LEARNING AND TEACHING CENTER

Professional Development Day is Friday, October 20th!

From the PDD Committee: We are excited for our morning workshop with Master Diversity Trainer, Lee Mun Wah, and an afternoon of informative (and fun) workshops! Register now for your PDD workshop!
There will be opportunities at breakfast, lunch, and during the afternoon workshops to win prizes! Breakfast starts early this year – at 7:30 am. Opening remarks begin at 8:15 and our workshop with Lee Mun Wah will start promptly at 8:30.

In the spirit of sustainability, please consider reducing waste by bringing a water bottle or your favorite coffee cup for the day. Also, please wear your Highline name tag and bring a pen or pencil. We will have name tags available if you don’t have one.

Looking forward to coming together as a community for a day of learning and reflection.

Chantal Carrancho, co-chair
Jenni Sandler, co-chair
Michael Pham
Laura Manning
Wendy Swyt
Patrick Fernandez
Rashmi Koushik
Bobby Butler
Rachel Collins
Dave Weber
Deborah Lynn Wiley
Rosa Ho

 

Welcome to the Highline New Faculty for 2017/18
(Tenure-Track and One-Year)

 

Name

Department/Area Teaching

Appointment

Adams, Sarah

Math

Tenure Track

Anwar, Mutallip

English

Tenure Track

Boudreaux, Chris

Engineering/Physics

One-Year

Byrd, Maurice

Business

One-Year

Carrick, Lydia

Psychology

One-Year

Crump, Daimen

Physical Education

One-Year

Evans, Victor

Communication Studies

One-Year

Ewing, Timothy

Engineering

One-Year

Garas, Lydia

Biology

Tenure Track

Gawronski, Žanetka

Art

Tenure Track

Heckler, Jennifer

Honors

Program Manager

Hillman, Rhiannon

English

One-Year

Hughs, Natalie

Physical Education

One-Year

Ismail, Ikran

Education

One-Year

Jarzabek, Simone

Computer Science/CIS

One-Year

Korn, Ann

Respiratory Care

Program Manager

Luna, Diego

American Ethic Studies

Tenure Track

Pan, Teresa

Human Services

Tenure Track

Reese, Jenae

English

One-Year

Sangha, Sangeeta

Philosophy

Tenure Track

Sheridan, Colleen

Biology

Tenure Track

Soracco, Laura

English

Tenure Track

Stuart, Rachel

Communication Studies

One-Year

Vagen, Tim

Personal Fitness Trainer

Program Manager

Villanueva, Iliana

Spanish

Tenure Track

Cross-Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship Program (2017-18)
(see details below)

Note from Jeff Wagnitz: for next year’s Cross-Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship Program, the enrollment remains capped at 72.  As is indicated below, current program participants will have a priority deadline to re-enroll, with a later deadline for new program participants.  Individuals who enroll past the deadline will be considered based on program capacity, matching needs, and a balance of representation from our 34 CTC’s.
Last year’s pilot was funded by SBCTC.  This time, in addition to travel costs, participating colleges are asked to pay a registration fee of $500 per registration.  I am initially setting aside funds for up to six participants, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Let me know, please, if you are requesting funds.  If demand exceeds my initial allocation, and if there’s room in the program, I am willing to consider a larger allocation.  But, for now, it’s better to apply early, to accommodate both
Highline’s and the program’s timelines.

Cross-Institution Details
Retreat Dates
Fall Retreat: : September 29th, 2017, 9AM to 4PM
Winter Retreat: January 26th, 2018, 9AM to 4PM
Spring Retreat: May 11th, 2018, 9AM to 4PM

This program is focused on making explicit the connection between faculty success and student success by building relationships and offering professional development targeted towards the unique needs of faculty of color.  This program utilizes both one-to-one mentoring and group/peer mentorship to encourage the kind of relationship building that strengthens both mentor and mentee holistically, improving their teaching, student learning, and the cultural climate at their respective institutions.  With this kind of mentoring relationship, the mentee has just as much to offer as the mentor, and with work-alike breakout sessions at each retreat, the cohorts of mentors and mentees develop support for one another across institutions.

Who Should Participate?
Mentees: Full-time faculty members with less than 3 years of full-time experience in their faculty role, who identify as being a person of color and teach at one of the 34 Washington State Community and Technical Colleges.
Mentors: Full-time faculty members with 3 or more years of full-time experience in their faculty role, who identify as being a person of color and are employed at one of the 34 Washington State Community and Technical Colleges.
Program Participation
Mentors and mentees are required to initiate contact with one another at least twice per quarter.  Mentor and mentee decide collaboratively on modality and duration (e-mail, phone, chat, Skype, F2F, lunch, dinner . . . ) Please note that attendance at the Fall Retreat is required, as this is where mentor/mentee pairing and training will
take place. You are encouraged to plan to attend all three retreats.
Retreat Dates
Fall Retreat: : September 29th, 2017, 9AM to 4PM
Winter Retreat: January 26th, 2018, 9AM to 4PM
Spring Retreat: May 11th, 2018, 9AM to 4PM

Location:  LaQuinta Inn & Suites, Tacoma
Cost:The annual registration fee for the 3-part series of retreats:  $500.  Registration includes meeting materials, morning/afternoon refreshments, and lunch at each retreat. 
Payment by institutions should be in the form of a college-issued check. SBCTC is not set up to accept payment by credit card or college procurement card.
Checks should be made payable to SBCTC & mailed with the attached registration form to SBCTC, PO Box 42495, Olympia WA 98504-2495, Attn: Jackie Eppler-Clark. 
Registration Deadline for Returning Participa
nts:  May 19; Registration Deadline for New Participants:  June 9

10 Ways to Support Students Facing Immigration Crises

The January 31, 2017 issue of Inside Higher Ed, in light of the recent presidential executive orders impacting immigrants and refugees, listed 10 ways that faculty can support students. These practices are listed below. For more on these practices, read the entire article,

  • Be aware of the wide range of people affected by proposed changes to immigration policy.
  • Educate yourself about the laws and policies that impact undocumented students’ educational access.
  • Signal to students that you are supportive.
  • (Re)consider how you discuss immigration-related issues and the current political climate in your classroom
  • Maintain student confidentiality and privacy
  • Use appropriate terminology when discussing immigration issues
  • Provide resources that will help mediate the financial instability that many students will also be facing.
  • Offer career and graduate preparation opportunities
  • Identify, improve and refer students to campus and community resources
  • Identify and raise awareness about your campus’s policies regarding undocumented students