2020–21 College Senate President-Elect Candidates – Updated

Elections for the 2020–21 College Senate president-elect are this month. The successful candidate will serve as College Senate president for the 2021–22 academic year (and as president-elect for 2020–21). The College Senate president represents faculty and professional staff on numerous committees, college functions, and deliberations.

Election Update

On April 13, Dr. Farhad Javidi withdrew his candidacy for president-elect and endorsed fellow candidate Jennifer Perkins with the following statement:

Serving in the Senate this year and working closely with Jennifer on the executive board, I have had many opportunities to get to know Jennifer and to observe her leadership style and work ethic. I believe Jennifer is doing a great job and would like to see her have another term, following Owen’s, to continue making progress on the initiatives she and Owen have begun. Therefore, I am taking my hat out of the ring and endorsing Jennifer for president. Working closely with Jennifer this year, I have learned a lot about effective leadership. I have no doubt that she is committed to the One College philosophy, transparency, accountability and putting students at the center of everything we do.

Although we now only have one candidate, there will still be an election as the senate constitution has established for each election year. A link for faculty and professional staff to vote will be available from Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1. Faculty is defined as full-time instructors who are not part of administration. Professional staff is defined as full-time, exempt, college employees who are not faculty, administration, or classified staff.

April College Senate Meeting

Now that there is only one candidate, we will no longer be holding a candidate forum. However, we always encourage all faculty and professional staff members to attend College Senate meetings (you don’t have to be senator). This month’s College Senate meeting will be held via Webex on Tuesday, April 21 at 2:30 p.m.; Vice President of Academic Affairs Heather Hill will be our guest speaker and will address some of the pertinent issues on everyone’s mind. We will also have committee reports and an open discussions forum. Please provide any questions or concerns you may have for the open discussions forum by 9 a.m. on Monday, April 20.

Candidate: Jennifer Perkins, M.Ed.

headshot of Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Candidate Video

Jennifer Perkins president-elect candidate video

Candidate Bio

I am in my 16th year at Central Piedmont Community College, and I say it proudly because I love to tell people in my social circles, in my community, and to strangers whom I work for and what I do. I am a teacher at Central Piedmont, and making a difference in this world through what I do. I love the idea that we are transforming lives daily, and I am lucky enough to do this in the classroom. I have been an ACA faculty member for the past 15 years, first as an adjunct instructor and then as a full-time faculty member in 2010. To start my career, I taught developmental English courses and then ACA courses, student success courses. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with other faculty and professional staff through our work on Achieving the Dream, College Senate, Strategic Planning, Student Intake, Scholarship, Faculty Development, Transition Team in both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, ITS, and the new Center for Teaching and Learning. If you ask if I am invested in this college, our students, our faculty and staff, the answer would be “absolutely!” That is evident by my involvement, my purpose, and my voice

As a graduate of UNC Charlotte and Queens University of Charlotte, I have strong ties to the community, and as a current parent of a Central Piedmont student, I am heavily invested in the future of our community and our community college. My story is forever changing and continuing and with my past and current leadership in the College Senate, and running for College Senate president-elect seems like the next step in my journey at the college.

Candidate Statement

When this decision was made to run again, it was during a time of crisis. We are in the throes of unprecedented times and measures. When I left my office on March 13 after three back-to-back meetings, I had no idea at that time that I would not be back to my office. It makes me sad to think of buildings and classrooms being empty in the middle of the spring semester, when the campuses should be packed with students, faculty, and staff. There should be the hustle and bustle of our students finding classrooms and computer labs and a place to study, and instead all that hustle and bustle is being done in peoples’ homes and in newly made home offices, and our students are home working on their beds or at the dining room table or possibly in their cars. There is so much that has changed in everybody’s lives, and it is scary. So, my candidate statement is simple: I still feel the need to finish what has been started this year as president of the College Senate and to continue working collaboratively with all areas of the college through the leadership of College Senate over the next two years.

The College Senate has been a voice for students, faculty, and staff. From working with students through the Student Welfare Committee, and then to advocating for a course schedule that is fair and equitable access for all. For our faculty, we made suggestions for the new faculty Individual Development Plan (IDP) that were brought forth by the Faculty Welfare Committee and College Senate right to the vice president of academic affairs. For professional staff, we have hosted two informative forums in the fall and the spring thanks to the Professional Staff Welfare Committee. We saw academic policy change regarding grade submission through the steadfast work of our Academic Policies Committee. Over the course of the year, we, the leaders of College Senate and members of College Senate, have been called on to be a part of the vice president of Academic Affairs hiring committee, both Transition Teams, C.R.O.C.S. team, Student Success Leadership Team, Required Advising Action Team, Strategic Planning Committee, Student Intake Committee, Guided Pathways, Vice President of Student Affairs hiring committee, Academic Affairs Reorganization team, ITS Leadership Council, and all the Senate Executive Committees. We have had a footprint in all different areas of the college, and we are breaking down silos.

I would like to finish what was started this year and run for College Senate president-elect and continue to make positive changes at the college in the next two years. The collaboration that I have had with the current president-elect is respectful, encouraging, and dynamic. I will support his role as president and work to help him be the best leader possible. I will continue to keep the doors of partnership open between each of the vice presidents and their areas of the college as well as the dialogues we have with the president and vice president of academic affairs. We want to continue these partnerships and make cultural change for the betterment of our college. I would embrace the opportunity to serve again.

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March 2020 College Senate Meeting Canceled

Due to the coronavirus situation, the March 2020 College Senate meeting has been canceled. We are working to create a Webex Team for College Senate, to which all members will be added so that we can communicate, hold a remote meeting, and continue business through the end of the year. To get ready for this transition, learn how to download Webex Teams. We will send further updates by the end of the month.

We have extended the deadline to submit a nomination for College Senate President-Elect to Monday, March 23. As a reminder, any full-time faculty or professional staff member who is not part of administration and who has served in the College Senate for at least one year is eligible to run. The president-elect serves one year in that position, then moves into the College Senate President role for a one-year term. You may nominate yourself.  If you would like to nominate someone else, please ask them if they would like to be nominated first.

Please continue to check the College Senate websiteCollege Senate blog, and the Communicator for the most accurate, up-to-date College Senate information.

Please direct any questions to College Senate President Jennifer Perkins at jennifer.perkins@cpcc.edu.

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March 2020 Meeting Postponed, President-Elect Nomination Deadline Extended

Due to the coronavirus situation, the March 2020 College Senate meeting has been postponed to Tuesday, March 31, provided that campuses are open on that date. Meetings are held at 2:30 p.m. on Central Campus in the Health Careers Building, Room 4510. All professional staff and faculty are welcome to attend. Due to this change, our guest speakers are now to be determined.

We have also extended the deadline to submit a nomination for College Senate President-Elect to Monday, March 23. As a reminder, any full-time faculty or professional staff member who is not part of administration and who has served in the College Senate for at least one year is eligible to run. The president-elect serves one year in that position, then moves into the College Senate President role for a one-year term. You may nominate yourself. If you would like to nominate someone else, please ask them if they would like to be nominated first.

Please continue to check the College Senate website, College Senate blog, and the Communicator for the most accurate, up-to-date College Senate information.

Please direct any questions to College Senate President Jennifer Perkins at jennifer.perkins@cpcc.edu.

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Submit a Nomination for the 2020–21 College Senate President-Elect

It’s time to nominate the next president-elect, who will serve as College Senate president for 2021–22 (and serve as president-elect for 2020–21). The nominee must have served on College Senate for at least one year. Please ask the person you intend to nominate if they would like to be nominated before nominating them.

Submit a nomination for the 2020–21 president-elect by Monday, March 16, 2020.

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Professional Staff: Join Us at the Professional Staff Spring Forum

Presented by the Professional Staff Welfare Committee (PSWC) and College Senate

Register now to join us at the Professional Staff Spring Forum to learn how you can keep yourself informed of college updates from College Senate, and to hear about the latest professional development opportunities at the college:

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • 10:30 a.m.–noon
  • Central Campus, Zeiss Building, Room 1106 (auditorium)

Limited seating is available. Lunch will be served to registered attendees immediately following the forum.

Log in to the Communicator to learn more about the Professional Staff Spring Forum.

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Welcome Back!

Happy New Year and welcome back! It is hard to believe we are halfway through our academic year, and with all the changes, we have been busy as a senate! This new year, we as a college welcome the new Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Heather Hill. As most of you know, there was a rigorous search to fill this vacancy, and after months of searching and interviewing and holding open forums, we selected the best candidate who will be an effective leader here at CP. We will have an opportunity to welcome Dr. Hill and get to know her a little better at our February senate meeting on February 18th at 2:30 PM in HE 4510 on the Central campus, so mark your calendars to spend time getting to know our new VP at this session of senate.

In January, we will have several guest speakers: Mark Short, Chief Human Resources Officer, Reid Beaver, Director of Employee Relations, and Debbie Lord, Director of Talent Management. Once again, as a senate, we have the opportunity to hear from different areas of the college in person and learn more about these areas, learn about updates pertaining to these areas, and ask questions as it relates to these areas. Mark, Reid, and Debbie will share more about the new area of Talent Development and what this means. They will also be discussing the upcoming changes to the professional development plans for staff and faculty, so do not miss the chance to hear the information firsthand and ask the pertinent questions that you or your colleagues may have. Dr. Tracie Clark was originally scheduled to visit in January, and unfortunately, she had to reschedule her visit. We will do so as quickly as possible and make that announcement at our next Senate meeting.

On a personal note, I do not necessarily always take the opportunity to create new year’s resolutions for myself, but professionally, I have decided to take one on that is challenging yet appropriate for the current state of affairs here at Central Piedmont. I have challenged myself to make our Senate meetings based around our strategic plan and our first and most important goal, creating a unified and focused vision for student success. The college senate provides representation for Faculty and Professional Staff regarding current and future items that affect our college community. We have the ability to transform the lives of our students on a daily basis, and at times, I do think we may lose this sight of that in some of our conversations. So it is my resolution, my mission, to make our senate meetings center on that goal. I believe we are all here for the right reasons, and at times, we need to recenter our focus as it some times can be sidetracked by policies and procedures, and we lose sight of the needs of students, faculty and staff. So for the rest of this year, I will shift my intent in our meetings to remind myself and the senate body why we are here and to keep our conversations centered on student success. Thank you again for your continued dedication and hard work as senators. It is greatly appreciated!

Take care,

Jennifer Perkins

College Senate President

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Fall 2019 Recap

It is hard to believe we are almost through the fall semester, and  as we come to the end of this term, I wanted to take time to recap all the work the College Senate has done this year. Each month that we have met, we have had a nearly full Senate. The attendance and participation has been incredible and continues to grow with each passing month. In August, we welcomed nearly 30 new Senators, and by September 100% of our Senators were assigned to Senate committees. And as leadership does sometimes change, we added six new committee chairs to the executive committees: Farhad Javidi, Tommy O’Neil, Charley Starnes, Danielle Hensley, Savannah Rhead, and Amy Bagwell, and we have a new Parliamentarian, Lauren Estes. Thank you to all of those who have stepped up into these leadership roles.

This year, I made it a goal to bring in a Vice President from Cabinet to each Senate meeting to give updates relevant to their area of the college, and thus far, we have had some outstanding dialogues with these representatives. Dr. Kevin McCarthy, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and the interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, welcomed the Senators back at our inaugural meeting in August. In September, we welcomed David Kim, the Vice President of Information Technology & Research Services and Chief Information Officer to hold court and update the Senate on current ITS initiatives, projects, and plans. Then, in October, we hosted Jeff Lowrance, the Vice President of Communications, Marketing and Public Relations who gave us a detailed update on the ongoing marketing campaign as we embrace the new logo and motto, Conquer Possibilities. We have also had a several guests who have kept us informed and aware of ongoing initiatives and changes at the college. We welcomed Rhonda Satchell, the Program Coordinator for the emergency management team who showed us a video from EMT as well as answered questions. Dr. Shantell Strickland-Davis came twice to Senate to discuss the North Carolina Community College Faculty Association, information on the faculty H.E.R.O.E.S. program as well as updates on the Center for Teaching and Learning. When David Kim visited in September, he also brought with him Gary Ritter, the Executive Director for Learning Technology Services who informed us of the current and upcoming changes to the management team in ITS.

With all those visitors, it seems hard to believe we covered much else in our meetings, but we have been busy. With the changes made to aligning classes to the grid and the elimination of the final exam schedule for spring 2020, we had some feedback and suggestions from Senators that was turned over to Academic Policies. Sherina Dubose-Tillman and her committee made the policy recommendation to change the submission time for grades from 48 to 72 hours after the last class meeting to assist instructors in getting their grades in and on time. This policy (5.10) has officially been changed for the spring 2020 semester. From Dr. McCarthy, we were informed that all instructors have flexibility in administering the final exam during the final week of class in a manner that best suits their class needs. As requested, those areas using the online syllabi submission form, can simply attach the syllabus as is for approval in their areas.

We continue to work towards equity and fairness at the college and many Senate leaders and Senators are working diligently to examine the different areas of the college that required more scrutiny. Being a part of these conversations is vital to our ongoing advocacy for faculty and staff, and currently, we have Senators on the following committees, teams, and task forces: Transition Team, Vice President of Academic Affairs hiring committee, Student Success Leadership Team, C.R.O.C.S. team, Strategic Planning Committee, Online Attendance, Faculty PDP Revision, Student Intake Committee, Teaching and Learning Excellence Action Team, Required Advising Action Team, and more. As you can see, Senate plays a vital role at the college, and our voice is being recognized and valued. I am proud of the work we are doing in the vane that we do what we do for our #1, Strategic Goal, Creating a Unified and Focused Vision for Student Success. As a whole, we have embodied the values that we stand by at CP, and we are Student-Centered, Collaborative, Excellent, Accountable, Equitable, and Courageous. Thank you to all who have worked to be a part of our team and our college, Central Piedmont.

As a reminder, on November 19th, we will welcome Dr. Kevin McCarthy and Amy Bruining from the office of Academic Affairs to address some of the ongoing work that is being done in that area of the college. We also will hold a special session of Senate on Tuesday, December 17th to host our President, Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, who will open the floor to the Senators and visitors who may have questions, solutions, concerns, or feedback from a faculty and staff perspective. This is an excellent opportunity to be a part of two upcoming sessions of Senate that will be dynamic and informative. All are welcomed to Senate, and we look forward to seeing new faces at our upcoming Senate meetings, so invite your colleagues, friends, and constituents to a meeting. With the holidays fast approaching, I want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season, and enjoy the time off as we look forward to the new year with great anticipation of what is still to come for Central Piedmont!

Jennifer Perkins

College Senate President

 

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Owen Sutkowski, College Senate President 2020-21

College Senate is pleased to announce that Owen Sutkowski has been elected College Senate President 2020-21! Owen will serve as President-elect for the 2019-20 academic year, while Jennifer Perkins serves as President.

Owen Sutkowski

Owen Sutkowski

Candidate Video

Bio:
This is my 9th academic year at CPCC. I came to CPCC in 2010 to work with the Transfer Resource Center, and as an adjunct faculty member in the Communication discipline. In 2012 i started working with Career Services. In 2016 I joined the Communication faculty full-time. My committee has included: Retention Committee, NC Scholars of Global Distinction Advisory Board, Technology Integration Learning Community, College Senate Faculty Welfare Committee and Faculty Titles Committee, and the General Education Foundation Council. I have also been a learning partner for new faculty in the faculty onboarding process, and delivered several professional development sessions for faculty and staff.

Sutkowski Statement: It would be an honor to serve faculty and staff as college senate president. Almost nine years of collaborating with students, faculty and staff in both student services and as a faculty member have given me skills and experiences to understand concerns, narrow down those concerns to specific actionable outcomes, and build consensus around solutions. As you consider supporting me, I want to share the approach and values that will shape my service to faculty and staff in this important role. I hope that by understanding my approach and values, you can see how I will work with you, and represent you. Listening closely with care, asking thoughtful open-ended questions, continual transparency, and careful reflection are important approaches to my work throughout my time at CPCC. These approaches are founded upon valuing every single voice, seeking accountability, and finding a yes.

Being ready to carefully listen, and valuing every voice is part of my everyday experience. Colleagues have come to know that I always answer the phone with, “How can I help?”. Sharing time with colleagues to deeply listen to and understand their concerns, ideas, and solutions is essential. Part of valuing all voices through active listening also means asking thoughtful questions. I approach every situation using questions to clarify background information, confirm accuracy, and determine possible solutions. Meaningful transparency is supported when questions are integrated into discussions.

Transparency builds trust and sustained accountability. I believe in transparency that makes sure everyone knows the same set of of information, and is regularly updated. When everyone is one the same page, both trust and accountability will be better served. It is with transparency that people are held accountable. It is also with transparency and reflection that I believe we can find a yes. Bringing together questions, and responses, with deeper reflection toward finding a yes is how I approach many issues. Finding a yes means reflection individually and an in groups toward building consensus wherever possible, and compromise whenever needed.

I hope you can see how I would work with you and represent you as college senate president. It would be my honor to serve staff and faculty in this role. I am also grateful to you for taking time to understand the approach and values that will shape my service.

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Vote for College Senate President April 22- 28

Please take a moment to vote for College Senate President 2020-2021!

The College Senate President represents the faculty and professional staff on numerous committees, college functions, and deliberations. The successful candidate will serve as President-elect during Jennifer Perkins’s presidency in 2019-2020, and then as President during the 2020-2021 year.

The candidates are Don Michael and Owen Sutkowski. Candidate statements, bios, and videos are available on the voting site or on our previous blog post.  You can also view a recorded candidate forum at bit.ly/presidentelectforum to learn more about the candidates

Voting is open now through April 28  at https://services.cpcc.edu/elections/electionid32/.

Voting is open to full-time faculty and professional staff. Faculty shall be defined as full-time instructors who are not part of Administration. Professional Staff shall be defined as full-time, exempt, College employees who are not Faculty, Administration or Classified Staff.

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Candidates for College Senate President-elect

College Senate President  2020-2021

College Senate has two candidates for President-elect.

The College Senate President represents the faculty and professional staff on numerous committees, college functions and deliberations.

The successful candidate will serve as president-elect during Jennifer Perkins’s presidency in 2019-20, and then as president during the 2020-21 academic year.

Faculty and professional staff are invited to attend a candidate forum held during the College Senate meeting on April 16, 2:30 pm at the Central Campus Heath Sciences Building, Room 4510.

Voting will commence on April 22 and end on April 28.

Here are the candidates (in alphabetical order, by last name):

Donald Michael

Don Michael Jr., B.F.A, M.F.A.

Candidate Video

Bio:
Education: Masters of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, Adult Vocational Education Certification, University of Connecticut, Hamden, Connecticut (partial course work)

Past Teaching Certifications: Connecticut Teacher Certification and North Carolina Teacher Certification, Graphic Communication (both expired)

Department:  Senior Program Coordinator, ITS Learning Technology Services

Current Committees and Campus Services: Open Educational Resources, NC Multiple Pathways to High School Equivalency, College Senate Student Welfare and Professional Development committees, ManUp and NSF STEM Alliance mentor.

Michael  Statement: In my six years at Central Piedmont I have gathered a deep understanding of our academic culture and how its policies, in practice, affect the lives of the college community. During this time, my contributions have been focused on making a difference in the education of students who struggle financially, just as I struggled as an undergrad. My previous work as a teacher and an assistant professor was rewarding but I became frustrated with the disconnected academic policy created by disconnected administrators at those institutions. After teaching for several years and creating successful programs at various schools, I decided that I would bring my experience to the administrative side of education to influence the decisions made at that level.

It has become my mission to share my experiences and knowledge to help make connected and relevant decisions for our students and the college community as a whole. The current College Senate administration has done incredible work! I would like to continue their work by helping faculty and staff prepare for CPCC Cloud in 2021 as learning tools become virtual and accessible from anywhere. My goal is to help College Senate offer support for innovative learning environments and creative teaching that recognizes and rewards instructors for all they do for our students each and every day. Finally, with your vote, I hope to insure that faculty and staff are provided a safe and open space for communication with administration so their voice is heard. I hope I can count on your support. It would be a privilege and an honor to serve as the next Central Piedmont College Senate President.​


Owen Sutkowski

Owen Sutkowski

Candidate Video

Bio:
This is my 9th academic year at CPCC. I came to CPCC in 2010 to work with the Transfer Resource Center, and as an adjunct faculty member in the Communication discipline. In 2012 i started working with Career Services. In 2016 I joined the Communication faculty full-time. My committee has included: Retention Committee, NC Scholars of Global Distinction Advisory Board, Technology Integration Learning Community, College Senate Faculty Welfare Committee and Faculty Titles Committee, and the General Education Foundation Council. I have also been a learning partner for new faculty in the faculty onboarding process, and delivered several professional development sessions for faculty and staff.

Sutkowski Statement: It would be an honor to serve faculty and staff as college senate president. Almost nine years of collaborating with students, faculty and staff in both student services and as a faculty member have given me skills and experiences to understand concerns, narrow down those concerns to specific actionable outcomes, and build consensus around solutions. As you consider supporting me, I want to share the approach and values that will shape my service to faculty and staff in this important role. I hope that by understanding my approach and values, you can see how I will work with you, and represent you. Listening closely with care, asking thoughtful open-ended questions, continual transparency, and careful reflection are important approaches to my work throughout my time at CPCC. These approaches are founded upon valuing every single voice, seeking accountability, and finding a yes.

Being ready to carefully listen, and valuing every voice is part of my everyday experience. Colleagues have come to know that I always answer the phone with, “How can I help?”. Sharing time with colleagues to deeply listen to and understand their concerns, ideas, and solutions is essential. Part of valuing all voices through active listening also means asking thoughtful questions. I approach every situation using questions to clarify background information, confirm accuracy, and determine possible solutions. Meaningful transparency is supported when questions are integrated into discussions.

Transparency builds trust and sustained accountability. I believe in transparency that makes sure everyone knows the same set of of information, and is regularly updated. When everyone is one the same page, both trust and accountability will be better served. It is with transparency that people are held accountable. It is also with transparency and reflection that I believe we can find a yes. Bringing together questions, and responses, with deeper reflection toward finding a yes is how I approach many issues. Finding a yes means reflection individually and an in groups toward building consensus wherever possible, and compromise whenever needed.

I hope you can see how I would work with you and represent you as college senate president. It would be my honor to serve staff and faculty in this role. I am also grateful to you for taking time to understand the approach and values that will shape my service.

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