About Us

Welcome to Faculty Commons

The Faculty Commons provide space and organized activities for faculty seeking opportunities for:

  • Professional development
  • Community and collaboration
  • Mentoring and advocacy
  • Innovative and creative pedagogy

What is the Faculty Commons?

The Faculty Commons is a contractual entity that was designed into the BCAHE Faculty Contract during the 2010-11 negotiating year.

What is the contractual mission of the Faculty Commons?

The College shall support a Faculty Commons, designed to provide, facilitate and support faculty-guided innovation and adaptation of curriculum and pedagogy, as well as, other forms of faculty professional development that contribute to student success and to the educational mission and goals of the College. The Commons will support both full-time and adjunct faculty.

What is the vision of the Faculty Commons?

The vision of the Faculty Commons is to facilitate a supportive and collaborative environment based on faculty identified needs for growth and development.

Who provides leadership for the Faculty Commons?

The BCAHE Faculty Contract of 2010-2011 established that the Faculty Commons shall be determined by a Commons Council and executed by the Faculty Commons Director. The Faculty Commons Director serves a three-year renewable term as the principal researcher, strategist, organizer, marketer, and executor for the Faculty Commons programs and activities. The Director shall inspire and promote ideas of others, and facilitates the execution of those ideas through effective programming. In summer 2017, Tonya Estes was selected as the new Director.
In the academic year 2017-18, the title of the Faculty Commons Director was changed to Faculty Commons Chair.
The Faculty Commons Chair works under the guidance of the Faculty Commons Council. The Council is comprised of eleven members:
  • Seven are voting members (elected faculty representatives)
  • Two Deans appointed by the Vice President of Instruction
  • Vice President of Instruction
  • The BCAHE Association President
  • Dean of Undergraduate Research

In addition, the Faculty Commons has a Program Manager. The role of the program manager is to: develop office operations, plan and manage events-workshops, connect faculty with helpful resources, and provide technical support and training to faculty commons resources. In Winter 2015, Aris Morgan Andrade, former administrative assistant to the Library Media Center, was selected as the new program manager.

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Last Updated May 1, 2018