2017 Faculty Leadership Institute

Event Dates
Deadline to Register/Application Deadline

Faculty Leadership Institute will be taking place at the Sacramento Sheraton Grand 1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA. 95814 on June 15 - 17, 2017.

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.  

Parking Information:

Sheraton Grand Hotel

Self Parking: $25.00 per day

Valet Parking: $32 per day




Early Registration: $490

Late Registration: $540 (Starts May 25, 2017)

1 Day Presenter Registration: $110

2 Day Presenter Registration: $215

Legislative Liaison Pre-Session Only: $0

Faculty Leadership Attendee's Pre-Session: $0

Is included in the registration price of the institute.

Eventbrite can take payment by check or credit card.  If you are choosing the check payment option, please select other payment options on the form at the bottom right.

Attendees are responsible for securing their own hotel rooms.  Please see the Hotel tab below for reservation information.



Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Your registration is transferable, please contact the Senate Office in writing at events [at] asccc.org (events[at]asccc[dot]org.)

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

  • Payment is required prior to entering an Academic Senate event.

  • Please remember that the last day to cancel your registration without penalty is always posted at the bottom of each event's webpage, and is listed in each confirmation email. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to events [at] asccc.org (events[at]asccc[dot]org) on or before the posted date. Registration will not be canceled due to non-payment. All cancellations made after the posted cancellation date will be assessed a $175 cancellation fee.

  • Full Refunds will not be granted for cancellations after the posted cancellation deadline.

  • Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the event will be billed the full registration amount for the conference.

  • No shows, unclaimed "TBA" attendees, and cancellations made after the deadline will be billed to you and/or your college for the total cost of registration and room if applicable to the event. As attendees are permitted to register without funds, we have no way of determining cancellation unless specifically told, in writing.

  • It is your responsibility to ensure payment of the registration fee. Submission of your registration signifies agreement with this policy.

  • Unpaid balances owed to the Academic Senate must be paid off before an attendee can register for a future event.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No, All attendee registrations must match the ticket.  If you would like to transfer your registration, you must cancel the first one, then register the second attendee online.  If a payment transfer needs to be made because payment was made by check, you must contact the Senate Office directly with a written notification at events [at] asccc.org (events[at]asccc[dot]org.)


Hotel & Travel


Faculty Leadership Institute will be taking place at the Sacramento Sheraton Grand 1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA. 

·         You can make hotel reservations online by utilizing the  website link.  The reservation website has been set up for making hotel reservations.  

If the online reservation system says that there are not rooms available, it simply means that we don't have the availability within our group block.  However, the hotel should still have availability outside of the room block. Please phone the reservation number below to make your reservations.    

Rooms are limited and will sell out.  Please make your hotel reservation early.

Room Rates: Single - $145, Double - $145.00, Triple - $170, Quad - $195

Included: Free guest room internet 


Please contact Patti Hughes - Academic Senate Event Planner at 916-445-4753x102 with any questions or concerns, patti@asccc.org.


Presentation Materials

Title Breakout Time
Legislative Cycle and the Need for Advocacy: Political Landscape and Power Dynamics of Sacramento
Advocacy at the System Level: Connecting Local Advocacy to Statewide Politics
Collegiality in Action
Resolution Writing: From Idea to Acclamation! Resolution Writing Made Easy
Minimum Qualifications, Equivalency, and Assigning Courses to Disciplines…Oh My!
Creating a More Effective Senate by Establishing Strong Relationships
Surviving as a Senate Leader: Finding Your Successor and Managing Workload
Build Your Lingo with Acronym Bingo!
General Session: California Community Colleges Budget Process
Local Budget
Partnering with ASCCC – Providing the Faculty Voice at the Statewide Level
Policies, Processes, and Practices, Oh My!
General Sessions: Research, Data, and Decision-making: What Every Senate Leader Should Know
Streamlining Curriculum Processes
Being an Emotionally Intelligent Leader
Developing Leadership Style
Resolution Amendment Writing
Senate Resources at Your Finger Tips: Using the Local Senates Handbook and Navigating the ASCCC Website
The Brown Act: Making the Process Work for You
The Role of the Senate in Recruiting, Hiring, Evaluating, and Mentoring Full- and Part-time Faculty


Institute final program

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

10:00 a.m.       Check-In

11:00 a.m.       Brief Welcome

                        Julie Bruno, President

11:15 a.m.        Legislative Cycle and the Need for Advocacy:  Political Landscape and Power

Dynamics of Sacramento

      Jonathan Lightman, Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, Executive Director

The impact of legislation on local colleges often seems to happen out of nowhere, but the intricacies of the political landscape often shape how we are able to serve our students at the colleges.  This general session is intended to provide an understanding of how legislation happens and the mechanisms we have to influence that direction.

12:30 p.m.       Lunch

1:30 p.m.         Advocacy at the System Level:  Connecting Local Advocacy to Statewide Politics

John Freitas, Treasurer, Facilitator
Michael Magee, Director, Governmental Relations, CCC Chancellor’s Office
Kevin Powers, Consultant, Assembly Higher Education Committee
Justin Salenik, Legislative Analyst, CCC Chancellor’s Office
Jeanice Warden Washington, Chief Consultant, Assembly Committee on Higher Education

If your local senate has identified a legislative liaison or your senate is interested in expressing an opinion regarding legislative actions or intent, you may wonder what comes next, how you can guide your college to effectively advocate from your senate’s perspective, and how that task aligns with the work of the ASCCC and the Chancellor’s Office.  This general session is intended to provide local senates with guidance on when and how to influence the legislature and navigate the landscape of Sacramento to benefit students.  The panel discussion will provide an opportunity to hear from representatives of the Chancellor’s Office Governmental Relations Division and the Assembly Higher Education Committee. 

3:00 p.m.         Break

3:15 p.m.       Practice Scenarios

Jonathan Lightman, Executive Director of FACCC

Are you ready to interact with legislators?  Jonathan Lightman will lead some practice interactions with a few scenarios.

4:30 p.m.         Advocacy Talking Points Review

Julie Bruno, President
John Stanskas, Vice President

5:00 p.m.         Hotel Check-in     

6:00 p.m.         Reception -- Glide’s Market

Thursday, June 15, 2016


8:15 a.m.         Walk to the Capitol
9:00 a.m.         Tour the Capitol
10:15 a.m.       Walk to the Chancellor’s Office
10:45 a.m.       Meet Chancellor’s Office Staff
11:30 a.m.       Walk back to the Sheraton Grand

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lunch for PDC Pilot participants and Early Arrivers

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Collegiality in Action

Julie Bruno, President
John Stanskas, Vice President

Understanding the authority and role of the academic senate, as well as the roles of students, staff, and administrators, is important for ensuring that a college’s governance structure functions well in order to serve its students and the community.  This general session is intended to explore the role of the senate in collegial governance processes and discuss how to effectively navigate the community college shared governance landscape.

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Break

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Collegiality in Action – Continued

Dolores Davison, Secretary
John Freitas, Treasurer
LaTonya Parker, Representative at Large

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Resolution Writing: From Idea to Acclamation! Resolution Writing Made Easy

Rebecca Eikey, Area C Representative
Ginni May, Area A Representative

The ASCCC expresses its official positions on issues, legislation, and ideas through the resolution process. For that reason, writing resolutions and understanding the process is crucial. During this session, attendees will learn the nuts and bolts of resolution writing as well as what happens after a resolution has been voted up or down. Attendees will receive an overview of the Resolutions Handbook, the parliamentary process for debating and voting on resolutions at a plenary session, and how to use resolutions locally, at a college and or district. To put into practice that which was learned, attendees will write resolutions for consideration at the mock plenary session on Saturday morning.

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Break

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Creating a More Effective Senate by Establishing Strong Relationships

Rebecca Eikey, Area C Representative
Craig Rutan, Area D Representative

Often, being an effective senate leader is tied to the status of your relationship with CEOs, CIOs, CSSOs, union leaders, and board members, as well as other individuals and groups. Cultivating and maintaining these relationships ensures the effectiveness of the senate in representing faculty and makes the work of college leaders much more enjoyable. Join us for a lively discussion about how to develop and sustain collaborative relationships to make life easier and support the work of the senate.

Surviving as a Senate Leader: Finding Your Successor and Managing Workload

Julie Adams, Executive Director
Cheryl Aschenbach, North Representative

The thought—or reality—of being a new senate leader is exciting, but early excitement can quickly give way to feeling overwhelmed as one’s to do list grows. Join us as we explore survival strategies for capably handling the responsibilities of your role, developing and managing relationships, and planning succession from day one.

Follow up to Collegiality in Action Presentation

Dolores Davison, Secretary
John Stanskas, Vice President 

This breakout is intended as a follow-up to the general session.  Attendees should bring specific questions about their colleges, and the presenters will help them apply the principles discussed in the general session.  This session is an opportunity for dialogue, with no PowerPoint, so join us for a lively discussion.

Minimum Qualifications, Equivalency, and Assigning Courses to Disciplines…Oh My!

Sam Foster, Representative At-Large
John Freitas, Treasurer
Conan McKay, Area B Representative 

In order to ensure high academic standards, the Academic Senate and the Board of Governors have established minimum qualifications for faculty in all recognized disciplines. Hiring committees are expected to know what the minimum qualifications are for faculty positions being filled.  In some cases, applicants for faculty positions may seek equivalency to the minimum qualifications.  In other cases, confusion may exist about the required minimum qualifications to teach certain courses.  Therefore, local faculty leaders, such as senate presidents, equivalency chairs, and curriculum chairs, must have a working understanding of minimum qualifications and local equivalency processes. This breakout session will provide an overview of the basics of and provide opportunities for discussions about minimum qualifications, equivalency, and assigning courses to disciplines.

5:45 p.m. Resolution Due

6:00 p.m.  Dinner with Executive Committee Members

Attendees will sign up for dinner at various restaurants near the hotel. Dinner groups will be led by Executive Committee members.

Friday, June 16, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Build Your Lingo with Acronym Bingo!

Julie Bruno, President
Craig Rutan, Area D Representative

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 in which 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.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.           General Session: The Community College Budget

John Freitas, Treasurer (Facilitator)
Mario Rodriquez, Vice Chancellor of Finance and Facilities, Chancellor’s office

Governor Brown released his budget in May, which is now being considered by the Assembly and Senate.  By the time this session begins, we might have a good idea what the budget for California Community Colleges contains. Faculty leaders should understand how the budget works to ensure that budgetary decisions are made to best serve students. Beginning at the state level, Vice Chancellor Mario Rodriguez will de-mystify the budget by providing an overview and explanation of the current budget proposal for 2017-2018 as well as highlighting aspects of the budget that senate leaders should consider when engaging in local budget conversations.

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.         Coffee Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.         Breakout Session

Local Budget

Rebecca Eikey, Area C Representative
Ginni May, Area C Representative

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. This session will also highlight key aspects of the state budget that senate leaders should consider when engaging in local budget conversations.

Policies, Processes, and Practices, Oh My!

Randy Beach, South Representative
Carrie Roberson, North Representative

Robert Frost wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors.” In this breakout, presenters will discuss how well-written, faculty-driven policy and procedure “fences” can help you and your senate assert its authority and collaborate effectively with other constituencies. Presenters will discuss processes and strategies for writing policies and procedures, what policies are legally mandated and recommended, and areas where your senate should be especially involved in creating strong policy to support student success and the faculty role in decision-making.

Representation Matters: Building Diverse Faculty Leadership

Dolores Davison, Secretary
Sam Foster, At Large Representative
Conan McKay, Area B Representative

The ASCCC’s Inclusivity Statement makes clear that the Academic Senate recognizes the benefits to college communities that a diverse faculty makes.  This definition of 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.  This year, one of the major goals of the Academic Senate has been to work on diversifying our faculty, and this breakout will provide information about those efforts as well as ways to assist local senates in becoming more inclusive.

Partnering with ASCCC – Providing the Faculty Voice at the Statewide Level

Julie Adams, Executive Director
John Freitas, Treasurer
LaTonya Parker, Representative At-Large

The ASCCC is the official statewide voice of the faculty on academic and professional matters.  We represent you at the statewide level before the Board of Governors, legislature, and statewide organizations such as the CEOs, CIOs, CSSOs, and many other constituent groups.  We rely on the adopted resolutions, discussions at ASCCC events, and interactions with you via email and personal calls to inform the work we do on your behalf.  You also inform our work by serving on our 16 standing committees and over 30 Chancellor’s Office task forces, advisory groups, and other committees. We are partners because you inform us and we support you.  However, we need more engagement with you because the current California community college environment is becoming more challenging to navigate. Come to this interactive breakout session to help us brainstorm ideas about how to make our partnership stronger and more connected than ever.

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.         Luncheon

Freedom Fighter Award Recognition

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.           General Sessions:  Research, Data, and Decision-making: What Every Senate Leader Should Know

John Stanskas, Vice President, Facilitator
Jillianne Leufgen, Program Specialist, Chancellor’s Office
Gregory Stoup, President, Research and Planning Group
James Todd, Vice President of Student Service, Modesto College

Data is being used in most, if not all, decisions that affect our colleges at both the local and state level. Senate leaders need to have a clear understanding of how data is used in decision-making at their local colleges as well as how it is used at the state level for programs, initiatives, accountability and goal setting. In this general session, our expert panel will provide the information all senate leaders should know to engage their colleagues in effective discussions on data-driven decision-making.

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Break

2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Second Breakout Session

Developing Leadership Style

Randy Beach, South Representative
Carrie Roberson, North Representative
John Stanskas, Vice President

All of us bring our education, skills, and experiences to leadership roles, but leaders must develop certain key facets to effective leadership as they grow into their positions.  Figuring out how to incorporate effective leadership strategies into your own skill set is key to the professional development of all leaders and necessary to carry out effectively the roles our colleagues have entrusted to us. Join us for a conversation intended to dive deeply into our own leadership styles and development.  

Civil Discourse: Engaging with Colleagues

Dolores Davison, Secretary
LaTonya Parker, At-large Representative

Senate leaders frequently find themselves engaging with colleagues over challenging and prickly issues. One important aspect of such situations is to keep the conversation civil and collegial while ensuring faculty purview is understood and respected. Bring us your challenging situations and we will help develop strategies to assist you in navigating difficult conversations with ease.

Streamlining Curriculum Processes

Ginni May, Area A Representative
Craig Rutan, Area D Representative

The addition of new technology and the creation of the Associate Degrees for Transfer changed how curriculum was reviewed and approved by the Chancellor’s Office.  A recent collaboration between the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the ASCCC, and the Chief Instructional Officers’ Board has changed curriculum processes at the local, regional, and state levels to reduce the time for approval. Please join us for a discussion about the curriculum streamlining efforts and how they will impact your college.

Being an Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Cheryl Aschenbach, North Representative
Julie Bruno, President

Some may think of a successful senate leader as someone who capably runs meetings, stays on top of all the issues, and gets things done. However, an even more critical part of succeeding as a faculty leader is successfully managing emotions in the workplace while engaging in difficult conversations, navigating relationships with faculty, classified, and administrators, and handling sensitive information. Together, presenters and attendees will explore emotional intelligence, the role it plays in leadership, and what we can do to develop our own emotionally intelligence.

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. Area Meetings: Building A Community

This short session is an opportunity to meet other faculty leaders in your area and to begin to build your network, which will be important in your work as a senate leader.

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Resolution Amendment Writing

During this session, attendees will learn about amendment writing while actually writing amendments to the resolutions in the resolutions packet for debate at Saturday’s mock plenary session. Discussion will include unintended conflicts or confusion that often results from multiple amendments to the same resolution.

5:30 p.m. Resolution Amendments Due

6:00 p.m. Leadership Academy Graduation Reception

Sponsored by the Academic Senate Foundation

The ASCCC is happy to celebrate the graduates of the 2017 class of the Professional Development College Leadership Academy. Over the past year, our graduates attended numerous ASCCC events, 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.

Saturday, June 17, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

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

Senate Resources at Your Finger Tips: Using the Local Senates Handbook and Navigating the ASCCC Website

Julie Adams, Executive Director
Carrie Roberson, North Representative

If you have all the tools necessary to be an effective senate leader, this breakout is not for you.  This breakout is for senate leaders – whether new or seasoned – who want to learn about a variety of resources available to them via the ASCCC website and Local Senate Handbook, and other sources.  This session will be an interactive so bring questions.

Conversation with the President and Vice President

Julie Bruno, President
John Stanskas, Vice President

Today is the last day of the institute. Do not leave without asking that burning question, articulating a profound idea, providing critical feedback, or getting some solid advice. All are welcome at this open forum and all topics are in play. Join us for a lively discussion.

The Role of the Senate in Recruiting, Hiring, Evaluating, and Mentoring Full- and Part-time Faculty

Cheryl Aschenbach, North Representative
Ginni May, Area A Representative

Education Code establishes the local academic senate’s role in faculty hiring processes, but the local senate should also play a role in recruiting, evaluating, and mentoring faculty. This interactive discussion will explore the responsibilities senates have in regard to developing faculty as well as what actions senate leaders can take to help build a diverse, engaged, and talented faculty.

The Brown Act: Making the Process Work for You

Randy Beach, South Representative
Sam Foster, South Representative
Conan McKay, Area B Representative

Complying with the Brown Act does not have to cause you pain and discomfort. In fact, the Brown Act can be useful for you as you navigate your role as a senate leader. With a little planning and rule-setting, the Brown Act and parliamentary procedure can help your meetings and projects run smoothly. In this breakout, presenters will explore the twisty turns of the Brown Act and parliamentary procedure while answering questions about what you can, should, and must do to maintain transparency and legal compliance.

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.           Break

10:00 a.m. General Session: Mock Plenary Session

Julie Bruno, President
John Freitas, Treasurer

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.

12:00 p.m. Adjournment