April 16, 2010
I recognize that people are anxious to have information about the disposition of existing faculty vacancies given all the work that has occurred with the 2010 budget. In my President’s message of March 17th, Budget Reductions for the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year: Roles, Responsibilities, Recommendations and Decision Making, I wrote that the full time faculty reductions will come from vacant full time faculty positions and faculty reassigned time positions which are funded out of the general operating fund. I also stated in that communication that once the decision has been made as to the number of faculty positions, if any, which are to be filled, the College’s Box 2A committee will make the selection decisions according to the contract process.
Because of the change in the District budget allocation model for 2010-11, it was determined that the District/Chancellor would not make a determination about the filling of vacant faculty positions. Normally a decision would have been made in October/November regarding the number of positions which would be filled. However, under the new budget allocation model, this decision has now been delegated to each College President.
Currently, DVC has 12 vacant faculty positions identified from retirements in 2009/10. There are two factors that have complicated our decisions about faculty hires. The first factor is the cuts which have occurred in the categorical areas and the second factor is the $4.8 million dollar budget gap that DVC has to fill for the 2010/11 year.
Therefore we will be doing the following:
The final result is that of the 12 faculty positions, six are retained with full time faculty and six will be used to help fill the budget gap. While many Colleges in the state are not or have not over the past year filled faculty vacancies, based on the results of program reviews and the work of the Integration Council, I felt it was important to retain 6 of these positions to provide direct instruction to our students.