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Effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017

This contract is an agreement between Association of College Educators, AFT Local 6554 and West Valley-Mission Community College District.

Article 20 Organizational Structure

20.1 Organization

The individual colleges, through a shared governance process, shall have the right to organize and establish their structure in a manner that meets the educational needs of the students. Any change to job duties of Division Chairs shall be negotiated. Any change to the job duties of Department Chairs shall be negotiated.

20.2 Notification of Modifications

Each college shall provide an organizational description and modifications as implemented to the Associate Vice-Chancellor of Human Resources, who shall provide a copy to ACE, AFT 6554 upon request.

20.3 Division Chairs

a. Term of Office: Division Chair term of office is 3 years.
b. Division chairs shall be appraised in accordance with Article 24A.
c. Each Division Chair shall be given 0.50 FTEF reassigned time per semester.
d. Election to Office: Division Chairs shall be elected in accordance with procedures developed by the faculty within each Division.
e. If the current Division Chair cannot or does not wish to serve out the remaining term in office, then an election shall be held on an as-needed basis in accordance with the Division’s procedures.

20.4 Department Chairs

a. Assignment and term of Office: Department Chair is a 10-month position and the term of office is 2 years.
b. Department Chairs shall be appraised in accordance with Article 24A.
c. Department Chairs may be awarded reassigned time per Article 20.5.
d. Election to Office: Department Chairs shall be elected in accordance with procedures developed by the faculty within the department.
e. If the current Department Chair cannot or does not wish to serve out the remaining term in office, then an election shall be held on an as-needed basis in accordance with the department’s procedures.

20.5 Released/Reassigned Time

1. 12.335 FTEF of released/reassigned time shall be distributed to Mission College each academic year. 12.335 FTEF of released/reassigned time shall be distributed to West Valley College each academic year.

2. Each College shall deduct the released/reassigned time of the Division Chairs from their distribution to determine the remaining reassigned time to be distributed to Department Chairs—the distribution of the remaining reassigned time to specific Department Chairs shall be made by the Division Chair Council in consultation with the Vice-President of Instruction.

This article does not preclude the College Presidents from distributing additional released/reassigned time to department chairs or for other governance purposes to meet the needs of the College.