2017 Summer Leadership Institute, “Intersections of Self-Governance, Community, and Faculty Professional Development.” 

  • Institute stipend:  $500
  • Meeting dates:  6/27, 6/28, 6/29, 7/05, 7/06
  • 1:30 – 4:00 each day (lunch provided daily)

The major goal for this Summer Institute is connection – to each other, to the institution, and to the community, students, and region we serve. 

“It’s all about connections – they’re what make Highline Highline.” 
-- Dr. Bob Hughes

We have unwritten traditions at Highline that are not obvious to all.  How can we carry forward traditional elements of our practice that we want to preserve, empowering everyone to own them and create new ones?

Can we continue doing what we are doing now, and be truly happy ten years from now?  We will burn out if all we do is focus on our teaching in the classroom.  Come, invest in yourself.

This Institute is an opportunity for you to connect more deeply with Academic Affairs colleagues and the College.  Explore how you can shape and implement your own vision(s) of faculty and academic initiatives in ways that advance the mission of the College.  Instead of asking “Why doesn’t Instruction do X?,” come figure out how to help  X happen.  How can you be empowered to participate more fully in academic self-governance, drawing on your passions, knowledge, energies, and talents – and how can your passions be connected to the College’s mission and our community’s needs?

After securing a spot, you will be asked to propose a few project ideas (stemming from your own expertise and interests) to kick-start your thinking before the Institute begins.  What kind of things would you like to help move forward in Academic Affairs at the College?  During the Institute, you will work with others to develop a formal project proposal that you can put into action over the coming year.  (This can be a project you complete alone or in collaboration with a team you put together.) 

  • Institute stipend:  $500
  • Meeting dates:  6/27, 6/28, 6/29, 7/05, 7/06
  • 1:30 – 4:00 each day (lunch provided daily)
  • Dr. Bob Hughes*, former Highline Faculty member and Academic Dean, will keynote the Institute, sharing stories about his own development as a leader.
  • During the Institute, we will partner with colleagues to develop personal action plans for collaborating across Academic Affairs to further our participation in academic self-governance.
  • Faculty tenured in the last ten years (since 2007) will work on mixed teams supported by institutional “mentors” (people tenured for more than ten years) and “heritage” faculty (people supposedly retired) to propose and design projects facilitating academic leadership across the College.
  • In order to receive the stipend – in addition to Institute attendance – participants will submit project plans to the Office of Academic Affairs and agree to participate in quarterly Institute follow-up gatherings (including a spring poster session). (These plans can help to shape post-tenure professional development plans and/or column advancement applications.)
  • Up to $200 will be available to each participant after the Institute for use in implementing plans – and may be pooled amongst project team members (if team members attended the Institute).  (Examples of expenses that could be covered include conference or speaker fees, books and other supplies, catered food for gatherings, etc.)
  • Space will be limited to 20 “newly-tenured” and 20 “mentor” participants, on a first-come first-served basis.  Applications are now open and will close once all slots are filled.

To apply or request more information, contact Carrie Davidson in Academic Affairs.  If you would like to brainstorm or bounce ideas off of someone, please contact a member of the Institute Planning Committee:  Susan Landgraf, Laura Manning, Ed Morris, Kathy Oberg, and Ron Sabado (all available through Highline email)

*Dr. Bob Hughes has been an Associate Professor of adult education at Seattle University since 2007 and currently serves as Associate Dean.  Prior to this, he held academic positions as a community college faculty member and dean at two colleges in the Seattle area, including Highline College.  He has taught secondary and college students for more than 30 years.  Bob’s current research and evaluation projects focus on models of effective practices at community colleges – including college faculty development, effective instructional design practices, and equity issues.  His thinking in these areas was influenced by a two-year case study of faculty diversity at Highline College.  After Ed Morris, Bob was the second African American faculty member hired at Highline College.  Bob has a chapter in a newly-published book, African-American Male Leaders in Higher Education, featuring contributors’ stories of their own development as leaders.  These stories will serve as the basis of his Summer Institute keynote.

Cross-Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship Program (2017-18)
(see details below)

Note from Jeff Wagnitz: for next year’s Cross-Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship Program, the enrollment remains capped at 72.  As is indicated below, current program participants will have a priority deadline to re-enroll, with a later deadline for new program participants.  Individuals who enroll past the deadline will be considered based on program capacity, matching needs, and a balance of representation from our 34 CTC’s.
Last year’s pilot was funded by SBCTC.  This time, in addition to travel costs, participating colleges are asked to pay a registration fee of $500 per registration.  I am initially setting aside funds for up to six participants, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Let me know, please, if you are requesting funds.  If demand exceeds my initial allocation, and if there’s room in the program, I am willing to consider a larger allocation.  But, for now, it’s better to apply early, to accommodate both
Highline’s and the program’s timelines.

Cross-Institution Details
Retreat Dates
Fall Retreat: : September 29th, 2017, 9AM to 4PM
Winter Retreat: January 26th, 2018, 9AM to 4PM
Spring Retreat: May 11th, 2018, 9AM to 4PM

This program is focused on making explicit the connection between faculty success and student success by building relationships and offering professional development targeted towards the unique needs of faculty of color.  This program utilizes both one-to-one mentoring and group/peer mentorship to encourage the kind of relationship building that strengthens both mentor and mentee holistically, improving their teaching, student learning, and the cultural climate at their respective institutions.  With this kind of mentoring relationship, the mentee has just as much to offer as the mentor, and with work-alike breakout sessions at each retreat, the cohorts of mentors and mentees develop support for one another across institutions.

Who Should Participate?
Mentees: Full-time faculty members with less than 3 years of full-time experience in their faculty role, who identify as being a person of color and teach at one of the 34 Washington State Community and Technical Colleges.
Mentors: Full-time faculty members with 3 or more years of full-time experience in their faculty role, who identify as being a person of color and are employed at one of the 34 Washington State Community and Technical Colleges.
Program Participation
Mentors and mentees are required to initiate contact with one another at least twice per quarter.  Mentor and mentee decide collaboratively on modality and duration (e-mail, phone, chat, Skype, F2F, lunch, dinner . . . ) Please note that attendance at the Fall Retreat is required, as this is where mentor/mentee pairing and training will
take place. You are encouraged to plan to attend all three retreats.
Retreat Dates
Fall Retreat: : September 29th, 2017, 9AM to 4PM
Winter Retreat: January 26th, 2018, 9AM to 4PM
Spring Retreat: May 11th, 2018, 9AM to 4PM

Location:  LaQuinta Inn & Suites, Tacoma
Cost:The annual registration fee for the 3-part series of retreats:  $500.  Registration includes meeting materials, morning/afternoon refreshments, and lunch at each retreat. 
Payment by institutions should be in the form of a college-issued check. SBCTC is not set up to accept payment by credit card or college procurement card.
Checks should be made payable to SBCTC & mailed with the attached registration form to SBCTC, PO Box 42495, Olympia WA 98504-2495, Attn: Jackie Eppler-Clark. 
Registration Deadline for Returning Participa
nts:  May 19; Registration Deadline for New Participants:  June 9

10 Ways to Support Students Facing Immigration Crises

The January 31, 2017 issue of Inside Higher Ed, in light of the recent presidential executive orders impacting immigrants and refugees, listed 10 ways that faculty can support students. These practices are listed below. For more on these practices, read the entire article,

  • Be aware of the wide range of people affected by proposed changes to immigration policy.
  • Educate yourself about the laws and policies that impact undocumented students’ educational access.
  • Signal to students that you are supportive.
  • (Re)consider how you discuss immigration-related issues and the current political climate in your classroom
  • Maintain student confidentiality and privacy
  • Use appropriate terminology when discussing immigration issues
  • Provide resources that will help mediate the financial instability that many students will also be facing.
  • Offer career and graduate preparation opportunities
  • Identify, improve and refer students to campus and community resources
  • Identify and raise awareness about your campus’s policies regarding undocumented students

New Faculty and Hiring

In preparation for the 2017-18 academic year, Highline is currently conducting searches for ten tenured faculty positions, including American Ethnic Studies, Biology, Business, Education, English, Mathematics, Nursing, Psychology and Spanish. These positions will fill some long-time vacancies as well as create some opportunities for new programming.

New appointees: Two instructors have accepted one-year appointments to begin in January 2017:

  • Žanetka Gawronski will teach drawing, painting, and other fine arts courses in our Art and Design Department. She holds an MA from Antioch University as well as Certificate of Fine Arts in Sculpture from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Ms. Gawronski has been teaching for the last ten years at the Art Institute of Seattle.
  • Sangeeta Sangha will begin teaching in the Philosophy Department. Dr. Sangha comes to Highline with a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University. She last taught at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan and, in addition, has led philosophy seminars in a community-education setting.