To address any concerns students had with PCC, President-Superintendent Rajen Vurdien held his 23rd monthly open student forum at the Creveling Lounge on Monday, May 22.
Little to no progress has been made by PCC in filling the 35 new full-time faculty positions—a number that was agreed upon back in November—as the software being used to collect and evaluate applications, Cornerstone, has been automatically rejecting applicants due to a number of severe glitches.
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 …
The question of how many full-time instructors should be hired resurfaced at Monday’s Academic Senate meeting, drawing an exasperated apology from administrative leadership and exposing divisions within the faculty group.
The Academic Senate expressed concerns about the hiring process for the Faculty Job Fair at its regular meeting this week, arguing that new online faculty don’t have the proper expertise to teach useful courses.