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

  • Faculty development
  • Community and wellness
  • Mentoring and advocacy

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 Fall 2017, Tonya Estes, ABE/HSC Tenured Faculty Member, started as the current Director.

The Faculty Commons Director (Chair) works under the guidance of the Faculty Commons Council. The Council is comprised of eleven members:

  • Seven elected faculty representatives
  • Two Deans appointed by the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • The President of the BCAHE (Bellevue College Association of Higher Education) (ex-officio)
  • The Dean of Connected Learning Division (ex-officio)

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 M. Andrade was selected as the new program manager.


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Last Updated January 12, 2022