Microaggressions and FA Support
Recently, I attended a DEqCC meeting along with Hayley Schwartzkopf, Director of Labor Relations, and Nick Mortaloni, Dean of Student Life & Judicial Affairs to dialogue with the committee and guests on the topic of microaggressions and the processes in place for addressing them. If you did not have a chance to review the agenda and supporting materials sent out by Nery Chapetón-Lamas, I encourage you to take the time to peruse the resources to garner a deeper understanding o
First Year Faculty, Prepare to Pick Your Committees!
Photo by Headway on Unsplash Are you a first-year faculty member who's wrapped up your first tenure cycle? Are you eagerly looking towards your second tenure cycle and thinking, "Pshaw, I got this in the bag!"? If so, then let me bring you down a notch: governance and institutional service are weighed into your tenure evaluation starting in your second cycle. Still feeling confident? Then answer this: how are you supposed to magically know which committees you'd like to w
“Maxing Out” Retirement - The Basics
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash I’ve had the pleasure of seeing many fellow faculty in one of the FLEX workshops related to pensions, retirement, and sick leave/banking LHE. However, because there are so many good workshops during flex week, I wanted to pass along some good information here so that those interested in attending can have a bit more background and so those unable to attend can also increase their knowledge about retirement options at MCC. (Shameless plug - th
FA Budget Reserves Continue to Grow
The FA Council continues to set a conservative fiscal course for the FA that emphasizes building reserves and cautious spending. At our October meeting, the FAC reviewed and unanimously approved the Budget and Benefits Committee’s proposed budget. To see line items and totals, you can download the 2019-2020 budget PDF here. Your Contributions At Work As MiraCosta’s full-time faculty well know, we have been fortunate to develop and maintain a solid relationship with district l
Dear Scotty, Help Me Out with Banked Hours!
Dear Scotty, There seems to be some problems with the way I bank my hours for overload, and I wanted to see if you could give me some insight. I got an email from payroll with something that looks like a spreadsheet with my banked hours on it, and now I’m confused. For a little bit of background, I’m a counselor who is working some overload and wanting to bank the hours for the future. I was told that this is all based on 27.5 hours of work but I’m not sure how that matters b