The Provost’s Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers Council (PAFLC) serves as a forum for adjunct faculty and lecturers to communicate and interact directly with the Provost’s Office, provide suggestions for improvement of the experiences of adjunct faculty and lecturers to the Provost’s Office, and identify opportunities with the Provost Office to integrate adjunct faculty and lecturers into our university community. It is not intended to replace any existing organizations representing adjuncts and lecturers or dealing with their concerns. This Council is simply to facilitate coordination and communication (e.g. between faculty and the Provost’s Office, leadership at the College and Schools, and with our collaborative governance system).
PAFLC will focus on:
- Fostering understanding and fairness with regard to compensation, benefits, employment, and other areas of concern;
- Considering and making recommendations regarding opportunities and issues to improve the experiences of adjunct faculty and lecturers;
- Serving as a forum to foster fairness, communication, and collaboration at all levels of the institution;
- Seeking to promote and maintain strong morale among adjunct faculty and lecturers and a respectful and fair work environment that enables its constituency to advance the mission of the University;
- Promoting opportunities for adjunct faculty and lecturer development; and
- Encouraging dialogue and issue resolution in direct communication with the Provost’s Office.
- PAFLC members will be elected through the Faculty Senate election structures. The Council will consist of 15 voting members, each of whom must have worked at SCU for at least two years at the time of election (see eligibility below). Approximately one-third of the council should be senior lecturers and renewable-term faculty, one-third should be academic year adjunct faculty, and one-third should be quarterly or semester adjunct lecturers based upon the composition of each school/College.
- Terms. Each member is elected for the remainder of this academic year and for 2020-21 with a new election planned in spring 2021 for the 2021-22 academic year. After that, each term is one academic year with elections every spring and a term limit of 3 academic years.
Eligibility to serve. Any adjunct faculty member or lecturer of any rank is eligible who 1) is currently employed by SCU or was a quarterly/semester adjunct lecturer in Fall 2019 and 2) taught at least one course at SCU during the 2018-19 academic year.
“Opting out” Option. If you see your name on a sample ballot and you do not want to run for election to the Council, please email Ixtlac and your name will be removed from the offical ballot.
Campaign Information/Statements. Many have asked how they can share information about themselves to inform voters. We have set up a Google Drive with folders for each school. You can upload a file (our C.V./resume, statement, audio, or video) with your information and/or statement. Please name the file using the following file naming convention: YOURNAME.RANK.SCHOOL (e.g., JaneDoe.SeniorLecturer.Business).
Eligibility to Vote. Adjunct faculty and lecturers of all ranks can vote. Tenure-stream faculty are not eligible to vote in this election. Voting is conducted by school - so adjunct faculty and lecturers in each school/College vote for council representation by rank for that school/College.
Representation by Rank and Schools. The Council will have 15 members distributed across all 6 schools/College and by rank. The College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Counseling Psychology and Education, and School of Engineering will each elect 3 representatives by rank as described below (4 schools x 3 representatives each = 12 representatives for the 4 schools/College). With smaller faculty sizes and distributions across ranks, the School of Law will have 2 representatives and the Jesuit School of Theology will have 1 representative.
If you are in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Counseling Psychology and Education, or School of Engineering, you will vote for the following:
- one renewable-term Lecturer/Senior Lecturer from the candidates in that rank listed on the ballot for your school
- one academic year adjunct faculty member from the candidates in that rank listed on the ballot for your school
- one quarterly adjunct lecturer from the candidates in that rank listed on the ballot for your school
If you are in the School of Law, you will vote for the following:
- one renewable-term faculty member from the candidates in that rank listed on the ballot for your school
- one semester adjunct lecturer from the candidates in that rank listed on the ballot for your school
If you are in the Jesuit School of Theology, you will vote for one representative from all adjunct faculty and lecturers listed on the ballot for your school.
January 30, 2020 - Second Sample Ballot
February 3, 2020 - Opt-Out Deadline
February 5, 2020 - Official Ballot sent - Election Begins
February 11, 2020 - Election closes
February 12 - 14, 2020 - Provost's Office notifies elected candidates via email
February 18 - 21, 2020 - Provost’s Office announces council members
Early March 2020 - Council begins meeting
Council Leadership. The PAFLC will elect a chair and vice chair. PAFLC will meet approximately once a month during the academic year. The PAFLC chair and vice chair will meet prior to the full council meeting to discuss meeting agenda and working topics. A representative of COLA, SubFAC, and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee will serve as ex officio members of the Council and will be designated by each group.
Service Contribution. Serving on the PAFLC will be considered a major service contribution. Department chairs and deans will be notified as such by the Provost to ensure that PAFLC service will be reflected in the service component of the annual evaluation. Meetings and work related to PAFLC by quarterly or semester adjunct faculty will be considered compensable time.