Leadership in Times of Change: A Handbook for Communication and Media Administrators

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Avoid isolation. Never let a program become an island unto itself. Build bridges across the college and into the community served by the college.
Pursue political positioning. Certain collegewide offices, committees, and special assignments have the potential to produce political payoffs. Whether you are the only communication instructor or the chair of a large division, political positioning requires a well-planned strategy that puts faculty members in the right place at the right political time.
A successful community college administrator should develop a strong sense of cohesiveness, vigilance, and vision for a program based on a clear purpose statement. If a program avoids isolation and pursues political positioning, cohesiveness, vigilance, and a shared vision are the natural outcomes. Cohesiveness provides a united front of colleagues, vigilance provides the wariness necessary to detect and deflect potential problems, and vision sustains program achievement and pride.
APPENDIX: SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADMINISTRATORS
1. Develop a clear purpose statement that is consistent with the mission of the community college and clearly understood by those inside and outside the program.
2. Require orientation for all adjunct faculty.
3. Provide all faculty members a flexible but detailed master syllabus as well as an instructor's handbook for each course.
4. Assign a full-time faculty mentor to each adjunct faculty member.
5. Encourage adjunct faculty members to attend department meetings and participate in faculty development programs.
6. Capitalize on the potential contributions of adjunct faculty.
7. Subscribe to practitioner-focused communication journals and share relevant materials with all faculty members.
8. Plan faculty development workshops dealing with issues related to pedagogy and communication scholarship.
9. Send faculty to specialized faculty development institutes or to an annual professional conference at the state, regional, or national level.

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