Yep, with less than two business days to go, we finally have the information we’ve been waiting for all summer. In case you didn’t get the email, I’m here to inform you that the Faculty Development Week 2010 website now has pertinent information!
I have my issues with the contents on site. Here are just a few:
Point number one.
An excerpt from the message from Chancellor Hyman reads, “I believe the City Colleges of Chicago can be the economic engine that prepares a skilled workforce for jobs in the 21st century.” Hmmm, here I thought we were preparing students to be critical thinkers and not worker bees.
Further down our Chancellor states, “One of my short-term goals is to re-build and upgrade CCC’s aging facilities, classrooms, labs and student gathering spaces to help restore pride and professionalism.” I got no problem with pride and professionalism, but can someone tell me why the focus is not on EDUCATION? IMHO, I believe this needs elaborating, which, according to the schedule, may happen August 10th during the Q&A session… maybe.
Point number two.
I see the break-out sessions for August 10th SEPARATE us back to individual colleges to report on assessment and self-study issues. So much for UNIFICATION. Maybe I’m a bit slow, so if someone can shed some light on this, I’d certainly appreciate it. Tanks!
Point number three.
August 11th, I’ll just copy-and-paste this one:
BREAK OUT SESSION D: Build A Low Cost Interactive Whiteboard Using Wii Remote
What happened to restoring “pride and professionalism”? Seriously? A Wii remote? In the classroom? Let’s just equate school with the living room and blur the gap between EDUCATION and ENTERTAINMENT. BTW, apparently the investment in technology doesn’t trickle down to the faculty. Nothin’ against the faculty member. I applaud him for making the best of his MacGyver skills.
Point number four.
August 12th. BREAK OUT SESSION G: Now is the Time to Think About Tenure!
Did C get feedback from faculty who had issues with the process? Is it streamlined? I feel for the poor souls who will attend yet feel oppressed to say anything meaningful or contradictory to the process. Better time would be spent if C took our non-tenures and showed them how to crochet a blanket. Think about it.
“Panelists who recently completed the Tenure process share their insights.” I gotta laugh at this one. Sharing of insight does not and has not equaled a change in the process. Please.
Point number five.
August 13th. BREAK OUT SESSION B: Syllabi Creation
Yep, better late than never. This one comes on the last day of FDW and then we’s got to come back the following week and assist with registration. Im trying my darndest to get my syllabi done NOW. Are we still tryin’ to STANDARDIZE our syllabi? Just give ’em Cecilia’s old powerpoint presentation and call it a day.
Don’t worry. By next week I will attend with an open mind and optimism. Thanks for reading.