Candidates for State Office, 2017-18 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, February 24, 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.


Mary Ellen Young, Texarkana CollegeNominated for the office of
President-Elect is
Mary Ellen Young

Texarkana College

Education: Texas A&M University – Texarkana, Texas (B.S., English & History, 1984); Texas A&M University – Texarkana, Texas (M.Ed., English, 1994); American College of Education – Indianapolis, IN (currently enrolled in Ed.D. in Leadership)

Professional Experience: Dean of Liberal and Performing Arts – Texarkana College (2014-Present); English Professor – Texarkana College (2002-Present); Division Chair of Humanities and Performing Arts – Texarkana College (2012-2013); English as a Second Language and Reading Specialist – Department of Defense Dependents Schools – Yokota, Japan (1996 – 1999) and Stuttgart, Germany (1999–2002); English Teacher – Houston Independent School District (1990-1992); English Teacher – Fort Bend Independent School District (1984–1988)

Leadership Experience: TCCTA Vice-President (2016-2017); TCCTA Secretary (2015-2016); TCCTA Professional Development Committee – Chair (2013-2015); TCCTA Professional Development Committee – Member (2012-2013); TCCTA Membership Services Committee – Member (2010-2012); Phi Theta Kappa Texas Region Advisory Board – Interim Chair (2014-2015); Phi Theta Kappa Advisor –Texarkana College (2004-Current); Achieving the Dream Core Team – Texarkana College (2010-Current); Professional Development Committee – Texarkana College (2008-Current); Leadership Texas – The Foundation for Women’s Resources (2010); Faculty Association President – Texarkana College (2008-2010)


My vision for the future of the Association is to serve as a leader in innovative pedagogical practices and share those practices and scholarly research with members for the betterment of students and institutions. I believe the Association should continue to increase membership benefits, resources, and access to information. I would like to see the Association continue to build local, state, and national partnerships and focus on grant opportunities that provide professional development and best practices in student success initiatives for the members.

As an advocate for the members and for community colleges throughout the state of Texas, I would like to see the Association form relationships with legislators to help them develop an understanding of the purpose of community colleges and those we serve, so they realize the importance of continued state funding and support. The Texas Community College Teachers Association is an exemplary organization leading the way in the 21st century. I would be honored to serve as the 2017-2018 TCCTA President-Elect. I would appreciate your support. Thank you so much!


Candidate for VICE PRESIDENT

Bill Simcik, Lone Star College–TomballNominated for the office of
Vice President 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); 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); Founding member of the Behavioral Intervention Team. All position listings are at Lone Star College–Tomball.

Leadership Experience: Wrote four articles published in the TCCTA MessengerBudget 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)


My goal if elected Vice President 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 Vice President, 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 faculty member of 27 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 Vice President.


Candidate for SECRETARY

Linda Comte, Houston Community College–NENominated for the office of
Secretary 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 & Fall 1977)

Professional Experience: Director, Educational Technology Services – Houston Community College – Houston Community College (2011 – present); Adjunct German Professor- Houston Community College (2014 – present); Instructional Design Coordinator – Houston Community College (2003 – 2011); Professor of Intensive ESL – Houston Community College (1984 – 2003); Professor of ESL and German – BI Language Services (1979 – 1983)

Leadership Experience: Charter Member of District-wide Diversity & Inclusion Council (2010 – present); Chair of Diversity & Inclusion Council (2011 & 2012); Member of the President’s Executive Team (1998 – present); Chair or Co-Chair of Annual Faculty Conference (2008 – present); TCCTA Membership Committee Chair (2015); TCCTA Campus Representative (10 plus years); SACS Reaffirmation Steering Committee (2010 – 2011); Faculty Senate President (1997 – 1998); 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


As the 2017 Legislative Session gets underway, TCCTA will have opportunities to affect decisions that relate to community colleges and higher education if we take them. The larger and more vocal we are, the more weight we carry. As Secretary of TCCTA and a member of the Executive Committee, I will (1) actively promote TCCTA and its initiatives to educate faculty about the organization and its benefits in an effort to increase membership; (2) work with the other members of the Executive Committee, the Executive Director, and Committee Chairs to represent TCCTA’s position on issues to the legislature; (3) encourage TCCTA members to establish relationships and lines of communication with legislators; (4) work with the other members of the Executive Committee, the Executive Director, and Committee Chairs to continue and expand the excellent professional development opportunities for members; (5) continue to encourage and support TCCTA’s partnerships and initiatives; and (6) work with the other members of the Executive Committee, the Executive Director, and Committee Chairs to address adjunct faculty issues.



Candidate for TREASURER

Dr. Stacy Thorne Stuewe, Tarrant County CollegeNominated for the office of
Treasurer 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’d like to focus on representing and voicing community college faculty perspectives to our Texas State Legislators and Coordinating Board Members. As we continue to experience unprecedented changes in our community college educational systems at both the state and national level, educators are working hard to be creative and innovative as we also work to maintain high quality educational standards and a commitment to academic freedom. This is especially important as we continue to see an increase in dual credit enrollment, early college high school enrollment, online education, and as we continue to work to improve student success and to meet state goals and needs for increased graduation rates and student certifications. I would be honored to serve our members in an executive leadership capacity as we address these challenges, and as we continue to help the individuals in our communities to attain their educational goals and to equip them for 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.



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