"It takes a village to raise a child."
 - African Proverb

"Leadership: is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."
 - Dwight D. Eisenhower

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


This module contains the following main readings:

  1. Overview of College Governance
  2. Professional Relationships: Faculty, Classified and Administration


By the end of this module you should be able to:

1. Describe the California Community College governance structure and distinguish between the roles of the Academic Senate and college bargaining units.

2. Explain the role of the public in guiding community colleges.

3. Describe how various state level organizations affect the operation of your college.



Knowledge Check

The concept of collegial consultation means that local boards developing policies on academic or professional matters will seek the advice of:

A. department heads.
B. the Academic Senate.
C. individual faculty via survey.
D. the Dean and Assistant Deans.