Candidates for State Office, 2018-19

Candidates for State Office, 2018-19 and Online Voting Information

Pursuant to 2004 amendments to the TCCTA bylaws, Executive Committee elections will be conducted online. Members are allowed to vote at their convenience using the Internet.

Candidate information and secure online voting instructions are included below.

No paper absentee ballots or mailing will be necessary. An iPad will be provided at the convention, on Friday, March 2, from 8:00 a.m., until 5:00 p.m., for professional members who have not had the opportunity to vote.

To tabulate the results and guarantee security and confidentiality, TCCTA uses Filemaker, a company with vast experience in providing secure communications and data collection. Professional members will vote using membership database usernames and passwords.

Under provisions of the TCCTA bylaws, candidates could have been nominated by petitions. The December 1 deadline for “nominations-by-petition” passed with no petitions being filed, according to Gail Malone, South Plains College, chair of the Nominating Committee.

Only professional members are eligible to vote in the election. Voting privileges are not extended to associate, student, and unaffiliated members under the bylaws.

Pertinent information about the nominees appears below, followed by a link for voting.


Bill Simcik, Lone Star College–TomballNominated for the office of
President-Elect is
Bill Simcik
Lone Star College–Tomball

Education: Associate of Arts, Wharton County Junior College (1980); Bachelor of Sciences, Sam Houston State University (1982); Master’s of Arts, Sam Houston State University (1984); Ph. D., University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston Health Science Center (1989)

Professional Experience: Professor of Biology (1989-Present); Chair of Natural Sciences (1997-2000) (2003-2004) and (2011-Present); Interim-Vice President of Instruction (2000-2001); Dean of Social and Health Sciences Division (1991-1997); Faculty Excellence Award Winner (2004) and (2010); author of four articles published in the TCCTA Messenger: “Budget Cuts and the Arts: A Biology Professor’s Perspective” (December 2011); “Two Governance Models in the Academy: An Analysis of the Differences” (September 2012); “A Call for Harmony” (April 2014); “The Dark Side Of The Enlightenment: Wizards, Alchemists, and Spiritual Seekers in the Age of Reason” (December 2014)

Leadership Experience: Faculty Senate President (2004-2006) and (2010-2012); Chair of the Faculty Senate Rights and Responsibilities Committee (2004-2013); Chair Academic Appeals Committee (1998-2013); and founding member of the Behavioral Intervention Team


My goal if elected President-Elect of TCCTA is to raise awareness of the less tangible but equally important ways in which we define “education” and how we define “success” and “effectiveness” in higher education. As faculty who are the owners of the instructional processes, we must remain engaged with the development of the definitions for these terms since the way we define educational success and effectiveness becomes the benchmarks by which we define our own professional and institutional successes. I will work hard at all times within the office of TCCTA President-Elect, and more generally as a representative of TCCTA, to further the public’s, the legislators’ and the administrators’ understanding of the faculty’s view of education and of those benchmarks that translate into real learning and student advancement. As a higher education faculty member of 28 years, I believe educational success must be ultimately determined by students and whether they achieve a rewarding and contemplative existence marked by life-long learning. This definition of success is clearly difficult to measure, but it is also obvious to anyone who has ever experienced or observed it. I believe we must reaffirm the importance of the intangible aspects of education in order to regain a more complete definition of its success. Finally, it would be a privilege to have your vote of support for my candidacy for TCCTA President-Elect.


Candidate for VICE PRESIDENT

Linda Comte, Houston Community College–NENominated for the office of
Vice President is
Linda Comte
Houston Community College

Educational Background:  University of Houston (BA, German, 1974); University of Houston (MA, German, 1979); Goethe Institute (Summer 1974); Austrian Language Institute (Summer and Fall 1977)

Professional Experience: Director, Educational Technology Services – Houston Community College – Houston Community College (2011-present); Adjunct German Professor – Houston Community College (2014-2016); Instructional Design Coordinator – Houston Community College (2003-2011); Professor of Intensive ESL – Houston Community College (1984-2003); Professor of ESL and German – Bil

Leadership Experience: Charter Member of District-wide Diversity & Inclusion Council (2010-present); Treasurer TCCTA (2016); Secretary TCCTA (2017); Chair of HCC Diversity & Inclusion Council (2011 and 2012); Member of the HCC Northeast College President’s Executive Team (1998-present); Chair or Co-Chair of HCC Annual Faculty Conference (2008-present); TCCTA Membership Committee Chair (2015); TCCTA Campus Representative (11 plus years); HCC SACS Reaffirmation Steering Committee (2010-2011); HCC Faculty Senate President (1997-1998); HCC Faculty Senate Secretary (1995-1996)

Additional Information: Member of  HCCS District-wide Technology and Capital Equipment Committee (2008 – present); HCC Northeast College Technology/Faculty representative to HCCS Title V Grant (Goal 1: Technology) Implementation Team (1999 – 2003); Chancellor’s Medallion Award for Outstanding Service to the Institution (1997); NISOD Teaching Excellence Award (1995); Charter Member of the NMC (1994 – present); National French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi (1973); National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha (1971); first joined TCCTA when it was TJCTA


Community college faculty are feeling the pressure of the many initiatives, mandates, and issues being thrown at them (dual credit challenges; the push to increase enrollment, retention rates, completion rates, and graduation rates; competency-based education; student success; …), but they are also stepping up as leaders at their institutions to meet the challenges. TCCTA actively supports faculty in their endeavors. As Vice-President of TCCTA, I will (1) engage faculty in dialogue about their needs and how we as their professional organization can support them in getting those needs met; (2) encourage TCCTA members to become more involved in TCCTA by participating in TCCTA professional development activities, serving on committees, and serving as section chairs for the annual conference; (3) actively promote TCCTA to educate faculty about the organization and its benefits to increase membership; (4) encourage TCCTA members to establish relationships and lines of communication with legislators; (5) work with the other members of the Executive Committee, the Executive Director, and Committee Chairs to represent TCCTA’s position on issues to legislators; (6) work with the other members of the Executive Committee, the Executive Director, and Committee Chairs to continue and expand the excellent professional development opportunities and member services.


Candidate for SECRETARY

Nominated for the office of
Secretary is
Stacy Thorne Stuewe
Tarrant County College District

Educational Background: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Arlington (English; Rhetoric and Composition major; minor emphasis in Literature; May 2010); M.A., Middle Tennessee State University (English literature; August 1996); B.A., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (English Literature, Minor: Philosophy; May 1991)

Professional Experience: Professor of English, Tarrant County College (August 2010–present); Achieving the Dream Campus Coordinator, Tarrant County College (January 2012-August 2013); Coordinator of Distance Learning, Curriculum Development Specialist, Tarrant County College (October 2009-August 2010); English Instructor, The University of Texas at Arlington (Fall 1996-December 2009)

Leadership Experience: Chair, Faculty Senate, Tarrant County College (April 2016-Present); TCCTA Professional Development Committee member (2016); Faculty Association President, Tarrant County College (April 2015-April 2016); Faculty Association President-Elect, Tarrant County College (April 2014-April 2015); Faculty Senator, Tarrant County College (April 2011-Present), Secretary, Faculty Senate, Tarrant County College (April 2011-2013)

Additional Information: The Consortium Leadership and Renewal Academy, CLARA (August 2016-present); Leadership Colleyville, Colleyville, Texas, Chamber of Commerce (August 2014-May 2015); Service-Learning Seed Grant Award, University of Texas at Arlington (Fall 2004); O’Neill Award for Excellence in Teaching, The University of Texas at Arlington English Department (April 2004); William R. Wolfe Writing Award, Middle Tennessee State University English Department (April 1996)


As a member of the TCCTA Executive Leadership Team, I’ll focus on representing the perspectives of community college faculty to our Texas State Legislators and Coordinating Board Members, and I’ll work to help facilitate communication regarding the important issues community college faculty currently face. Faculty are committed to being innovative and creative while also maintaining high-quality educational standards, even as we see dramatic increases in dual credit enrollment, early college high school enrollment, online education, and as we aim to meet state goals for increased graduation rates and student certifications. I would be honored to serve our members in an executive leadership capacity as we face these challenges, and as we continue to help the individuals in our communities to attain their educational goals and to achieve success in their careers.

I also aim to work to increase participation in TCCTA events and to do my part to increase membership in TCCTA. One way to do that is to help find thought-provoking speakers and to assist in planning thought-provoking sessions at our events. I hope to serve by helping in the planning of and communication about TCCTA events.



Candidate for TREASURER

PatrickGilbertNominated for the office of
Treasurer is
Patrick Gilbert
Lone Star College-Tomball

Educational Background:  Blinn College (A.A., Liberal Arts, 2006); Prairie View A&M University (B.A., Political Science, 2008); University of Houston (Postgraduate study, Political Science, 2008-2009); Capella University (M.S., Education, 2010); William Howard Taft University (Ed.D., Leadership and Management, 2017)

Professional Experience: Professor of Political Science — Lone Star College-Tomball (2013-Present); Instructor of Government– Blinn College (2011-Present); Adjunct Faculty, Political Science — Lone Star College-Tomball (2011-2012); Substitute Teacher — Navasota ISD, Pearland ISD, Waller ISD (2006-2013)  

Leadership Experience: TCCTA Legislative Committee (2017-Present); Lone Star College Campus Carry Task Force (2016-2017); TCCTA Professional Development Committee (2015-2017); TCCTA Ad Hoc Committee on Adjunct Faculty (2014-Present); TCCTA Convention Committee (2013-2015); Lone Star College-Tomball Faculty Senate member (2013-Present)

Additional Information: Participant in The Academy- Lone Star College (2017-2018); Lone Star College Council on Black American Affairs- Charter member (2017); Mediator (2011-Present); National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, Rho Nu Chapter (2007)


If elected to serve as Treasurer of TCCTA, I will: work to ensure that the organization is fiscally sound, represent the interests of the members, and actively promote the association. TCCTA is the premier organization for community college faculty in Texas with approximately 6,000 members. I want to do my part to ensure that the association not only maintains this status, but exceeds it.

Regarding the future of TCCTA, I believe that offering more benefits, ensuring a more active role for adjunct faculty, and providing more opportunities for members to have their voices heard in the legislature are all changes that we can make together. As a current member of the legislative committee, we are already gearing up for the 2019 legislative session. There are many issues being discussed about community colleges in the legislature, but I do not want those discussions to happen without community colleges having input. If elected to the position of Treasurer, as a member of the executive committee, I will work diligently with the other officers to ensure that TCCTA’s voice is heard during the legislative process. It would be my honor and privilege to serve as TCCTA Treasurer, and I ask for your support.    



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