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Stepping Up To LeadershipWe are all in a position to become campus leaders and serve students on a larger scale – whether leadership comes with a title change or not, according to California Community Colleges (CCC) faculty member and administrator, Kate Jordahl.

In “Leadership From the Place You Stand,” recently published on the WCET Frontiers blog, Jordahl shares her journey from faculty to dean to her current role with the CCC Online Education Initiative (OEI). Through her story, she encourages colleagues to explore how contributing their own unique perspectives can help support student success at all levels.

“Leadership is the place you stand, not the role you have and not the job title you have,” Jordahl writes. “Look around and to see where your passions lie and where you can, either from your position as a teacher or in another position, be a leader and help make education better.”

Kate Jordahl, Director of Strategic Planning & Operations, California Community Colleges Online Education InitiativeJordahl, who is also a photography professor at Foothill College, describes herself as a “faculty member who loves teaching.” Making the transition to administration was not an easy decision, she says. But as the Director of Strategic Planning & Operations for the OEI, she has found a way to “reach beyond the students in my classroom and help students across the state of California.”

She explains that the communication skills honed in the classroom as well as the understanding of student life have contributed to her ability to make a difference, whether she is working with faculty, staff or administrators.

“I have always been determined, whatever my position, to keep my faculty perspective and bring the power of that role and my awareness of students’ needs with me to every conversation,” she writes.

Read Jordahl’s article here.

Crista Souza is the TechEDge News Editor