Soundings In This Issue President’s Log
SCC Theater Review
Interview w/ Rachel David
Meet “Ask Ellen”
Ask a Philosopher
Calendar Thursday, December 11 Last Day of Finals; Last Day of Faculty Contract for Fall 2014
Time for a Truce
Soundings Editor, M.R.Wood
On Christmas Eve, precisely one hundred years ago, the killing stopped. During the astonishing Christmas of 1914, along hundreds of miles of battle trenches, combatants on both sides of the Great War put down their guns, climbed out of the mud, and found the courage to meet each other face to face as fellow human beings.
In this 2014 centennial year of conflicting ethnicities, ideologies, and nationalisms, we may wish to look back to consider a unique paradox. For one shining historical moment, enemies became friends. Conflict became a choice. The fighting over four years from 1914 to 1918 killed 16 million,1 but on Christmas 1914, enemies sang holiday carols for each other, exchanged presents of food and cigarettes, even joined together to play soccer in the cold, snow-dusted waste of ‘no man's land’ between the trench lines. The Christmas Truce arrived at the front without orders. Soldiers were weary of killing. Compelled to fight from wet muddy trenches that were sometimes only yards apart, as snow fell on Christmas Eve men began calling out greetings to their opponents. (Continued on page 8)
Monday, December 15, Final Course Grades Due by 10:30 pm Monday, January 5, 2015 Classes Resume; First Day of Faculty Contract for Winter 2015
Your SCCFT Faculty Newsletter Dec. 10 2014 Volume 42 Number 3
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More about the Christmas Truce
The 100th Anniversary Commemoration event in Seattle December 18th
The Seattle Labor Chorus sings for peace
Volume 42 Number 3 Dec. 10. 2014
President’s Log Amy Kinsel, SCCFT Local 1950 President email@example.com
Fall Quarter Wrap-up The final week of classes for Fall 2014 is a time to reflect on some positive developments at the College this quarter as well as discuss areas where faculty would welcome growth in 2015. A renewed spirit of mutual respect and cooperation among all campus constituencies is a positive development this fall. Faculty, staff, students, administrators, and Trustees have joined together to decide how to move the College forward. As Federation President, I am especially appreciative that President Roberts has personally discussed with faculty, classified staff, and student leaders some of her major initiatives and decisions, both to solicit our feedback and to provide us with opportunities to understand and ask questions about her plans. Receiving timely notice of administrative announcements helps me to be prepared to respond to any questions or concerns that may arise among faculty and within the College community. Shoreline’s College community has grown and changed this fall. The Federation and the Administration have cooperated to support new faculty members of the College community by coordinating salary placement for new full-time faculty, offering New Faculty Orientation sessions to all new full-time and associate faculty, facilitating Faculty Evaluation Plans for dozens of full-time and associate faculty, establishing Appointment Review Committees for 12 new tenure-track faculty, and supporting ongoing
tenure review processes for 18 existing committees. The pace of faculty hiring will slow during the remainder of this academic year, with only another 7 Appointment Review Committees likely to be established. It is exciting to welcome new full-time faculty to the College, and tenured faculty are stepping up to fulfill their resulting mentoring, evaluation, and review responsibilities. Thirty-five tenured faculty members were elected to serve on ARCs this quarter, with additional faculty prepared to serve next quarter. Everyone involved has been enriched by working with the new faculty and with each other in the tenure review process. Other positive developments this fall include the Administration’s responses to politically sensitive issues of concern for members of the campus community. The Administration has facilitated faculty and student efforts to hold critical conversations around issues of race and social justice. Dr. Ernest Johnson (Multicultural Studies) facilitated an open discussion about off -campus events in Ferguson, Missouri, while Dr. Michelle Kleisath (Multicultural Studies) led Project Pride in discussing the defacement of posters for the Queer Film Festival that was held on campus this quarter. Members of all campus constituencies welcome President Roberts’s commitment to ensuring that Shoreline fosters a climate of equity, inclusion, and respect, and have pledged to develop policy and procedures that reflect this community standard. (Continued on page 3)
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Areas for growth remain, especially concerning policy review and shared governance. College Council is undertaking a systematic review of scores of College policies, beginning with the 5000 series, which encompasses policies directly affecting students. In addition, President Roberts has tasked the Council with reviewing and revising Policy 4111, Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity, which contains College hiring processes. For a number of positions, the Administration has chosen to bypass the College’s standard hiring procedures in favor of ad hoc processes or direct appointments. While there are sometimes sound reasons to make direct appointments, disregarding established hiring practices can erode shared governance because it may not allow for the consistent and thoughtful faculty, staff, and student involvement in these important processes that is essential at an institution that professes to be following the principles of shared governance. The Federation and the Administration are working to reach a mutual understanding of how shared governance works in practice. I regret to say that faculty have been frustrated on occasion this quarter when they have been expected to participate in meetings and other scheduled events that directly conflict with their classroom teaching responsibilities or that occur outside the academic quarter on days when faculty are not scheduled to be on campus. Faculty participation on screening committees and their attendance at professional development trainings is impeded when meetings are scheduled during morning class hours
or on non-faculty-contract days. The Federation is working with the Administration to operationalize shared governance practices so that in future scheduling conflicts do not preclude meaningful faculty participation in campus decision-making processes and professional development opportunities. As for professional development, the Federation is grateful for the $200 in additional professional development funding that the Administration is making available to each faculty member, full-time and associate, for this academic year. While a small boost in professional development funding cannot make good on the thousands of dollars of step increases that each faculty member has foregone since 2008, the College’s good faith effort to get some additional money in the hands of faculty and staff is much appreciated. Going forward into the 2015 Legislative session, AFT-Washington will be seeking support from the Trustees Association and the Presidents Association locally and at the state level for full funding of faculty step increases in the state operating budget. As AFTWashington’s Vice President for Legislative Affairs, I have participated in state-level discussions between the two faculty unions and leaders from the State Board and the Presidents Association aimed at reaching agreement on a sustainable method of funding faculty step increases for the next biennium and into the future. A mutually acceptable agreement would provide predictable level funding for faculty salaries so that community and technical college faculty do not remain the only state employees—yes, the only state employees—whose (Continued on page 4)
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regularly-earned step increases depend upon irregular (or non-existent) direct legislative appropriation. I sincerely hope that the good will between the stakeholders in this discussion that I felt at a meeting I attended in Olympia in November will enable us to reach an agreement in 2015 that will serve the needs of Colleges, faculty, and students by treating faculty step increases like classified staff step increases, as part of regular operating expenses. I’m looking forward to the end of the quarter on December 11, when I’ll be receiving what I expect will be some excellent term papers on U.S. immigration history. Even in this season of late sunrises and early sunsets, we do well to remember that faculty bring the light of learning to their students every day. The success of our students is a wonderful reminder at the end of the quarter that faculty really do help students achieve their dreams. Once grades are submitted on December 15, faculty will enjoy some (unpaid) time off during Winter Break and return refreshed and eager to start a new year and a new quarter on January 5, 2015, when we’ll continue helping Shoreline students on their paths to success.
SCCFT Local 1950 Executive Board Vacancies Several positions on the SCCFT Local 1950 Executive Board remain vacant. These include:
3rd Vice President, Part-Time Faculty Affairs
Humanities Division Representative, Position #3
Social Sciences, Equity & Social Justice, Library, Media Division Representative, Position #2
Martin Luther King County Labor Council Representative #1
Martin Luther King County Labor Council Representative #2
Martin Luther King County Labor Council Representative #3 (This position does not include a seat on the SCCFT Local 1950 Executive Board.)
The SCCFT Executive Board meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month during the academic year from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. The Martin Luther King County Labor Council meets at 6:00 pm on the third Wednesday of the month at the Seattle Labor Temple, Hall One, 2800 First Avenue, Seattle. If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please contact any member of the SCCFT Executive Board (see page 22). 4
The Ferguson Decision [Editor’s Note: One day after the November 24 announcement that a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, had decided not to indict a local white police officer for fatally shooting a young unarmed black man during a street altercation, the Shoreline Community College Student Leadership Center, along with Equity and Social Justice faculty members, hosted an open on-campus discussion of systemic racism, violence against young black men, and related concerns with the current law enforcement system in the United States. The event was attended by some 60 students, staff, faculty, and administrators, one of whom prepared this report.]
Dr. Michelle Kleisath, Multicultural Studies
reporting for Soundings.
The speak-out began with a short video clip from Melissa Harris Perry, professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University, where she is the founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She read out the names of nine unarmed black men who have been killed by white policemen in the past decade. These names included Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, both of whose deaths have failed within the last two weeks to result in grand jury indictments of the police officers who killed them. The list also included Aaron Campbell, from Portland, Oregon, who was the stepfather of a current Shoreline student. In the clip, Harris Perry makes a historical connection between what is currently happening in Ferguson, Missouri, and what was happening nearby in St. Louis in 1857 when the U.S. Supreme Court denied Missourian Dred Scott and his family the right to sue for their freedom from slavery in federal court. In the majority decision in Dred Scott v. Stanford (1857), Chief Justice Robert B. Taney wrote that under the U.S. Constitution the black man “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.” [Editor’s Note: While the Dred Scott decision was legally overturned by the Civil War Amendments to the U.S. Constitution (Amendments 13, 14, and 15), the promise of equal rights under the Constitution contained in those amendments has yet to be fully realized nearly 150 years after their adoption.]
Following this introduction, a number of students shared their insights and stories. Emotions ran high and many tears were shed. Dr. Ernest Johnson (Dr. J) began the discussion by asking those present to think about the larger patterns that were playing out in Missouri and around the country. One young male Latino student shared his artwork about police violence with the group, saying that he has very few forums in which to speak about the police violence he encounters frequently, and art is one outlet for his emotions. An African American man recounted how he had been stopped and questioned by the police when walking near his home in Shoreline. An African American faculty member shared that she had gone to a park near her home in Shoreline to weep about work related issues, and an older white woman had called the police on her. She was not able to mourn the other situation in her life because the impact of racial stereo(Continued on page 6)
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on the street should arrest that person.
types forced her to direct her emotional energy to our criminal justice system.
One white male administrator underlined the importance of voting as a way to effect institutional change.
A young female African American student pointed out that white female police officers, and female police officers of any race, did not have the same lethal record as white male police officers. She observed that there must be something that women police officers are doing differently. A white female faculty member commented that there is sound social science research of our criminal justice system showing that female officers use verbal commands more frequently than male officers, and do not escalate to using lethal force as quickly as male officers.
Dr. J commented that disenfranchisement of Black voters is an important pattern to understand, and that we also need to envision strategies that go beyond our often narrow two party political system. The two-party system, he remarked, does not necessarily challenge systemic racism. One young white queer-identified female student shared how emotionally disturbing the violence and targeting of young black men is for them.
Members of Project Pride student club joined the meeting and were able to comment on how A young white man talked about how difficult racially loaded stereotypes disproportionately his life is now that he has been convicted of a affect Black people who are female and queer felony, and he said that it is painful for him to imagine how much this difficulty increases when identified, especially Black Trans women. it is compounded by racism. For more on the intersectionality of violence against all Black people, see Miriam Zoila Pérez, Another young white man talked about his “Black Feminists Respond to Ferguson,” Colorbrother’s experience in law enforcement, and how the tests that his brother had taken during lines, News for Action, August 22, 2014, http:// training were encouraging the use of force. He colorlines.com/archives/2014/08/ black_feminists_respond_to_ferguson.html. said that one question on a screening test said that an officer who encounters a drunk person
Whatâ€™s Going On With Textbooks? Amy Kinsel, SCCFT Local 1950 President firstname.lastname@example.org The SCC Bookstore, like other independently-run college bookstores, is facing increased competition in a changing market for books and bookstores. As with all types of books, online booksellers have cut into the market for traditional textbook sales on college and university campuses, and our bookstore is making changes in order to stay financially afloat. In an effort to cut the high costs incurred when the bookstore orders more textbooks than are sold, the bookstore is attempting to fine tune its textbook purchasing model and is no longer routinely ordering enough books to meet the enrollment cap of every class. This new purchasing model will not impact all classes, but it will have an impact on some classes with fewer books available for some courses. Soundings will publish a more complete report about the bookstoreâ€™s ordering policies and how faculty can work with the bookstore to best serve the needs of students before faculty book orders are due for Spring 2015. In the meanwhile, Prof. Diana Knauf (Psychology) has written a statement that she will include in her course syllabi for Winter 2015 regarding the availability of textbooks for student purchase through the Shoreline bookstore. Executive Director of Auxiliary and Logistical Support Services Mary Kelemen has had a chance to review this statement for its accuracy. Syllabus Book Statement The SCC Bookstore will have some copies of the textbook for this course. It may be possible to buy or rent the book, and you can do this by going to the bookstore (first floor of the PUB) or by ordering the text online (http://www.shorelineccbookstore.com/). Please be aware that the bookstore may not have enough copies for every student in the class. In that case, you may wish to consult online booksellers to obtain the text elsewhere.
Commanders on both sides were alarmed by the This excerpt from a letter written by British Pri- truce, which threatened to undermine not only the “fighting spirit” of the men, but the nationvate Frederick Heath, published in January alistic biases at the root of war itself. 1915, describes the scene: (Continued from page 1)
“…my eyes caught a flare in the darkness. A light in the enemy's trenches was so rare at that hour that I passed a message down the line. I had hardly spoken when light after light sprang up along the German front. Then quite near our dug-outs, so near as to make me start and clutch my rifle, I heard a voice....With ears strained, I listened, and then, all down our line of trenches there came to our ears a greeting
A dispatch from British General Sir Horace Smith -Dorrien warned that solders were in danger of adopting “a live and let live theory of life.” He further stated, “Friendly intercourse with the enemy, unofficial armistices, however tempting and amusing they may be, are absolutely prohibited.”4 Disciplinarily action in response to the Christmas truce was considered, but not taken.
One Hundred Years Later : The 1914 Christmas Truce 100th Anniversary Commemoration on December 18, 2014 A hopeful, poignant, and brief moment in history is not forgotten. The spirit of men who fleetingly paused together during a hellish war in the name of their common humanity will be honored this month in a cultural event celebrating peace. The 1914 Christmas Truce Commemoration will take place here in Seattle on December 18th. German and British troops meet in friendship Photo courtesy of Associated Newspapers Limited
To learn more, Soundings contacted Christian Skoorsmith, a local Community of Christ minister who organized Seattle’s first Christmas Truce commemoration in 2009, and again in 2012, inspiring similar events worldwide.
unique in war: ‘English soldier, English soldier, a merry Christmas, a merry Christmas!’”2
While living in Europe, Skoorsmith visited the weathered remains of the trenches and battleFrom such beginnings the Christmas Truce grew fields of the Great War. He obtained a collecto silence the guns along hundreds of miles of tion of songs that were sung during the truce, the Western Front. Shortly after the war ended, and he became fascinated by the story of this this eyewitness account was published in a 1920 event. issue of Harper’s Magazine: Upon moving to Seattle, Skoorsmith, inspired by “Out in the middle of No Man’s Land stood six the history of the Christmas Truce, organized a or seven large groups of mingled German and 2009 commemoration that drew 300 people, English. And, although it must be said that the with standing room only. fraternization was of the most genuine characEncouraged, he coordinated a second event in ter, considerable suspicion prevailed on the 2012 that drew a spectrum of society from the part of the English and no precautions against possible treachery had been neglected.... Every homeless to members of the Seattle City Council. Again participating was the Seattle Labor sort of souvenir was exchanged and many Chorus, a group founded at the behest of world strange presents given. Addresses were taken famous American folksinger Pete Seeger eightdown and the photographs of families handed een years ago for the Seattle Center’s Northround among those who six nights before had 3 west Folklife Festival, where the chorus had its been locked in a life-and-death struggle.”
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first public performance in the mural amphitheater with Seeger. In the years since, the Seattle Labor Chorus has become the musical voice of labor in Seattle. Forty singers from all walks of life represent the shared values of our labor community in song. Skoorsmith recalled how people lingered after the second event, motivated by a desire to network and share, “as if they were coming out of their own figurative trenches to meet each other in no–man’s land,” Skoorsmith said. In the two years since, Skoorsmith has nurtured a growing impetus that has been building towards the 100-year anniversary event on December 18th. The 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce has attracted significant participants and sponsorship in support of Skoorsmith’s effort to honor the peacemakers.
Christian Skoorsmith, Christmas Truce Event Coordinator
World-renowned singer-songwriter John McCutcheon has graciously accepted an invitation to lend his vocal talents to this evening of peaceful celebration. McCutcheon won lavish praise for his work from recently departed folk icon, the great folksinger Pete Seeger:
“John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hardworking people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.”
University Temple United Methodist Church Notable contributors include Seattle University, the interfaith Fellowship of Reconciliation (founded in 1914 to prevent war), and a return performance of our own Seattle Labor Chorus, with a program of songs from the trenches. To accommodate all who wish to participate, the truce event is coming to a large venue in the heart of Seattle’s University District, the University Temple United Methodist Church, located at 1415 NE 43rd Street, across from the University of Washington and the UW Bookstore parking lot. The event will be open to all, free of charge.
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Soundings asked Janet Stecher, Director of the Seattle Labor Chorus, what the Christmas From 6:00-7:00 pm on the night of the event, Truce experience is like for the chorus members all are invited to enjoy pre-event entertainment who preform to honor the truce. Stecher said: with "The Whateverly Brothers & Friends," who will greet the arriving crowd with songs about "Twice before, the Labor Chorus has worked the 1914 truce. with Christian on developing presentations worthy of the history we are commemorating, and each year has become a fuller and richer program with a larger audience. “I think that our participation in this 100 year anniversary event will continue to be a highlight in the history of the Seattle Labor Chorus. “It's not just the songs that is the reason for this; it is the opportunity to be part of a community, remembering when human-beings managed to turn away from their worst selves, and The main program begins at 7:00 pm, and will end at around 8:30 pm. Carpooling and early ar- reveal their best." rival are recommended. Reaffirming the hope for peace was Shoreline associate faculty member Nancy Eichner Readings (English), part of the Seattle Labor Chorus since The community celebration of the Christmas its first performance with Pete Seeger nearly Truce centennial will offer primary source read- two decades ago. ings in the form of soldiers’ letters, written one Eichner wished to extend this invitation to the hundred years ago. The heartfelt thoughts of readers of Soundings: actual truce participants will be read aloud by the Reader’s Theater Group. “I think this commemoration will be an amazing testament to the human desire for connecSpecial Guests tion and peace. I encourage all of my colleagues at Shoreline to come and celebrate this shining The evening will be highlighted by historical moment in human history with us.“ retrospectives and present-day reflections on the truce, featuring speakers representing secular, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities: The Whateverly Brothers will sing
Christopher King, founding president of the Seattle Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
Sheikh Jamal Rahman, Cofounder and Muslim Sufi minister at Seattle's Interfaith Community Sanctuary
Rabbi Jason Levine, Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth Am
Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, former Secretary-General of the National Council of Churches
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The Seattle Labor Chorus raising voices in song
1. "How Many People Died in All the American Wars?" UCSB Science Line, accessed December 5, 2014, http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=1396. 2. Alan J. Cleaver and Leslie Park, eds., "Private Heath Letter," trans. Marion Robson, Christmas Truce 1914, accessed December 5, 2014, http://www.christmastruce.co.uk/heath.html. 3. Wilfred Ewart, “Two Christmas Mornings of the Great War: Personal Accounts of the Christmas Frontline Truces,” Harper’s Magazine (December 1920), accessed December 9, 2014, http://harpers.org/ archive/1920/12/two-christmas-mornings-of-the-great-war/3/. 4. Chris Baker, "The Christmas Truce of 1914," The Long, Long Trail, last modified 2014, accessed December 6, 2014, http://www.1914-1918.net/truce.htm.
Everyone Sang by Siegfried Sassoon Everyone suddenly burst out singing; And I was filled with such delight As prisoned birds must find in freedom, Winging wildly across the white Orchards and dark-green fields; on--on--and out of sight. Everyone's voice was suddenly lifted; And beauty came like the setting sun: My heart was shaken with tears; and horror Drifted away ... O, but Everyone Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.
Three Performances Remaining of “You Can’t Take It With You” Amy Kinsel, History, SCCFT President, email@example.com
Looking for a fun break from grading final exams, papers, and projects? Want to spend two-and-a-half-hours transported to another time and place? Then you should plan to take in one of three remaining performances of SCC Theater’s fine and funny production of the Pulitzer Prize winning 1936 comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, “You Can’t Take It With You.” Set in Depression Era New York City, the story centers on the eccentric, happy, and mostly idle Vanderhof/Sycamore/Carmichael family and the would-be match of their daughter Alice Sycamore with Tony Kirby, the handsome son of a hardworking straight-laced Wall Street businessman. On opening night, Friday, December 5, a sell-out audience thoroughly enjoyed the whacky action in this three-act play. Jaunty pop music from the 1930s sets the mood before the lights go down. The colorful stage set by Richard Schaeffer of the Vanderhof/Sycamore/Carmichael living room and dining room, while crowded with furniture, provides plenty of space for the sometimes frantic action. Direction by Bryar Golden keeps the pace fast and the actors moving, as befits a 1930s farce. The cast includes 11 current Shoreline students, one alumnus, and one community member. Tanner Kline plays single-minded Paul Sycamore, who spends his days in his large home’s basement with his friend Mr. DePinna (Justin Vinall) building and testing fireworks. His daffy daughter Essie (Sarah Brink) fancies herself a dancer, receiving regular lessons from a bombastic Russian expatriate, Boris Kolenkhov (Matthew Rush). Essie’s doting husband Ed Carmichael (Nicholas Edmonson) provides musical accompaniment for her dance lessons and delivers boxes of her homemade candy around the neighborhood.
Kaela McVicker, StaggerLee Cole, and Walter Dalton in Act III of “You Can’t Take It With You”
Margaret West as Mrs. Sycamore in Act II of “You Can’t Take It With You” (Photographs courtesy of the Shoreline Community College Theater Department)
In the key role of Penelope (Penny) Sycamore, Paul’s wife, a sometime playwright and painter, Margaret West gives a standout performance. From the opening scene in the first act of Mrs. Sycamore sitting at her typewriter seeking inspiration for her hilariously bad plays to her not-so-innocent suggestion in the second act that the mismatched Sycamore and Kirby families play a free association word game before eating dinner, West lets the inspired humor and essential goodness of this lovable character shine through. West’s sympathetic performance makes understandable the loyalty of sensible daughter Alice to her unconventional parents and extended family. Kaela McVicker is convincing as the loyal but yearning Alice, and StaggerLee Cole is strong as the earnest but rebellious Tony. By the play’s third act, the love-struck young couple’s hopes are fading of finding a way for their mismatched families to get along.
Intervening on their behalf is Alice’s Grandpa—Martin Vanderhof—here played by Walter (Wally) Dalton, a well-known screen writer, actor, and comedian. Grandpa as head of an unconventional but happy household advises Tony’s father, the dyspeptic Mr. Kirby (Matthew St. John), that if he values his family more than his money, he should lighten up and cut back on a Wall Street career that has made him rich but unhappy. Wisely, Grandpa tells him that, after all, “You can’t take it with you.” You have three remaining opportunities to lighten your load and enjoy the show: 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13, and 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 14. Ticket prices range from $6.00 for SCC students to $10.00 for general admission. Soda, water, candy, and cookies are sold at all shows; in addition, beer and wine is available at Friday and Saturday evening performances. For more information, see the Shoreline Theater website: http://www.shoreline.edu/theater/ default.aspx.
Turnover Savings Vote: Results Amy Kinsel, SCCFT Local 1950 President Turnover savings are generated in the College operating budget when, after a faculty member leaves a tenured or tenure-track position, a new faculty member who is hired into an existing tenure-track position is placed at a lower step on the full-time faculty salary schedule than the faculty member who left the position.
Turnover savings are calculated annually, and if the amount is positive it may be distributed as salary steps (increments) to eligible tenured and tenure-track faculty members upon approval of the members of the bargaining unit. Turnover of full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty produced $78,156 in savings for 2014-15 compared with salaries for the same tenure-track positions in 2013-14. This permanent savings to the Collegeâ€™s operating budget is sufficient to fund a .35 partial increment of $704.11 for 111 eligible full-time faculty members. Results of online SCCFT 1950 member balloting between November 25 and December 4, 2014, to approve or disapprove distribution of available turnover savings are as follows: 74 ballots were cast: 2 ballots were disqualified (one was an invalid PIN and one PIN voted twice; first ballot cast was counted)
Of the remaining 72 valid ballots: Yes votes = 68 No votes = 4 The Federation certified and reported the results of this balloting to the Office of Human Resources on December 8, 2014. Because they had anticipated approval of the distribution of funds, HR is prepared to include salary increases for eligible faculty in their December 24, 2014 pay. The increase will be retroactive to the start of the academic year on September 17, 2014. This means faculty will receive a catchup payment on December 24 for the increased pay from the beginning of 2014-15, and will receive a smaller regular salary increase beginning January 10, 2015. The .35 partial increment will be paid to tenured and tenure-track faculty who have completed a year of service at the College and submitted a professional development report as of Spring 2014.
Under terms of the faculty collective bargaining agreement (Appendix A, Section C.1), faculty members must submit annual professional development reports by the final day of Spring quarter to be eligible for advancement on the faculty salary schedule. Tenure-track candidates who have not yet completed a year of service and tenured or tenure-track faculty who did not submit a professional development report last Spring are not eligible to receive the partial step increase. Unfortunately, turnover savings generated through replacement of departed tenure-track or tenured faculty may not be used to provide for general faculty salary increases or increments for associate, pro rata, or temporary full-time faculty members. This inequity is another reason it is so important to reach a state-level agreement that will provide all community and technical college faculty with a consistent and predictable source of funding for annual salary step increases.
Sounding Board: Meet “Ask Ellen” Michael Rene Wood Associate Faculty Librarian firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that eLearning offers online
peer-mentoring for our Virtual College campus provided by a recent former student? This came as news to your Soundings editor when Professor Judy Penn mentioned it during her Quality Matters interview in our last issue [see “Quality Matters: Boon or Bust” in the Nov.17 Soundings]. Lets get to know the human face behind the “Ask Ellen” help service Soundings: Hello Ellen! Please T ell us a little about yourself. Ellen: I came from Taiwan and I am Chinese. I work at Shoreline as a peer-mentor online in ELearning. Soundings: T ell us how you got started doing “Ask Ellen”?
Ellen: I was an online student here using Blackboard. In the first quarter of using Canvas I was using the program very well, and they needed someone to answer other students who needed to learn to use the program [Canvas]. My first trainer was Kathleen Chambers in eLearning; she asked me if I was interested in helping other students online.
feedback from others more frequently, and things like that. Soundings: Do you think that shy students might be more comfortable asking a peermentor for help?
Ellen: I would definitely say yes. Shy students might feel more comfortable asking me instead of their professors - like I’m a peer, not their professor, so they ask me easily. I check very I said “Yes, I would love to!” I was very excited– frequently. I have a smartphone in my hand so as soon as they ask, I can answer them right I like to share my experience with others. away. The reason I keep working as *online* peer menSoundings: If an instructor wanted to add tor is the continuing support from my current “Ask Ellen” to their class, what should they trainer, Ms. Livia Sa. (You interviewed her bedo? fore) Without her, I could have not gone this far!! Ellen: Professors can just ask the eLearning Soundings: What kind of questions do you get office; our faculty members can just ask for the ‘Ask Ellen’ discussion board to be entered from students ? into the class. It’s pretty easy. As a peer menEllen: Many kinds; How to participate in the tor I am helpful, and I love this job! class, how to submit my assignments, how to
Gender and Global Justice: A Conversation with Rachel David Soundings Editor, M.R.Wood
Soundings: Professor David, Can you give us an overview of the recent Fall Workshop on Global Development and Changing Gender Roles at Edmonds Community College, and your experience in representing your work in Gender Studies at Shoreline to the larger academic community? David: The goal of my workshop was to give people the tools to incorporate global gender issues into any class. I provided the participants with several broad themes in the discipline of global gender issues, with some examples. Participants then broke up into loose discipline groups and designed assignments they could use in their classes. We closed with participants sharing what they developed and discussion of ideas. Soundings: You were the recipient of a Northwest International Education Association mini grant to internationalize your teaching. Could you comment on that experience and the curriculum enrichment that it made possible?
David: Globalization has had both negative and positive effects on gender relations. All globalization does on its own is show people in one culture that things may be done a different way in another culture. Gender relations then become less taken for granted when we see other possibilities. In some cases people in one culture may see another way of doing things and want to aspire to it. Many countries have been somewhat shamed on the public stage for their poor female representation in politics, and in some cases this has led to gender quotas and other strategies to increase female participation. The fact that we have near gender parity in primary education is also in great part a result of pressure from international bodies like the UN. But those of us in the global West can become complacent and selfrighteous when we compare ourselves to other countries. I often hear students talk about countries in which women are expected to cover much of their bodies or hair as sexist and oppressive to women. This enables these students to feel comfortable with the oppression of women in the US, for example through constant objectification and sexualization in the media.
David: I developed a new class using the mini-grant. The class is GWS/IntSt 205, Gender and Global Justice. The other gender and women’s studies classes focus mostly on gender dynamics and sexism within the US, so this class internaSoundings: In closing, would you tionalized the GWS curriculum. It say to your faculty colleagues at Gender & Women’s Studies also puts me at the table with the SCC about the value of viewing Professor Rachel David other International Studies faculty, our world through the lens of all of whom are men (so it also “gendered” the dis- gender? cipline of international studies). David: I have dedicated my professional life to Soundings: How were the resources that you pre- this project, so it’s difficult for me to encapsulate sented at the workshop received in terms of spark- its benefits in a few sentences. But I will highlight ing dialogue among participants during your sessome benefits I have seen for students. Gender sion? roles and expectations create limits and barriers for us all. For men and women and other genders, David: I think it was well-received. It seemed to these limits can be experienced as annoying, painme that participants could have continued their ful, or even traumatic. But until one is educated on the “gender lens,” the limits are often experiintra-disciplinary conversations for much longer, enced as personal. They are internalized and often and certainly the discussion that followed was pushed aside as “that’s just me, I’m strange. lively. Soundings: Can you give us a sense of some ways in which globalization has influenced gender relations? Are gender relationships taken for granted?
Seeing the socially constructed and institutionalized nature of gender roles and the gender binary can be liberating for all of us.
Additional Professional Development Funding Amy Kinsel, History, SCCFT President The College has appropriated $200 individually in professional development funding to
each full-time and associate faculty member employed at Shoreline Community College during the 2014-15 academic year. For senior associate and full-time faculty this money is in addition to other contractually-provided individual professional development (pro-d) funding. Faculty must use the $200 allocated for 2014-15 in individual pro-d funds by June 30, 2015. In addition, faculty must fully spend their contractually-provided professional development funds and the additional $200 allocation prior to accessing funds from any of the available professional development pool funds. For full-time faculty this means they must spend their $450 professional development funds plus the additional $200 prior to receiving pool funds. For senior associate faculty this means they must spend their $300 professional development funds plus the additional $200 prior to receiving pool funds. For associate faculty this means that they must spend the $200 allocation prior to receiving pool funds. Following standard practices, faculty should work with their divisions and/or units in requesting non-pool professional funds, including the $200 of additional funding. Faculty should contact their dean or supervisor with any questions about professional development funding.
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Sabbatical Leave Application Deadline January 9, 2015 Amy Kinsel, History, SCCFT President By provision of the faculty contract, sabbati- Please read Article XIII, Section A, (pages 39-41 cal leave is provided to academic employees “to deepen, enrich, and renew the individual for his/her primary task. Duties of an academic employee involve not only classroom instruction, counseling, reference and research, but also a wide range of related and supportive activities. The sabbatical leave should serve to make the academic employee more effective in as many of these roles as possible." (CBA, Article XIII, Section A.2) Proposals for the 2015-16 year are due by 5:00 PM, Friday, January 9, 2015. Members of this year’s Sabbatical Selection Committee are Paul Herrick, Nikki Honey, Diana Knauf, and Claire Murata. Email your proposal to the Sabbatical Selection Committee Chair, Diana Knauf at email@example.com. The proposal should be attached as a Microsoft Word document or text file. Your proposal will be forwarded to members of the committee and becomes public information when submitted. If selected, it will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for their approval.
of 62) of the faculty collective bargaining agreement for additional information (located here: http://intranet.shoreline.edu/humanresources/default.aspx). Notebooks with previously submitted sabbatical applications and reports are available for oneday check out at the Library reserves counter. There are also two DVDs on the sabbatical process on reserve, one from 2007 and one from 2008. After your application has been reviewed, an interview with the Sabbatical Selection Committee will be scheduled. The faculty collective bargaining, Article XIII, Section A.6 (page 41 of 62), lists sabbatical selection criteria that the Committee will apply in making its recommendations:
a. The Sabbatical Selection Committee shall use four (4) criteria for selection of academic employees to receive sabbaticals. These are: the merit of the sabbatical project, the applicant’s current and previous contributions to the College community, the proposal’s relevancy to the College’s Strategic Plan and whether or not the Provide a cover sheet as the first page of the applicant has had a previous sabbatical. In inapplication, including the following information: stances where these criteria are equal, seniority shall be the determining factor. * Your name * Your division b. The Committee shall judge written sabbatical * How many quarters of sabbatical you proposals along with oral interviews for merit of are requesting content. * Whether you have had a sabbatical be fore and when The body of the proposal should include the following information: * What you plan to do on your sabbatical * How your sabbatical relates to the stra tegic plan (located here: http:// www.shoreline.edu/about-shoreline/ strategic-plan.aspx) * A brief summary of your current and previous contributions to the College
AFT-WA and WEA representatives have met twice with representatives of the CTC Presidents and the SBCTC to discuss whether there is a way to come together on a bill that we could jointly lobby the legislature to adopt that would get us to fully funding f ac ul ty increments. If we agree to such a bill, the faculty unions would not run our bill that allows the use of local funds to pay for faculty increments. The proposal that the presidents brought to the unions initially recognized that the colleges are going to have to put in some funding from their local revenues, and that simply asking the legislature to pay for increments has been a failed attempt. They understand that they have to "have some skin in the game." They were initially hoping to kick in some and then expect that the state match it on an ongoing basis. This is an unrealistic plan, since current lawmakers cannot bind future legislatures. At the second meeting, the presidents’ proposal was revised such that they would ask the legislature to kick in a match ONLY ONCE (so we don't have to go to Olympia every year and beg for money), and after that the colleges would provide the full amount (and not just half, expecting the state to pay the other half) on an ongoing basis. Below are the highlights of the proposal as we left it at our last meeting: CTC presidents are looking at how, as a system, we can make faculty increments predictable for everyone.
Everyone is looking for leverage by going to the legislature with a united plan agreed to between the system, the presidents, the unions, and the trustees. The plan: Colleges commit to providing .6% of faculty base salaries for increments and the state commits once to .6% to pay the other half necessary to fully fund increments. The total amount for increments would then be 1.2% of faculty salary base funding. After one biennium of the state kicking in .6%, the colleges would "take it from there" and pay the full 1.2% locally. Rationale: the state current average from turnover savings is .4% of salary base system-wide. Colleges would add another .2% from other local funds to make up .6%. SBCTC estimates that 1.2% will cover increments at their current level throughout the system. If the state can kick in one installment of .6% of faculty salary base, then the colleges would be able, through turnover and inflation in the ongoing budget requests, to provide the full 1.2% themselves locally. The selling points for the legislature are that: this will cost the state less than the .8 percent for increments that SBCTC has been asking
the colleges admit they need to have "skin in the game" and commit to an equal amount of local funding (something they have refused to do up to now)
SBCTC wouldn't be coming back every session asking for more funding because if the state provides one biennium of "seed" money, the colleges will "take it from there” (Continued on page 22)
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In other words, if the legislature kicks in the .6 percent for the next biennium, moving forward from that, the colleges will absorb the full 1.2% cost of faculty increments in their annual budgets.
Campus Committee Openings for Winter 2015 Amy Kinsel, SCCFT President A number of opportunities are open for faculty service on campus-wide committees for Winter 2015. It is especially important for full-time tenure-track faculty to participate in campuswide serve during their second and third years in the tenure process. Associate faculty are also encouraged to participate in committee service; they will be compensated at the contractual rate of $39 per hour for attendance at standing committee meetings. The following committees have openings for faculty:
Campus Diversity Action Committee—the purpose of this committee is to further the college’s work related to the diversity, equity and access focus of the SCC strategic plan; there is one faculty opening on this committee; CDAC meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Teach Abroad Program Review Committee—the purpose of this committee is to review applications for participation in study abroad programs; one faculty member from each instructional division is needed to serve on this committee; meeting times are to be determined
Technology Committee—the purpose of this committee is to develop and implement a strategic technology plan for the college; there are two faculty openings on this committee; the committee meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
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An anonymous SCC faculty member writes: "Dear Philosopher,
Every year I do the same thing- spend Christmas eve and Christmas day with my extended family as we eat and watch television. While this is usually fine, this year I'm thinking of making some excuse to be away, and then just hiding out with my husband and some good books in a hotel downtown. Is that selfish, or morally wrong in some way?" ~Signed, ‘Holiday escape planner’ Dear Planner, It is evident that your assumption (supposition) of the practicability of such an escape, though here presented merely as a theoretical and problematical judgment, may be regarded as constituting a flight from duty; and hence it is so regarded in this case. For although you may perceive no positive obligation to believe in such an End, yet even if there were not the least theoretical probability of action being carried out in accordance with it, so long as its impossibility cannot be demonstrated, there still remains a duty incumbent upon you with regard to it. ~ Hope this helps, Immanuel Kant
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