Approved Compensation Package

Last week the Chancellor sent an email regarding the approval of a compensation package for the next budget cycle.  Some of the highlights of this package for faculty are:

  • Increase the number of steps from 14 to 15
  • Provide a step for ALL residential faculty (including those originally at top of step)
  • 1 or more equity steps for some residential faculty
  • A lump-sum stipend for any employee whose base pay adjustment with the step is less than 4.13%.
  • The establishment of step equity minimums based on time as Residential Faculty

While I understand that the compensation may, in many cases, not match the inflation that we are all experiencing, it is my hope that we can come together to celebrate the fact that this is the first step we have received since AY 16/17 and a clear commitment on the part of District leadership and the Governing Board to address compensation and inequity issues as much as budgetarily possible.

I would like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to Dr. Frank Wilson and his team for their diligence, flexibility, and willingness to work collaboratively with faculty input to come up with a compensation plan that attempts to address compensation issues for as many faculty as possible given budget constraints.

Further details can be found in the May 23rd Governing Board Docs and the Slide Deck from the Compensation Town Halls.


Governing Board Address 5/23/23

Madame la Presidente, members of the board, Chancellor, CEC colleagues, friends and family. I am Dr. Lisa Marsio and am honored to be the Faculty Association President for the 2023-2024 year. I would like to take a moment to thank Dr. Newton for her friendship, leadership, and mentorship over the past year. And for being the Ted Lasso to my Roy Kent!

Rather than saying “good evening” I will greet you with “jambo”.  Jambo is a Swahili greeting that translates as “hi” or “hey”. I use this, not because of its informality, but rather because I cannot help but smile everytime I say it.  “Jambo”.   

And we, as a District, have much to smile about.  Let me name a few.

We have seen enrollments trending up over the past year, and we can be hopeful that this will continue.  

We have launched 7 baccalaureate degrees and over 400 students have already enrolled.

We have saved our students millions of dollars through the innovative use of OER materials and task forces are being developed to look at everything from appropriate course fees to the use of Artificial Intelligence and other innovations in academia. Much to smile about.

We have come together in the partnership of Shared Governance and begun to build a community of collegiality and trust.  For example, Governing Board members, faculty, and staff worked collaboratively, and with lack of status in the room, on a strategic plan to move the Maricopa Community Colleges forward into an increasingly competitive academic world.  Much to smile about.

Perhaps the biggest thing we have to smile about, however, is our students, who continue to honor and humble us with the trust they place in us to be change-agents in their lives for the better.

Over the past two weeks, there has been great movement in the student population at our colleges.  Many, with degrees or credentials in hand, are entering the workforce.  Many, with transfer credits in hand, are matriculating to 4-year universities.  Some, such as the grandparent who took a social media class for their own edification and have mad skills in hand, are now embarrassing friends and family on Tik Tok.  While their goals may vary, they take with them a bit of the Maricopa mystique that binds them together, be it a Scottsdale fighting Artichoke, a South Mountain Cougar or a PC Bear.

Over the next few meetings, I hope to share happenings in the faculty world of Maricopa; more things that bring smiles to our faces such as the continued work in the realm of teaching and learning that continues to occur in the summer.  Stay tuned.

With that, I would like to close tonight with a haiku on semester’s end:

Books close, minds unfurl
Semester’s end, knowledge gained
Paths diverge, growth

Asante Sana (Thank you in Swahili)