2016 Faculty Leadership Institute

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The Faculty Leadership Institute is the cornerstone of the Academic Senate’s governance training.  Created to assist new senate leaders navigate the complexity of local governance as well as become versed in state issues, the Faculty Leadership Institute brings seasoned leaders together to share tips and tools for new leaders to successfully lead their senate and influence their college policies.  We highly encourage new and experienced leadership to join us for lively discussions about basic college governance and exciting state issues.  


REGISTRATION - Registration for Faculty Leadership will be done on-site at Mission Inn.

Please see Edie at the registration desk Thursday June 9th, at 9:00 a.m.

Registration for this event is now available!

Early Registration Deadline: May 13, 2016


Early Registration Fee: $475

Late Registration Fee (after May 13, 2015): $525

The cost includes lunch on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday, breakfast on Saturday, evening reception on Thursday and materials.




The cancellation deadline for a full refund is May 13, 2016 and will be assessed a $50 processing fee. Refunds will not be granted for cancellations after the posted cancellation deadline of May 13, 2016. Please keep in mind that registrations are transferable. Please review the Senate Cancellation Policy here. Call the ASCCC Office at (916) 445-4753 with any payment questions.

Hotel & Travel

The 2016 Faculty Leadership Institute will be taking place at the Mission Inn - Riverside, CA


Please contact the Mission Inn directly by calling the #800 number – 800-843-7755 or call the hotel directly at 951-784-0300 ext. 850.  The reservation department is available Mon – Sat from 6:15am to 10:00pm and on Sun from 8:15am to 9:00pm.  Please make sure you let the reservation agent know that you are part of the Academic Senate's ASCCC block for the discounted rate.

Mission Inn Self Parking will be at the rate of $12 per day/$20 for Valet

Internet will be complimentary in your guest room.


Deluxe $149 + tax

Upgraded rooms are available starting at $169 + tax and up.

Please ask the reservation agent for details on rooms and amenities.


Presentation Materials


ASCCC Resolution Handbook 


Click here to download the program in PDF.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

9:00 a.m. Registration

11:00 a.m.  11:45 a.m. Lunch for PDC Pilot participants and Early Arrivers

11:45 a.m. Break

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. General Session – Build Your Lingo with Acronym Bingo!
The California Community College System is bombarded with acronyms for nearly every aspect of what we do and how we operate. No idea is fancy enough without a catchy acronym to accompany it. Those acronyms are often a shorthand for identifying areas that senates need to provide judgment on academic and professional matters. Join us for a lighthearted game of acronym bingo and perhaps catch some lingo every senate leader needs to know to stay in the know. And you just might learn about something that needs a resolution.

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. The Legal Basis for Academic Senates: Who Are we and What We Do
In order to serve their faculty effectively, academic senate leaders must have a clear understanding of the purview of the academic senate over academic and professional matters as stated in Education Code and Title 5 Regulations. This session will provide an introduction to the legal basis of local senate authority established in Education Code, the academic and professional matters stated in Title 5 (the “10+1”), and the meaning and forms of collegial consultation as the legal basis for the senate’s authority in making recommendations regarding college and district policies and procedures to the governing board and its designees.

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Collegial Consultation
For new senate leaders, navigating the maze of consultative processes is a lot like running with scissors in the dark. This general session will cover the basics of when and how collegial consultation functions most effectively to benefit students at our colleges.

2:30 p.m.  2:45 p.m. Coffee Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Resolution Writing: From Idea to Acclamation! Resolution Writing Made Easy
The ASCCC expresses its official position on issues, legislation, and ideas through the resolution process, and, for that reason, writing resolutions can seem intimidating. During this session, attendees will understand the nuts and bolts of resolutions writing as well as what happens after a resolution has been adopted or not adopted. Attendees will learn about the recently adopted Resolutions Handbook, the parliamentary process for adopting resolutions at a plenary session, and how to use resolutions locally to make change at your college. In addition, attendees will get a chance to try their hand at writing resolutions in preparation for the mock plenary session on Saturday morning.

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Breakout Session

  1. Where is it Written? Empowering Local Senates
    As faculty leaders, we are frequently asked about the authority of the academic senate and the specific regulations regarding academic and professional matters. Some may refer to the regulations to assert their own point of view, stating “It’s in Title 5 Regulations or Education Code,” while others may ask, “Where is that written?” Maintaining a relationship with the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and developing familiarity with the 10+1 are imperative for all faculty leaders. Please join us for an engaging discussion about available resources to help senate leaders navigate legal requirements, regulations, and local processes to become a more effective leader.
  2. Keeping Your Senate Involved, Engaged and On Course 
    Senate presidents are ultimately responsible for making sure that the senate operates efficiently. This includes preparing agendas, appointing faculty to committees, ensuring committees work effectively, and encouraging senate membership to be involved and engaged in local and statewide matters. Senate presidents must also work collaboratively with administration and other constituencies to ensure that college processes in regard to academic and professional matters are followed and that faculty primacy under the 10+1 is respected. What strategies can be employed, without senate presidents doing all of the work, to keep the faculty involved, engaged, and on course with the work of the senate? Join presenters and colleagues for some ideas and a lively discussion about their experiences in keeping their senates involved, engaged, and on course.
  3. Keeping It Legal: The Brown Act
    As legislatively created bodies, local senates are required to comply with open meeting requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act. What does this mean for local senate leaders? Is it just about posting agendas by deadlines, or is there more to consider? This breakout session will introduce senate leaders to the basics of the Brown Act and effective practices for ensuring a commitment to openness to meet both the letter and spirit of the law.
  4. Senate and Union Purview
    Healthy senate-union relationships are characterized by mutual respect of one another’s purview while at the same time recognizing when it is mutually beneficial to collaborate. Come to this breakout to learn about how to build and maintain successful senate-union collaborations as well as participate in an interactive breakout with real-life senate-union scenarios.

5:15 p.m. Break 

5:30 p.m. Resolution Due

6:00 p.m. Leadership Academy Graduation Reception
It is time to celebrate the graduates of the 2016 inaugural class of the Professional Development College Leadership Academy. Over the past year, our graduates attended numerous ASCCC events, completed assignments, consulted with their mentors, and became engaged leaders at their college and for the ASCCC. They have worked hard and accomplished much. Please join us in toasting their success. The incoming 2016-17 Leadership Academy class will also be introduced.

Friday, June 10, 2016

7:30 a.m.  8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m.  10:00 a.m. Leadership for Community Colleges: Perspectives for Consideration
This general session will offer attendees a customized look at leadership demands within our academic institutions. Specific focus will include understanding the dynamics of leadership, credibility, and challenges inherent when working with administrative managers. Together we will explore specific demands, skills, and approaches to our roles and set the stage for development of personalized outcomes to guide learning throughout the remainder of the Institute.

10:00 a.m.  10:15 a.m.Coffee Break

10:15 a.m.  11:45 a.m. Leadership Conversation Continued

11:45 a.m.  12:30 p.m. Luncheon

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. General Session: The Community College Budget
Participating in the local budget development process is challenging for many senate leaders since college budgets are often complicated and convoluted. Although budget processes may at times be confusing, faculty leaders need to understand how the budget works to ensure the support of instructional programs and student services. Acting Vice Chancellor Mario Rodriguez will de-mystify the budget by providing an overview and explanation of the current budget proposal for 2016-2017 as well as highlighting aspects of the budget that senate leaders should consider when engaging in local budget conversations.

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Second Breakout Session

  1. Running Productive and Effective Meetings
    One of the most difficult tasks for academic leaders is to keep colleagues on track in a healthy, productive manner. No one plans for a meeting to fall apart, but once it does, coming to agreement can be very difficult. What can you do as a faculty leader to ensure that your meetings remain professional, focused, and productive? And if the meeting starts to derail, what strategies exist for bringing the conversation back? Join us for a discussion of ways to use planning, relationships, and other strategies to ensure that senate meetings are focused and useful.
  2. Navigating Through the Challenges of Minimum Qualifications and Equivalency
    In order to ensure high academic standards, the ASCCC and the California Community College Board of Governors have established minimum qualifications for faculty in all recognized disciplines. Local senate presidents or college faculty may be asked to evaluate whether a candidate’s qualifications are “equivalent” to those in the Disciplines List. Please join us for an engaging discussion about minimum qualifications and equivalency.
  3. Representation Matters: Building Diverse Faculty Leadership
    The ASCCC’s Inclusivity Statement reads, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recognizes the benefits to students, faculty, and the community college system gained from the variety of personal experiences, values, and views of a diverse group of individuals with different backgrounds. This diversity includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, age, cultural background, veteran status, discipline or field, and experience. The statement goes on to acknowledge, the need to remove barriers to the recruitment and participation of talented faculty from historically excluded populations in society. In this breakout, presenters will consider ways to assist local senates in becoming more inclusive.
  4. Developing Leadership Style: How to Be Strategic and Political Without Being Negative and Paranoid
    Serving as a faculty leader can be a complicated task. Balancing collegiality and advocacy when defending the rights and promoting the voice of faculty can be challenging. Collaboration and compromise are important since one rarely achieves good results by being adversarial or negative. This breakout will discuss ways to represent faculty perspectives and interests while still working cooperatively and positively with your faculty and with other constituent groups.

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m.– 3:30 p.m. Area Meetings: Building A Community
The area meetings are an opportunity for colleges within the same area to build a community that fosters a sense of connection, to develop relationships with colleagues with similar successes and challenges, to create a network that provides advice when needed, and to serve as a sounding board when direction is unclear. This short 30-minute session will provide local senate leaders with an opportunity to meet their ASCCC Area Representative and leaders from the other colleges within their area. Participants will also review the resolutions written on Thursday and will have an opportunity to write amendments to them.

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Resolution Amendments Due
Anyone who amends a resolution after 3:00 p.m. on the first day is expected to attend this 30-minute meeting to mitigate unintended conflicts or confusion that might otherwise result during Saturday’s resolutions debate.

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Break

4:20 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. General Session – Culture of Discourse: How to Take Your Senate to the Next Level
Think about your last senate meeting – who was around the table? Who was not around the table? Our best decisions reflect the collective wisdom of all faculty. An inclusive senate is a stronger senate and in this general session we will begin the conversation on ways to build upon the passions of our faculty body to bring more voices into senate discourse.

6:00 p.m. Dinner with Executive Committee Members
This activity provides an opportunity for attendees to engage with Executive Committee members and other faculty in a more intimate environment. Attendees are encouraged to sign up for a restaurant of their choice near the hotel (see list at the registration table) before 5:00 p.m. Executive Committee members will be assigned to specific restaurants and meet attendees in the lobby area of the hotel at 6:00 p.m. All restaurants are within walking distance.
Note: Each individual is responsible for the cost of his or her own dinner

Saturday, June 11, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Third Breakout Session

  1. Senate Resources at Your Finger Tips: Using the Local Senates Handbook and Navigating the ASCCC Website 
    Whether a new or seasoned leader, faculty need resources to effectively guide the local senate through the work of the college. The ASCCC website has a vast array of resources to help local senates as they deliberate and make informed decisions about academic and professional matters. Come and learn how to maximize use of the Academic Senate website to locate specific information in papers, resolutions, and the Rostrum, as well as how to request technical assistance, volunteer for state service, and learn about opportunities to recognize the local faculty and programs at the state level. Participants are encouraged to bring questions.
  2. Looking in the Rear View Mirror: Leadership Wisdom for the Road Ahead
    One can easily feel overwhelmed as new senate president or curriculum chair. Suddenly faculty expect the local senate president to find all the answers, solve all the problems, and work effectively with administration, all without losing sight of the faculty perspective. Often leaders will be confronted with a situation and say, “If only I had known that beforehand.” While some say that with experience comes wisdom, life would be easier if one could gain some of that wisdom now. Join your presenters, freshly “retired” as local senate presidents and curriculum chairs, as they take a look in the rear view mirror of their local leadership careers and provide advice for your leadership journey on the road ahead.
  3. Operating Your Senate: Governing Documents and Robert’s Rules of Order
    Constitution and Bylaws. Robert’s Rules of Order. One defines the local senate’s functions and operations while one is used to facilitate meetings. Senate leaders need to understand the importance of both to ensure the smooth operation of the local senate so that all voices are heard. This breakout will cover the importance of clear governing documents and the judicious use of Robert’s Rules of Order so that the local senate president can ensure that the senate and its committees operate smoothly and conduct business their business collegially.
  4. Conversation with the President and Vice President
    Are there topics we have not yet covered at this institute or issues you would like to investigate further? Join us in this breakout for lively conversation with the president and vice president of the ASCCC. This meeting will have no set agenda or presentation, just an opportunity to connect with you and provide a space for honest conversation, advice, and perhaps some collective wisdom.

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Break

10:00 a.m. General Session: Mock Plenary Session
In order to prepare to represent their colleges at the Fall Plenary Session and to understand how the ASCCC’s voting and resolution process works, attendees will participate in a mock plenary and voting session based on the resolutions written on Thursday and the amendments from Friday. All attendees are encouraged to participate in debating the resolutions and to express their views on the issues under consideration. Just as with the real plenary voting, anything can happen and you never know what will be said next. This session will also serve to demonstrate good use of Robert’s Rules of Order and good practices for conducting organized, productive meetings.

1:00 p.m. Adjournment