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Committee Name: Faculty Association
Meeting Date: 3/30/2021 12:00:00 AM
(Virtual Meeting) Jim Tuite (President), Ernie Wade (Secretary), Jessica Hogan, Vic Sizemore, Beth Shelton, Cynthia Deutsch (Vice President), Jessica Coco, David McGee, Jacob Johnston, Shannon McDermott, Marci Gale (Treasurer), Elizabeth Elam, Dave Dietrich, Alison Moore, Michael Babcock, John Lofaso, Tim Rhoads, Julie Piercy, John McCullough, Tim Wilhelm, Carolyn Gross, Debra Crawley, Charles Dull, Steve Perry

If you were present at this meeting and your name does not appear above, please let Ernie Wade know by e-mail ( as soon as possible.

1. Minutes. David McGee made the motion to approve the minutes from the 02/16/2020 meeting, and Jessica Hogan seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.

2. Update on the proposed shorter semester length by one week. Jim Tuite sent the faculty a document on the proposal compiled by the various stakeholders to address questions asked after the proposal's announcement at the last Faculty Association meeting. Any decision to shorten the semester calendar will not affect the 2021-22 academic calendar.

3. Update on HyFlex Classrooms.  This course modality will allow students to choose between attending a classroom session face-to-face or attending class online (synchronously or asynchronously), which differentiates them from hybrid classes. Some classrooms in Bedford Hall and Merritt Hall have been identified as potential HyFlex classrooms. One or two classrooms may be equipped with the technology, including cameras and enlarged presentation screens, to allow the faculty, who have volunteered,  to assess their suitability for teaching various subjects. Jim Tuite has been asked, by Dr. Capps, to consult the faculty to identify uses of funds provided by several federal COVID relief packages. One proposed idea is to improve our student learning environment by creating a digital commons area (on the bottom floor of Bedford Hall and the surrounding grounds). Another proposal is to provide technology, similar to the technology being used for the Hyflex classrooms for our STEM and technology-related classrooms.

4. Peer Review of Online Courses (Quality Matters). Ed McGee and two faculty members (Jim Tuite and Cynthia Deutsch) completed a quality matters rubric application course over Spring Break. This course is one of several offered by Quality Matters. Ed McGee will inquire about an alternative course best suited for teaching to guide online course development.  Since CVCC is a member of the Online Virginia Network initiative, all online courses will eventually be peer-reviewed and evaluated in stages beginning in Fall 2021. Before the beginning of the peer review process, faculty will have an opportunity to complete a Quality Matters course to become acquainted with the Quality Matters rubric. Since the rubric has changed in recent years, online courses previously reviewed (over five years ago) will be reviewed again. A stipend will be offered to those who participate in a Quality Matters course.

5. Information on Election of Faculty Association officers and Faculty Division Representatives for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.  There are currently three nominees for Faculty Association office positions, David McGee, Vice-President/President-Elect, John McCullough, Secretary, and Marci Gale, Treasurer. As Cynthis Deutsch is the current Vice President/President-Elect, she will assume President's duties during the 2021-2022 academic year.   Jim Tuite asked for a motion to approve the nominees by acclamation. Vic Sizemore made the motion to approve, and Dave Dietrich seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. According to the Faculty Association bylaws, division representatives and representatives for the counselors and librarians serve on the Executive Council for a one-year term. Their respective memberships or division chooses them. Each current representative will be responsible for the nomination election procedure in their respective division for a new term and report election results to the President no later than April 30, 2021.

6. Information on Selection of Chancellor's Faculty Advisory Committee (CFAC) Representative for the next three years. Currently, four candidates expressed interest in the position. Online faculty voting on the nominations will be held during the first two weeks in April, beginning on April 1, 2021.  

1. Governance Committees (2021-2022 academic year). Jim Tuite asked faculty to volunteer for Governance Committees' service for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Cynthia Deutsch recommended that a list of policy committee vacancies be distributed to the faculty.

2. Faculty Recognition Awards. Jim Tuite encouraged faculty to nominate colleagues for Faculty Recognition Awards and College Leadership Awards. Nominations can be made in the following categories:
  • Teaching Effectiveness
  • Scholarly and Creative Engagement
  • Institutional Responsibility
  • Community Impact
  • Diversity Awareness, Inclusivity, and Multicultural Enrichment
  • Faculty Leadership
Self-nominations for any of these awards are encouraged.  

3. CFAC Update. Cynthia Deutsch did not have any updates from the Chancellors Faculty Advisory Committee since its next virtual meeting is scheduled in early April.

4. VCCS Strategic Plan. The VCCS Strategic Plan is entitled "Opportunity 2027." Cynthia Deutsch, who served on the committee creating the plan,  said there is a communication team to disseminate the details of the plan across the VCCS. CVCC will begin work on their college plan in support of the  VCCS strategic plan.     

5. Professional Development Update.  Alison Moore reminded the faculty of Michael Babcock's follow-up workshop on Zoom anxiety, scheduled on March 31, 2021.
David McGee inquired about the status of classroom instruction for the fall 2021 semester. Whether or not and the degree to which faculty and students can return to the classroom remains uncertain and will depend on state guidelines.

Motion to Adjourn. Jessica Hogan made the motion to adjourn the meeting, and John McCullough seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.

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