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Our college is too small for my office to even qualify as a learning
center--we call it the Academic Enhancement Office, but we do all the
learning center things on a smaller scale, and I also teach a for-credit
course. I am full-time associate faculty and am on a faculty contract.
Only accreditation issues keep me from being "faculty" without the
"associate:" we're single purpose for nursing, and I'm not a nurse.
Conversationally, I am referred to here as the Academic Enhancement
faculty, or as the learning specialist.  I serve as faculty on shared
governance Academic, Research and Curriculum committees; but on
Curriculum I have voice but no vote--again, because it's a nursing
curriculum and I'm not a nurse. Incidentally, my being faculty is a
little controvercial--probably 10% of the faculty think that my role
should be a staff position; but it's not because what I do is not
academic enough, it's because I'm not a nurse! 
Linda Riggs Mayfield 

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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
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Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 3:25 PM
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Subject: Should Center Director be Faculty?

I agree! I am a FT faculty with administrative and teaching
responsibilities as well.  Since we are under student affairs the
academic status is important when developing collaborative programs with
academic faculty.  And it is vital to our own field that we view
ourselves as advanced practitioners, applying theory and continuing to
refine our work based on solid evidence.  

Pat
 
Patricia Maher, Ph. D.
Director, Learning Assistance Services
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL  33620-5089
813-974-9281
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Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 2:58 PM
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Subject: Re: Should Center Director be Faculty?

We're a multi-campus community college district, yet learning centers
are housed in the academic side on two campuses and in the student
development side on the other.  All learning centers have FT faculty
positions as learning center coordinators, regardless of which side of
the house they reside.  However, campus discretionary funding has
allowed much variation in staffing and budgets.  Our urban campus also
has a staff position for the learning center supervisor.  In addition to
my role as learning center coordinator I serve the campus as a Retention
Coordinator, reaching out beyond the activities of the learning center. 


In spite of the talent one may possess as a leader in the learning
center, I believe these position must be that of a faculty member who
can participate and demonstrate expertise in a number of faculty
settings.



Zola K. Gordy, Retention Coordinator
Teaching/Learning Center
MCC - Penn Valley
3201 Southwest Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 759-4004
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What better book can there be than the book of humanity?
--Cesar Chavez

>>> Christine Flax <[log in to unmask]> 1/31/2007 1:13 pm >>>
I am the Director of our tutoring center under the auspices of which
fall tutoring, SI, and a freshmen mentoring program.  I am also
FTfaculty.  My contract includes the aforementioned plus teaching 2
developmental reading courses a semester.  Hope this hleps.
 
Christine T. Flax
Asst. Professor of English Language & Literature Director of PASS
Director of The Academic Link Villa Julie College
1525 Greenspring Valley Road
Stevenson, MD 21153
443-334-2639
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>>> [log in to unmask] 1/31/2007 1:11:55 PM >>>

You may be surprised as to the response you would receive from faculty;
especially adjunct who are looking to become more permanent. 
At least, the position should fall under your academic "house" and not

student services. This is a best practice that I have researched. You
will have more support from faculty and will more likely to find a
person with background in learning theory and pedagogy. It is not
uncommon for the directorship to a faculty position. I would push for
this. Good luck!

Cheri

----- Original Message -----
From: Dave Ehren <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 10:00 am
Subject: Should Center Director be Faculty?
To: [log in to unmask] 

> We're trying to decide what the nature of the directorship should be 
> for our center. The faculty rule the roost at our college, and I'm 
> looking for input from this list on arguments for and against having 
> the director's position be part of the faculty.
> 
> That being said, I think (politically) that it won't happen here, no 
> one wants to give up faculty FTE. But I could still use some cogent 
> arguments to convince the naysayers.
> 
> Citations would be greatly appreciated, as would opinions that I could

> share with my dean.
> 
> Thanks in advance.
> 
> Dave
> 
> --
> David L. O. Ehren
> Math and Science Counselor
> Interim Director
> Macalester College MAX Center
> 651-696-6120
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> 
> I am doing some of the many right things to do.
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