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Work & School

Those are the major chunks of my existence.  Let’s start with work:

Biggest news, its official, starting Fall of 2013 I will be the Co-Department Chair for CIS @ PCC. Spending time as dept. chair is part of my overall career plan and the first real step on my career path to be a college president.

What does the dept. chair do?

Three major things:
First, scheduling. The dept. chair is responsible for scheduling all classes for the dept. The CIS dept is large enough to warrant two dept. chairs. So the massive scheduling duties will be cut in two enormous chunks.

Second, managing the part-time faculty. Hiring new part-time faculty, performing part-time evaluations, etc. This will be my first management experience ever. Its necessary for my continued advancement towards my goal and I have to start somewhere.

Third, (and probably the most fun!) Student complaints. After a student is unable to resolve an issue with the instructor, they typically  go to the dept. chair. If the complaint is against a full-timer, it is passed on to the dean.

The other duties vary….

I’ve talked about this transition for probably 2 or 3 years. Now that it’s going to happen, I’m a little nervous. I’m sure that nervousness will expand exponentially as we get closer to Fall.

I’ve got plenty to keep me busy until then.

Winter term is looking to be fairly brutal. All 3 of my classes will need some sort of attention & of course 2 out 3 are jammed packed!

The CIS 225, is being offered online for the first time. While there are no in class  lectures, making sure things look and feel right are going to be fairly major.

CIS 187I I’ve never hit my stride with that course. It’s so similar to my 287I course its hard to really make 187I its own course. We’ll see what I come up with. I think I need to make it more basic…..

CIS 288M, because I’m due to redesign all the networking courses in near future, the plan has been to leave them alone. However, we are working on something called a Technical Skills Assessment. And it has to be added to a course and that course is 288M! This assessment is used to ensure students are meeting the outcomes that have been outlined for the networking degree.

Fortunately, I think most of what is required in the assessment is already in 288M. That’s a good thing. But I’ll need to do some patchwork and make sure it all fits.

Oh and one other little detail, I’m writing the Technical Skills Assessment with another faculty member, so it’s not done yet.

For me, one of the hardest things to do as instructor is to stay on top of grading. I’ve got to get that under control, and Winter term is going to be my target. I’m going to work daily grading into my schedule if it KILLS ME! It would save me so much pain in the long run. I’ll set out on the journey again and we’ll see how it goes.

Where work meets school

I have been doing an internship for my E.d.D. program. I have been working with Heather Lang the Sylvania Campus Dean of Students. She is my internship supervisor. The goal was to learn more about the student services side of higher education. I am fairly familiar with Instructional side of things.

Through this process I got to look at the formation of a new initiative designed to address the federal and state mandates and future mandates regarding the completion agenda. The simplified explanation, the completion agenda is an initiative designed to get more people that start college to finish college. The debate begins when you begin to discuss what finish means. To some, finishing means the student ends the process with a degree. The degree is the focus of the initiative. That has profound impact on community colleges because a degree isn’t always the goal of the community college student.

So the internship has focused around how PCC is approaching this issue, including examining the direction things are going at state and federal levels.

I see this topic being around and impacting my career in community college leadership on all levels. And the impact will be great enough that I’m going to be changing my dissertation topic. While distance learning is “safe” and interesting topic for me.  This process is about personal growth. Becoming a subject matter expert on the topic will certainly help my career in the long run. I don’t know the details of how I’m going to frame the big topic down into something I can work with, but the seed is planted.

This class is almost done….

When this class is done, I’ll have 5 left! Sadly, such a small numbers translates into a year left of classes. Oh semesters, they seem to take FOREVER! But this time next year I should be done with course work and be gearing up for my comprehensive exam.

My next two classes are Quantitative Analysis (counting things) & Education Law: Higher Education. Time to do some heavy lifting. Not looking forward to the Quantitative Analysis….. Oh with the change in topic my research method will most likely change from Quantitative Analysis to Qualitative Analysis (talking and stuff).

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