The subject of student government came up. “You know,” said one student, “one advantage of being in student government is that you get priority registration.”
“Really?” asked the colleague.
“Really?” I asked, when said colleague told me this story.
A couple of weeks ago, I was speaking with a colleague who shared stories with me about a certain nakedly ambitious instructor whose notoriously assertive and superior ways have left a lengthy trail of disgruntlement and annoyance among the ranks of the classified to the administrative, with several passes through the instructional, both adjunct and full-time.
“Yeah, I remember,” I said. “Once, I joked on the blog about the title of one of the installations—a sculpture in the A-Quad—and she reacted as though I had tried to destroy her program and her career. I was amazed. All I did was explain the allusion of the installation’s title! Who did she think she was, anyway?”
“Hot shit, that’s what. You know how much she was paid for that project?”
“Nope. How much?” I figured my friend would give a figure like three or four thousand dollars. Over the years, lots of special projects have come and gone, and that’s the usual size of a stipend. Chump change.
“$35,000,” she said.
I stared at her.
“Did you say $35,000?”
(We retracted the suggestion that the instructor received this kind of money on Feb. 13.)
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The aforementioned instructor’s pushy and self-serving ways are, unfortunately, a good fit with IVC’s culture of bullying and mystery administrative careers (MACs)—by which I mean the pattern of inexplicably lengthy tenures among some outstandingly questionable administrators and managers.
The man who presides over this curiously F'd up regime—Glenn Roquemore—provides a good example of a MAC. College Presidential tenures are traditionally short. A project gets done, and then the prez immediately becomes a short-timer. He or she has got to go.
But Glenn Roquemore, who got his administrative start by catching a corner of Raghu Mathur’s slithering star, has managed to keep his job as Prez for nearly a dozen years now (August 2001), despite his utter dearth of leadership abilities and his manifest incompetence. What does he stand for? Who the hell knows. What is he doing? That’s hard to say. What has he accomplished? Well, I'll have to get back to you on that.
Consider IVC’s current financial crises. In the middle of last semester, we were told about an unfortunate long-term trend in our finances—namely, that expenses keep increasing while revenue remains flat. Oddly, despite the longtime availability of this data, in mid Fall, an atmosphere of “emergency” suddenly materialized. Unless we do something soon, we were told, we’d be in trouble. What to do!?
Fortunately, faculty leadership caught wind of his apparent disposition and squealed loudly. The upshot: a new committee was formed and charged with looking into the possibilities of new revenue and cost cutting. By the time the committee got up and going, the HR due date for advertising new hires had passed, for Roquemore had dithered. Academic Senate leadership put a fire under Roquemore's ass, and, finally, some new positions were sent down to HR to pursue advertising. As things now stand, if we hire at all, we’ll do so belatedly, and at a disadvantage relative to competing colleges.
Nice going, Glenn. (Meanwhile, Saddleback College, despite the burden of a similar fiscal "crisis," is pursuing lots of full-time hires.)
At one senate meeting, a committee member told us that when inquiring minds asked administration how certain budgetary decisions had been made, the response was, “we don’t remember.”
During the crucial third probationary year, a probie’s TRC makes a recommendation re tenure, and that goes to the college President. The recommendation then goes down to HR at the district. From there, it goes to the trustees. As I understand it, the process is underway and the trustees will be asked to approve recommendations late this month.
It’s an important process. It is important that it not be abused. But at IVC, with its bully-friendly culture and inexplicable embrace of The Incompetent, complacency is always a mistake. People who are used to throwing their weight around might throw it, well, here, in the Tenure Review Process, in a manner contrary to the spirit of fairness and due process.
I sense the opening of a new era of litigation for the district. Listening, trustees? (Not likely.)
—Well, maybe not "interesting."
SEE ALSO Tenure Time