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Committee Name: Faculty Association
Meeting Date: 11/10/2020 12:00:00 AM
James Tuite, Ernie Wade, John McCullough, Marci Gale, Shannon McDermott, Nelson Ayala, Jacob Johnson, Tim Rhoads, Cynthia Deutsch, Elizabeth Elam, Charles Dull, John Lofaso, Kathy Thomas, Vic Sizemore, Jessy Hogan, David McGee, Juville Dario-Becker, Jessica Coco, David Dietrich, Alison Moore, Beth Shelton, Charles Poff, Ashley Pearson. Timothy Womack, Carolyn Gross, Ann Shupe, Jacob Johnston.
  1. Nelson Ayala made the motion to approve the minutes for the 09/29/2020 meeting, and John McCullough seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.
  2. Adjunct faculty have been assured that the Faculty Association will contact appropriate administration officials to ensure that their contracts will be received on time next semester. Several adjunct faculty who were present indicated no significant delays in the receipt of contracts for the Fall 2020 semester.
  1. A Faculty Association suggestion box was proposed in response to a recent Canvas outage. Jessy Hogan recommended that the college administration improve communications policy to ensure that faculty and students are immediately notified of any learning management system disruption.
  2. Faculty should be aware that students do not see comments on assignments on Canvas unless students refer to their graded work.  In instances where students can improve their grades on assignments by resubmitting their work, faculty need to communicate with students via Canvas Mail or e-mail to notify them of that opportunity.  
  3. With most of the classes being online due to restrictions on face-to-face teaching, additional guidance needs to be developed for withdrawing students who are not performing well or participating in online classes. Jim Tuite will discuss this issue with Dr. Mickles to examine ways to address this adequately.
  4. CVCC is evaluating the effective use of the Early Alert system. The Faculty Association believes that the college needs to identify more effective ways of maintaining current student contact information. A faculty member asked whether CVCC is maintaining information on the use of Navigate by individual faculty members. Jim Tuite acknowledged that data being collected by Navigate is being monitored, but it is unclear whether the data being evaluated is used to determine individual faculty member participation. It was suggested that better metrics be established to evaluate the effectiveness of Navigate.
  5. The status of our Spring 2020 graduation ceremony remains uncertain.  Whether or not we will have a face-to-face graduation ceremony is contingent on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.  
  1. The teaching format used during the Fall 2020 semester will continue into the Spring 2021 semester, except for a few class-specific modifications.  
  2. Faculty who have not already done so should submit their Spring 2021 semester bookstore orders now.
  3. Gayle Kiger is creating Canvas sites for Spring 2021 semester courses by request until November 23, 2020.  Canvas sites will be created automatically for the remaining courses after December 1.
  4. Faculty should remain cognizant about the importance of their teaching presence and maintaining frequent student contact.
  5. Annual Performance and Professional Development Objectives (APPDO) must be submitted to the Associate Vice President of respective academic divisions. The submission deadlines have been or will be announced shortly by the respective division Associate Vice Presidents.
  6. Cynthia Deutsch announced that the VCCS Strategic Planning Taskforce is creating goals and devising strategies in a final planning document.
  7. Allison Moore mentioned a virtual brown bag activity (Online Pictionary) scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Shannon McDermott helped organize this event, and all faculty are encouraged to participate.   
John McCullough made the motion to adjourn the meeting, and Kathy Thomas seconded the motion. All were in favor, and the motion was approved.
The next meeting is scheduled for January 12, 2021.
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Ernie Wade
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