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Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Learning Communities

CTL Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are year-long professional development seminars that engage faculty in a variety of teaching, learning, and research topics.  Groups of 10-15 faculty meet ten times over a year to engage in workshops and action research projects focused on improving learning and student success. Year-long FLCs and PLCs will meet 10 times, 2-hours each, over two semesters.

To learn more about the topic of FLCs in higher education refer to the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education's article on Exploring Faculty Learning Communities and Cox and Richlin's book titled Building Faculty Learning Communities: New Directions for Teaching and Learning.

Click here to view current and past Faculty an Professional Learning Community topics and syllabi

Faculty & Professional Learning Community (FLC/PLC) Call for Applicants Spring 2017 – Fall 2017

Unfortunately, the application is now closed. The application deadline was: Monday, Feb 6th, 2017

The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to offer a Faculty and Professional Learning Community program. All full time and part time instructors, staff, and administrators at Sacramento State are invited to apply.

FLCs and PLCs Open For Application:

A. Interprofessional Education: Curriculum Design

Meetings: Monday Afternoons from 12pm to 2pm
Spring 2017 dates: Feb. 15, Feb. 29, March 14, April 18, May 9
Fall 2017 meetings: TBD by the group

Faculty from all disciplines that are involved in educating future health care professionals are invited to join this FLC to explore and develop curriculum that’s grounded in the nationally-recognized, evidence-based Interprofessional education competencies. The overarching goal is to graduate students who are prepared to join a collaborative-ready workforce. Participants will be introduced to and have the opportunity to practice using innovative and evidence based Interprofessional Education (IPE) models, tools, and resources. Curriculum development will focus on 21st century communication skills and collaboration abilities as they relate to diversity, resilience, teamwork, and ethics. Participating faculty will develop collaborative relationships across disciplines and will create and pilot IPE learning activities that enable students to experience team dynamics and participate in cultural change.

Facilitators: Nassrine Noureddine, Professor of Nursing; Darla Hagge, Professor of Speech Language Pathology 

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B. Empowering Student Leaders: Networking Peer Programs for Student Success

Meetings: Monday Afternoons from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Spring 2017: Meeting 1 - Feb. 1 or 2 Workshop event with Janet Bennett Choice of attending one or both of the following:

A. Turning Resistance into Engagement: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 5:00-6:00 pm
B. Interculturalizing the College Campus: Thursday, Feb. 2, 9:00-11:30 am or 1:30-4:00 pm

Meetings 2, 3, 4, and 5: Mondays 3-5 pm, Feb. 13, Feb. 27, March 13, April 17, May 8

Fall 2017 meetings: TBD by the group


Programs where students facilitate peer advising, tutoring, learning, mentoring, and ambassador functions not only improve student success, but develop career ready skills that employers value. The goal of this PLC is to collaboratively create a peer training plan that identifies and intentionally develops the knowledge skills and abilities that enable students to not only work in a diverse work world but provide leadership within it. This training plan will be collaboratively created by the PLC participants using evidence based best practice, campus resources, and participant training practices. The Peer Program Network will use this peer training plan to empower programs and students to showcase these work and leadership skills to future employers, professional programs, and Peer Program Network funders. This is the second of a 5-year PLC series that will enable participants to share resources, problem solve, and receive funding to support peer programs. In partnership with the Hispanic Serving Institution Endowment, participants will map equity and employment opportunities in their peer programs and align them with the larger campus, community, and private sector needs. All sizes, phases, and types of peer programs are welcome.

Facilitators: Enid Gonzalez-Orta, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Director of the Science Educational Equity Program, Tina Jordan, Director for Peer Academic Resource Center, Lynn Tashiro, Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning

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C. Data Analytics and Equity: Multidisciplinary Innovation

Meetings: Monday Afternoons 12pm to 2pm
Spring 2017 dates: Feb. 13, Feb. 27, March 13, April 17, May 8
Fall 2017 meetings: TBD by the group


Data informed decision making has proved elusive in higher education, especially when examining issues of equity and student success. The goal of this PLC is to develop data analytics skills and utilize social science research best practice to examine ethical and practical issues of equity in higher education. PLC participants will engage in practice with data spreadsheets and programs, descriptive and inferential statistical tools, and models for examining achievement gaps in course and program completion. If you are wondering how data might help improve student learning in your course or success in your program join us for an innovative PLC that will merge diverse skill sets in mathematical analysis, human behavior, communication and collaboration. Participants will be able to select, conduct, and present an action research project that uses data to examine a student learning or success question. No experience in computer coding or specialized statistical software is required. Participants completing this FLC will be well positioned to apply for the 2017 Developing Hispanic Institution Analytics Minigrant Program.

Facilitators: Joel Schwartz, Office of Analytics and Institutional Effectiveness, Amy Liu, Director for the Office of Academic Program Assessment, Lynn Tashiro, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

D. Preparing 21st Century Teachers: Designing an integrated B.A. plus Credential Program **

Meetings: January 10th and January 18th, 2017 (all day) and then meetings every two weeks (some F2F, some not) during the spring semester. *


This FLC will design a new pathway for future teachers to earn their B.A. in Liberal Studies or Child Development, their elementary teaching credential, and foundational level general science credential in 4.5 years. This FLC represents an exciting opportunity for faculty across the campus to work together to create a new pathway for teacher education. We will do a “deep dive” into several key documents (new standards from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the Common Core Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, the Baccalaureate Learning Goals, the DEGREES Project and others). Based on what we learn, we will then design the new program, working on courses (new and revised), field experiences, advising and recruitment. With the state facing a critical teacher shortage, we need our most creative curriculum developers and innovative pedagogues to join this FLC!

Facilitators: Pia Wong, Amber Gonzalez, Tim Fong, and Brian Lim

**Faculty interested in this FLC must contact Pia Wong ( by January 3rd or before.

Service Learning: Novice and Advanced Options

Meetings: TBD scheduled around participant schedules


E. Option 1: This FLC will focus on understanding and incorporating Service Learning into a previous and/or existing class. Service learning is a terrific way to help students enhance their academic skills by applying what they have learned in your course to the world beyond the classroom. Additionally, it expands faculty scholarship, networking and helps community-based organizations address their needs and garner resources for change. This FLC will meet eight times (2 hours each session) Spring 2017 and Fall of 2017, Faculty will receive $700 in faculty Professional development funds.

F. Option 2: This FLC will focus on supporting faculty who have already incorporated Service Learning into previous courses and who want to expand their skills or identify new Service Learning projects and/or Service Learning Partner sites. This FLC will meet four times (2 hours each session) Spring 2017 only. Participants will receive $350 in faculty professional development funds.

Facilitators: Rachel August, Professor of Psychology, Dana Kivel, Director of the Community Engagement Center.

Participation Requirements & Benefits:

  • Full time or Part time Sacramento State employment for the academic year 2017-2018
  • Commitment to attend 10 scheduled FLC/PLC meetings and submit all specified deliverables before by deadlines
  • $700 Professional Development Funds awarded upon submission of FLC/PLC deliverables (for yearlong FLC/PLCs only)
  • A year-long opportunity to build professional skills in higher education in the company of committed colleagues

Full Description of Meeting agendas and deliverables will be available shortly.

In addition to contact information, the application will ask you to respond to a few background and interest question(s) corresponding to the FLC you are applying for.

If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning • 278-5945 • Library 4026 • e-mail: