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  • 04 Jun 2020 1:08 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    Colleagues,

    Recently, our nation has witnessed the pain and outrage over the tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. The Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association stands in solidarity with the Black/African-American community against systemic racism and inequality. Part of our role as educators is to prepare students to participate in civil discourse and democracy. As such, we firmly support every citizen’s First Amendment right to free speech and their human right to live without fear of racial persecution.

    As the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) stated, we also acknowledge that institutions of higher education are not exempt from institutional racism and have been a part of the problem. However, our colleges can make significant contributions to real, effective solutions.

    We ask ourselves, our faculty and staff colleagues, and our community members to self-reflect and consider how our collective skills, knowledge, and leadership can help this nation move forward with more equitable and unprejudiced systems. The Maricopa Community Colleges should be places that encourage students, employees, and community members to express, with confidence, all that makes them unique in order to grow and thrive.

    In Solidarity,

    Patrice Nango
    President,
    Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association

  • 15 Mar 2020 11:02 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    With the news that MCCCD will be extending spring break so that we can take the next week to plan for how to continue to teach our students in these challenging circumstances, we know that we all have many questions. Not all of those questions have answers right now, especially because conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are changing rapidly.  

    However, we are committed to continuing to communicate with you throughout this situation, to share what we know, and to support each other. This is the first of what will be regular updates (at least weekly, and more often if appropriate).

    You Know What’s Best for Your Classes and Students.

    Part of the reason that there aren’t concrete answers right now for how we will continue to teach on Monday the 23rd is because each faculty member is best situated to know what would work in their particular class, with their students, given where they are in the material and what they had planned for the remainder of the semester.

    This is where our expertise as faculty comes in – we can use all the skills we bring to the classroom every day and think creatively about how to keep our students moving forward with their education. Having something productive and forward-looking to focus on is especially important in times of crisis. What we can do to instill some normalcy and autonomy for our students will help them to weather this turbulent time.

    There are Lots of Teaching Options and Support is Available to Help You Learn About Them.

    Although moving to an entirely Canvas-based course, with recorded lectures and online assignments, is the first thing many people think about when they think about alternative formats, it isn’t the only option out there. Faculty all over the country are facing these same challenges and coming up with many different ways to keep students moving forward.

    For example, consider whether there are homework-type assignments students could focus on for the next two weeks, such as research papers or portfolio projects. During that time, you can continue to prepare materials for more interactive online delivery and assess how best to deliver the experience and training you had planned to cover in a face-to-face format.

    You’re going to see a lot of information being shared about how to quickly start an online class and software alternatives to help. The Faculty Association will be posting useful resources on a new page which includes a Google Form where faculty can share ideas, resources, and questions. All of our Centers for Teaching and Learning are also available to help.

    We Are in this Together.

    We will continue to share information as we receive it. The Chancellor’s Executive Council (CEC) will be meeting on Monday, March 16 to talk about how we can collaborate as a system and answer questions about available resources and plans. The Google Form also includes an option for your questions. We have been and continue to be in close contact with District administration so please continue to use the form with your ideas and questions and we will do our best to send regular updates.  Tuesday’s department meetings should include information from the Monday meeting, as well as providing an opportunity to talk together about what might work best in our own disciplines.

    In the meantime, please know that we are here for you, and that we are in this together. We believe in your abilities as teachers and professionals and we know your commitment to and caring for your students and your colleagues.  

    Stay connected and stay informed. Do your best to determine how you can or cannot adapt your classes to an alternative format. Ask for help and give it.  Be kind to each other and to our hardworking staff, who are anxious too.  

    Take care of yourselves and your families.

  • 25 Feb 2020 8:31 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    Tonight the Governing Board voted yes to approve a Resolution of the Governing Board Regarding a Deadline Extension Pertaining to the Creation of a New Faculty Agreement. 

    The resolution states:

    "The Faculty Administration Collaboration Team (FACT) shall continue to prepare a draft Faculty Agreement and shall make its recommendation to the Chancellor no later than October 20, 2020, so as to permit the Chancellor to make a recommendation to the Governing Board for First Read consideration at its October 27, 2020, regular Board meeting and final consideration at its November 24, 2020 regular Board meeting; and further that the 2017-2018 Residential Faculty Policies (RFP) be extended until June 30, 2021."

    Read the full resolution.


  • 15 Jan 2020 7:19 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)
    The presentation recording, slides, and more information are now posted on our Protect Your Pensions page
  • 08 Jan 2020 4:00 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    Below if a recording of the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board election for president and secretary. 

    Marie Sullivan was elected as president and Laurin Hendrix as secretary.


  • 06 Jan 2020 4:17 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    "Pension Reform" has arrived. Proposals are being floated to fundamentally weaken ASRS by turning it into a defined contribution (401k-style) system. Let's get INFORMED and ORGANIZED, before it's too late!

    JOIN US for a presentation from the Arizona Retirement Security Coalition (with Q&A).

    ALL Maricopa Employees who pay into ASRS and ALL Maricopa Retirees in ASRS are welcomed.

    Non-exempt (hourly) employees should seek approval from their supervisors or take personal time to attend if this event is during your work hours.

    Where: Phoenix College, Willow Conference Center

    When: Thursday, January 9, 4-5:30 PM

  • 23 Aug 2019 10:18 AM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    While we hope that the ongoing issues with payroll and HCM have been addressed going forward, past experience indicates that new issues will likely be forthcoming.  In addition, there is little confidence that the errors of the past year and a half have been adequately resolved.  In an effort to address these concerns and ensure that they do not recur, the Faculty Association's legal counsel has filed complaints with the following 3rd party agencies requesting investigations and appropriate remedies. 

    • Arizona Office of Administration
    • Arizona Auditor General
    • Arizona State Retirement System
    • Arizona Industrial Commission, Labor Dept.
    • U.S. Government Accountability Office
    • U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour

    We will notify you of any further actions or responses as they come in.

  • 17 Jul 2019 11:38 AM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    Faculty Colleagues,

    The Faculty Administration Collaboration Team (FACT) will expand from two to three Residential Faculty for Academic Year 2019-20. We are seeking candidates to serve beginning in August 2019 for a term of at least one year. Any Residential Faculty member may apply.

    The FACT utilizes the Interest-Based Problem Solving (IBPS) framework and philosophy to develop solutions to complex issues related to faculty.

    We anticipate weekly FACT meetings throughout the fall and spring semesters (Wednesday afternoons and additional dates TBD) as well as additional time engaged in research, faculty team meetings, task forces, and other forms of preparation.

    We expect that each Residential Faculty team member will receive six (6) hours of reassigned time for the fall semester and six (6) hours of reassigned time for the spring semester, as well as a summer stipend when appropriate, to allow her/him to focus on this intense, but rewarding, service commitment. (Pending Administrative approval)

    Candidates who have related service/experience or training; are available to participate in IBPS training; are committed to regular attendance, meeting demanding deadlines, and serving a full term are encouraged to apply.

    If you are interested, please email a brief biography and statement of interest to me (keith.heffner@mesacc.edu) no later than close of business on Friday, August 2. Candidates may be asked to meet to discuss his/her qualifications and vision for the position on Friday, August 9. The FEC will put forth a slate of candidates to all Residential Faculty for approval from August 12-14 (during week of accountability). These deadlines are tight, but they are necessary to meet the terms of the settlement agreement recently approved by the FEC and the Governing Board.

    Regards,

    Keith Heffner

    Faculty Association President

  • 25 Jun 2019 6:28 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    Today the Faculty Executive Council and the Governing Board approved the negotiated Settlement Agreement ending our ongoing legal dispute. We are pleased to report the Settlement Agreement contained the following provisions:

    • The 2017-18 RFP is extended through June 30, 2020. (The RFP was set to expire in a few short days on June 30, 2019.)
    • Reassigned time, as described in the RFP 2.12, is reaffirmed.
    • The Faculty Administration Collaboration Team (FACT) will expand by one additional member to each of the Adjunct Faculty, Residential Faculty, and Administration teams, thereby increasing FACT to 9 members from 6. Team members will be elected by their groups.
    • The new Faculty Agreement to replace the RFP will be presented to the Governing Board by December 31, 2019.
    • Academic Freedom and Free Speech protections will be negotiated in FACT this year, and mandatory training will be provided to all faculty and academic administrators by June 30, 2020.
    • Modification to the Whistleblower Protection Policy will be requested of the GB Policy Committee no later than December 31, 2019 so that a someone who whistleblows against a Chancellor will be properly protected from retaliation.
    • $100,000 in compensatory damages and $12,000 in legal fees. Please note, the entirety of the $100,000 compensatory damages will be deposited in the FA treasury to be used to further the purposes and goals of the Faculty Association. None of the money recovered will go to any individual named plaintiff or faculty member.
    • A waiver of all claims by all the Parties.

    The Agreement will be posted in its entirety on our website soon.

    The Faculty Executive Council fully supports this resolution to our legal challenges and are looking forward to working with the District to strengthen our core values of Academic Freedom and Shared Governance as we continue to serve our students and our communities.

  • 28 May 2019 9:42 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    This evening the Governing Board approved a property tax increase (2%) and the proposed FY2019-2020 District budget both by votes of 4-3.

    The budget includes a 2% increase in the faculty pay scale. Faculty who are off the scale (greater than max) will get one-time stipend. The only faculty who will get a $1,000 permanent raise are those who make so little that a 2% increase is less than $1,000.

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