In September 2015, Langara surveyed all regular and continuing faculty members to gain a better understanding of what would motivate them to move into faculty leadership roles in the College. One of the four key themes that emerged was Mentorship (orientation and training). In response to this theme, the following recommendation was made to the College's Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and the Academic Deans for consideration:
Increase in internal leadership development opportunities. The College is exploring the feasibility of an in-house leadership development training program that addresses both leadership and management elements required for Department Chair roles. In addition to considering in-house opportunities, the College will continue to offer external opportunities, such as The Chair Academy, CiCan Leadership Development Institute, and Art of Leadership conference. An educational assistant policy (D6001) has also been implemented.
In the spring of 2017 a Working Group was established, to support and direct the in-house leadership development training program (which is comprised of three phases):
- Phase 1 of the faculty leadership development program took place in an all-day event on Thursday, June 22nd with a total of 90 participants in attendance including Registrants, Subject Matter Experts (SME) Presenters and members of the Senior Leadership Team. The event kicked off with a breakfast with the Provost and Vice President of Academic and Students, followed by a port-folio overview of the Senior Leadership Team. After a presentation by the Langara Faculty Association (LFA), Chief Shop Steward, registrants participated in various break-out sessions in the following areas: Scheduling/ Exams/ Registration and Student Records, Human Resources, Student Conduct, Finance and Hiring & Evaluation. The event concluded with a Q&A panel discussion with past and current department/ division chairs. Click here to view photos from the Phase 1 event.
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- Phase 2 – Chairs’ Roundtable Sessions - consisted of an information sharing component, with more facilitiated dialogue and discussion amongst participants. Sessions took place from Monday, August 28th to Friday, September 1st from 9:00am - 10:30am each day as outlined below.
-Monday - Things that can go wrong (assessing and managing risk) in your department and the College
-Tuesday - Human Resources
-Wednesday - Finance
-Thursday - Student Records, Confidentiality, and Managing Paper
-Friday - Student Services
Phase 3 - Registration for the 3rd workshop is open!
Running Good Meetings, will take place on Tuesday, March 20 and will cover:
-Involving the right people
-Controlling the discussion and staying on track
-Choosing the right decision-making approach
-Creativity tools for group decision-making
-Dealing with people who dominate or do not participate enough
-Achieving stated meeting objectives
The workshop will either be offered in the morning or afternoon; or potentially two back to back sessions may be scheduled if there is enough demand:
Option 1: 8:00am to 12:00pm with Breakfast
Option 2: 12:30pm to 4:30pm with Lunch
When registering please be sure to include the time you are available to attend. Please also indicate any dietary restrictions.
To register please contact:
Nav Dhaliwal, Coordinator, HR Strategic Initiatives
Human Resources Department
Save the Date - Upcoming Phase 3 Workshops
-Building a Team - Wednesday, April 11
-Coaching and Developing People - Friday, May 11
Please click on the links below to review additional information on faculty leadership development:
- "3 Things I wish I Had Said at the Panel for Faculty Leadership" - Janet Ready
- Presentations - Phase 1
As outlined in the College's 2020 Strategic Plan (2016-2020), we are committed to implementing programs that support the succession and retention of faculty and staff. The Faculty Leadership Development Program is a first step in achieving this goal.