With faculty and senate officials agreeing to hire 35 new full-time faculty for the college by September, the long process to attaining that number has begun.
A Faculty Hiring Priorities Committee is formed by the Academic Senate to assess all requests for new positions, and the process is supposed to be put into motion during the beginning of the fall semester, according to the Pasadena Area Community College District Policy.
“We try to make the decision by late fall because January is a big hiring time and there are a lot of job fairs so we try to know what we need, so different faculty or divisions need can go to those job fairs and recruit,” said Kristin Pilon, Academic Senate Vice President.
The committee meets and asks each department what their hiring needs are and why.
“There’s all these questions that they need to answer,” said Academic Senate President Eduardo Cairo. “Then the committee compiles all the data, score it, then we combine our scores and based on the scores, we get the top 10 or 15 we are going to hire.”
The committee forwards the college president their recommendations for hiring priorities. Then the division dean and another committee prepares job descriptions and minimum requirements.
The college’s equal opportunity officer then reviews and screens applications to determine if the legal requirements relating to affirmative action and non-discrimination have been met, according to district policy.
Once screening is done, the hiring committee decides which candidates will be invited for interview.
The process is usually conducted during the fall semester but Cairo, said that they intend to start sooner.
“We’re going to try to meet next week because in the process we found out, a couple of issues have come up. So instead of waiting to meet in the fall, we’d rather resolve all the issues beforehand,” he said.
Back in November, faculty and administration officials agreed to hire 35 full-time faculty after the initial plan to hire only five to 10 new faculty caused some contentiousness between the two sides.
Cairo stressed the necessity to get in front of this process as soon as possible.
“We want to do this by spring,” he said. “We want to have them resolved before the fall.”
Additional reporting by Kristen Luna.