Faculty Council Corner

Faculty Council Corner is a regular Thursday morning-ish feature (that sometimes shows up later) , presenting an open thread for you to bother your HWFC members with pressing questions (or for us to post the pressing questions that you have). Also, you can expect this to be the forum where we post regular updates about what is happening with Faculty Council and when.

This Week’s Updates: There was an HWFC meeting between today and the last Faculty Council Corner, but I missed it so I don’t have a ton of updates for you except that:

~The Council met with Michael Maltenfort and Charles Ansell to discuss the proposal for revising the Tenure Process and various aspects of it. The Reinvention team, which includes our Jeni Meresman, will be gathering feedback on the proposal and working out the forms and details over the next three months. Go HERE to check out the proposal and see the schedule for feedback meetings, and if you see something, please go to one of their meetings (see below) and SAY something. At the meeting they asked us to share this:

To all CCC full-time faculty members,
A new tenure process is coming, and those of us leading this effort are interested in getting feedback on the new materials as they are created.  All full-time CCC faculty members are invited to join in this process.
At minimum, everyone is welcome to look at the documents which are well on their way to being finalized.  They will always be available at http://faculty.ccc.edu/mmaltenfort/REI/ (this Web site will be periodically updated with new materials) and if you have any comments on these, you are always welcome to contact Michael Maltenfort (mmaltenfort@ccc.edu) and Jeni Meresman (jmeresman@ccc.edu).
If you wish to be more involved, we would like to get feedback about our recommendations and new documents as they are created.  Our work this semester is to create all rubrics and models that will be used to measure faculty effectiveness, revise observation forms and student feedback forms, and design the curricula for the all-college orientation and the Tenure Assistance Program seminar.  If this sounds like something you would like to help with, please join our Review Team.
We especially encourage stakeholder organizations (FC4, college faculty councils, union leaders) to send a representative to the Review Team.
Much of the work of the Review Team will be done through Blackboard, but we also ask that you attend our meetings, which are Friday mornings, 10:00 to 12:00, at the District Office (Room 641) on the following dates:
February 24
March 16
March 30
April 27
May 11 (or possibly May 4)
If necessary, you may join us instead by phone.
If you would like to join the Review Team, please contact Michael Maltenfort (mmaltenfort@ccc.edu).
—Michael (and Jeni)

~In other Meresman-related news, Jeni Meresman volunteered to serve as an FC4 representative for the remainder of Ellen Eason Montgomery’s term, and she was approved by the Council.

~In other English Department news, the department is building (and circulating) a draft about the new copier situation for other departments to consider signing onto. More on that when we have it.

~The council is working on coordinating with the Union leadership (through our shared leader, Anthony Escuadro) to schedule a joint meeting to share and work on issues that relate to both. More on that when we have it.

~The State of the College happened in a new format. Reviews seem generally positive (as you saw here and here)

~GradesFirst is coming. FC4 met with Anne Brennan about it and THIS is what they saw.

Last “Week’s” Pressing Questions:

~Kamran asks:  “What are the details of Malcolm X being converted to specialize in Health Care services? Specifically, what kind of degrees will Malcolm X now be offering? Does this mean the school will no longer provide an AA? Will departments/programs not directly related to Health Care services (history, philosophy, arts, astronomy, business, etc) be eliminated, relocated, reduced, or unchanged? On a related topic, if one school per year is converted to a particular industry, shouldn’t we be receiving information on what these will be? Don’t know; don’t know; don’t think so; don’t think so, but maybe eventually; they’d probably say no, since ‘ours is not to wonder why’ etc. Should be interesting though.  Still and all, while poking around yesterday, I found this (scroll down to read the comments) and was gratified to see so many voices of former students sticking up for what we do. I think if the Mayor and company drift toward the more radical possibilities of what they’ve proposed they may end up with a sh*t storm of pushback from the hundreds of thousands of students we’ve successfully served over the years. I mean, if they really believe that 7% number, they’re going to be in for quite a surprise.

There was also this about the building of a new Malcolm X college in the current MX parking lot–just announced this week, with this tidbit:  “He will make upcoming announcements about the focuses at other campuses, the mayor said.” The same announcement here also includes this:  “Other colleges will focus on information technology, hospitality, high-tech manufacturing and business.”  So, counting Health care and logistics, that makes six. Sounds like a great contest/pool opportunity. 2 variables, with five sub-variables each–that makes for hundreds of possibilities (more than a thousand? who knows the formula for that; help me out) for complete sets doesn’t it? I guess if we have to wait, we might as well play…

Post any additional questions (and responses) in the comments please.

More Transfer Seminars–Next Week!

From Awesome Transfer Coordinator Ellen Goldberg:

Can you post this information this week and ask professors to plug it to their classes?

Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry Transfer Seminar:  Monday, April 11, 3-5 p.m.

Physics, Computer Science, and GIS Faculty: Tuesday, April 12, 3-5 p.m.

Both events will take place in room 1115.

Ellen Goldberg, M.Ed, MA
College Advisor/ Adjunct Spanish Professor
Harold Washington College
30 E. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60601

PLEASE ANNOUNCE TO CLASS: Transfer Fair on Wednesday

A request from Ellen Goldberg to announce the following to your students today and tomorrow:

The City Colleges of Chicago and
The Harold Washington College Transfer Center
proudly presents:

The Harold Washington College Spring 2011 Transfer Fair

Where: Harold Washington College (Room 103)
When: Wednesday, February 16, 2011
from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Do you know where you are going?

It’s never too soon to start planning where you are going to transfer after Graduation from the City Colleges of Chicago.

Meet college and university representatives who can help you transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Sixty Schools will be attending the Transfer Fair including: Howard University, Columbia University New York, Smith College, Augustana College, Indiana University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Shimer College, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Depaul University, Columbia College Chicago, and Northeastern Illinois University plus many more!

Students, tell your friends!
Faculty, tell your students!
Staff, tell everybody! 🙂

Thank you! 🙂

Ellen Goldberg, M.Ed, MA
Director of the Transfer Center
Harold Washington College
30 E. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Next Up!

Next up! is (going to be) a regular feature on Sundays, showcasing HWC (and beyond) events in the coming week. If you have an event that you’d like to publicize, send me the date, name, place and time by 5pm on the Friday before, and I’ll do my best to get it in there. Use the “Comments” section to provide updates and additions!

Monday, 12/13: Lest I test the maxim that all work and no play make Dave a dull boy (stifle, Armendarez), I shall be putting PhiloDave in mothballs for a few weeks, along with the regular features of the Lounge, with the exception of stuff that I feel like I have to post and stuff that I feel like I want to post and whatever anyone else feels like doing. Toward that end, the Realist will be offering you all a holiday treat that sounds fun and conversation worthy. Rock on, Realist.

Tuesday, 12/14: Are you done grading yet? If not, get to it. If so, then consider this. The break might be the perfect time (or at least a particularly convenient time) to treat the Lounge as a sandbox and try your hand at blogging a bit. Maybe you’ve been thinking about requesting to take over a regular feature (even on a bi-weekly basis (a.k.a., playing switchies) or contributing your own new regular feature. If you have, drop me a line and I’ll tell you all you need to know to give it a go.

Wednesday, 12/15: Seriously, you should be finished by now and sipping Brandy Alexanders by the fire in Duke of Perth or pretending to next to a picture of a fire that you painted on the wall of your kitchen. Finish up!

Thursday, 12/16: If you still have grading to do, have a good cry, and then see above.

Friday, 12/17: Feel the troubles of the semester slipping away. Read a great book. See a movie. Do some exercise. Go skating.

Saturday, 12/18: Grades are due by 2pm. Get ’em in and get out of here.

See you all next year. Regular features will return on Sunday, January 9th.

Wellness Center Groups

Have you announced these to your classes yet?

Dear Friends of the Wellness Center:
Two of the Wellness Center’s support groups may be particularly helpful for stressed out students as we head into the second half of the term.  I encourage you to share this information with your classes.
Overcoming Stress Support Group:  This very popular group assists members in evaluating their stress levels and supports them in developing a stress reduction plan.  The group is primarily experiential in that members learn stress reduction techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, visualization, and the use of body awareness as a biofeedback method for gauging stress levels. Meets Mondays, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Busy Moms’ Support Group:  This group offers support and resource sharing for students who are mothers.  Members are supported in stress reduction, shared childcare, identification of social support services (including low-cost childcare), time management, and realistic goal setting for academic pursuits.  Because these moms are always “on the run,” the group offers the opportunity to make friends and feel more connected to the HWC community.  Meets Fridays, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.  A second group may start on Thursday afternoons.
Interested students should stop by the Wellness Center, Room 733, or call us at 312-553-6072.  Thanks for supporting our students and the Wellness Center!
Mike Russell,
Manager, The Wellness Center

Tuesday Teaching Question

All kinds of research points to the importance of students being “involved” on campus as a major predictor of their success in college, especially for non-traditional students. One thing that is definitely different about Harold Washington now, compared to, say, 10 years ago, is that there is now a plethora of events for students to attend any given semester. There is something going on at the school–a lecture, a performance, a workshop, etc.–almost daily, and often more than one.

Posters in the lobby, flyers near the escalators, and email announcements are all good as far as they go, but I’ve noticed that when I announce these events in class, there are inevitably students who write down the information (as if interested AND unaware). I’ve never settled on a procedure for sharing event information with my students though. I hate to use up those first or last five minutes of class given their importance for teaching, but, given the research, maybe I should.

Today’s teaching question is in regard to these events: Do you announce things, like the upcoming production of Bus Stop (along with student and group discount information) to your classes, and if so–all of them, some of them, or only rare occasions? And when you do announce them, how do you go about it and why?

Do you promote make use of events?