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 2014, Dr. Sayumi Irey, BC Library Media Center faculty member, 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.

Where is the Faculty Commons?

D104 is the home of the Faculty Commons.

What are the open hours for the Faculty Commons?

The Faculty Commons is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Summer Hours Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Is it possible to have my group meet in the Faculty Commons outside of the open hours? 

Yes. To access the Commons before or after our regular business hours, please contact Aris Andrade.

Please note: If you were not able to contact Aris at least 48 hours prior to your meeting, call Public Safety ext. 2400 for access.

Faculty Meeting

What resources are available at the Faculty Commons?

The Faculty Commons provides a relaxed atmosphere where faculty members can prepare for classes, where divisions can hold meetings, and where larger events can be held.  We invite faculty to drop in to prepare, chat with colleagues, use our resource library,  check out a Surface for use in the Commons or explore our educational technology room.  To schedule a division meeting or an event, please contact Aris Andrade.

Can I bring my lunch to eat at the Faculty Commons?
Absolutely.  We have a kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave, as well as coffee, tea, and healthy snack bars.  We suggest a small donation for the beverages and snacks to help cover our costs for providing these amenities.

What are you thinking?

Please share your thoughts and ideas with the Commons and connect with us! at facultycommons@bellevuecollege.edu or contact the people behind the Faculty Commons.
 Tonya Estes, Faculty Commons Chair,  tonya.estes@bellevuecollege.edu
 Archana Alwar, Adjunct Mentoring Lead, aalwar@bellevuecollege.edu
 Tim Jones, Tenure Track Mentoring Lead, tim.jones@bellevuecollege.edu
 Aris Morgan Andrade, Faculty Commons Program Manager, aris.andrade@bellevuecollege.edu

Last Updated January 3, 2018