Sharon Fratta-Hill - 2009 FAC Representative
Division: Undergraduate Adelphi
I have been an educator for over thirty-five years. I am currently the Vice President of Distance Education and the Center for Continuing and Professional Education at the Graduate School, USDA. This is a quasi-government agency which trains federal workers in all agencies throughout the US. Prior to taking this post, I was a tenured full professor in the IT Department at Prince George's Community College in Maryland. I spent 26 years as both a professor and department chair at PGCC. I took executive leave for over a year and served as the Department Chair of IFSM at UMUC, College Park. I also taught accounting and information systems to high school students in Prince George's County for four years after graduating from undergraduate school. I have taught as an adjunct for UMUC since 1990.
My degrees include a PhD, MEd in EDIT (IT Education) from the University of Maryland at College Park and BS in business education with concentrations in IT, accounting and workforce development, which was awarded by James Madison University.
I have a variety of interests such as camping and boating, but most revolve around my family. I have three children, ages 27, 14 and 11. Although only the two youngest are still at home, it still keeps me busy!
I have been on the Faculty Advisory Council for two years. This year I served as the chair of the FAC council. Some of the items that is brought forth to the administration were MAPP testing, academic rigor, academic freedom, and career paths/salary adjustments for NOLs and adjuncts.
By working with the administration we were able to stop MAPP testing so that administration and faculty could work together to create a way to motivate students to take the exam without having it be slated as an individual course requirement. That committee will be formed in the near future. Dr. Cini formed an Academic Rigor committee in responses to our concerns about directors looking at course final grades to ascertain how many A’s were being given. The committee worked through positive ways to create academic rigor without grade quotas.
Although the FAC group has worked together to work on a variety of projects this year, my personal fight to add additional adjuncts on the FAC committee was one that was most important to me. It was filled with obstacles because collegiate members believe they can speak for adjunct concerns, and some do not believe that adjuncts are a necessary part of the FAC equation. Fortunately, after much persuasive energy by a coalition of FAC members, we were able to change the bylaws to add 3 more adjunct positions to the board. Since 85 percent of UMUCs faculty is adjunct, I do believe that we need a stronger voice in the shared governance platform. I hope that I can encourage other adjuncts to step up and fill those slots so that we can bring our academic as well as fiscal concerns to the forefront of the administration's agenda.