Winner of the “part-time” ally award, 2017
Administrator: Jessica Howard
Jessica Howard, president of the Southeast campus, worked bureaurocratic magic to elevate wonderful, smart, and hard-working “part-time” instructor Laura Sanders to the position of Interim Dean. To become eligible to apply for a dean position, faculty have to have supervisory experience. The usual way instructors acquire that experience is through serving as department chair — a position available only to “full-time” instructors. Jessica spotted Laura’s talent, and figured out a way to have her jump the chair prerequisite. Laura will serve as interim for 2 years. She will need one more year as interim somewhere at PCC to apply for a regular deanship. We look forward to presenting an ally award to Laura in the future!
Winners of the “part-time” ally awards, 2016
Academic Professional: Heidi Edwards.
Heidi envisioned the first “adjunct awareness week,” designed the 76% buttons, participated in 6 of the 8 TLC meetings to debrief the roll out of the first 100 3-year-contracts, and represented PCC at the international conference of the Coalition for Contingent Academic Labor this summer.
Administrator: Alyson Lighthart
Alyson serves as a division dean at Cascade. While still new in her position, she joined the EAC task force to study the “part-time” faculty experience at PCC, and gave unwavering support as the report slowly moved through PCC process and channels.
Full-time Instructor: Ed DeGrauw
Ed served as an elected Federation officer until this Spring and as a parting project he took the lead in conversations with administration about their recent enforcement of a cap on tutor hours — an action with horrific impact on many long time “part-time” instructors. Thanks to Ed’s smart and persistent work, the administration agreed to raise the cap by 5 hours. Current officers are continuing his lead, with a focus on the legal basis for the caps.
Winners of the “part-time” ally awards, 2015
Academic Professional: Peter Seaman and Roberto Suarez
Administrator: Kendra Cawley
Full-time Instructor: Michele Marden and Nick Hengen-Fox
Special award: Sylvia Gray and the Project ACCEPT task force
Why the awards?
At PCC, “part-time” (job insecure) instructors experience their “place” in the academic caste system through a myriad of differences in their work lives compared to “full-time” colleagues. For example:
* Some people can speak their minds without concern they will lose their jobs, while others walk on eggshells around colleagues, reasonably anxious about what stray comment could mark the end to their precarious work-life at PCC.
* Some people collect regular and predictable paychecks, while others have to figure out how to get through a “paycheck drought” — without e en knowing if the classes scheduled for the next term will go, to provide an income on the other side of the drought.
* Some people know where their desk will be at a campus they have worked at for years, while others have their desks, phone numbers and mailboxes move around in strange and unpredictable ways.
With these awards, we recognize and express appreciation for the creativity and sensitivity of “full-time” colleagues, Academic Professionals, and administrators who work to make the irrationality and unfairness of this caste system visible, and who contribute to undermining or mitigating the damage it causes.