1 STUDENT TIME INFORMATION
As a part-time instructor,
I have no office for student time,* so, if pay is approved:
get one hour per week (total) in the scheduled classroom.
fall, 2019, the student 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 hour for student time per week regardless of the number of
- The instructor usually
is not on campus at other times, so please don't arrive without
- If the room is occupied
regularly during the scheduled student time, the nearest available
space will be chosen and announced. The student time
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 student time is where and when to go for assistance.
- Introduce yourself
- The instructor
may have many students in more than one school
- Have your questions
- Explain why you
came to the student time
- Write your questions
down beforehand, if you are nervous
- Bring paper and pen
to take notes about the "answers"
- Take notes, even
if there seems to be an awkward silence
Don't go at the
- Anticipate problems
by looking ahead at the class
- There may be no
time for a solution if the due date is soon
- Bring the work done
- Give the instructor
something with which to work
- A draft of
the term paper
- An attempted
- The teacher doesn't
want to become ill, either
- Contact the instructor
- This courtesy will
Prepare to speak
up in a polite conversation
- Don't be shy
- Taxpayers, like
you, paid for the student time
- State your problem
or question clearly without attacking
- Don't make excuses;
- Be honest
During Student Time:
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 student 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).
Apply the solutions
discussed during the student time
- Apply the solutions
is a universal problem
the college provides additional academic help
REQUIREMENTS (A FORMAL APPOINTMENT):
If the student 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 student
time, 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 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 any paid 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.
The hour for
part-timers to meet with students 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.