ARPE Professor Directs Award Winning Faculty Diversity Program
Dr. Bill Piland, Professor Emeritus, in the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education (ARPE) has been working on diversifying the California community college faculty since 1994 as the Director of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association (SDICCCA) Regional Faculty Internship program. This program has just won the 2005 California Community College Chancellor’s Award for Best Practices in Diversity.
The program prepares future community college faculty. It has been highly successful in attracting future faculty from underrepresented groups. During the 12 years of the program’s operation, 240 interns participated in the program. 67% of these interns were people of color. Of the interns who subsequently have been hired full-time after their experiences in the program, fully 86% have been from ethnically underrepresented groups. This faculty training program is one of the most successful in the state at preparing new faculty to teach or counsel in community colleges.
The program involves an intensive training during the summer to get interns ready to begin their internship in the fall. During the fall semester, the interns work under the direction of mentors, who are full-time community college faculty members. In the spring semester, still under the direction of their mentors, the interns are given a class of their own to teach or a counseling load if they are counseling interns. All during the academic year, the interns meet twice a month to continue their training that began in the summer.
This is the second statewide award the program has won. In 1995, the Regional Faculty Internship Program won the first ever Award for Multi-Campus Cooperation presented by the Board of Trustees-California State University and the Board of Governors-California Community Colleges. This award was presented because of Dr. Piland’s involvement as an SDSU representative.
Dr. Piland helped write the original grant that began the program and has been involved with the program since its inception. He conducts the summer training associated with the program and directs all program operations with the assistance of nine participating college coordinators, including organizing the twice-monthly training sessions.
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