Faculty Agreement & Charter Trainings

Here is the Faculty Agreement that was given to the Governing Board for their consideration: Faculty Agreement . The Board will be addressing it at the Governing Board work session on February 2.

Below are Charter training sessions. The session will be taped for those who cannot attend. Faculty will be given links to the PowerPoint, a Charter template, and a sample Charter at that time.

FACT Charter Training Overview Presentation

FACT Training – Department/Division Leadership Compensation Formula

FACT Charter Training Q&A Presentation

FACT Charter Training Q&A Presentation

Governing Board Address 1/27/21

Madame President, Governing Board members, Chancellor Gonzales, CEC, colleagues, and guests,

Good evening! I am Patrice Nango, philosophy faculty at MCC and currently serving as Faculty Association President. Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you this evening.

I’d like to welcome our new GB members, Susan Bitter Smith and Jacqueline Smith, and congratulate them on their successful election campaigns. In addition, congratulations and welcome back to Tom Nerini and Linda Thor, who waged successful re-election campaigns to serve another term on the Governing Board. I would also like to extend congratulations to Marie Sullivan on her second year as Board President and Tom Nerini, who will serve as Board Secretary. The faculty look forward to collaborating with all of you this next year on the essential work that is before us to make MCCCD the destination for student success, thriving employees, and strong community partnerships. Education can change lives, and MCCCD is a powerful engine in providing the means and the opportunities for people to successfully pursue their education.

2021! A new year begins! While 2020 was a year fraught with challenges and conflicts, it was also an opportunity to take a closer look at how we do things in Maricopa and what was working and what was not. At the speed of light we had to transition to a virtual workplace and learning institution, and that speed, let’s just say, was new to us. Faculty, staff and administrators were challenged to not only embrace this unprecedented virtual reality, they had to do it quickly and successfully. Students’ educational lives and progress were at stake, and most students were not prepared to or even interested in going 100% online. But, transition quickly we did and the 2020 academic year finally came to a reasonably successful end because everyone pulled together, collaborated, refused to let things slide, and kept students front of mind.

As we begin 2021, there is still much work to be done. It is our fervent hope that faculty leadership and the Governing Board can work together on important issues of mutual interest, employing our complementary skill sets and knowledge to problem solve rather than simply defend our varying positions. We are committed to systemic institutional shared governance, which to us means commitment to collaboration and not to combat; to learning and growing together and not to dividing and demonizing; and to engaging in honest dialogue and not avoiding difficult conversations.

Shared governance can seem messy and time consuming because it requires that we listen to and build relationships with all stakeholders. But ultimately it builds trust among participants because of the requirements to listen, openly discuss, identify shared interests, and work together to problem solve and build consensus. We won’t agree with each other all the time, but we can learn to find acceptable solutions through the shared governance process. Faculty leadership is eager to participate in the building of relationships and trust through the implementation of shared governance throughout Maricopa. We offer our time, knowledge, experience, energy, and commitment to the systemic institutional implementation of shared governance because we know it will have a profound and positive impact on our students, employees, community, and the Governing Board. As was articulated by several Board members at the conclusion of their recent on-boarding session, “We have a lot of work to do!” Yes, we do! It’s time for all of us, the people who comprise and represent Maricopa, to work together to make MCCCD the destination for student success, thriving employees, and strong community partnerships. A new year is before us–shall we begin?

Assault on the Capitol – AAUP Statement

In response to the shocking events that occurred on January 6th in Washington DC, the Faculty Executive Council of the Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association endorses the following statement by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP):

Assault on the Capitol

The AAUP is appalled by the assault on the US Capitol today. The current administration’s attacks on truth, inflammatory rhetoric, and baseless objections to the result of a free and fair election have now led to violence, highlighting the precarious state of our democracy. We look forward to working with the new administration, Senate, and House to strengthen our democracy and to strengthen our education system, a key underpinning of a functional democracy.

Publication Date:
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Patrice Nango
Faculty Association President

Governing Board Address 11/24/2020

President Sullivan, members of the Board, Chancellor, CEC, and Colleagues.

Good evening.

Thank you for the opportunity to share our thoughts about the new year.

Things are changing!

On behalf of the faculty, the Faculty Executive Council welcomes newly elected GB members Susan Bitter Smith and Jacqueline Smith and re-elected members Tom Nerini and Linda Thor.  Congratulations on your successful campaigns!  We look forward to working with you and the incumbent GB members continuing to build a successful and productive future for our students, communities, and employees.  Thank you to departing Board members Dana Saar and Laurin Hendrix for your service on the Governing Board.

As Spring semester arrives, FEC is looking forward to further developing and enriching our partnerships with the Interim Employee Senate, Adjunct Faculty Association, senior councils, members of the Chancellor’s Executive Council, Human Resources and the Chancellor. We welcome the opportunity to continue the good work being done on behalf of and with our students, employees, business partners, and communities.

In closing, the Faculty Association would like to recognize and applaud the tireless and innovative work of MCCCD employees with and for our students.  They have risen to the constantly shifting challenges brought by the pandemic with grace, energy, creativity, compassion, commitment and a laser focus on our students’ well being and success.  You have our deepest appreciation!

Thank you for your time.  The Faculty Association wishes everyone a happy holiday season.

Governing Board Address 09/22/20

President Sullivan, Secretary Hendrix, members of the Board, Chancellor, members of CEC, colleagues, and guests,

Thank you for the opportunity to address you this evening on behalf of the Faculty Executive Council and the faculty at large.

As you know, troubling events relating to the search for a new Chancellor have been revealed over the past several weeks. These events are of deep concern to the faculty and the future of this institution.

Tonight is my first address since this Board convened on September 10 to take action on the corrupted Chancellor Search. At that meeting, the Board resolved on a 4-to-1 vote to admonish Board member Kathleen Winn for what an external investigation concluded were her “egregious” actions on that committee. The resolution also requested she resign from the Board.

Given that the historic nature of the Board Resolution is commensurate with the historic nature of the documented wrongdoing, I would strongly recommend that every member of the MCCCD community read the investigative report, in full.

Among its findings, I wish to highlight one in particular. The report documents an email communication between Ms. Winn and a community member unaffiliated with the search. In this email, which violated the confidentiality agreement required of all committee members, Ms. Winn both communicated about a candidate for the position and endorsed that candidate, thus destroying the neutrality the process demands. Furthermore, when questioned by the investigator about the communication, Ms. Winn flatly denied everything, despite having sent an email that irrefutably documents she had contacted the community member and says “and I support this candidate.”

This remarkable denial of incontrovertible evidence, in addition to testimony by other interviewees consistent with that email, in part led the investigator to conclude Ms. Winn’s claims to the contrary were “not credible.”

One might think that exposing Ms. Winn’s conduct would lead her to contrition, but her reaction to Mr. Heffner distributing the public investigative report was to send him a threatening text message instead. This threat led Mr. Heffner to file a whistleblower complaint.

We appreciate the Board’s bold actions in publicly addressing Ms. Winn’s misconduct that resulted in an aborted search process. The Board’s censure and request for her resignation demonstrates its commitment to integrity and accountability. But that resolution did not address her threat against a faculty member on that committee, and the inapplicability of the current whistleblower policy makes clear that something must be done, in the name of integrity and accountability, to demonstrate that such board behavior is intolerable.

So, my questions to you, Members of the Board, are these: How can this institution properly function when a Board member can deny basic facts, threaten employees, and refuse to take responsibility for her actions? How can a Board member’s “egregious” misconduct and “not credible” assertions do anything but detract from our mission of student success and our future candidate search? If the whistleblower policy cannot protect employees from Board members’ ominous threats that curtail legitimate conduct and silence dissent, what is to be done?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Patrice Nango
Faculty Association President