Candidates for Election to the Academic Senate

Most of the positions (73) in the Academic Senate (79) are occupied by people who are elected.

Candidates for membership in the Academic Senate must understand that the meetings of the Senate are on Tuesday afternoons and they need to be available to attend these meetings. All members are needed to attend in order to meet the requirements of the Open Meetings Law of New York State as imposed on all CUNY governing bodies by a court decision.

All members of the Academic Senate are not only expected to attend but to participate in the voting process on all matters. If anyone is reluctant to have a record of how they vote they should not make themselves candidates for election. All elected members of the Academic Senate who attend its meetings will have their voting record made public as required by the law. Failure to vote is to abstain and will so be noted in the minutes.

Current Candidates Statements
 
Candidates have been offered this forum for the posting of a maximum of 500 words to describe themselves and their positions. They may include links to other sites that contain information about themselves or their positions.

Faculty-at-Large (41)

Candidate: Shele Bannon
It has been my honor to serve two terms as a member of our Academic Senate.  While gaining an in depth understanding of the value of shared governance, I have endeavored to represent the interests of my fellow faculty and our students.

I have served on several Senate committees: Chair of the Assessment and Institutional Advancement Committee, Secretary for the Environment, Quality of Life & Disability Issues Committee, and am now serving on the Awards & Scholarship Committee.  I have been a Faculty Coordinator for the Business Department for the past seven years, including the organization of several student events as well as heading our cohort of faculty on assessment.

Currently, I am a member of the General Education Assessment Task Force, providing input to our college wide assessment and the development of our learning outcomes.  Additionally, I am the Co-advisor for our Business Honor Society, Alpha Beta Gamma, and for our accounting case competition team. I have received grants for service-learning and pedagogical research.

I welcome the opportunity to continue to serve in our Academic Senate and would appreciate your support.

Candidate: Franca Ferrari-Bridgers
I am an assistant professor in the Speech Communication and Theatre Arts since 2011. Since I joined QCC I have been an active member and currently chair of the Academic Development and Elective Services Committee. The committee’s agenda has been to organize faculty workshops that promote cross-disciplinary collaboration and pedagogical innovation.  At the moment I am also a member of two academic committees, the Honors’ and the B-Tech committee, both promoting educational initiatives to help present and future students to successfully complete their degrees. 
In addition, since 2012, I have been part of several pedagogical initiatives on campus (High Impact Practices, Assessment and E-learning institute) that gave me the opportunity to refine my pedagogical skills and to work together with colleagues from other disciplines.  Working collaboratively with my colleagues has been a rewarding experience both at intellectual and personal level that has taught me the power of teamwork.  I have experienced first-hand that when united by a common goal, we, the faculty, can create, reshape and change anything we put our minds to. 
In the spirit of collaboration, I humbly ask for your vote of confidence in this 2015 Academic Senate Faculty Election. 
VOTE FOR FRANCA!

Candidate: Edmund Clingan
I have been a senator for the last three years. In that term, I have been an industrious and vocal senator, standing up for the rights of the faculty. If you elect me to a second term, I will continue to attend every senate meeting prepared in advance to debate and vote on issues vital to our community. Please vote for me and give me the chance to represent you effectively.

Candidate: Jenny (Maan) Lin
I strongly feel that faculty contribution to governance is extremely important. At QCC, I have served on many committees, including chairing the Awards and Scholarships committee. I have also made significant contributions to curriculum design by creating seven new Chinese courses and by completely redesigning two existing ones to better serve the needs of the students. Currently I serve as a senator, coordinator of the Chinese Program, faculty coordinator of the Liberal Arts Academy, member of the Faculty Executive Committee, adviser to the Asian Society club, and member of the Executive Committee of the CUNY Council on World Language Study. I would like to continue to serve on the senate so that I can keep abreast of important issues that will help me do a better job in these various roles. Moreover, I would like to continue to represent faculty in the decision-making process of issues (such as curricular development and changes) that impact students, faculty and the future of QCC. I would welcome the chance to continue to serve as a senator and contribute to our governing body.

Candidate: Philip Pecorino
I have served in the Academic Senate for many years and would like your support so that I can continue to support you in matters that come before the Senate. I have championed the rights of faculty and students in many ways over the years and will continue to do so.  I have served on and have chaired several Senate Committees.  I have served as Chair of the Steering Committee several times and presently serve the Senate as Parliamentarian.  I would like to remain as a voice for those who would have me so serve.  Here is my CV. http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/New-curriculum-vitae.html

I thank you for your support.

Candidate: Cheryl Spencer
My name is Cheryl Spencer and I have been at QCC for almost twelve years. Like most faculty, my early understanding of governance came from correspondences and responses via email. I like to read so this worked for me. Then like many faculty, when I became comfortable in my discipline, I ventured out to see and hear what the rest of the college was  talking about. The place to heighten those senses is the Academic Senate and whether in agreement, disagreement or abstention it is a place to have your voice heard. As a member of the Academic Senate I have witnessed many occasions where faculty, staff and students presented pressing issues that affect them to the Academic Senate and saw firsthand examples of the shared governance.

It has been my honor to serve as a member of the Academic Senate and be a part of QCC’s standard of shared governance and would like to continue. With student success at the core of what we do, I believe faculty must be present at the table when there are discussions and decisions being made that impact the success of our students. While faculty may teach in the department of one’s specialty, conversations with colleagues of other departments can give insight into the total picture of our students. We mean more to students than just helping them meet degree requirements. I have been committed to the success of our students and continue to not only foster their success but make a continuous effort to improve my knowledge to help be a facilitator of learning. 

In the past three years, as a member of the Academic Senate, I have had the privilege of serving as secretary to the Committee on Committees. I say privilege now because the two years as secretary prepared me well for my current position as Chair of the Committee on Committees. As a representative both of my department and the Academic Senate I regard this position of chairperson both with pride and gratitude to be of service to the college. I plan to continue being an active member of the QCC community and sincerely ask for your vote to do so.

Candidate: John Talbird
I have been a professor in the English department since 2004. From 2009-2013, I was Co-coordinator of the WID/WAC program. In this role, I trained over 150 QCC faculty from nearly every department, guiding them through the WI certification process, helping them to reconceptualize their classroom practices so that our students can meet the college’s WI requirement and also engage in a vital High Impact Practice. In the fall of 2013, I was appointed Writing Program Coordinator. In this role, I supervise and mentor all English department faculty in the task of teaching first year writing. Similar to the college’s WI requirement, nearly all of our students take First Year Composition, EN-101 and 102. Although my new role is as important for our students’ success as the previous one, I miss the interdisciplinary work I did in WID/WAC, collaborating with faculty all across the curriculum. I believe that serving on the Faculty Senate is the type of integrative work that is vitally important at a general education institution like QCC and wish to do my part. 

Candidate: Edward Volchok
I am Edward Volchok and I am a strong proponent of shared governance. I seek reelection to the Academic Senate. Since becoming a member of our faculty in 2006, I have chaired the Committee on eLearning, the Special Committee on Distance Education, and the Committee on Committees when these committees achieved important goals. My accomplishments on these committees, my work on the Business department’s P&B, and my other activities at Queensborough Community College and CUNY all attest to my collegial and pragmatic leadership. If reelected, I will continue to devote my energy to finding practical solutions to the challenges we face. Thank you for your consideration.

Candidate: Reuvain Zahavy
VOTE FOR REUVAIN ZAHAVY FOR SENATOR.
I served as a senator for almost 20 years. I have an excellent attendance record on the senate. I am involved in all the issues. My concern has always been that we remain a unified body. Over the years I have been the chair of or a member of most of the academic senate's committees as well as my department's internal committees.
I served as a union delegate as well as department representative to the union.
As evening supervisor of my department for the last 20 years I have served not only my department , but I have been in contact with our administration and with the other departments and offices of the college on a regular basis.
I run a very popular club on campus and I have also mentored new faculty and advised students. I am very much aware of the academic needs and desires of our students.
I am also very knowledgeable of the academic needs and requirements of every department.
As a senator, I will continue to help every department.
I understand what makes Queensborough great!
I will continue to fight to keep it great!
PLEASE VOTE FOR ME TODAY.



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