New Faculty Resources

The New Faculty Welcome and Orientation takes place during the required Flex Days in August (part I) and January (part II) of each year. Invitations are sent to new faculty, full-time and part-time, from the Vice President of Instruction and the Academic Senate president. The New Faculty Welcome and Orientation is led by the Faculty Teaching and Learning Coordinator(s) and is an opportunity to learn of Cañada's resources and to meet new colleagues.

Below you will find resources that will help you get started at Cañada College:

Contract, Syllabi, Language, & District Contacts

New Faculty - Getting Started

  • Faculty Gateway
    • The Faculty Gateway offers resources to help you in your teaching journey in the SMCCCD. Please review these resources and bookmark this page to refer back to as you continue teaching with us. Resources include:
      • Online Teaching Training - Quality Online Teaching & Learning (QOTL)
      • Instructional Software - Canvas, Zoom, Websmart

Teaching Resources


All new, modified and technology mediated instruction course requests are done through CurricUNET. All new courses, course modifications, experimental courses, selected topics courses, and technology mediated courses must include a Course Outline. This outline will be developed when the course is created through CurricUNET. All changes to course outlines must be made in CurricUNET.

Library Resources

  • Faculty & Staff
    • Need a library instructional session, orientation, tour, workshop, or video? Want to have your course textbook put on reserve in the library? Interested in adding other physical inventory from your department/program via the Library's check out system for tracking/inventory purposes? You can find more information on the library faculty resource page.
  • Library Instruction
    • The Cañada Librarians can show your class how to search the library databases, create citations, evaluate resources, formulate keywords, and more! Sessions can range from a brief 15-minute overview of library resources to 90-minute custom-tailored workshops related to your class or specific assignment. To request a session, fill out the library instruction request form. Please allow at least two weeks to collaborate with you to prepare a library research lesson for your class.
  • Library Technology
    • Students can check out WiFi hotspots, laptops, Chromebooks, and graphing calculators. Check out our Library Technology page for the most up-to-date policies and other information.
  • Contact Us

Participatory Governance

Participatory governance is defined as a collaborative effort of administration, faculty, staff, and students for the purpose of providing high quality college programs and services. All members of the campus community are invited to participate in planning for the future and in developing policies, regulations, and recommendations under which the College is governed and administered (see California Education Code (70901(b)(1)(E)). 

Participatory Governance Bodies

The primary stakeholder groups at Cañada College are Senates:

Representatives from each stakeholder group come together with college administrators to collaborate in the following participatory governance Councils:

and College Committees:

The reporting structure between participatory governance bodies, as of May 17, 2023, is depicted in the chart below:

partic gov reporting structure

A Compendium of Participatory Governance Bodies describes the role, responsibility, membership and relationship of all college-wide committees to the PBC.  Other Operational Groups or Task Forces may exist for a specific purpose (see definitions below) but are not participatory governance groups.