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.

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Faculty & Professional Learning Community (FLC/PLC) Call for Applicants Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

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.

Applications Due on Monday September 18, 2017 

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FLCs and PLCs Open For Application:

A. Equity and Student Success: Inclusive Teaching for Diverse Learners

Meetings: Wednesday Afternoon 2pm to 4pm
Fall 2017:  September 27, October 11, November 1, November 15, December 6
Spring 2018: meetings determined by participants

The goal of this FLC is to facilitate greater success for all of our students by developing more inclusive classrooms. To accomplish this, throughout the FLC, faculty and staff will engage in conversations surrounding equity, diversity and intercultural communication inside and outside of the classroom. We will immerse ourselves in equity-minded research and practices, curriculum and pedagogical redesigns, and High Impact Practices models (HIPs).  Workshop topics will include understanding the differences between equity and equality, intercultural pedagogy, facilitation of difficult discussions, the impact of unconscious biases, the role of diversity in course content, understanding and addressing microaggressions, fully thinking through issues of and practices for accessibility, and developing an anti-oppression framework for our classrooms/disciplinary areas. This PLC is a problem-solving and supportive community and aims to help faculty and staff improve on a course, a program or introduce a project that provides a more inclusive environment in which all students will be successful.

Facilitators: Paula Austin, Assistant Professor, History, Joshua Wiscons, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Consultant Todd Migliaccio, Director of Graduate Studies

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B. Maker Spaces: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Action

Meetings: Thursday Afternoons 3:30 to 5:30 pm (non senate days)
Fall 2017: September 7, October 12, October 26, November 9, December 7
Spring 2018 meetings: Determined by participants

Maker Spaces are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. Sacramento State is recruiting potential partners to prepare exploratory curricula in anticipation of establishing a maker space on campus. The goal of this PLC is to develop interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty and Sacramento Area Maker Educators in order to advance maker education on campus. Participants will develop a process for collaboration among differing disciplines and formal and informal makerspaces both on and off campus. PLC participants will engage in workshops that will provide opportunities to understand the theoretical and practical differences between making and design thinking, examination of the maker movement, and the particular research foci of maker education. If you are wondering how making might democratize learning in your course, or engage students and educators in your program, join us for an interdisciplinary PLC that will merge the theoretical underpinnings of maker education with the practical application of making. Participants will be able to participate in groups to focus on actionable projects. No experience in making or design thinking is required.

Facilitators: Aaminah Norris, Assistant Professor, Teaching Credentials, Lynn Tashiro, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

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C. Technology and Teaching: Canvas and Beyond

Meetings: Monday Afternoons 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Fall 2017: September 25, October 2, October 23, November 6, December 4
Spring 2018: Determined by participants

How might technology help you organize your teaching, engage your students, and improve learning in your course?  As our campus transitions to the Canvas Learning Management System, this faculty learning community provides a unique opportunity to redesign your course with current learning technologies.  Whether you are designing face to face, hybrid, or online courses, this FLC will give you the knowledge, skills, and hands on experience to take your course to the next level. FLC participants will construct measurable learning outcomes, that will be used as the framework for developing web enhanced, hybrid, and/or online learning modules. Topics will include flipped learning, open educational resources, accessibility for equity, and innovative tools to capture your lectures, prevent plagiarism, and quiz your students in real time.  Instructional designers will be a new resource for participants. Please join us for an interactive and practical FLC that will improve the teaching and learning experience for both you and your students.

Facilitators: Dennis Dahlquist, Department of Engineering, Kyle Cage, Instructional Designer, April Qian, Manager for Online Teaching and Learning   

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D. Course Redesign for “Difficult” Courses : Improving learning and pass rates for bottleneck and courses with high DFW grades.

Meetings: This FLC is a hybrid format with 6 face to face meetings and 4 asynchronous meetings.  Day and time of face to face meetings will be determined by participant schedules

There are some courses in every discipline that students find exceptionally difficult.  Pass rates in these courses can hover as low as 50% making these courses gatekeepers and barriers to student success.  This FLC will examine the current data on high DFW courses, the disciplinary challenges in addressing this problem, and research based curricular and instructional tools that can be used to redesign high DFW courses for more learning and greater student success.  The format of this FLC is hybrid and will use Association for College and University Educator’s (ACUE, http://acue.org/) professional development modules focused on topics such as delivering effective lectures, checking for student understanding, developing self-directed learners, planning effective class discussions. There will be opportunities to practice and evaluate these teaching and learning strategies.

Facilitator: Carolyn Gibbs, Professor of Design, Chair of Art 

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E. Service Learning: Novice and Advanced Options

Meetings: TBD scheduled around participant schedules

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 2018 and Fall of 2018, Faculty will receive $700 in faculty Professional development funds.
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 2018 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 2015-2016, 2016-2017
  • Commitment to attend 10 scheduled FLC/PLC meetings and submit all specified deliverables before deadlines
  • $700 Professional Development Funds awarded upon submission of FLC/PLC deliverables (for year long FLC/PLCs only)
  • A year-long opportunity to build professional skills in higher education in the company of committed colleagues 


Please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning

278-5945 • Library 4026 • e-mail: CTL@csus.edu