takes a village to raise a child."
is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done
because he wants to do it."
As a faculty member, you have a distinct role in helping your students. Without the support of many individuals or groups from within or outside of your college, the calling to teach remains elusive. Every college has in place a support infrastructure to help instructors. California community colleges utilize a system of shared governance providing for faculty input into shaping policies and college structures that support them and their students. Out of the shared governance process, policies and procedures have been adopted to define your role and responsibilities as a faculty member, especially in relation to your students.
Perhaps even more important to your career as a faculty member is the ability to work effectively within the system. Each college has developed its own culture. You may be well suited to the one on your campus, or find yourself ill at ease. We propose some mechanisms for accomplishing your goals within four different systems. As you will note, this section is far too brief to cover the topic adequately. It is the hope of the editors of this course that we will be able to provide extensive information about faculty leadership in the near future. Please let us know (by using the feedback link on this page) what topics you would like to see covered and if you are interested in authoring materials .
- by Andy Howard and Kristina Kauffman