numbers that just came in from UT. Henderson said that we
don't have the money in the budget that we thought we had, and we can’t seem to find out (from the business office) the correct
amount either. She also stated that she would be working with Morris and Villarreal on some organizational plans for the fall.
Herndon said that the AFA is working on a higher level than it ever has and that the leadership is getting better. Herndon and Jbeily
congratulated Charles Wukasch for his exemplary and gracious behavior after the election. Wukasch said that Morris is a friend and
colleague and he is honored to lose to such a “good guy.” Henderson said that two reps will be appointed in September to fill the
vacant positions at Riverside and Rio Grande. Robinson said that Cypress employees, work-study students, and President-Elect
Kitty Henderson came to the luncheon April 19 and that everyone had a lovely time. She also mentioned that Judy Hubble is
presenting at a reading conference at Seattle and needs to know how much money is available for travel. Herndon said that we
have been told that there is no travel money (for adjuncts or full timers), but we will be checking into the situation.
Robinson talked to Terry Stewart who said that adjunct faculty orientation will be online, face-to-face, and on video. Robinson is
concerned that new faculty orientation in the summer does not include newly hired adjuncts. At her previous institution, Robinson
said, they never distinguished adjuncts from full-time faculty, and they were invited to all meetings, committees, and new faculty
orientation. In keeping with the one college concept, Robinson said that inviting adjuncts to participate in the two-day orientation
(offered August 16-17) would extend collegiality, which is sorely missing at ACC. One of the deep dysfunctions of the college, she
said, is that we do not forestall problems. Although adjuncts are given mentors, often they are not assigned for weeks. Robinson
suggested that AFA could have a special reception for the new adjuncts and then break into discussion groups where questions
could be asked. New adjuncts would meet each other, make connections with old adjuncts, learn how the college works, etc.
Morris said that Curriculum and Programs is mandating a course master syllabus. Henderson said that it has to do with complying
with SACS and the idea that the syllabus is a kind of contract. Gaertner said that SACS will make surprise visits beginning in 2003.
Jbeily said that in chemistry there are 10 exit questions that students must answer by the end of the semester. Holton said that the
Communications task force will be sending out a welcome letter to all newly appointed adjuncts. Villarreal agreed that this is a step
in the right direction; the task forces need to extend more of a welcome to the new task force members by congratulating them,
telling them about the next meeting and the various subcommittees, etc.
Villarreal talked about the Spring of 1999 rule limiting the number of courses new adjuncts can teach. In Academic Affairs, task force
chairs complained that the list of adjuncts gets bigger and bigger; we need to consider amending the administrative rule. Villarreal
also said that adjuncts will be receiving a benefits survey (yellow cards) in the mail within a week. Henderson and Guzzardo
discussed difficulties surrounding the fact that the Portfolio subcommittee (of the Evaluation Committee) has not met this Spring.
Guzzardo has spoken to the chair of the committee and Henderson said that she will follow up with him for more clarification.
Garlow is still working on his proposal to modify the student questionnaire of the evaluation tool.
The next meeting of the AFA will be July 6 at 5:30 p.m., and our first meeting in the fall will be September 7 at the same time. The
meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
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