Posts Tagged ‘Chris Hill’

As budget cuts loom, 1,700 community college representatives meet at San Diego conference

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–A national conference that brought more than 1,700 representatives of two-year colleges to San Diego shined a spotlight on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, from the sessions by faculty and administrators discussing innovative ideas in education to the more than 100 district volunteers who helped ensure the event ran smoothly.

The conference, Innovations 2011, which ended Wednesday, was hosted by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and the San Diego Community College District. Participants came to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront from community colleges across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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Chris Hill named as an interim dean

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)– Chris Hill, resigning as president of the Academic Senate, has been appointed Interim Dean of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Exercise Science/Wellness, effective Jan. 1. 

In her new position, Hill will “provide leadership to the division until a permanent dean is selected,” it was announced by Barbara Blanchard, Grossmont’s vice president for Academic Affairs. “This process to select the permanent dean will begin shortly after the college completes its evaluation of our current administrative structure in Academic Affairs.”

Explaining her decision to resign as Academic Senate president before the expiration of her term, Hill wrote to colleagues that although the deanship is an interim position, “I feel strongly that it will conflict with my role as Academic Senate President.  I will begin serving in the interim dean position on January 1st and thus am submitting my resignation as Senate President effective that same date.

“The By-Laws of the Academic Senate state that in the event of resignation of the President, the Vice-President shall fill the unexpired term until a special election can be held.  In this particular case, the unexpired term covers the Spring 2011 semester.  As current Vice-President and President-elect, Sue Gonda can fill the unexpired term and continue serving in her new role through her elected term.  I plan to work with Sue over the semester break to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

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Faculty voters elect Sue Gonda to Academic Senate presidency

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GROSSMONT COLLEGE –History Prof. Sue Gonda  has been elected president of the Academic Senate for the 2011-13 term, it was announced on Tuesday, Nov. 2, by Earth Sciences Prof. Chris Hill, the incument in that offie.

Gonda was unopposed for the position, although write-in ballots were possible in the electronic voting conducted recently.

Between now and June 1, when Gonda’s term begins, she and Hill will work together to assure a smooth transition, Hill said.   During that period as well, Academic Senate officers to serve with Gonda also will be elected.

“We would also like to congratulate and welcome the two newly-elected part-time divisional senators, Kirin Farquar (English, Social and Behavoiral Sciences) and Narges Heidari (Student Services),”  Hill said.  “They will serve a one-yer term and join other divisional senators in representing part-time faculty on bot the Academic Senate and the Part-time Faculty Committee.”


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Academic Senate choosing a new president

By Kamri Jackson

Kamri Jackson

GROSSMONT COLLEGE –Students may not be aware but there is a committee of faculty that meets on the1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday of every month to discuss the matters of the College on an academic and collegial basis.

Grossmont College’s Academic Senate is responsible for representing  the faculty and consulting collegially with both the college administration and the college district’s  governing board to reach mutual agreement on the development of policies and procedures related to academic and professional matters.


Currently, the Academic Senate is conducting two important selection processes. Nominations closed last Monday, Oct. 18, for the presidential election and balloting was Oct. 25.   At press time, Dr. Susan Gonda of the History Department was the only candidate for the position.

Gonda shared in her candidate statement that “It would be my privilege to be President of Grossmont’s Academic Senate for the next term of two years. I have been very active in the Senate and on campus in a variety of forums, so I am very familiar with college and district structures, decision-making processes and the new ideas and policies heading down the pipeline.”

The current president, Chris Hill, stated during an interview that the main objective of the president is to “represent the faculty perspective … in order to make the best decisions for the overall college.”

Laura Sims, chair of the Senate’s academic elections committee,  said when the state budget crisis forced Grossmont to eliminate 400 class sections prior to this semester, the Academic Senate consulted closely with the Administration on which cuts would be least harmful to students.

Both professors told the Summit that the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District seeks input from the Academic Senate in the spirit of “shared governance and participation.”

According to Grossmont Academic Senate’s Constitution Article III, the Senate “represents all non-management certificated personnel employed at Grossmont College.”

Main topics for the Senate include grading and planning for the funneling of resources for the college. An example of a topic discussed by the Senate was the SB 1440 Act (Student Transfer Reform Act), which now enables more transfers from community colleges to the California State University and Colleges. 
In addition to the presidential election,  the Senate has opened nominations for the Faculty Co-chair of the Accreditation Steering Committee.  This position runs for six semesters, beginning in Spring 201.

Jackson is a student in MCOMM 132

Remembering faculty member Diane Mayne-Stafford

By Russell Lindquist

Diane Mayne-Stafford

GROSSMONT COLLEGE, Sept. 15 –Faculty member Diane Mayne-Stafford died on Tuesday, Sept. 14,  from complications stemming from an auto-immune disease for which she had been hospitalized since mid-July, Grossmont College colleagues have reported.

Mayne-Stafford’s husband, Bob Stafford, said her ashes will be spread in Alaska and in England, two locales particularly dear to her.  There will be a ceremony celebrating her life within two to four months, and possibly a scholarship fund in her name for students in Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS).

Mayne-Stafford taught Principles of information Technology and Intro to Unix in Grossmont College’s CSIS Department.  The department head, Janet Gelb, described Mayne-Stafford as “a great friend and colleague–passionate, hardworking, and dedicated.”

For several years, Mayne-Stafford coordinated Distance Education for Grossmont.  According to Academic Senate President Dr. Chris Hill, Mayne-Stafford was “instrumental in implementing and coordinating the College Distance Learning Plan.”

The College Distance Learning Plan is what brings Grossmont College students our online-classes and hybrid-classes.  Before Mayne-Stafford’s help, these forms of classes were nearly non-existent at Grossmont College–she helped develop the program and train the faculty. Continue reading