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ERIC Number: ED455882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May-30
Pages: 12
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Collaborative Strategies for Working with Faculty Unions.
Hernandez, Jean
This paper shares some of Shoreline Community College's (Washington) means for bringing faculty and administrators together and creating successful, collaborative interactions. A political model of decision-making is included to help resolve conflicts before they become unmanageable. This model has four elements within it that together impact the resolution of a conflict: (1) the person(s) who influences the decision; (2) dynamics such as group cohesion, core leadership, trust and access; (3) resources available to each side; and (4) strategies used to influence the decision--persuasion, inducement, constraint/coercive. Along with having an understanding of how the political model works and how to use it, an administrator must be aware of what myths have biased his/her own response, including "unions are combative,""conflict is bad,""rules are known by all," and "everyone is equal." At Shoreline, training was offered for both administrators and faculty union representatives. A consultant was also hired to work with the president and vice presidents for one day to assess leadership style and teach more effective communication skills. Finally, a one-day workshop was held that included the faculty union executive body, deans, vice presidents, and president of the college. Shoreline has made a sincere effort to include the faculty union president in major decisions that would affect faculty on the campus. The author provides case studies for several scenarios: salary disparity, faculty evaluations, and renegotiating a contract. (Includes a 12-item reading list.) (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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