Support part-time faculty participation in shared governance

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Whereas, community colleges regularly hire temporary part-time faculty; and

Whereas, temporary part-time faculty are required to hold the same academic qualifications and credentials as their full-time colleagues; and

Whereas, qualified temporary part-time faculty are rehired for years; and

Whereas, part-time faculty already working in the institution have significant familiarity with the academic standards, curriculum, personnel, and culture of the institution thereby aiding in student success initiatives and other institutional goals; and

Whereas, the concept of shared governance is continually challenged by administrations; and

Whereas, there are not enough full-time faculty to serve on shared governance committees; and

Whereas, due to the increased workload of faculty due to increased mandated requirements and accreditation standards; and

Whereas, since decisions made in shared governance also affect part-time faculty, part-time faculty should be considered, with respect to equity and inclusivity, an equal participant in the decision-making; and

Whereas, documents from the Academic Senate of California Community Colleges support full participation, full voting rights and compensation in shared governance;

Therefore, be it resolved, that the CFT support legislation for part-time faculty to be included and enfranchised without regard to their part-time status and compensated in shared governance work.