Full-Time Faculty Against the Proposed AS Bylaws Change
To: MiraCosta College Academic Senate President, Officers, and Members
From: Undersigned MiraCosta College Full-Time Faculty
RE: Associate Faculty Voting for Academic Senate President and Vice President
We, the undersigned, are opposed to the proposed Bylaws change that would give all associate faculty a full vote in President and Vice President elections.
Many of us have had significant associate faculty experiences at various institutions prior to obtaining full-time faculty positions at MiraCosta College. During our time as “freeway flyers,” our campus connections and involvements were typically constrained due to the limited time afforded by our hectic schedules. Now, as full-time tenure track and tenured faculty, we not only teach our full loads of 15+ hours, but we also serve the campus in numerous ways including departmental duties, collegial governance, course leads, department chairs, faculty coordinators, and more.
While we respect and value our associate faculty colleagues, our complex roles and increased campus involvement outside the classroom mean the decisions made by the Academic Senate have a disproportionate effect on us as full-time faculty. To that end, we think it is both unwise and unreasonable to give each associate faculty member a full vote in the election of Academic Senate President and Vice President.