by Vera Zdravkovich
(Vice President for Instruction)
This noteworthy year in the life of the college initiates many new programs
and activities, most notably the new Collegian Centers, Middle States
Self-Study, review of general education, and the Faculty Professional
Development Institute and Academies. I’m taking this opportunity to highlight
some of the changes, activities, and opportunities that are taking place.
Two changes of note:
The New Academic Assistant for Instructional Operations
I’m pleased to remind you that June Fordham, formerly of CIS, has joined
the office. June replaces Charles Hansborough, who has returned to his first
love, teaching mathematics. Charles worked with me in the Instruction Office for
six years, and will continue to handle the Instruction budget. June ably has
assumed Charles’ other Instructional area administrative duties, including
supervising the evaluation process. Thank you, Charles. Welcome, June.
The new Instructional Forum Editor
Robert Goldberg, associate professor in English, has succeeded Marilynn
Thomas as the Instructional Forum (IF) editor. He will be depending on
faculty to continue providing the articles that make the IF a "must
read" for everyone in the Instructional area. He also will be depending on
the computer skills of Sue Gillett, who prepares the IF for publication. Thank
you, Marilynn, for your work as editor of IF. Welcome, Robert.
The Instructional Forum is one of the most important and oldest
continuing college publications. It is the only publication written for and by
faculty. So that both adjuncts and full-time faculty can access the IF easily,
beginning this semester, the IF will be available online and as hard copy.
Of all the activities and opportunities underway this year,
here are some of the most important.
Middle States Self-Study
Beginning last year, more than 180 faculty, staff, administrators, and
students have been involved with gathering information for a comprehensive
self-study report. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education requires the
self-study every ten years for reaccreditation. The comments and information
shared with me reinforce this process as a highly valuable introspection of who
and what we are as an institution. It is an opportunity for all of us to look at
ourselves critically and objectively. Your response and assistance to the
committee members are essential and greatly appreciated.
Under the able leadership of Dr. Robin Hailstorks and Dr. Verna Teasdale, the
fourteen Task Forces have completed interim reports that are being evaluated by
the Steering Committee. The Task Forces’ final reports are due in February
2004. Their recommendations will be the foundation on which the college’s next
five-year strategic plan will be crafted.
Work on the next college catalog has begun. The Curriculum Committee,
chaired by Barbara Sanders and Betty Habershon, must approve all new programs
and courses before they can be included in the new catalog.
I'm very pleased to share with you the good news that our college will be
the first site for the new Morgan State University doctoral program in
Instructional Leadership. During Professional Development Day, Dr.
Christine McPhail, from Morgan State, presented a workshop about the
program. A few days later, another opportunity to earn a doctorate was
presented by Dr. Terry O'Banion, representing Walden University.
The six new Collegian Centers will provide intellectual, academic, and
scholarly involvement for faculty and students. The centers will be formally
launched spring semester 2004. See the article, "Collegian Centers ‘Under
In summary, the changes, activities, and opportunities taking place this
semester effectively demonstrate the intellectual vibrancy that exemplify the
vision and the character of Prince George’s Community College. Thank you to
each of you who makes it happen.