Faculty at commencement: pushed to the margins
Today’s a “non-instructional day” at the college. Nevertheless, at 2:00, the IVC Academic Senate held its last Rep Council meeting of the semester.
Things were going pretty well until we hit item 15, the “Commencement Process.”
“The Administrative Services Council…work group…,” said the agenda, “has decided that we reorder the seating arrangement to seat the Faculty behind the students.”
Hey! That moves us from the center to the margins!
The question was whether we supported this decision.
—Um, no, not the folks in my neck of the woods. They love Commencement. They love being there for the students, close to the students. Right in there with ‘em, all cozy.
As you know, at Commencement, it is the faculty who confer the degrees on students. No, it’s not the board. It’s not the President. The faculty.
And they’re always a pretty enthusiastic bunch, at least faculty in my School (the School of Humanities—and the Languages folks), who always show up and hang around to talk to students, parents, Uncle Carlos, Aunt Minnie, et al. Pictures are taken. Hugs are hugged. (This can’t be said for every School at the college, that’s for sure.)
Just who is this ‘Council’ anyway?, I asked.
Well, their membership has changed a lot over the years. Blah blah blah. Who knows.
I think somebody said that our President, Glenn Roquemore, wants this change.
Of course he does. Any chance to demote faculty—he’ll take it. If he could run the college without faculty, he’d do it in a flash. I’m pretty sure he feels the same way about students, and books, and so on. Everybody knows it.
I moved that we reject the Council’s decision. We voted.
My motion went down in flames. Only 8 of about 25 voted for it.
So, things have changed.
Let us know what you think.