Office of Instruction and Student Development Update-Week 13-November 20, 2015

Office of Instruction and Student Development Update-Week 13-November 20, 2015
Stipends & Re-assigned Time Committee (SARTCO)
On Tuesday, the faculty SARTCO approved reassigned-time or stipends for an Assessment
Coordinator, Telepresence Training, Articulation officer, and Faculty Co-chair of the
Professional Development Committee. Further information regarding each of these agreements
will follow next week in an email from my office to all faculty. Thanks goes to the CRFO
representatives Mike Haley, John Johnston, and Todd Olsen for a productive meeting.
Pelican Bay Classes
Currently there are noncredit classes at Pelican Bay State Prison. We intend to offer General
Studies 6 First Year Experience classes next semester. This is an important step as we build a
pathway to a degree or certificate for incarcerated students. Additional information will be made
available next week to all faculty, with the hope that some may be interested in participating.
Faculty Prioritization
The faculty prioritization committee met Friday morning to consider 18 requests for new tenuretrack faculty based on recent program reviews. The top three requests selected were nursing,
chemistry, and forestry/natural resources. The complete list of rankings has been forwarded to
the President for his consideration and will be disseminated soon to the faculty in a general
Student Development Update
This was again a busy week for the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) as they addressed a
number of new distressed-student referrals. Faculty and staff alike appreciate the responsiveness
of the BIT. On a related matter, College Council disseminated AP 5500 Student Code of
Conduct to all District employees. Please take a look at the proposed changes and let your
supervisor know if you have any recommendations. Finally, integrating BIT, student discipline,
and counseling services is under consideration as informal discussions continue among
stakeholders regarding the feasibility and scope of a proposed Dean of Students.
Looking Ahead
With only three academic days, next week is scheduled with the Multiple Measures Assessment
Pilot Task Force, Deans’ Council, Tenure Review Committee, Student Development Leadership
Committee, and Student Equity Planning Committee.
Spotlight on Staff
Anna Duffy has worked in the Financial Aid Office for 18 years. She started as a technician and
worked her way up to her current position of Operations Analyst. Anna is responsible for the
workflow of the office and ensuring that Datatel is set-up correctly for financial aid
processes. Anna also runs queries and provides data on financial aid for various reports. Outside
of work, Anna is very creative and makes and sells beautiful dolls on Etsy and enjoys spending
time with her husband, two children, dog, cat, rabbits and chickens.
Spotlight on Associate Faculty
Montel Vander Horck III teaches courses in Digital Media. He is a Filmmaker/Digital Media
Artist who enjoys working in groups on projects large and small. He is the owner of Mercy Me
Productions, a local media production company. He’s also the Assistant Director and editor of
"Where There's Smoke", a feature-length documentary on California Wild Land Firefighters,
appearing on the Documentary Channel for five years. Montel continues working in film locally
and abroad with
The Wine of Summer (2013)
Love in the Time of Monsters (2014)
Woodshock (2015)
Montel also has an interest in Community Theatre.