I am on the my college’s Executive Board for the Faculty Senate. This is my first year on it. I was a senator last year, but I do not have much experience with faculty governance beyond that.
At a recent meeting, and issue was put on the agenda. We had two options, A and B (I am being intentionally vague here). I was strongly in favor for option A, and I was certain that half of the rest of the Board was, too. During the meeting, though, I found that everyone thought that option B was better. Moreover, they all had excellent, well-though out reasons for supporting option B.
The lesson: Bret does not know anything about faculty governance. But I am learning. And I am reminded that it takes time and thinking hard about an issue to become good at it.