NCTC faculty participate in leadership conference

Jane England | Nov 7, 2018

NCTC Faculty members Dr. Pat Ledbetter, Robin Cole-Jett, Amy Whiting, Chris McGinty, Adam Ramsey and Jane England recently attended the 38thTexas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA) Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The Leadership Conference is an annual event designed to provide community college educators from across the state with the latest information regarding legislative issues, legal trends, pedagogy, classroom content and student success initiatives.

The 2018 pre-conference meetings included a special training session for faculty recently selected to represent their respective institutions as Faculty Fellows. The newly established TCCTA fellowship program is for faculty who are just beginning their careers and have been full time teachers for no more than five years. NCTC’s Faculty Fellows, Ramsey and McGinty, attended the conference for the first time.

The TCCTA Conference is already a highlight of Ramsey’s career. 

“The chance to meet and network with the leaders of my profession from NCTC and across the state was invaluable as an up and coming professor,” said Ramsey. “I am most grateful for the insights into the challenges facing higher education, as well as how we community college faculty members are preparing to meet those challenges.”

The conference officially opened on Friday with a Legislative Update from TCCTA lobbyist Beaman Floyd, followed by an Honest Peer Discussions session, and concluded with a dinner  time presentation entitled “Faculty Leadership: Just Do It!” by Preston Rich, Professor of Business Management at  Richland College.

NCTC Chemistry Professor Amy Whiting especially enjoyed the Peer Discussions.

“One of the highlights for me was the break-out discussion sections where common themes and concerns were discussed at our respective tables,” said Whiting. “I found student success stories that each of us had to share were motivating to all in attendance. Networking with colleagues at other institutions and what leadership looks like at their respective campuses and districts was highly informative as well. A lot of material packed into a short time! I greatly enjoyed getting together with peers and colleagues from the across the state who were like-minded in leadership at their colleges. “

The Saturday program began with an examination of Campus Safety by former FBI agent Brent Chambers who currently serves as Director of Public Safety at Tyler Junior College.This was followed by a panel discussion of “Perspectives on Student Success.” Panel members were TCCTA Director Richard Moore,Houston Community College Department Chair of Philosophy, Humanities, and Library Sciences Helen Graham, and Phi Theta Kappa President Lynn Tincher-Ladner. The speakers addressed the complexity of approaches taken by different institutions to develop processes for accessing and improving student academic outcomes.

The conference concluded with a luncheon presentation on “Legal Issues In Higher Education”byAttorney Michael Kim, founder of MKim Legal.Cole-Jett found Mr. Kim’s discussion of current judicial trends regarding academic freedom and class syllabi helpful.

“As this year’s Faculty Senate President, the conference proved very useful to me,” said Cole-Jett. “We learned not only about the definitions and applications of academic freedom, but also that our academic freedom is intricately tied to our teaching practices. The presentations were truly timely and illuminating.”

 

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NCTC Faculty recently attended the 38thTexas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA) Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Pictured left to right areProfessorsRobin Cole-Jett, Amy Whiting, Adam Ramsey, Dr. Pat Ledbetter, Jane England and Chris McGinty.