The Part-Time Faculty Association (PFA-UPTE) is an employee organization dedicated to improving the working conditions of Butte College part-time faculty, counselors, librarians and academic support professionals. In so doing, PFA-UPTE concurrently empowers these individuals to pursue their disciplines as professionals committed to student learning and student success. PFA strives for collegial relationships with all who work at Butte College while upholding its commitment to bring equality, justice and respect to all part-time faculty, counselors, librarians and academic support professionals.
All associate faculty at Butte College are welcomed and encouraged to become members of PFA-UPTE! Download our membership application, print and fill it out, and send to Stacey Burks (Mail Drop: CHC) via inter-campus mail.
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Our Governing Board
|Stacey Burks, President
Stacey Burks has been teaching part time for 31 years. She is currently serving her 23rd year on Butte’s Academic Senate and was recently elected Co-Chair of the newly formed State Academic Senate Part Time Caucus in April, 2011 after serving as Interim Chair prior to the elections. She has served as President of Butte’s Part Time Faculty Association for 25 years. In this capacity, she has been PFA’s chief negotiator and has handled all grievances to date. Stacey is also a member of FACCC’s Part Time Committee. Stacey supports all things part time and hopes that our Senate Caucus will come to be recognized as a Committee of the State Academic Senate.
John Martin began his activist career with Shasta College’s local bargaining unit (CTA/CCA) in 2000 when he was hired at Shasta College and began to attend its Faculty Association meetings. His interest grew beyond the local union politics and soon began attending CCA conferences. Currently, he serves as an elected CCA Board member as its Northern California PT Director and serves on its Part-time Faculty Issues Committee (PTIC). In addition, he serves on Butte College’s Part-time Faculty Association (PFA) Governing Board, part of CWA Local 9414. He’s also very active with the California Part-time Faculty Association (CPFA) and was recently reelected for another two year term as its Chair (go to www.cpfa.org and check it out !His commitment to “Equal pay for Equal work” is the basis of his activism. Long termed temporary faculty must have some sort of real job protection (seniority and rehire rights as well as academic freedom) in order to fulfill their potential as community college instructors and to serve their students.His activism with these various institutional organizations are important as they’re the vehicle for dramatic changes at the state level for the betterment of contingent, non-tenured faculty and he intends to use his commitment and experience to his advantage.John teaches Early and Modern American History, African American History (both face-to-face and Online), and Introduction to American Government. He received his Master’s in history at CSU, Chico with emphasis on United States history.
Anthony Ferro has been on the PFA governing board now for three years. “I absolutely love being on the board as it has opened my eyes up to how things work behind the scenes, stated Ferro. I had no idea how much hard work has been done to make our union as strong it is. I find the meetings fun and I thoroughly enjoy going to them and hanging out with the rest of the board members.” He is currently in his ninth year as the Head baseball coach at Butte College and has taught in the physical education department for over fifteen years. Anthony is married to wife Sarah, and has two beautiful daughters. The family resides in Chico.
After being born the same year as Butte College, Jodi Rives grew up and originally attended college in Southern California. Moving north prompted a transfer to Lassen College, where she received a A.A. in Liberal Arts, and Chico State where she received a B.A. in Speech Communication and an M.A. in Human Communication (as opposed to Organizational Communication, not, as some cleverly propose, as opposed to Insect or Animal Communication).Jodi currently teaches Communication Studies courses at Butte College and is co-advisor to the Butte College Gay/Straight Alliance. She is married to Nick Meier, who is both patient and brave, and is the mother of four whose ages span from 3 to 22, so she pretty much always needs a nap.
Wendy Brown began teaching part-time at Butte in January of 1991 and has enjoyed being a part of the wonderful LEAD/English department. After serving on the Staff Development committee and discovering the wonders of the Great Teachers program, (and the All Campus Retreat) Wendy participated in these activities for a decade and enjoyed the wide acquaintance that they gave her with faculty, staff, and administration. Wendy is smitten with the quality of student services Butte has to offer and likes to promote awareness of them in general and with a Butte Campus Tour for new faculty. Wendy is also “smitten” with the quality of the union that was already rolling along by the time she became aware of it. She is glad to have had the time to offer background support for the hard work that keeps on coming to our leadership. What a job they do!
| Colleen Harvel
After obtaining a B.A. in French and an M.A. in English as well as a brief foray into professional editing, Colleen Harvel has been happily teaching different levels of English at Butte College in Oroville and at Shasta College in Redding. In addition to acting as Treasurer for California Part-Time Senate Caucus, Colleen currently serves on the Governing Board for the PFA and on the Executive Board for CWA. Colleen has also served on the Academic Senate at Butte College in Oroville. Colleen states, “In my years of teaching, I have learned a great deal about the work that needs to be done to foster a supportive, respectful and equitable environment for part-time faculty. I hope to contribute my talents and strengths to this end.”