Reminder: Vote for FC4 Reps

Voting is happening right now in your department office for the two candidates running to represent Harold Washington College at Faculty Council of the City Colleges of Chicago (i.e., FC4).

Just in case you read this but not emails, here are the bios of the candidates, as presented in the HWFC email you received from HWFC President Jess Bader:

Hello Faculty,

We are excited to present the two candidates who have been nominated for the district level Faculty Council (FC4). Check out their bios, and be sure to vote next week. The polls will be open from Monday through Friday September 28th – October 2nd.

 

Phillip Vargas

My name is Phillip Vargas, and I am an Assistant Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences. I teach both general education courses and program level physics courses. I have been teaching at HWC since Fall 2010, and believe I have worked on many projects that have positively contributed to the college. What I have enjoyed most in working on these projects has been meeting and collaborating with other dedicated faculty members. After serving as a substitute FC4 representative for the last few months I believe my voice on FC4 can help to improve the dialogue between the colleges and with district office. If elected, I would be honored to represent HWC in this capacity.

 

Jennifer Meresman

I’ve always been passionate about public education and feel very lucky to be a full-time faculty member at the Harold Washington. I first formally studied public education as an American institution when I wrote my undergrad thesis on public schools as a site for teaching civic engagement in order to strengthen democracy. This theoretical study led me to want hands-on experience teaching in a public school, so I then taught special education middle school math in Oakland, CA for three years. Although I immediately found that I loved working with students, I realized a middle school was not the right place for me, so I got a Master’s degree with the explicit goal of teaching at the community college level. After completing a Master’s in Humanities at the University of Chicago, I got a full-time position in the English Department at Harold Washington in 2006.

In 2011 I joined Reinvention, and I focused my time there on the redesign of the tenure process. I was passionate about this project because I see tenure as both an incredible opportunity and responsibility that both enables and obligates faculty to participate in shared governance, directing the course of public education. Through the two-year redesign, I got an opportunity to work with both administrators and faculty across the seven colleges, and became committed to strengthening relationships between all of these parties, ensuring that we are working together towards a shared mission.

Faculty Council Candidates: Personal Statements

Per request from Michal Eskayo, here are the candidates for HW Faculty Council. Voting is open all week–watch your mailbox for your ballot.

Hello faculty,

We are excited to present the three candidates who have been nominated for the Harold Washington College Faculty Council. Check out their bios, and be sure to vote next week. The polls will be open from Monday through Friday.

 

Luke Belz

I am writing to seek your support for my nomination as a Faculty Council member at Harold Washington College. Since the Fall semester of 2011, I have been a full time faculty member of the Mathematics and CIS Department and, as of Spring 2014, I was awarded tenure. I have taught a variety of classes ranging from Beginning Algebra up to and including Calculus. Also, I have participated on college wide committees such as the CAST and Curriculum Committees along with departmental committees such as the Developmental Education Math Committee and the Calculus Committee. Currently, I am on the District Wide Faculty Council. Each day I look forward to and enjoy working with my students and all my colleagues throughout the college. If given the opportunity to be a Faculty Council member, I would do my best to be the voice of all faculty members and address their concerns so that we can continue to maintain the high standard of education for our students.

 

Stephanie Burke

I am a photography instructor in the Department of Art and Architecture here at Harold Washington College. As a newly tenured faculty member at HWC, I am very interested in being an active member of our school community. I am the co-founder of the Fine Arts Integration Committee, the faculty advisor for the Council Of The Arts, HWC’s art club, and co-organize student programming on an ongoing basis, including the annual off campus student exhibition and the Arts Transfer Fair. I am looking forward to contributing to and learning from Faculty Council.

 

Phillip Vargas

My name is Phillip Vargas, and I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Sciences. I teach both general education courses and program level physics courses. I have been teaching at HWC since Fall 2010, and believe I have worked on many projects that have positively contributed to the college. What I have enjoyed most in working on these projects has been meeting and collaborating with other dedicated faculty members. I believe Faculty Council will offer additional opportunities to work with a committed group of faculty members toward improving the college and I would be honored if elected.

Election Day

I don’t know about you, but the part of voting that always gives me trouble is the part about the judges. Seems like the most important part to get right and it’s the part I’m often least prepared for.

Luckily, the Chicago Bar Association prints up a handy list of recommendations that you can bring into the booth with you.

And, just in case you want to know a little more, here is a Tribune article about a few of the judges that they’re saying should not be allowed to stay on the bench.

 

Next Up!

Next up! is a regular feature on Sundays, showcasing HWC (and beyond) events in the coming week. Use the “Comments” section to provide updates and additions.

Welcome to Week 6! It’s hard to believe, but at the end of this week the semester will be 40% over. And what a week it’s going to be, even though it’s a(nother) short onea local election of potentially enormous consequences and I’m told that we may get a hyper-local (HW) announcement of significance later this week. More on that as it comes. In the meantime, let me know if I missed anything…

Monday, 2/21: No classes–Closed for President’s Day.

Tuesday, 2/22: HWFC hosts members of the Professional Development Reinvention Task Force to discuss their work, faculty ideas, and everything else that comes up (3:30-5p, rm 103); VOTE and encourage your students to do the same!

Wednesday, 2/23: BHM Vendor Fair (7a-8p, rm 102/103); UIUC Info Session (2-3:30p, rm 317).

Thursday, 2/24: Financial Aid Awareness Day (10a-5p, rm 408); BHM Vendor Fair (7a-8p, rm 102/103); Ramon Price Art Contest, (11a-4p, rm 102/103; Admissions Essay Workshop (2-4p, rm 1115).

Friday, 2/25: BHM Vendor Fair (7a-8p, rm 102/103); Bardwell Scholars Luncheon (12p, rm 1115); Be sure to turn in your “Outside Employment Form” if you haven’t already (click HERE, type in your info, print it out and drop or fax it to the HR office by the close of business).

Saturday, 2/26: Teaching and learning.

Local FC Elections–Vote THIS Week!

Sometime today you will receive a ballot for electing two local FC representatives (to replace our outgoing President Amanda Loos and Representative Matt Shevitz, whose terms are up in October). The voting will be open until Monday, October 11th at Noon.

Please mark your ballots, submit them in the envelope hung near your department mailboxes, and initial next to your name on the envelope as soon as you see it, lest it get lost in the mid-term shuffle.

The candidates for the three year terms are (in alphabetical order):

~Jess Bader, Art

~Anthony Escuadro, Physical Science

~Jane Regan, Art

~Molly Turner, English

~Matt Usner, English

(If any of you would like to do some electioneering, I encourage you to do it here in the comments below.)

Good luck to you all, and get out the vote, people!