faculty senate


The rights and responsibilities of the Chaffey College Faculty Association (CCFA), derive from the Public Employees Relations Act and the interpretations of this act by the Public Employees Relations Board. CCFA's primary responsibility is to exclusively represent the Chaffey College faculty in all aspects of the collective bargaining process and to represent the faculty viewpoint to the college administration and the Governing Board on all matters relating to wages, hours, employment conditions and employer employee relations.

CCFA has primary responsibility for the following:

A. Representing faculty members in any and all stages of the employer-employee grievance process as required by the faculty members and as required by provisions of law.
B. Arranging for appropriate legal assistance for faculty members in matters relating to their contractual position at Chaffey College.
C. Providing faculty members with a formal and collective voice in relevant legislative issues and in local, state and federal elections.
D. Serving as an advocate for faculty members in non employer-employee grievance procedures.
E. Providing the community, press and the Governing Board with information relevant to the wages, hour and working conditions of college faculty.
F. Consulting with the college administration on the implementation of the current contract, collective bargaining and Board policies and procedures as they relate to wages, hours and working conditions.
G. Filing appropriate legal actions on behalf of the collective faculty.
H. Providing faculty with perspectives and analysis on the District's budget and funding patterns and comparative salary and budget information.

CCFA has a secondary responsibility to contribute to the general well being and professional environment of the faculty by:

A. Supporting appropriate social, cultural and institutional activities as directed by the CCFA membership.
B. Supporting appropriate professional growth activities for faculty.
C. Providing faculty with information concerning retirement, benefits, and special services.
D. Fostering a climate of cooperation among faculty, classified staff, management and the Governing Board.

CCFA Website (page will open in a new window above this one)

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Faculty Senate elects a Faculty Lecturer for each academic year. In the spring the Faculty Senate seeks nominations from all contract faculty of a colleague to become the Lecturer for the following year. The individuals who accept the nomination have their names placed on a ballot and all faculty vote to determine the Faculty Lecturer for the following academic year. The individual selected is notified and receives one class reassigned during the upcoming year to research and write a paper and prepare for their lecture/presentation. The paper is published as a journal and distributed at the event. The individual chosen selects his or her own topic for presentation to the campus community.

This event was initiated in 1969 by the Faculty Senate. All campus constituencies are invited and formal invitations to attend are extended to college administrators, members of the Governing Board, and the lecturer's guest list.

Faculty take this award very seriously. To be selected is an honor, carrying with it a significant responsibility. Each Lecturer is presented a plaque by the President of the Faculty Senate recognizing them on behalf of the faculty. Many of our Faculty Lecturers have been interviewed and highlighted in local and regional papers. A photograph and brief biography of the individual is placed in the college catalog.

This is a program that is highly valued on our campus. It draws a capacity crowd every year. Individuals who miss it often check out the video of the presentation and go out of their way to find an opportunity to discuss it with the Lecturer. It shows us at our best. Students have, on occasion, asked the Lecturer to sign their copy of the paper at the presentation. We are all, faculty, administrators, and classified caught up in our daily routines and work isolated from one another. This gives the academic community an opportunity to "see" the talent and dedication that usually occurs behind closed doors. We come together to celebrate what it is that we are about.

Year Name/Discipline Title of Lecture
Julie Song TBD
Lecture was postponed  
Mary Jane Ross, Instructional Specialist To Be Announced
Robin Ikeda, Biology What Do You Think You Are? Identity in the Antropocene
Marc Meyer, Anthropology Race Matters: Culture vs. Biology                               YouTube Video
Joann Eisberg, Astronomy Are We Alone in the Universe? The Search for Another Earth
Peter Konovnitzine, Geography Russia in the 21st century: A geographic perspective. Can the past predict the future?
Vera Dunwoody, Psychology Reality: What's that?
Joy Haerens, Business & Office Technologies Curiouser and Curiouser: Down Exploring the Rabbit Hole
Orville Clarke, Art History Passion
Daniel Loomis, History Cartoons, Psychological Warfare, and World War II or Willy and Joe Get Drafted
Karen Lyman, Sociology and Gerontology Lessons from the New China: Hutongs to High-rises, Communism to Consumerism
Eva K. Rose, Communication Studies Emotional Intelligence: A Social Radar to Communication Competence
Marie Boyd, Library Clay Tablets to Flash Drives: Libraries, Technology and Human Values
Monica Carter, Political Science The Formula for Connectivity: Relationship Preceding Information (Politics, Race & the Classroom)
Christine V. Flores, Counseling Diamonds in the Rough: Empowering Students to Transform Their Lives
Bill Purkiss, Communication Studies Signals Through the Flames…Resiliency Theory and Chaffey College
Gary Aurouze, Philosophy Auschwitz and After: Moral Philosophy in the Shadow of Birkenau
Laura Hope, English The Ties That Bind: Exploring the Poetry of Mothers and Sons
Janice Clare Raithel, Art The Magic of Her Mirror Expanding Identities in Self-Portraits by Women
Dale DesLauriers, Biology Delusions of Self-Sufficiency
Andrew David E. Bixler, Environmental Studies and Ethics The Courage to Be: View From an Island
S. Craig Justice, Economics Fact, Fantasy, and Faith in Economic Analysis: Is Economics Truly a Science? (no booklet)
Kathy Brindell, History Holocaust Rescuers Remembered: Righteous Gentiles Who Embraced The Enemy Within
Cathie Keenan, Chemistry Why Chemistry Should Be Required For All Disciplines
Maura O'Neill, Philosophy On Being a Person of Passion in Academia
Muriel Zimmermann, Biology The Biological Adaptiveness of Lying
Barbara Mitchell, History The Ethics of Anarchosyndicalism or, How I Quit Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb[ers]
Michael Alexander, Communication Studies Metamorphosis The Emerging Role of Community College Faculty
Wayne Hubert, English From “I” to “We”: Individualism and Community in Contemporary Literature
James des Lauriers, Biology Public Conflict Over Scientific Knowledge
G. Sidney Silliman, Political Science The Politics of Reality

Between 1975 and 1987, the Faculty Lecturer honor lay dormant and was revitalized by Faculty Senate in 1987, to continue the tradition of academic excellence at Chaffey.

O. Stanley Waldrop, Psychology Power
Carol Sayles, Communication Arts The Creative Self Versus the Myopic Self
Michael E. Malone, English Shakespeare's World
Henry E. Childs, Jr., Biology The Lemming Legend and The Capistrano Caper
Marlin L. Dickey, Geology No Deposit, No Return
Felipe Cornejo, Spanish Man and the World
Bea Rose, Philosophy Who’s Listening
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Faculty Senate Office
Berz Excellence Building (BEB/formerly EEC) – Room 207
Faculty Senate President, Ardon Alger, Ext. 6965, ardon.alger@chaffey.edu
Administrative Assistant, Vacant, Ext. 6966

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The following is excerpted from Chaffey’s Participation in Shared Governance AP 2510 (printable pdf document) adopted by the Governing Board:

The Chaffey College Faculty Senate has a long and productive tradition of shared governance. This tradition corresponds to current law and rights and responsibilities conferred by the legislature. Shared governance will continue to have a positive impact on student learning and the successful operation of the college. The spirit of shared governance should permeate all functioning units of the institution. The purpose of each area is not only its explicit function but, implicitly, the best interests of the institution and the community we serve.

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Chaffey College is more than an educational institution; it is a community. As members of the community, we share in the lives of our colleagues, both in the celebration of important milestones and in acknowledging colleagues who suffer serious injury, illness, or loss of a family member by sending cards, flowers, memorial donations, etc. Please let your Senator or the Faculty Senate Office know when these significant events occur.

There are many other things the Senate Foundation Fund does to honor that sense of community. Expenditures have included:

• Cards, flowers, and donations in recognition of important personal events (births and deaths, illness, professional achievements and milestones)
Faculty Lecturer of the Year (page will open in a new window above this one): Senate’s most note-worthy single presentation each year to honor one of their own. Selection begins in the spring with nominations and concludes with faculty selecting the following year’s lecturer through a Senate election. Lecturers choose their own topic, work with the Senate Office throughout the year, and present their lecture during spring. On this once-a-year occasion, faculty have the opportunity to celebrate their colleagues and see the variety of talent Chaffey has to offer.
Meritorious Service Awards (pdf document): Faculty Senate has acknowledged faculty members through Meritorious Service Awards since the inception of the Awards in 1986/87. All full-time faculty, living or deceased, who have been retired for at least one full year or who have died while in service, are eligible for the Meritorious Service Award. Faculty receiving this prestigious honor have clearly shown meritorious service in at least two of the following three areas: Superior Teaching or Job Performance, Professional Achievement, and/or College Service. In order that future students and staff will remember their outstanding contributions to Chaffey, their name is placed on the Meritorious Service perpetual plaque that hangs in the library.
• Mentoring of New Faculty: Coaching SHINE Program—This program links first-year faculty with experienced faculty and by working together encourages dialoging, mentoring, and bonding among peers across disciplines; and new faculty gatherings.
• Tenure Reception: Annual on-campus event honoring newly tenured faculty.
• Faculty Get-Togethers: Bi-monthly faculty gatherings for fellowship and food.
• New Staff Welcome Reception: Annual campus-wide event welcoming new staff members.
• Adjunct Regalia for Commencement Ceremonies
• Installation of New Curriculum & Senate Officers
• Recognition of Retiring Staff for their Service to the College
Annual Report to the Community
• Chaffey College Foundation Events: Alumni Of the Year and Athletic Hall of Fame, Annual Golf Tournament, and Cesar Chavez Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser https://www.chaffey.edu/foundation/events.shtml (page will open in a new window above this one)

Although the Faculty Senate does not have any dues requirement, we urge all faculty to support the Faculty Senate through its Foundation Account with a suggested contribution of $5 monthly ($50/year). This may be paid through payroll deduction or a one-time payment.

Procedure for Payroll Deduction
• Complete the Payroll Deduction Form (printable Microsoft Word document) by the 15th of the month for the next pay period
• Submit the form to the Faculty Senate Office.

Procedure for One-Time Payment
• Make check payable to Faculty Senate Foundation Account
• Send check directly to Faculty Senate Office.

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• Faculty Senate Membership consists of two Senators and one Alternate from each School or Unit, three Senators-at-Large, Adjunct & Alternate Adjunct Senators, Curriculum Chair, & Faculty Senate President. 

• The Faculty Senate meets every Tuesday at 12:30 pm in the Berz Excellence Building (BEB) Room 204 located directly below the Language Arts Building.

• Agendas are posted outside the BEB Building, on the web at https://www.chaffey.edu/facultysenate/agenda.shtml, and are sent to each Senator with back-up materials.

• Faculty may submit agenda items to their Senators or to the Senate President, Ext. 6965, or email to ardon.alger@chaffey.edu.

• Minutes from both the Faculty Senate and the Curriculum Committee are circulated to all full-time faculty via email, while adjunct receive only the Faculty Senate minutes.  Faculty Senate minutes are available online at https://www.chaffey.edu/facultysenate/minutes.shtml.

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AB 1725 assigns a major role to the faculty senate in the development of policies and procedures dealing with academic and professional matters. The legislature has given the faculty primary responsibility in academic and professional matters and has bestowed statutory recognition on the community college faculty that it may function in a fashion similar to that of the faculties of public four-year colleges and universities.

These are areas given to the Senate as its primary responsibility:

1. Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites and placing courses within disciplines.
2. Degree and certificate requirements.
3. Grading policies.
4. Educational program development.
5. Standards of policies regarding student preparation and success.
6. District and college governance structures, as related to faculty roles.
    a. The appointment of faculty members to serve on college committees, task forces, or other groups dealing with academic and professional matters shall be made by the Faculty Senate in consultation with the superintendent/president or designee. There are some areas where the faculty association may appoint faculty to committees.
7. Processes for institutional planning and budget development.
8. Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes, including self-study and annual reports.
9. Policies for faculty professional development activities.
10. Processes for program review.
11. Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon between the Governing Board and the Faculty Senate.
12. Hiring criteria, policies, procedures, and equivalencies for new faculty members shall be developed, updated, and agreed upon jointly by representatives of the Governing Board and Faculty Senate.

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It is the joint responsibility of the Faculty Senate and CCFA to ensure that the college faculty has meaningful input into the decision-making processes of the college. It is further the joint responsibility of the two organizations to ensure that the positions advanced by either organization are representative of the views of the collective faculty. It is the joint responsibility of the Faculty Senate and CCFA to work cooperatively to further the perspectives and professional environment of the faculty so as to ensure a sound institution of higher education. The Faculty Senate and CCFA have a joint responsibility to avoid the development of divisive or discordant positions and/or goals.

To meet these joint responsibilities, the Chaffey College Faculty Senate and Faculty Association hereby agree to the following:

A. Primary responsibility for the development and presentation of positions on issues of concern to the faculty will be assigned to the Senate or the Association prior to the drafting of any such position. In the case of faculty evaluation procedures, “Faculty’s exclusive representative shall consult with the Academic Senate prior to engaging in collective bargaining regarding those procedures” (Ed Code 87660- 87683). Assignment of responsibility shall be the task of the officers of the organizations after consultation with their respective councils.

B. If discordant positions occur that are not clearly covered in AB 1725 and/or the Education Code, both organizations shall abide by the majority view of the faculty.

C. Each organization may publicly support the positions taken by the other organization to the degree that such support is within the lawful activities of the organization. Each organization shall support the legitimate role of the other organization.

D. The officers of each organization shall encourage faculty members to attend the meetings of both organizations. Each organization shall make the agenda and minutes available to the president or chairperson of the other organization.

E. The presidents of both organizations shall meet regularly to discuss current issues and strategies for mutually beneficial resolution.

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http://www.asccc.org/ (page will open in a new window above this one)

The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges fosters the effective participation by community college faculty in all statewide and local academic and professional matters; develops, promotes, and acts upon policies responding to statewide concerns; and serves as the official voice of the faculty of California Community Colleges in academic and professional matters. The Academic Senate strengthens and supports the local senates of all California community colleges.

The State Academic Senate holds two plenary sessions:

• Fall Plenary Session (usually in October)
• Spring Plenary Session (usually in April)

The local Faculty Senate sends a voting delegate to these sessions. All faculty are invited to attend the State Academic Senate sessions - http://www.asccc.org/calendar/list/plenary-sessions (page will open in a new window above this one)

Executive Committee Members: http://www.asccc.org/executive_committee/members (page will open in a new window above this one)

Educational Links/Resources:

FACCC (Faculty Association of California Community Colleges)

Community College League of California


California Community College Chancellor’s Office

California Code of Regulations (Title 5)


League for Innovation in the Community College

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