Thursday, March 19, 2015

IVC faculty hiring: Failure to communicate? Part II

Flapjacks? Yep. Shared governance? Not so much
     I am told that, at yesterday’s BDRPC (budget development) meeting (at Irvine Valley College), discussion focused on recent hiring decisions, a matter that was not even agendized. The latter circumstance indicates that passions were high. (See Omnishambles II).
     With regard to the hiring of faculty, one faculty member noted that at the end of the summer when hiring was last publically discussed, FON (the district-wide minimum full-time faculty “obligation” number) was not mentioned. And yet it was central to VPI Justice’s account in his recent memo. (See Failure to Communicate?) Another faculty member noted that Justice’ announcement in that memo did not go out to any of the planning meetings. The announcement was made only in the President’s Executive Cabinet (PEC), a meeting of the college’s president and vice presidents only. A senate officer observed that PEC’s data, upon which their decision was based, was not shared. These circumstances have produced significant fallout among faculty. And why, it was asked, was the new dean position spared while three faculty positions were cut?

     Another Academic Senate officer objected to the failures of communication by administration in this matter.
     At today's meeting of the IVC Academic Senate, this matter will be discussed.
     I expect fireworks.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I always wonder what goes through Kiana's mind as she is listening to people talk about her husband in Senate. Must be very uncomfortable. Nevertheless, it was very disheartening to hear about the multiple examples of administration conveniently skirting the shared governance process and withholding important information. It is certainly isn't the first time, as we all know.

Anonymous said...

It's not like she has any shame in voting in the interest of her husband. No conflict of interest there, huh?

Anonymous said...

Kiana's mind? Glenn's ethics? He was on her HIRING COMMITTEE. Come on.

Anonymous said...

If my memory serves me correctly Glenn was a geology professor when Kiana was hired.
12:05 you are incorrect in spreading false information.

Anonymous said...

How does the fact that Glenn was a Geology Prof when Kiana was hired refute the notion (widely believed) that he was on her hiring committee?

Anonymous said...

this blog sure has a ton of false information.

Roy Bauer said...

9:08, please identify the "false information" offered by this blog.

Roy Bauer said...

9:08: thought so.

Anonymous said...

9:08 is correct. Not everything written in this blog is true.

Roy Bauer said...

9:06 - Again, identify what is "incorrect."

Anonymous said...

Prove that every thought, every phrase that everyone writes on this blog is correct.

Anonymous said...

You don't have to prove that everything is correct. Just prove any one incorrect statement. Just one or two for good measure.

Anonymous said...

It's quite possible that not everything written on this blog is 100% accurate. Lots of people contribute to this publication, so one has to take everything with a grain of salt. Some things may be accurate, not others. There is no "fact check" police here, as far as I can tell, although occasionally some writers do correct certain "facts." In any case, whether Glenn was on Kiana's hiring committee or not, it probably doesn't matter much at this point. It does seem, however, that there was a lack of good communication regarding the decisions not to hire. And I believe that's what bothers a lot of folks out there. You'd think after all the criticisms IVC has received from the Accrediting Commission, administration would be more careful about communicating well.

Roy Bauer said...

Dissent the Blog is in part journalistic, but it is not primarily so. We are reporting and discussing events from our particular perspective as people trained in particular academic areas, as members of the IVC and broader community, as people seeking decent and honest leadership.
For your information, there are two primary contributors to DtB, and it is no secret who they are.
Over the years, people have occasionally written comments to the effect that something we have said is false or inaccurate. Whenever this has occurred, I have challenged the accuser to cite specifics, to provide concrete instances. They have never delivered.
On occasion, we have reported things erroneously, and, when made aware of that, in each instance we have corrected the error. We’ve been very upfront about that.
There’s no need to read this blog with a “grain of salt.” I do, however, wish more commenters opined with a grain of intelligence or care. That would be nice.

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