Collaboration is a great term, but I actually prefer the word partnering. Collaboration sounds like working with others while partnering sounds like a long-term investment in a relationship that is mutually beneficial to all.
Michael Niehoff reflects on collaboration (or partnering), arguing that the challenge is to walk the walk. He breaks this down into three areas – collegiate, community and digital – providing suggestions for each. This includes team teaching, engaging with community organisations and writing in a collaborative blog. I have touched on some of these ideas before and feel that collaborating with Steve Brophy was one of the richest professional experiences I have had. However, I am mindful that collaboration is not always a given. There are often systemic structural elements that can impede and disrupt.