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Guide to Usage

This Faculty Handbook is designed to assist Bristol faculty address issues they may come across in their work. The handbook contains information about Bristol Policies, introductions and links to Bristol resources, and more. The menus and submenus on the left column of this website should help you locate the materials you need. You can also select from the buttons below. If you have any questions, please email William Duffy ( or fill out the form at the bottom of the resource. 

Dear Colleagues, 

I am so glad that you are a part of Bristol Community College where our vision is to advance a vibrant, diverse community through education, learner by learner.

You will often hear me say, “Lead from where you are.” As faculty, you are important leaders who embody our values of collaboration, communication, inclusion, innovation, respect, and student success.

You shape our culture of professionalism, where ideas are shared and we support each other in our common goal of student success. You practice open and honest communication and take a collective approach to decision-making. You model inclusion by embracing and affirming individual perspectives and identities to create a college environment that promotes inclusion and equity for all. You help us meet the challenges of today and tomorrow by fostering a culture where we innovate and strive to continuously improve. You practice respect and assume positive intent. You make me so proud that the focus of your work is to serve students, support their growth, and provide them with the assistance and tools necessary to achieve their professional and educational goals. Thank you for your leadership and all that you do for our students and one another.

Please use this faculty handbook as a resource and guide. At Bristol, we have so many ways to support our faculty and enable your success. I hope that you will use these tools to be your very best and help the college fulfill its vision for the future.

Laura L. Douglas, Ph.D. President 

As we embark on another academic year at Bristol Community College, I am honored to introduce the latest edition of our Faculty Handbook. This handbook serves as a vital resource, offering guidance and insight into the diverse facets of our academic environment. It is a testament to our shared commitment to excellence in education and our dedication to nurturing the academic and personal growth of our students.

In my role as Academic Officer, I have had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the remarkable impact that each of you has on our college community. Your expertise, dedication, and passion for teaching are the cornerstones of our institution's success. This handbook, therefore, is not just a collection of policies and procedures, but a reflection of our collective wisdom and experience in shaping the future of education.

As we continue to adapt to the evolving landscape of higher education, this handbook will also serve as a dynamic tool, evolving to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. It is my hope that it will not only guide you in your professional journey but also inspire you to continue pushing the boundaries of what is possible in academia.

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to Bristol Community College and to the success of our students. Together, we will continue to foster a culture of innovation, inclusivity, and academic excellence.