ReinQuestion? appears every Thursday and is an open thread for members of the HW and CCC community to post questions about the ongoing Reinvention. Any and all questions are invited, and anyone who knows an answer to any question posted is encouraged to answer it in the threads below.
At our meeting with three faculty members from the Faculty and Staff Development Task Force on Tuesday, we got some answers to our two lingering ReinQuestions:
~Who is the “union leadership” with whom the Professional and Staff Development Task Force is working? According to Alicia and Franklin, they are in regular contact with Perry Buckley about the direction of their research and discussions.
~Can’t the approval and reimbursement process for faculty professional development funds be streamlined (and is there a task force working on this one)? Hopefully. This was raised at the discussion, and it sounds like it has been one of many consistent themes across the colleges that they have visited.
And thanks to everyone who participated in the HWFC PD survey. I’ll be going around this afternoon to make final collections. We had 70 in hand by the time of the meeting and there were some interesting preliminary findings. Conferences and Professional Reading/Journals were named most frequently as “sources of valuable professional development” in the last year, followed by Courses, Peer Feedback/Visitation, and Student Evaluations (all tied).
61 of 70 faculty stated that HW should provide professional development to adjuncts that would help them prepare for and make progress toward full time teaching jobs. 39 of those 61 stated that HW does not currently do so.
Once I get them all tallied up, I’ll post the results here. At the meeting, Franklin and Alicia reminded us a couple of times to tell y’all that there will be another survey from them within the next 2 to 3 weeks asking for more information, ideas, and suggestions with respect to some of the ideas they are formulating.
In the meantime, what questions do you have about Reinvention this week?