Monday, March 21, 2011

Action Alert: Make Your Voice Heard

Follow our "adjunct voice" at the Regional Community College Summit in Indiana at Ivy Tech. Do you have questions you'd like asked? Speak out. Email your questions, post them here as comments, post them on the New Faculty Majority Facebook page, tweet them to @NewFacMajority

Adjunct and Contingent Faculty: Speak Out and Speak Up
Dear Colleagues


This Wednesday, March 23, I will attend the U.S. Department of Education Community College Summit in Indianapolis with NFM Board member Tracy Donhardt. As you may know, these regional summits are a follow-up to the White House Community College Summit held last October 5, 2010. That Summit was notable for its exclusion of adjunct faculty. The omission was so glaring it made front page news at the Chronicle of Higher Education. In response, many of you participated in our "Virtual March" to the White House Summit by making your voice heard and submitting ideas and suggestions at the Summit web site.

We have noted that the regional summits, one of which took place in Philadelphia on Feb. 29 and one in Houston on March 9, now have a much more transparent invitation process; it is now possible to contact the organizers to express interest in attending. (If you are in the San Diego area, please consider requesting an invitation to attend the April 15 summit, which will focus on supporting veterans and military families. See below for information on how to contact the organizers.)

Tracy and I plan to remind the summit participants of the essential role of adjunct and contingent faculty at community colleges and to highlight the need for reform of the contingent hiring model in higher education generally and in community colleges in particular. We would also like to communicate your specific concerns and questions, especially if you live and work in the Midwest and can make an effective connection to the summit theme of "Community College Partnerships with Business and Industry" and/or the topics in the agenda posted below.

We will also keep you informed via blog, Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you - and to reporting on our experience at the summit later this week!

Send your suggestions and comments to me at


Best wishes,

Maria Maisto's Signature
Maria Maisto, President 

Community College Summit Agenda

U.S. Department of Education Community College Summit: Challenges, Solutions, Commitments
Ivy Tech Community College - North Meridian Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

March 23, 2011

Theme: Exemplary Practices in Community College Partnerships with Business & Industry

7:30 - 8:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 Opening

Martha Kanter, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

9:15 - 9:30 Welcome

Thomas Snyder, President, Ivy Tech Community College

Community College Video with Welcome from Dr. Jill Biden

9:30 - 9:40 Governor Mitch Daniels
9:40 - 9:50 Remarks & Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Michael Rice, Student, Ivy Tech Community College

9:50 - 10:10 Keynote Address

Terri McClure, Senior Vice President of Legal, Compliance, & Public Affairs, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, United Parcel Service

10:10 Introduction of the Completion Partners Panels
10:10 - 10:55 Foundations & Philanthropy Panel

Ron Williams, Vice President, The College Board, Moderator; Tom Dawson, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Holly Zanville, The Lumina Foundation, Bill Moses; Kresge Foundation (invited)

10:55- 11:05 BREAK

11:05 - 11:45 Business & Industry Panel

Karen Elzey, Director, Skills for America's Future, The Aspen Institute, Moderator; Kris Emaus, Manager of Training, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), a NiSource subsidiary; Robert Klemen, Corporate Training Manager, Northstar Aerospace, Inc ; Tom Volta, Vice President of UPS Air Group Human Resources

11:45 - 12:00 Celeste Carter, Program Director, National Science Foundation

Josh Wyner Executive Director, The Aspen College Excellence Program: The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

12:00 - 1:30 LUNCH: 

Panel presentation - Brenda Dann-Messier, Moderator

Annette Parker, Executive Director, National Science Foundation Center for Excellence, Advanced Automotive Manufacturing, Bryan Albrecht, President, Gateway Technical College; Marie Trzupek-Lynch, Chicago Career Tech

1:30 - 1:45 BREAK
1:45 - 3:00 pm Breakout Sessions

  • Transitions to and through Postsecondary Education: Developmental Education (Innovation and Student Success): Cecilia Cervantes, President, Hennepin Technical College;
  • Business Partnerships (Graduation and Employment): Susan Muha, Executive Vice President for Workforce & Economic Development, Cuyahoga Community College and Scott Jenkins, Mott Community College, Co- Facilitators
  • College Affordability: Brenda Wensil, Chief Customer Experience Officer, FSA and Community College System, Facilitator
  • Completion Goals: Stan Jones, Director, Complete College America; Kirsten White, Policy Director, Office of Dr. Jill Biden

3:00 - 3:15 BREAK
3:15 - 3:45 Report Out: Challenges, Solutions & Commitments: Frank Chong, Facilitator
3:45 - 4:00 Closing Remarks: 

Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to President Obama for Education, White House Domestic Policy Council

4:00 - 6:00 Networking Reception

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