Month: October 2012

Good News: Dr. Duong received his letter

Dr. Hoan Duong, tenured math professor at SAC, received some very good news around noon on Monday, October 29th. A letter of employment was signed which will allow him to remain teaching math with us here in the United States. Dr. Duong is a Canadian citizen but has been teaching for the Alamo College under a special NAFTA visa designation for professionals.

While we are very grateful that this issue has been resolved, there are some lingering concerns and questions regarding Dr. Duong’s situation:

1. There seemed to be some confusion at the Administrative level as to which visa Dr. Duong was seeking. Why wasn’t there a more concerted effort to talk to Dr. Duong to determine exactly what his needs were?

2. When Administration finally did determine the nature of Dr. Duong’s request, why was he kept in limbo for weeks? Time is of the essence and he, his family, his department, and his students needed to know if he would continue teaching in the Spring semester.

3. What are the Chancellor’s and the Board’s plan for establishing a policy regarding the hiring of international faculty? Does there even need to be a policy?

4. Are there other faculty in the District in the same or similar situation?

5. Is the District willing to sponsor an international faculty member so that they may gain citizenship?

6. What kind of policy and procedures are in place at other colleges (UTSA, for example, where many SAC students transfer) in hiring international instructors?

Faculty are eager to meet and discuss this issue further with the Chancellor and the Board.

Vice Chancellor for Academic Success search reopened

The District hired a search consultant firm to do a job search for the VCAS? We had the two very viable candidates for the job and now we’re going to employ the consultant firm once again to find more candidates? How much is that costing the Alamo Family? Why didn’t we select one of the initial candidates?
Alamo Family,
From the very start of the search for a new Vice Chancellor for Academic Success, our search consultant firm (Gold Hill) indicated that this was going to be an extremely difficult position to fill – and they were correct. Despite each of the candidate’s impressive records of achievement and credentialing, the District, based upon all of the feedback provided, has decided to extend this search. All candidates have been notified of this decision. Human Resources will once again post this position and the application window will be reopened. The search committee will continue with their work to identify suitable candidates for the larger collective to visit with.
On behalf of the entire committee, I want to thank everyone for their continued interest in, and support of, this process. Your feedback has been informative, instructive, and important.
Thomas Cleary
Search Committee Chair
Dr. Thomas S. Cleary
Vice Chancellor
Planning, Performance and Information Systems
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Keeping Him in Alignment

Last week The Ranger reported on the Chancellor’s 7% raise. Trustee Jim Rindfuss explains:

“Rather than give him a 2 percent increase, we did an analysis, a study, of what the chancellors from the largest community colleges in the state were getting and we found out we were far too low to keep him in alignment,” he said. “It had nothing to do with 2 percent, plus this, plus that. It had to do with 2 percent was not adequate. We decided what was adequate, and we voted on that by doing the analysis similar to what we’ve done with the faculty.”

So faculty at the lower rungs of the ladder received a salary alignment after years of being underpaid (in relation to our peer institutions) so the Chancellor gets to have an alignment, too? Meanwhile, adjunct faculty (who are being hired to fill teaching positions vacated by full-time tenured faculty) received no pay raise.

What’s wrong with the picture?