1 "OFFICE TIME" INFORMATION
As a part-time instructor,
I have no office,* so, if pay is approved:
get one hour per week (total) in the scheduled classroom.
fall, 2019, the office time will be Mondays in V-108:
From 1:30pm to 2:00pm
(½ hour before the 2pm class)
to 6:30pm (½
hour before the 6:30pm class)
- Usually, this
is the only non-class time available to meet. That's
because the school grants eligible part-timers** only one
paid "office hour" per week regardless of the number of
students enrolled. Please don't arrive at other times without
- If the room is occupied
regularly during the scheduled office time, the nearest available
space will be chosen and announced. The office hour is
usually informal (unless a student requests a formal
- If there is ever a question
such as "See me for help?" on an assignment,
the office time is where and when to go for assistance.
If there are
no questions, I:
- Try to do productive
work (arrange materials, etc.) until a student asks a question.
- May engage the students
present in polite conversation and encourage them to work in small
- Attempt to discover
why my students are enrolled and what they want from the program.
asks a question:
- Everyone in the room
has the opportunity to participate in the answer.
- A student may choose
to go to the board either to illustrate the question or to answer
- With a little encouragement,
a student will both ask and answer her own question.
- We may sit around
a table with a sheet of "talking paper" to take on our
- Only I will respond
when the question concerns classroom and school requirements (such
as academic honesty, attendance,
term paper options, etc.).
If the conversation is not answering your question:
- You need to interrupt
politely and ask that question.
- It's important
everyone understand that answering questions and solving class-related
problems are the primary reasons for the office time.
- Please don't be afraid
or be too shy to ask.
- I like questions
as long as they are subject related.
- You'll soon discover
that I like them so much, I tend to give a lengthy response
(in hopes of approaching the question from alternate perspectives
and to help personalize the answer).
REQUIREMENTS (A FORMAL APPOINTMENT):
If the office time doesn't
seem to be going your way, and/or you need to have a more
private conversation, leave me a note or contact me through e-mail
to make a more formal meeting happen during the scheduled times.
are required if the discussion
is to be of a personal nature, such as grades,
personal data (phone number, address, etc.), disabilities, enrollment
status, prior school work, etc.
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT MISCONDUCT:
Students should read
this information if any conversation with me will include
reporting some form of misconduct, including sexual violence,
sexual assault, relationship violence (domestic and dating violence),
stalking, sexual harassment and/or other forms of prohibited discrimination.
*In all fairness,
I believe that on the Rocklin campus, there are two rooms set
aside for the hundreds of part-time instructors to use for office
hours, but they are in the LRC building across campus and are
by "sign-up" only (I am not aware of any other rooms
set aside elsewhere). Also, I do have one file-cabinet drawer
near my classroom for my use.
to get paid for the office hour, your part-time instructor must
teach at least 40% of a full-timer's 15-unit load and must
sign a formal, written request for the money during the first
two weeks of instruction. Part-time instructors who do not
meet those requirements do not get paid office time to
meet with students and deal with student's questions and concerns.
See the section, Part - Time Instructional Faculty Office Hours
Program, in the SCFA
contract, Art. 12.27.
office hour is not part of paid personal time off. If, for
example, your part-time instructor misses a class for sickness,
and isn't present for the "office hour," the part-timer
cannot reschedule the lost time; he must forfeit payment and the
students lose that contact time. See the SCFA
contract, Art. 12.27.