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
|• ||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.|
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS
FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE
|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
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Leadership in Times of Change:A Handbook for Communication and Media Administrators.
Contributors: William G. Christ - Editor.
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ.
Publication year: 1999.
Page number: 132.
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