Welcome New Board Members – California Teachers Association

Kenneth Bearden, Butte College Education Association

Kenneth Bearden has been teaching English and social studies and working in the community college system for 22 years. He has held several leadership positions on campus, including serving on the Academic Senate, the Curriculum Committee, and the Accreditation Leadership Team. Statewide, Bearden has worked on statewide Academic Senate committees and served on credential surveyor teams. He began working with the Butte College full-time faculty union in 2016 on the bargaining team, and is now its president and one of two grievance officers. Bearden is the director of District A.

What are the biggest issues facing community colleges right now?

I think the challenges facing community colleges right now are probably the same as Butte College in particular: reviving enrollment and bringing more students and faculty back to our campuses, face-to-face.

What are your goals for your term on the CCA Board of Directors?

I would like the CCA to engage more with other faculty organizations, such as the Academic Senate, so that we can exert our collective strength more effectively.

What prompted you to take on this leadership role?

In two words: Shaaron Vogel, my mentor. But a longer answer would be that I’ve been active locally and statewide in the Academic Senate for years, and I felt it was time to move in a different direction and a direction I’m very passionate about. .


Teresa Landeros, Mont SAC Teachers Association

Therese Landeros has taught as a part-time faculty member since 2004. She advocates for part-time faculty on the Mt. SAC Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee. Landeros also sits on CCA’s Part-Time Faculty Matters Committee and CSUF’s Academic Senate. Recently, she was elected to the Mt. SAC Faculty Association Board of Directors and the CCA Board of Directors to represent part-time faculty in the Southern California region. Its advocacy efforts focus on establishing policies that represent the best interests of both faculty and students and on building collegiality among faculty.

Landeros’ priority is to strengthen the role of part-time faculty on the college campuses they teach as essential collaborators and contributors to all matters affecting faculty and students. Additionally, she supports equal pay for equal work for part-time faculty and policies that promote the general well-being of part-time faculty, such as job security and inclusion in institutional governance.

What are the biggest issues facing community colleges right now?

Pay parity for part-time faculty and connect community college students to student resources so they can achieve their academic goals.

What are your goals for your term on the CCA Board of Directors?

Continue to advocate and work to improve the role of part-time professors on university campuses and their working conditions.

What prompted you to take on this leadership role?

Be a voice for part-time teachers.


Lorraine Slattery, Mount San Jacinto Teachers Association

Lorraine Slattery, Ed.S., is originally from Ireland, where she grew up in a rural community that emphasized the importance of family, culture, scholarship and always lending a helping hand. to others when possible. Lorraine immigrated to the United States over 25 years ago and has lived in Southern California ever since. She has been part of the Mt. San Jacinto College community for over 20 years, the last 15 of which as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Teacher Education and Development Studies. For the past six years, she has held the position of Department Chair and served at local faculty governance levels, including six years as President of the Senate.

Lorraine has also served statewide as a member of the California Community Colleges Academic Senate Board of Trustees. In addition to her work on the senatorial side of the chamber, Lorraine recently served as vice-president of her local and currently holds that title, as well as senior grievance officer and bargaining officer. Lorraine is a self-proclaimed “policy guru” and looks forward to joining the ACC statewide board of directors and serving as the District H(2) representative and continuing to support the local work.

What are the biggest issues facing community colleges right now?

As we all tentatively emerge from the pandemic and come back to life on our campuses, we find that our communities have changed dramatically. Traditional registration schemes are in decline. This inevitably affects our ability to hire and retain faculty. Districts must be flexible and responsive to student demand while protecting faculty rehire rights.

Students need support in the areas of mental health, food insecurity and housing as well as traditional learning needs. Professors need resources, tools and support to provide the best guidance to our students.

What are your goals for your term on the CCA Board of Directors?

External pressures on the system to improve student success and transfer to community colleges have drawn much attention to this area of ​​our mission. Faculty are content experts in our disciplines, and our mission extends beyond transfer goals to career and workforce goals. I would love to see faculty at the forefront of these conversations again. The working conditions of our part-time faculty need to be raised and discussed with the same urgency as any other equity issue in our system.

What prompted you to take on this leadership role?

I have a long history of involvement in faculty leadership at the local and state level. I believe my skills and abilities could benefit CCA and my faculty colleagues statewide. I hope that by bringing my unique skills to the Board, we will continue to represent all of our teachers with authenticity and integrity.


Matt Jones, Kern Community College District Association of Community Colleges

matt jones is a member of the Kern Community College District Community College Association and teaches in the Kern Community College District (KCCD), where he is a professor at Bakersfield College. As a professor in the university technology department, he specializes in instructional design. He also co-teach a class in the English department with his wife. Jones has been a member of KCCD since 2011, where he began his career in educational technology as a systems support analyst.

However, for 8 years he has been a member of the faculty. Although Jones is a reasonably new member of the CCA, he has a great interest in interpreting contract language, syntax, and sentence structure. The combination of this interest with faculty rights prompted him to participate in his local chapter, where he is the current acting secretary. Jones believes the post-lockdown world is going to present several challenges for community colleges and he is working through the CCA lens to help navigate those waters.

What are the biggest issues facing community colleges right now?

I think the post-lockdown world is going to present several challenges for community colleges.

What are your goals for your term on the CCA Board of Directors?

I strive to help District D Community Colleges meet post-lockdown challenges through the lens of the ACC. I also have a passion for instructional technology and accessibility and intend to champion both in my role.

What prompted you to take on this leadership role?

Although I am a reasonably new member of the CCA, I have a great interest in interpreting contract language, syntax, and sentence structure. The combination of this interest with the rights of teachers led me to participate in my local chapter, where I am the current acting secretary. As Acting Secretary, I discovered that I had a passion for CCA, so I decided to get involved at the state level.

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