PUYALLUP – Pierce College Chancellor and CEO Michele Johnson will be featured on a panel discussing best practices in the faculty tenure process at this year’s spring convention of the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges in Washington state.
Joining Johnson on the panel will be Dave Stolier, senior assistant attorney general, and Tom Campbell, trustee at Green River Community College.
The two-day convention is designed to provide professional development training for trustees to reinforce the importance of their role in the community and technical college system throughout the state.
Johnson plans to share the Pierce College philosophy on the tenure process and commitment to hiring only the best faculty possible. “Our board understands that full time faculty make a real difference,” she said. “It’s our job to ensure we are hiring only the best full time faculty and supporting them any way we can. Our board of trustees is willing to take a stand on not only tenuring the best, but also doing all we can to improve.”
Pierce College provides a tenure committee and cohort training for faculty throughout the tenure process, and strives to support them with further assistance when needed. “We have a combination of a faculty union supporting high standards, administration providing quality training and a board of trustees that takes the tenure decision seriously,” she said.
Johnson looks forward to the opportunity to share her extensive experience as both a faculty member and administrator with trustees from throughout the state. “I will always be a teacher at heart,” she said. “Tenured faculty are important, but we also need to make sure they are always improving and putting students at the center of what they do.”