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Supporting our Faculty at Pacific

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Supporting Pacific's Faculty is a high priority for the Academic Division.  A number of initiatives and conversations to identify gaps, best practices and opportunities are currently underway.

Faculty Survey by COACHE

Pacific is participating in the COACHE national faculty climate survey for tenure-track and tenured faculty (TT) and non-tenure track faculty (NTT).   Your response to this survey will help us understand opportunities to improve faculty support and will allow us to recognize, by national benchmarking, what Pacific does well and suggest best practices in other areas. We urge you to complete the survey - you should have received instructions and a link to the survey directly from COACHE. If you have any questions about the survey please contact COACHE directly at coachefaculty@srbi.com.

Conversations with the Provost

Non Tenure Track Faculty

The Provost initiated a series of meetings with NTT faculty to understand how the academic division can more fully support  their needs.  Four open conversations have been held over the past eight weeks - twice in Stockton and once each in Sacramento and San Francisco. There is one additional NTT faculty conversation scheduled for Monday, February 9, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. until Noon in the Hand Hall Zischke Conference Room (130).  No RSVP is necessary - all NTT faculty are encouraged to attend.

Any NTT faculty unable to attend these open conversations can click HERE to submit comments electronically through Associate Professor Cathie McClellan. Professor McClellan is working with the Office of the Provost to identify matters of importance to NTT Faculty as this work is a focus of her scholastic research as she pursues a Doctor of Education degree through the Benerd School of Education . All comments received by Professor McClellan will be de-identified and passed on to the Provost's Office and added to thoughts collected during in-person conversations.

Some actions addressing these matters are already underway, including a review of faculty rank titles to ensure they accurately reflect the role of each faculty member and the language of their discipline and the possibility of longer appointment terms for long-serving NTT faculty. The Provost will be establishing a task force to analyze matters brought forth through these conversations and make recommendations for actions.

Tenure Track Faculty

The Provost will also be co-hosting a series of conversations regarding support for tenure-track and tenured faculty at the following times - 

Stockton:
February 19, 2015,  12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m., Regent's Room, Anderson Hall

February 24, 2015,  12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m., Regent's Room, Anderson Hall

March 3, 2015, 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m., President's Room, Anderson Hall

Sacramento: TBD

San Francisisco: TBD 

The Provost encourages all tenured or tenure-track faculty members to participate in these conversations and to share your thoughts and suggestions for improvements on how best to support you. No RSVP is necessary.

Any TT faculty unable to attend these open conversations can click HERE  to submit comments electronically through Faculty Governance staff member Lourdes Reyes. All comments received by Lourdes will be de-identified and passed on to the Provost's Office and added to thoughts collected during in-person conversations.  

Center for Teaching and Learning

The goal of the Center for Teaching and Learning, which is open to all faculty, is to provide the professional expertise, resources and programming to help faculty develop and improve their teaching skills and to enhance opportunities for students to learn.  Supporting our faculty in innovative teaching and learning is a major initiative at Pacific.  At the Board of Regents January meeting it approved access to SIF funds for the Center for Teaching and Learning to support faculty in innovative pedagogies and multiple instructional modalities. You can view the Distributed Learning SIF proposal HERE.   For more information on the CTL/Distributed Learning initiative, contact Vernon Smith, VP Distributed Learning.  For more information on how CTL can help support your teaching you can visit the CTL website , email Terri Johnson, Director of CTL or stop by the CTL on the second floor of the Library.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

Pacific's institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity provides all faculty access to The Monday Motivator (a weekly email emphasizing positivity and productivity) and to webinars on various topics related to faculty development including how to develop a semester plan.  Visit the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity website for more information.

External Funding Assistance

Pacific now has a search underway for a senior grant writer. This person will assist faculty in identification of funding opportunities, development, editing and proofreading of funding proposals and ensuring compliance with funding requirements and guidelines. You can see more about this how this person may be of assistance by reviewing the job description HERE .