Frequently Asked Questions - Staff
- Who is eligible to run in the staff elections?
Any staff member is eligible if they are currently employed with the College, and the period of employment is expected to endure for one or more years.
There are three staff appointments: Administrative, Academic, and Support. Eligibility to run is based on the electoral district of your campus. This year’s electoral districts are:
- Administrative Staff from the North Electoral District;
- Academic Staff from the Metro Electoral District;
- Support Staff from the South Electoral District.
Staff members excluded from eligibility are the President, members of the College Executive Team and Executive Assistants to those positions.
How do I know which staff group I am in?
"The college has made tremendous strides in developing our vision for Nova Scotians in new ways to apply knowledge and skills. My experience on the Board of Governors has been very positive and impressive. It has been an experience that I truly feel many faculty members should have. The Board members are a very diverse group, where you can come away with a better understanding and appreciation of the Nova Scotia Community College, and how it works at that level of operation."
Anna Gillis, Academic Staff, 1999-2002
For the purposes of NSCC Board of Governor elections:
- Academic staff are Faculty Members;
- Administrative staff are members of the Management and Professional Support Group;
- Support Staff are members of the Operational Support Group.
- How do I know which electoral district I am in?
South: Annapolis Valley Campus (Middleton and Lawrencetown), Burridge Campus (Yarmouth), Kingstec Campus (Kentville), Lunenburg Campus (Bridgewater), and Shelburne Campus (Shelburne).
Metro: Halifax Campus (Halifax), Institute of Technology Campus (Halifax), Akerley Campus (Dartmouth), and Central Office Staff.
North: Cumberland Campus (Springhill), Pictou Campus (Stellarton), Marconi Campus (Sydney), Strait Area Campus (Port Hawkesbury), Truro Campus (Truro).
- Why do we rotate the electoral districts?
With such a high concentration of student and employee populations in Metro, and with communications among the Metro campuses being much easier than among the other campuses, there is the possibility that representation on the Board resulting from these elections could be dominated by the Metro Campuses. In the interest of equitable representation from across the province, the College has been divided into three electoral districts (Metro, North and South) and the districts rotate each year.
- What is the term of office for Staff Governors?
The appointments for Staff Governors are for a period of three years. Terms will begin on November 22, 2002, and run until November, 2005.
- Can Staff Governors be re-elected for a second term?
Every staff member of the Board has the right to be re-elected if they are currently employed with the College, so long as they do not hold the office for more than two consecutive terms. Our current Staff Governors are not planning to re-offer.
“Having the opportunity to sit on the NSCC Board of Governors has been instrumental in both my personal and professional growth. The knowledge and self-confidence I attained will always be appreciated. I have been on the Board from its inception to the present day and to realize just how far we have come is somewhat mind-boggling. I extend an invitation to all support staff of the College to please take advantage of the opportunity to be elected to the NSCC Board of Governors.”
Marjorie Thompson, Support Staff, 1996-2002
- Who can vote in staff elections?
A voter is only permitted to cast one vote, and is limited to voting for a person in his or her constituent group, i.e., Academic Staff can only vote for Academic Staff, etc.
For more information, see Campaigning and Voting Guidelines.
- What is the process for offering my name as a candidate?
You will need to complete a Nomination Form and submit it to your campus Election Officer no later than Wednesday, November 6, 2002. This form will be used as your official entry on the Official Slate of Candidates. The entry provides each candidate with the opportunity to express his or her views and reasons for running. On November 7, 2002, the Official Slate of Candidates will be posted to the NSCC website.
- Who is the Election Officer for my campus?
Please see the list of Election Officers.
- What are the guidelines for campaigning?
- The Nomination Form filled in by the nominee is used as that candidate’s entry on the Official Slate of Candidates. The Slate will be circulated throughout the College, and the respective entries provide each candidate with the opportunity to express his or her views and reasons for running.
- No time off is granted for campaigning.
- All candidates’ notices and election materials are at their own expense.
- Consult the campus election officer for any campus-specific rules regarding an election; i.e., posting and removing notices, the use of campus facilities for speeches or question and answer periods, etc.
The Official Slate of Candidates will be posted on the NSCC website. Candidates have the option of including their e-mail addresses on the Nomination Form to facilitate voter questions.
"Being a Board member has been a wonderful learning experience, as I expected it would be. This was my first experience on a Board responsible for governing such a large, complex organization, and I have grown to appreciate some of the challenges faced by our Executive Team in managing the resources of the College. Through my Board experience, I have met a unique group of entrepreneurs, business executives and community leaders, all who are genuinely interested and committed to our College. Being on NSCC’s Board of Governors has been a rewarding and enjoyable experience.”
Greg Fevens, Administrative Staff, 1999-2002
For more information, see Guidelines for Board Elections.
- What is the role of the Board of Governors?
The Board of Governors is the governing body of the NSCC and establishes the policy direction for the management and control of the College. Regular meetings of the Board take place around the Province on a bi-monthly basis. There are 3 Standing Committees of the Board (Finance & Audit, Programs and Services), which also meet bi-monthly. Staff Governors are asked to serve on one of these Committees.
For more information, see The Role of the Board of Governors.
- If I’m elected as a Staff Governor, when do I start?
An orientation luncheon is scheduled for Friday, November 29th at the IT Campus in Halifax. Your first meeting will be Wednesday, December 11th, at one of our Metro campuses.