Three-Year Contracts for Part-Time Faculty

President's MessageDear Colleagues,

As we approach the second round of Three-Year Contract (TYC) applications for part time faculty, I wanted to update you on some of the conversations that federation leaders have been having around the district with members who have been impacted by the process.

As you may know, the first TYCs were awarded last spring. The Federation held 8 meetings — 2 on each campus — to gather thoughts and responses on the process from members who either applied or decided not to apply. Representatives from human resources attended at least one meeting on each campus, to listen to what was presented.

The meetings were well attended, and many more emailed in their ideas for inclusion in the discussion. In fall 2016, federation leaders presented a summary document to PCC administrators in charge of the roll-out of the second set of contracts. You can view the entire document here. A summary follows.

Themes (in rough order of how often similar comments were made)

  1. Inconsistency in the application process across the district — especially for the same disciplines — feels very unfair and increases distrust.
  2. With or without a standardized application process, we heard people say they would like a common hiring rubric, to be shared in advance, to make the process transparent. Many instructors have learned that providing grading rubrics to students decreases anxiety and increases quality, and believe a hiring rubric would work the same way.
  3. The positions should be announced earlier, with a longer period to apply.
  4. Some departments are willing to hire from other campuses, and others are not; this makes uneven opportunities and could push good teachers out.
  5. Department chairs and deans should be sure to provide affirmations to valued teachers who DON’T get the 3-year contracts and take this as an opportunity to express appreciation.
In response, the administration has agreed to provide more time for the application process, addressing #3 on our list. They have NOT responded to other feedback or concerns raised by PT faculty during our meetings. We are disappointed by this lack of response, but unfortunately the federation’s power is limited. We can relay concerns, suggest changes, but ultimately only PCC administration can make the changes to the way TYCs are awarded.
 
That said, we can renegotiate the terms of the TYCs during the next round of contract negotiations in 2019 and so we intend to continue collecting feedback from members and using this feedback to push for better terms in the next contract. 
 
Please continue to share your experiences with TYCs (positive or negative!), ideas, etc. with your Federation leaders. We will continue relaying your concerns to administration and applying pressure on them to address 1, 2, 4, and 5. TYCs are one step in an ongoing struggle for fairness and equity for PCC’s PT faculty. We need your help to keep the pressure on administration to ensure that the initiative is successful.
Sincerely,
Frank Goulard, PCCFFAP President

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