Soundings In This Issue President’s Corner
SCCFT Membership Form
Scenes from Graduation
Faculty Commencement Speech Mimi Harvey Professor of Communication Studies firstname.lastname@example.org
Contract Revisions Ratified 10 SCCFT Local 1950 Officers & Representatives Elected 12 InfoBYTES
Ovations—Hermien Watkins 16 Ovations—Carla Hogan
AFT Northwest Leadership Forum
Making Waves— Earth Day Clean-Up 20
Calendar Board of Trustees Special Meeting 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Thursday, June 13, 2013 Board Room All-Campus Luncheon 11:30 am to 1:00 pm Friday, June 14, 2013 PUB Main Dining Room continued on page 17
Good afternoon, all of you amazing graduates! I am so thrilled to be here representing faculty as we all celebrate your hard work, persistence, dedication and achievement. WOO HOO!!! I must say, though, that choosing a Communication professor to give a 3 minute address was a rather risky choice on the part of the convocation committee. Luckily, when Steve Bogart, one of Shoreline’s great math professors heard I’d been chosen, he offered to let me borrow his speech from last year’s convocation. Thanks, Steve, I’ll have to decline but I am going to borrow an equation from your discipline to begin my address: A + B = C In my version of this equation, A is all of you, B is me and C equals community. Now I’m definitely not a math professor but I do know if you change one part of the equation, the entire equation changes. I thought of this the other day when I read of a study conducted recently on a Google database of all published works from 1960 to the present. What the researchers found was that words and phrases like “self”, “I can do it myself” and “individual” have been appearing more and more frequently and communal words like “share”, “common good” and “community” have begun to drop away. In other words, over the last 50 years, we have been steadily moving away from each other, away from continued on page 8 Volume 4 0 Issue 9
June 13, 2013
President’s Corner Reflection and Direction Amy J. Kinsel Professor of History & AFT Local 1950 President email@example.com Another Shoreline commencement ceremony is behind us. Sunday was a good afternoon. Class of 2013 student speaker William Holmes, High School Diploma and Associate in Arts, gave the student address. He asked his fellow graduates to stick to their goals even when they fall down along the way because they can succeed in the end, as he did when he entered Shoreline’s CEO program after dropping out of high school. Communication Studies Professor Mimi Harvey, this year’s faculty speaker, urged graduates to work together using the communication and multicultural skills they have gained at Shoreline to develop strong local and global communities. You can read Mimi’s faculty address beginning on page 1. Commencement speaker, State Representative Cyrus Habib (48th District), shared lessons he learned after losing his sight as a young boy—that challenging the obstacles he faced led to great rewards and that nobody gets where he is going without help from others, including from state-supported institutions like community colleges. Rep. Habib called on Shoreline graduates to become leaders in their communities by helping others to reach their goals.
pay differential and suspension of faculty sabbatical funding. The results for the year have been mixed. Concluding contract negotiations As detailed elsewhere in this issue of SOUNDINGS (see page 10), contract negotiations reached a conclusion during Spring quarter and revisions to Articles XX and XI have been ratified by Federation members. The revised contract awaits ratification by the Board of Trustees at its June meeting. As in past years, the Federation negotiation team (Karen Kreutzer, Betsey Barnett, Bonnie Frunz, and Molly Morse) pursued interest-based bargaining with the Administration, which means that both sides at the table seek agreement based on the mutual interests of both parties.
For Article XX, eLearning, the interest of the Federation was to secure additional professionaldevelopment and technical support for faculty who teach online and to define online evaluation protocols more clearly. The interest of the Administration was to bring online course capacities into closer pariThe end of the academic year is an appropriate time ty with face-to-face and hybrid course capacities so to reflect on the Federation’s goals for this past year that online courses will be more comparable in inand to assess how well they have been met. In Sep- structional cost to face-to-face and hybrid courses. tember 2012, I articulated three major Federation The revisions mutually agreed to in this article progoals for 2012-13: 1) to conclude contract negotiavide for additional training and mentoring for online tions on two articles that the Federation and Admin- instructors, clarify the process for student evaluation istration had agreed to reopen, Article XX and Article of online instructors, and increase online course caXXI; 2) to prevent the loss of additional tenured fac- pacities from 25 to 30 except for courses with lower ulty positions at the College and restore lapsed facul- face-to-face and hybrid class caps. The Federation ty positions wherever possible; and 3) to oversee the hopes that with additional training, technical supconclusion of full-time faculty concessions, which in- port, and peer mentoring, online instructors will be cluded loss of the full-time faculty summer quarter able to handle enrolling a few more students per 2
online section in the interest of maintaining the finan- and departments with ongoing annual contracts and cial strength of the College. guaranteed teaching loads while asking them to take on student advising responsibilities shows respect for For Article XXI, Affiliate Status, the Federation and their long-term affiliation with the College and their the Administration agreed they had a joint interest in expertise and experience in their disciplines and proreplacing the existing article with a new article that grams. creates a senior associate status. In revising Article XXI, the Federation sought greater job security for Preventing the loss of additional tenured faculty long-term associate faculty, including annual contracts and guaranteed teaching loads, as well as step inThe second major goal of the Federation this year was creases and greater access to professionalto prevent the loss of additional tenured faculty posidevelopment funding. For its part, the Administration tions and to restore lapsed faculty positions where aimed to increase the availability of faculty advisors possible. The number of full-time faculty at the Colwho could be assigned to work with students. The mu- lege has fallen dramatically as a result of reductions in tual interest in expanding faculty advising is the desire force and due to attrition following faculty retireof all parties to retain students once they have enments or other departures. For a time, it seemed as rolled at the College. though the Administration looked at every faculty vacancy as an opportunity to cut a faculty position unThe new Article XXI, Senior Associate Faculty, establess that tenure line was in a discipline such as Nursing lishes 20 senior associate faculty positions for 2013-14, which must meet professional accreditation standards and converts existing affiliate faculty to the new sen- that do not apply to transfer disciplines. Departments ior associate faculty status (unless they decline the that for decades employed two full-time faculty memnew status). Senior associate faculty will gain greater bers, such as Philosophy and Physics, have been rejob security and increased pay along with modest ad- duced to one full-time faculty member due to retireditional duties. In working together to implement the ments. And some departments, like Anthropology and new article, the Federation and Administration will Film, now have no full-time faculty member at all. encourage senior associate faculty to participate more actively in division and department meetings when Consequently, remaining full-time and part-time facultheir schedules allow and to take on an appropriate ty are working harder than ever because there are level of student advising work. The Federation has fewer tenured faculty at the College. Many faculty requested that the Administration provide new advis- members are under tremendous daily stress as they ing training for all faculty members who serve as advi- teach and mentor students who are less prepared in sors, including senior associate faculty. every imaginable way for college-level study than ever before. With department and program chairs scramWhile it may seem that senior associate faculty will be bling to hire part-time faculty to cover sections, and expected to do more work for not much more pay, on the strain of overwork that falls on remaining faculty balance the negotiation team believe that treating more and more visible, the Administration has senior associate faculty as members of their divisions continued on the next page 3
President’s Corner continued from previous acknowledged that the current level of faculty staffing in many departments is inadequate and has indicated that they intend to restore lapsed faculty lines, especially in departments such as ESL that have experienced significantly increased enrollment.
faculty line, but the Administration has been reluctant to restore the funding due to budget concerns. This year the Federation and the Math faculty were also required to present arguments and evidence to persuade the Administration that the Math Learning Center Director is legitimately a faculty position that should not—indeed cannot—be converted to adminisIn addition to ESL, two other large departments, trative/exempt status. I am happy to report that English and Mathematics, are notably understaffed the Administration has now set aside this year’s proconsidering the number of sections offered and the posal that the position be converted, and has accedfact that almost all the students enrolled at the Col- ed to the Federation and department request that lege must take courses in these departments. Notthe position be restored to tenure track. The Adwithstanding this reality, the Administration has de- ministration has also agreed to appoint a faculty cided in the short term to shift a tenured faculty po- member on a part-time contract to serve as the sition from English to Math Learning Center ESL following a retireDirector during Summent in the English demer quarter. Shorepartment, and while line’s Math students “...eliminating part-time community this move does shore will directly benefit college faculty eligibility for publicup ESL at a time of burfrom the restoration geoning enrollments, it of full funding for the employee health insurance benefits would leaves the English deMath Learning Center make it all-but impossible to staff partment even more Director position. understaffed than prehundreds of community college courses viously. The AdminIt remains to be seen, around the state.” istration’s announcehowever, whether the ment of a replacement College will be able to tenure-track position hire full-time faculty for a departing tenured for all its open posiMath faculty member, by contrast, at least holds the tions at the stagnant salary rates currently on offer. Math department at its current staffing level. After five years with no cost of living raises or salary increments, and no likelihood of salary improveIn addition, the Federation is happy to say that the ments from the legislature on the horizon, faculty Math Learning Center Director position will be resalaries remain flat with take-home pay declining. stored to 100-percent funding for 2013-14 as a full- The College faces the real prospect this quarter of time temporary faculty appointment, and is pleased being unable to fill a number of full-time faculty poto state further that the Administration has commit- sitions in Business, Science/Technology/Engineering/ ted in writing to restore this faculty position to ten- Math (STEM), and Health Occupation (HO) departure track for 2014-15. This position has been funded ments because the highest starting salary Shoreline at 80 percent for the past five years, after having can offer is far below what potential faculty membeen a tenured faculty position at the College since bers with advanced degrees in these fields can earn the mid-1990s. The Federation and the Math depart- elsewhere. Administrators and trustees will need to ment have repeatedly requested restoration of this lobby state legislators to support faculty salary in4
creases if they expect Shoreline and other colleges to attract the highly-qualified faculty that are needed to sustain our excellent academic and professionaltechnical programs. Administrators and trustees should also make clear to state legislators that eliminating part-time community college faculty eligibility for public-employee health insurance benefits would make it all-but impossible to staff hundreds of community college courses around the state. Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5905, which the Washington Senate adopted in April, could still be included in an eventual budget compromise between the House and the Senate. This bill would save the state $90 M per year by increasing the current eligibility requirements for part-time state employee health insurance benefits, establishing a 30-hour per week minimum that would count only classroom contact hours and would thus be impossible for any parttime college instructor to meet. Kicking part-time faculty off state health insurance will cut the state operating budget, but may make it impossible for colleges to hire part-time faculty. If Shoreline cannot now find Business, STEM and HO faculty to take full-time tenure -track positions, the College may find itself unable to locate part-time faculty willing to teach in those disciplines if state health insurance is not part of the compensation package.
fund balances the College showed at the end of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. The Federation contends that the $2 M the Board of Trustees set aside in September 2012 to establish an Innovation and Opportunities Reserve Fund was generated largely by faculty sabbatical and salary concessions and faculty layoffs. Because the Administration set aside a significant reserve fund in September 2012, the Federation expected complete restoration of full-time faculty pay rates and faculty sabbaticals. The full-time faculty summer pay differential will be restored for Summer 2013. This pay differential, which compensates full-time faculty at a higher rate than part-time faculty for Summer quarter assignments, recognizes that full-time faculty perform fulltime faculty work during the summer. This work includes student advising, curricular development, department and program work, discipline and program assessment, community outreach and program marketing. Full-time faculty who are on contract during Summer quarter may also volunteer to serve on screening committees and perform other ad hoc committee work. Restoring Summer quarter pay rates for fulltime faculty compensates for duties that many fulltime faculty members have been performing for the past two summers without compensation.
Regrettably, the Administration’s decision not to reAFT-Washington’s information about ESSB 5905 is here: store sabbatical funding for 2013-14 was one of the http://wa.aft.org/take-action/state-senate-wants-cut biggest disappointments of the year. The Administra-health-care-benefits-part-time-employees tion takes a cautious approach to budgeting, and the timing of the sabbatical recommendation in February Oversee a conclusion to faculty concessions 2013 coincided with lack of movement in Olympia on writing a state budget (which still remains to be adoptThe third major goal of the Federation this year has ed a mere three weeks before the end of the fiscal been to oversee a conclusion to the salary and other year) and with implementation in Washington, D.C. of concessions full-time faculty made in a 2011 Memoran- a federal budget sequester. dum of Understanding. Full-time faculty gave up their summer pay differential and suspended the sabbatical Still, the Administration had set aside significant monleave provision of the contract for two years in order ey in reserve funding during Fall quarter, and the Fedto cover a 3 percent statewide salary cut. These facul- eration found the Administration’s explanation that ty concessions improved the College’s financial health there was no College operating budget in February and contributed significantly to the positive operating continued on the next page 5
President’s Corner continued from previous insufficient grounds for denying all sabbatical funding for next year. Essentially, the Administration argued that it had no operating budget proposal for 2013-14, except for the certainty that the line item for sabbatical leaves would not be funded. The Federation filed two grievances protesting lack of sabbatical funding. These grievances have proceeded to Step Two, with a third-party opinion recommending that the Federation and the Administration jointly examine the sabbatical article of the contract to find a way to communicate in a more timely and complete manner about the sabbatical selection process and about available funding for sabbatical leaves. The Federation has argued strongly that the contract provides for sabbatical leaves and that the Administration should make a goodfaith effort to fund them. The Federation is hopeful that the recent opinion will lead to earlier and more open communication about the sabbatical process and result in restored sabbatical funding for 2014-15.
novation and Opportunities Reserve Fund establishes different criteria for its awards, recipients are selected through an administrative rather than a faculty process, and awardees must report to the College the return on investment of their funded projects. The Federation is pleased that the projects of 6 of the former sabbatical leave applicants will be funded, but expects and anticipates the restoration of contractually-provided sabbatical leaves for the subsequent year. The Federation pledges to work with the Administration to ensure this restoration.
In closing this long end-of-the-year report, I’d like to thank the members of the SCCFT Executive Board, especially SCCFT officers 1st Vice President Kira Wennstrom, 2nd Vice President Davis Oldham, 3rd Vice President Bonnie Frunz, Treasurer Shannon Flynn, and Secretary Elizabeth Hanson. I’d also like to thank this year’s negotiation team, Joint Union Management Committee members, Grievance Committee members, Martin Luther King County Labor Council delegates, AFT-Washington Convention delegates, and all faculty who attended Board of TrusIn the meantime, the Administration has worked tees meetings, served on College governance comwith 6 of the 8 former sabbatical applicants to fund mittees, served on screening committees, served on what had been their 2013-14 sabbatical proposals. appointment review committees, and worked on votLate in Spring quarter these 6 faculty learned that er registration drives, political petitions, food drives, they will receive funding for their proposals from the and other Federation projects throughout the year. Innovation and Opportunities Reserve Fund in lieu of Finally, special thanks go to Soundings editor Ruth sabbatical leave funding from the operating budget. Gregory for her excellent work on this publication. This result is good for the 6 faculty whose projects I am honored to serve as President of the Shoreline will be funded next year—provided they have suffiCommunity College Federation of Teachers and I look cient lead time at this late date to make necessary forward to working with next year’s Executive Board travel and other arrangements. Funding these facul- and with all the other faculty members who volunty projects is also good for the College and for stuteer their time, energy, and talents to make our dents who will benefit from the work that these 6 Federation a vibrant and effective organization. faculty members will complete while they are on leave from their teaching duties. However, this alternative funding mechanism does not fulfill the contractual provision that the College fund sabbaticals via a faculty-run selection process based on the sabbatical criteria included in Article XIII of the collective bargaining agreement. The In6
continued from page 1 community. What we talk about and write about reflects what is important to us, what matters to us. So I asked myself: How are we changing our communities, how are we changing the people around us by the ways we respond to them, or don’t. By the ways we talk about them or don’t. What does this tell us about that equation all of you + me = community? Here’s what I believe it tells us. I look around this packed gym today and I see students, family, friends. I see faculty, staff, and administration. But what I really see is the COMMUNITY in Shoreline Community College. The community that has supported you graduates through the minor, and perhaps a few, EPIC failures as my grandson would say-- as well as the remarkable successes reflected in your graduation today. The community present in this gym, however, also represents a map of the global community. Take a good look around you now and you’ll see the many points on this global map that we represent. In this gym today are the seeds of community—neighborhood, local, national and global communities. In your time here as part of the Shoreline community you have certainly learned disciplinary knowledge and skills. Perhaps of more lasting importance, though, you have gained the knowledge and skills to build and sustain communities—diverse communities rich in human thought, belief, creativity and experience. These are all the gifts of community. One more thing I am certain you have learned—the value of support found in community. I know this because I see all the family and friends in this gym today and in spirit from across the world who have helped you achieve your success. I know this because I see all the faculty and support staff here today who have helped you achieve your success. I know this because I too would not be here today without the support I receive from community. The world today needs people like each and every one of you—people who have the knowledge and skills to help build more sustainable communities, to make community and the common good matter. So as you celebrate this success and prepare for future challenges, I urge all of you to use these community -building skills to continue to bridge differences, to expand your perspectives and to build more sustainable local and global communities. Let’s stop moving away from each other. Instead, let’s start making the equation work: All of you and I CAN add up to community. Thank you and congratulations to each and every one of you in this gym today.
Scenes from graduation 2013. Bottom Left Opposite Page: Faculty and staff greet the recent graduates. Circle from Above: Betsey Barnett (Equity & Social Justice) and Ellen Cadwell (HIIM) test out their duck blowers before the ceremony. Patti Jones (Communications). Karen Toreson (Business) and Bonnie Frunz (English). Rex Caldwell & Linda Forst (Criminal Justice). Ernest Johnson (Equity & Social Justice).
Contract Revisions Ratified Amy J. Kinsel Professor of History & AFT Local 1950 President firstname.lastname@example.org At its final regular meeting of the year on Monday, In Section D, specifies that faculty members who June 10, the Federation E-Board certified a memberdevelop online courses “shall receive appropriate ship vote to ratify revisions to two articles in the coltraining in Best Practices and Quality Matters as lective bargaining agreement—the faculty contract. well as technological support”; These revisions conclude what have been three full In Section F, Paragraph 1, increases online course years of contract negotiations between the union and capacities from 25 to 30 students unless the Masthe Administration. Federation and Administration ter Course Outline lists a course capacity lower leaders will work together this summer and during the than 30, which will be used; coming year to implement changes to the contract. In Section F, Paragraph 3, adds a provision for the College to hire eLearning faculty mentors to supHearty thanks go to this year’s negotiation team: Kaport online instructors, to be compensated on the ren Kreutzer, Chief Negotiator; Betsey Barnett, Bonsame basis as other faculty mentors; nie Frunz, and Molly Morse. While continuing to teach In Section H, makes a distinction between student courses and fulfill all their other many responsibilievaluations of online instructors (Paragraph 1), ties, these four each put in countless hours working and student evaluations of online courses on contract revision language and meeting with the (Paragraph 2), such that student evaluations of Administration’s negotiation team in often-tedious online instructors shall be consistent with other late-afternoon sessions. The faculty contract is imfaculty evaluations, while student concerns about proved through their efforts. the quality of online courses shall be referred to program (department) faculty and unit administraThe agreed-upon revisions accomplish several goals tor (dean) for review. that the Administration and union share. These include improved training for faculty who teach online, New Article XXI: Senior Associate Faculty, replaces increased revenue for the College from online instruc- former Article XXI: Affiliate Status: tion, expanded ability of faculty to provide student advising, and enhanced pay and job security for long- In Section A, defines a new category of academic time associate faculty. Two articles of the contract employee, the Senior Associate Faculty: have been substantially or completely revised. Senior Associate faculty will be guaranteed at least a 50 percent teaching load, but Revisions to Article XX: eLearning, make the followmay teach more than 100 percent; ing changes: Grants two-step pay increase on the associ In Section B, updates definitions for consistency ate faculty pay scale; with current statewide definitions for online Requires Senior Associate faculty to advise course, hybrid course, web-enhanced course, telestudents as provided in Article VII of the course, and interactive television course; contract; In Section C, improves training for instructors who Calls on Senior Associate faculty to attend teach online by strengthening the language of Pardivision, program, department, and allagraph 4 to provide that the College shall offer campus meetings; online faculty “timely and specific training neces Provides for automatic renewal of annual sary for successful and effective instruction”; contracts for Senior Associate Faculty; 10
Converts current Affiliate Faculty to Senior Associate Faculty unless they decline the conversion by July 1, 2013.
In Section E, defines criteria for removal from Senior Associate Faculty status: Sufficient cause as defined in Article IX; Failure to perform duties of Senior Associate Faculty; Violation of policy or law; Failure to follow an agreed-upon improvement plan.
In Section B, defines criteria for eligibility for Senior Associate Faculty status: Meet current minimum qualifications for tenure-track appointment in their area; Have successfully completed two FEP cycles; Have four professional-development reports In Section F, defines criteria for loss of Senior Assoon file. ciate Faculty status: Lack of available courses or sections in the In Section C, defines rights and privileges of Senior subject area to support at least a 50 percent Associate Faculty: associate load; Senior Associate Faculty receive teaching Lack of available funds as defined in Article assignments after full-time faculty and beX. fore moonlight and associate assignments; In order to maintain at least a 50 percent Affiliate Faculty received individual letters from the teaching load, Senior Associate Faculty reAdministration informing them that unless they decline ceive bumping rights over lowest-seniority conversion, they will be granted Senior Associate Faculassociates in the event of class cancellation; ty status as of July 1, 2013. In addition, the Admin Guaranteed $300 annually from Associate istration has invited applications for additional Senior Faculty Professional Development Pool Fund; Associate Faculty positions in several subject areas: Provides that Senior Associate Faculty may Art use professional development funds during Biology Summer quarter; Business Administration Senior Associate Faculty will be paid on the Chemistry same dates as full-time faculty; Communication Studies When they meet minimum qualifications, English Senior Associate Faculty will be granted in English as a Second Language terviews for available tenure-track positions. Mathematics
In Section D, provides a process for determining the number of Senior Associate Faculty positions: For 2013-14, there will be 20 Senior Associate Faculty positions; Federation and Administration will review four years of enrollment data to determine need for Senior Associate Faculty in each department; HR will announce available Senior Associate Faculty positions annually; Senior Associate Faculty status will be granted among equally-qualified applicants on the basis or seniority, or if equally senior, by lot.
Senior Associate Faculty status may be available in additional subject areas eventually. The listed departments clearly have sufficient sections available for associate faculty to sustain at least a 50 percent teaching load for one or more Senior Associate Faculty members. After deans, department and program chairs, the Federation, and the Administration implement the first year of the Senior Associate Faculty positions, we will seek feedback from faculty who hold these positions and make adjustments to the implementation of this article as needed. If you have questions about contract revisions, please contact Karen Kreutzer (email@example.com) or Amy Kinsel (firstname.lastname@example.org). 11
SCCFT Local 1950 Officers and Representatives Elected
SCCFT Officers 2013â€”2015
Amy J. Kinsel Professor of History & AFT Local 1950 President email@example.com At its final meeting of the 2012-13 academic year on June 10, the Federation Executive Board certified the following Spring 2013 SCCFT Local 1950 election results: Officers, two-year terms (2013-15): President, Amy Kinsel, History 1st Vice President, Juliet Lovejoy, Mathematics 2nd Vice President, Davis Oldham, English 3rd Vice President, Ruth Gregory, Film Treasurer, Shannon Flynn, Mathematics Secretary, vacant
Amy Kinsel, President
Representatives, one-year terms (2013-14): COPE/Legislative Representative, vacant Business/Health Occupations/Physical Education (3 seats): Alison Leahy, Nutrition Vacant Vacant Humanities (3 seats, also represents faculty who are not assigned to an academic division) Vince Barnes, English as a Second Language Ruthann Duffy, English as a Second Language Grace Rhodes, English (Writing and Learning Studio) Math/Science/Automotive/Manufacturing (2 seats) Steven Bogart, Mathematics Kristopher Gutierrez, Astronomy and Physics Social Sciences/Equity & Social Justice/Library/Media (2 seats) Amelia Acosta, Spanish Tim Payne, Economics Martin Luther King County Labor Council Representatives (positions #1 and #2 include E-Board seats) #1, vacant #2, vacant #3, Jonathan Betz-Zall, Library #4, vacant #5, vacant Immediate Past President Gary Parks serves as an ex officio member of the SCCFT Executive Board. Officers and representatives will be sworn in at the Federation breakfast during Opening Week 2013. The new E-Board will fill officer and representative vacancies in the fall as provided in the SCCFT Constitution and By Laws.
Juliet Lovejoy, First Vice-President
Davis Oldham, Second Vice-President
Ruth Gregory, Third Vice-President No photo available of Treasurer Shannon Flynn
InfoBYTES Integrating Information Resources in Online Classes Michael R. Wood Associate Faculty Librarian firstname.lastname@example.org
In November of last year, Caroline Conley joined our campus community as our new Information Literacy Librarian. Caroline’s goal was to more effectively integrate the information resources available to our students into every classroom, on campus, or online, and Professor of English Gary Parks took her up on that offer. With online collaboration in Canvas and a couple of face-to-face conversations, they co-designed her role as an Embedded Librarian in his fully-online Virtual College course for English 102, and brought enhanced IL to his Spring quarter students to support their research-based writing. Their goal: To study the effect of a Course Librarian in their Canvas classroom on: 1. Quality of chosen sources; 2. Use of reference materials. “Canvas was great,” said Conley. “We used Canvas discussions rather than external email, which made communication seamless.” Professor Parks’ 102 students watched a short video in which they were introduced to their librarian and learned how she could help them. Embedded learning objects in the form of short tutorials were created and integrated into the course material. Students were each required to outline their research plan in the form of a ‘Librarian Prescription’ and Caroline graded these assignments, offering suggestions to enhance the quality of their research. To assess their collaboration for efficacy, Professor Parks and IL Librarian Conley will use a rubric to evaluate research paper results in comparison with a non-IL enhanced English 102 control group. The evidence gained will guide future iterations of online collaboration for Information Literacy. This work on behalf of our Virtual College students serves as a good reminder that Information Literacy support is not reserved for face-to-face classes. To contact our SCC Information Literacy Librarian, call Caroline Conley at campus extension 4571, or email email@example.com
In the column InfoBYTES we get ongoing news about what’s going on in the Roy Howard Library. 13
Ovations “What’s important is giving yourself in an intimate way”: The generosity of Ed Harkness Davis Oldham Professor of English firstname.lastname@example.org If I had to pick one word to describe Ed Harkness, I think I’d say “generous.” He has a generosity of spirit and of listening that you notice immediately in the way he responds to colleagues, students—and, if his poetry is any indication, to the natural world as well. He was on my tenure committee several years ago, and I saw it up close then as he observed and commented on my teaching, always ready to praise, ready to notice what I did well, ready to give me credit for teaching him something even though I was the novice and he was the one with the experience. Over the years I have seen it in his relations with students, in his presence in department meetings, in our daily interactions. It was on display as well when I sat down with him recently to talk about his upcoming retirement, in the way he spoke of his students, his enthusiasm for the work of a fellow poet, and his way of interacting with me. I can personally attest that this warmth is a great encouragement to learning, and I have no doubt it has contributed significantly to his success as a teacher.
Say more about the complications. My output as a writer has been very modest. I do have lots of work in the pipeline, and I would love to get together one more book, possibly a couple. I’ll be able to devote myself more to that. When you teach that’s where your energy goes. But even though my output has been modest, I’m okay with what I’ve been able to do as a teacher and writer. I’m flabbergasted at others who manage to pull it off. My friend Robert Wrigley at the University of Idaho is incredibly prolific. He has 8-10 books of poems (we were in the same MFA program at Montana). He has a new book out—The Anatomy of Melancholy. You’d really like him—his work is very formal. I’m all over the map form wise but he is very tight. He writes in tight structures and makes it look easy and transparent.
Tell me a story about teaching. What stands out are stories where students let you know that you did made a difference in their lives. You’re retiring. How do you feel about leaving? It’s really really touching—I can’t think of anything Divided. Happy to be done, and to have made my that means more to me. [chokes up a little] Any othlittle contribution. I’m going to reclaim my time. I er accolade is all very cool but this is the thing. Jeswill regret leaving a job I love, people I love that I sica Gonzalez is one of my Facebook friends. She work with. Students who come and go, who I have just posted a beautiful note when she heard that I’m brief relationships with but I love them as well. This retiring—very touching. A lot to do with being a is my world. You inhabit it and it becomes you. mentor, offering a pathway for a student. She was at That’s not necessarily a good thing. I’ve tried to re- great loose ends when I met her, didn’t know where sist that maybe more than others because I always her life was heading. We really clicked, she liked the wanted to be able to do both, to teach and preserve poetry class, was active in Wordsmithies, student my own creative life. But it’s a huge juggling thing. I government, Spindrift. She gives me way more credit made a point of trying not to tie my identity into my than I deserve, but me being here when she was job. But it’s really complicated. here meant a lot to her. The people that 14
acknowledge you were right for them at the right time. As you know we don’t get enough of that from students. What will you be doing next? I’ll be able to give more time and energy to this other part of myself (writing). I won’t be searching around for other things to do, as many do when they retire. Still it will be a huge natural transition to find new things, focuses, friends. You’re leaving behind people you see more than your kids. All of a sudden that ends—the little conversations, emails, meetings. We’ll just chill for a while [laughs]. Both Linda & I are retiring at the same time. I’m going to sit back & relax, drink a gin & tonic. I just discovered gin & tonics. Everybody in my family howls with laughter at this. Travel. If you can get through your career and your body’s still in one piece, you want to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. We both feel reasonably okay so that’s what we want to do. Go to Mexico, travel the country. I’d love to go back to Europe. Do a home exchange in some country.
soula I asked one of my very first acquaintances if Montana was the midwest. [Laughs] I just didn’t know. It’s great to remember that—we meet these students who seem very inexperienced and naïve, and that’s because they are, and that’s the way we were. I have to work to remind myself how inexperienced I was then. Any advice for younger teachers? [Ed pauses to think, disclaiming any special wisdom] Be true to your instincts, keep your head above water. What’s important is giving yourself in an intimate way to your students, opening yourself up, being available to them. Just being alive and staying current with your discipline. Fighting against lethargy and teacher fatigue. Hanging in there, dealing with the challenges of working with a lot of other people, sometimes disagreeable politics, maybe even disagreeable personalities. Keeping the old spirit. Persevering. What’s key is loving what you do. It doesn’t happen automatically. You’ve got to work at it—it takes energy to love to teach.
We’ll visit our kids more (Chicago, Portland). Doing stuff where you don’t feel tethered. Going over to our cabin on a Wednesday—jeez, that’s just mindblowing. Writing. Cycling, being active. You have a reputation as a dyed-in-the-wool Pacific Northwesterner. Is it true you’ve never been east of Aurora Avenue? [Laughs] That sounds like a twist on an old story— have I told you this? It’s about my trip to Montana, to go to graduate school. I was in my 20s, and I’d never been as far east as Spokane. I had been to Professor Emeritus of English Ed Harkness with SCC California, spent a couple summers there, went to graduate Jessica Gonzales at the 2012 graduation Mexico, but I’d never been east. When I got to Mis-
Ovations Hermien Watkins Lynn Von Schlieder Professor & Nursing Program Director email@example.com After 27 years as a nursing professor, Hermien Watkins is retiring from Shoreline Community College at the end of Spring Quarter. Hermien began her nursing career as an Associate-Degree graduate from the College of Marin in California 43 years ago and has worked as a nurse ever since. She obtained her BSN from San Francisco State University. In 1973, she graduated from the University of California San Francisco as an OB-GYN Nurse Practitioner and was the first nurse practitioner to go into private practice in Northern California. She obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Washington. Hermien continues to be a pioneer in nursing education and pave the way with meaningful learning experiences for future nurses and lovingly still refers to herself as an “old hippy.”
Passionate about diversity, social justice, and global health, Hermien has contributed to our local, national, and global communities. Her volunteer experiences have included women’s health clinics in the Migrant Community of Wenatchee Valley, the cervical breast health study for women at the Tulalip Tribal Clinic, Project Hope in Central Eastern Europe, and her sabbatical in Guatemala working with an anthropologist in the Mayan Highlands. Her passion is reflected in the health promotion class which focuses on health care through a social justice lens. She helps students view global health from this perspective as they learn about social and ethical issues in health care and gain clinical experience in community settings providing care for underserved populations.
Throughout these 27 years, Hermien has mentored numerous nursing faculty members and taught over 2,000 nurses in maternal-child nursing, health promotion, and leadership and management. Every quarter, the Shoreline Community College Association of Nursing Students (SCCANS) provides a welcome event for the incoming nursing class. When Hermien introduces herself, she shares the challenges she faced in nursing school as a non-native learner and says, “I’m the only faculty member who took 5 years to earn a 2-year degree.” She shares her “Strategies for Success” that helped her learn how to learn and to achieve her dream of becoming a nurse. All nursing faculty share her strategies with students, especially those who are struggling. We also refer students to Hermien, who eagerly provides guidance, support, and encouragement to help students achieve their dreams of becoming nurses. She was awarded the Exceptional Faculty Award in 2004.
I first met Hermien in Fall 1995 at my first nursing faculty retreat. As other faculty shared what they had done over summer vacation, I became silent and when it came my turn, I blurted out with tears that I’d had surgery for breast cancer and was just so happy to be alive and to finally be a nurse faculty member. I will never forget Hermien coming to my side, providing reassurance and telling me that her sister was a survivor and that all the faculty were there to support me. This overwhelming moment of caring made me realize that I was in the right new job and that the Shoreline nursing faculty was actually a Shoreline family. Little did I know that our nursing family would have an opportunity to support Hermien several years later on her journey with breast cancer.
Hermien is now counting the days to retirement but underneath, there is a bittersweet sadness as we look around her office and her accomplishments.
continued from page 1 Spring Quarter Grades Due Tuesday, June 18, 2013 But like most nurses, she can’t completely retire or leave Shoreline nursing. She will return in the fall to continue her mission of educating nurses in the management clinical practicum. She will also continue to serve on the Advisory Board for the Diversity Initiative for the Washington Center for Nursing. This Board is working on increasing the diversity of nursing students in programs across the state while also developing a mentoring program to provide support. And in her free time, I bet she and her husband, Tom, will head for their retirement property and enjoy the “hippy hot tub.”
First Day of Summer Quarter Classes Monday, June 24, 2013 Board of Trustees Meeting 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Board Room College Council Meeting 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Board Room College Council Meeting 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Board Room Summer Quarter Grades Due Tuesday, August 19, 2013 Opening Day for Full-Time Faculty Wednesday, September 18, 2013 First Day of Fall Quarter Classes Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Board of Trustees Meeting 4:00 to 6:00 pm Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Board Room
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Ovations Carla Hogan Dan King Professor of Accounting firstname.lastname@example.org Changes are difficult. I don’t relish the prospect of trying to hold our accounting program together without Carla Hogan. Her retirement will bring us lots of challenges…..like operating without her dedication, talent, work ethic, skill, patience…. but most of all her optimistic professionalism. Taking the high road is something Carla specializes in. That talent was most evident to all of us when she was the Interim Dean of the Business Division. But for me, the tone of how Carla operates was made clear my first year at Shoreline. In our first accounting program meeting to discuss the teaching schedule for the year ahead she handed out the list of all accounting courses on the schedule. The first thing she said to me, the complete rookie, was… “Now, which ones do you want to take?” I was dumbstruck that I was given that privilege and I knew that, with Carla Hogan, I wasn’t dealing with ordinary.
I thought a list of “things you remember about Carla that would be fun to read about” from some of her colleagues might be a great way to remember Carla and her contribution to Shoreline and her students. Grew up an only child in Los Angeles area. Carla was a UCLA cheerleader. She met her husband Craig at UCLA. Has two grown sons – one grandson and one grandProfessor Emeritus of daughter.
What I remember about being at Carla’s house in the 1980s was her wardrobe closet – all organized by color. She also had menus planned for every meal. I realized then she was very organized. She had a “secret” admirer who left her yellow roses (her favorite) in her office over a period of time. She never knew who the admirer or friend was. She used to teach Friday nights and would go down to Sally Rollman’s or Fred Waterson’s condo (down the hill from the college) and play bridge before class with a group from Shoreline. She loves to play cards, attend symphony, opera, plays etc., play golf and tennis. Very active. When she first started teaching and she was in her probation period, she took a singing class to improve her volume in the classroom and she sang on stage for her class. Did you know that Carla worked as a programmer? She plays piano and used to accompany her sons for their musical performances. Does anyone remember the Halloween when Carla wore her pajamas, robe, and bunny slippers? I think they were bunny slippers. Maybe someone else remembers. Carla still looked fashionable. That was the year Ron LaFreniere convinced us we should wear PJs and be comfortable. Some of the rest of us did look, er - um, “comfortable,” but certainly not fashionable. Exceptional Faculty Award winner. I'm going to miss her good nature and sense of humor around here. She was a great Dean – very fair. She was admired by all. She is a “classy” professional.
Thank you Carla….
AFT Northwest Leadership Forum Amy J. Kinsel Professor of History & AFT Local 1950 President email@example.com AFT Northwest Leadership Forum offers a variety of training opportunities to help union leaders strengthen their skills. AFT-Washington, AFT-Oregon, Oregon Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals, and Oregon School Employees Association are co-hosting this event, which is scheduled for July 11-14, 2013 at the Vancouver Hilton in Vancouver, Washington. This four-day conference will offer leadership development workshops, a reception, movie night, and time for exploring the city. Three-hour Seminars (Thursday afternoon):
Bargaining for Health Care Benefits Communications in a Digital Age Developing Worksite Leader Systems How to Make Sure Our Unions are Inclusive Treasurer's Training
Friday Night Seminars (7-8 pm):
Communications Q&A Duty of Fair Representation Part-time Faculty Organizing Understanding Just Cause
Weekend-Long Courses (Friday-Sunday morning):
Advanced Grievance Administration Building a Political Powerhouse Community and Member Engagement Contract Campaigns Introduction to Negotiations Union 101 Union Leadership Skills
At its regularly-scheduled June 10 meeting, the SCCFT Executive Board approved funding up to six members of Local 1950 to attend this leadership training event. President Amy Kinsel, 1st Vice President-Elect Juliet Lovejoy, 2nd Vice President Davis Oldham, and 3rd Vice President-Elect Ruth Gregory have already agreed to attend. On Wednesday, June 12, these four met with AFT Western Regional Community Engagement Director Sharon Delugach and AFT-Washington Internal Organizer Tracey Whitten, who highlighted the benefits of sending a team of members from our local to participate in the Leadership Forum. Please contact SCCFT Local 1950 President Amy Kinsel (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, June 17 if you are interested in attending the AFT Northwest Leadership Forum as part of Shoreline’s team.
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Making Waves Earth Day Clean-Up Kira Wennstrom Professor of Biology email@example.com
Although Earth Day has come and gone, the efforts of campus and community members to restore a natural area adjacent to the College will continue to flourish throughout the coming months and years. On April 27th nearly 40 SCC employees, students, and neighborhood volunteers outfitted themselves with gloves and garden tools and gathered on the SCC campus to restore a part of the Boeing Creek Woods. Portions of the woods have become overrun by non-native plants like Himalayan blackberry and English ivy. These invasive species grow rapidly and can crowd out native plants. In turn, the native birds, insects, and mammals that depend on the native plants are forced out of the habitat as well, changing the character of the ecosystem. SCC Biology faculty member Matt Loper led the restoration effort as part of SCC’s observation of Earth Week. Matt has been organizing restoration events like this one for over fifteen years. During the event, volunteers planted close to fifty new native plants and removed over twenty-five trash bags full of invasive ivy, blackberry, and “Stinky Bob”, a noxious weed that secretes a chemical that makes it resistant to grazing by native mammals and insects. Matt and Geology faculty member Chip Dodd donated the plants for the restoration, including Oregon grape, big leaf maple, and salal. These native plants provide food and shelter to a variety of Pacific Northwest wildlife, and they were specifically chosen to thrive in the shady, relatively dry habitat on the slopes above Boeing Creek. The new plantings should help to reduce erosion and increase the diversity of both plant and animal life in the area. “What I enjoy most is being able to walk through the woods weeks, months and years after removing the ivy and see not only the plants we put in the ground thriving, but many other native wildflowers coming back, and the fauna they support,” Matt says. The flora and fauna of Boeing Creek are not the only ones to benefit. As Matt puts it, “The participants gain a sense of community stewardship and ownership, which hopefully increases their feeling of connectedness with the natural world - something that can be passed on to future generations.” The work strengthens the College’s ties with the surrounding community, offers educational opportunities for our students, and raises awareness of the College’s role as a steward of the environment. “I also love to see our students and gung-ho community members attacking the weeds with zeal and coming away with a sense of accomplishment,” Matt says. If you’d like to find out more about what you can do to help restore native habitats, you can contact Matt Loper (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chip Dodd (email@example.com). A big thank you to Matt and all the volunteers who helped to make the restoration event a success!
Professor of Biology Matt Loper instructs students and community members on the benefits of native vegetation during the Earth Day clean-up in April.
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