serving Mission College for 17 years as an instructor and faculty
union representative, Maria Fenyes now joins the administrative ranks.
Fenyes, longtime chemistry instructor and American Federation of Teachers
chapter president, was appointed active vice president for academic affairs
Though administration is new to her, Fenyes believes her many years' service
as a department and cluster chair and vice chair provided significant
experience as what she describes as a quasi-administrator.
My experience has given me a view of two worlds and how to bring
them together, she said. Essentially, you serve as a liaison
between faculty and administrators.
Her participation in contract negotiations between the district and AFT
provided solid grounding for her new role, she said. After all, a contract
is the structure upon which the district operates and reflects the needs
of both administration and faculty.
Fenyes hopes to put her experience to use in several areas but primarily
in finding ways to increase enrollment. She believes that the sequence
of classes a student is likely to take can be identified, based on requirements,
and that those classes can be scheduled so they dont conflict with
one another. She also believes the college has been too quick to cut low
enrollment classes. Fenyes already has made these and other proposals
to the new college Enrollment Management Task Force.
BY EDUARDO PARDO