Faculty Learning Communities


FLCs and PLCs are peer led groups (8-12) of faculty and professionals that engage in an active, collaborative, and supportive, year–long program with curriculum focused on a particular topic, problem or question. The goal of the FLCs and PLCs is to develop skills, knowledge, and expertise in the area of interest by creating a focused time and space apart from the daily work environment. The products of the FLCs and PLCs will enable faculty and higher education professionals to produce, collect, and evaluate evidence of student learning and student success, or secure funding for scholarly or creative projects. Year-long FLCs and PLCs 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

Spring 2018 – Fall 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, February 5, 2018

The deadline for Interprofessional Education: Curriculum Design

has been extended to February 8th at 5:00PM.


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FLCs and PLCs Open For Application:

A. Equity and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Demonstrating Success at Closing the Equity Gap

Meetings: Monday 10am to 12pm, (and one Wednesday morning on 2/14 for ACUE Orientation)
Spring 2018: February 12, February 14, March 12, April 16
Fall 2018: September 17, November 5, (Tentative), Culminating Event Friday Dec. 7, 2018, 3-5 pm

Understanding equity issues in classrooms and striving to provide equitable learning experiences are increasingly important to becoming an effective teacher, but there is often a competing time-intensive demand for faculty – being a productive researcher. Why not combine both teaching and research? This hybrid FLC will have 6 face-to-face meetings and 4 online workshops to introduce the concept of equity, ways in which participants can measure the equity gap in their classes, and various pedagogical approaches to intervene and lessen the gap. Also, this FLC will help participants develop their own research project examining the equity gap and effects of adopting one pedagogical approach in their class. The participants will leave this FLC with a proposal and preliminary data for a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research project which would help their RTP and/or future research. This hybrid FLC utilizes the ACUE learning modules for its online curriculum. Participants will have the option to earn an ACUE teaching certificate.

Facilitators: De-Laine Cyrenne, Lecturer, Psychology, Aya Kimura Ida, Associate Professor, Sociology

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B. Student Peer Programs: Collaboration for Equity

Meetings: Monday Afternoons 3:00 to 5:00 pm (non senate days)

Spring 2018:  

Meeting #1:  Choice of one of these:

  • Gloria Rodriguez & Julie Figueroa workshop, Jan. 19th, 2-4pm, Terrace Suite, the Well
  • Paul Kivel workshop, February 28th 3pm to 5pm, Alumni Center
  • Paul Kivel discussion session, February 28th 7pm, Alumni Center

Meetings #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6: Mondays 3-5 pm, Feb. 19, March 5, April 2, April 16, May 7

Fall 2018: meetings #7-#10: Mondays 3-5, Culminating Event Friday Dec. 7, 2018, 3-5 pm

Programs where students facilitate peer advising, tutoring, learning, coaching, and mentoring functions, not only improve student success, but develop career ready skills that employers value. The goal of this PLC is to create a Peer Program Network that builds collaborative skills and equity mindsets among student peer programs and their directors on campus. This PLC will use campus wide equity events, workshops, and best practice professional development to break programmatic silos and build resources for peer programs. This is the third of a 5-year PLC series that will enable participants to share resources, problem solve, and receive funding to support peer programs. All programs receiving Peer Program minigrant funds for the 2018/2019 Academic Year must participate to be eligible for funding. All sizes, phases (emerging, scaling, or established), and types of peer programs are welcome.

Facilitators: Bridget Parsh, Director First Year Experience Programs, Tina Jordan, Director for Peer Academic Resource Center, Lynn Tashiro, Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning

FLC Syllabi Coming Soon

C. Data Analytics: Scaling for Equity and Impact

Meetings:  Monday Afternoons 12 noon to 2pm
Spring 2018 dates: Feb. 19, March 5, April 2, April 16, May 7
Fall 2018 meetings: TBD by the group, Culminating Event on Friday Dec. 7, 3-5 pm

Data informed decision making is emerging as a necessary skill for higher education professionals, especially when examining issues of equity and student success. This PLC will develop data analytics skills and utilize social science research best practices 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 select, conduct, and present an action research project that utilizes data sources ranging from raw data to visualized data from commercial software products. 

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

FLC Syllabi Coming Soon

D. Faculty Professional Development Online!

Meetings: This FLC is online with the exception of
• Face to face 2 hour orientation session to be chosen from the following dates and times:
Wed. Feb. 14, 10-12:00 pm • Wed. Feb. 14, 2-4 pm • Thurs. Feb 15, 8-10 am
• Culminating Event on Friday Dec. 7, 3-5 pm (note: participants will complete a poster for this event)

If you would like faculty professional development in a flexible format that meets your busy schedule, this online “Course in Effective Teaching Practices” by the Association for College and University Educators (ACUE) may fit your needs (http://acue.org/). Faculty participating in the Course will learn evidence-based teaching strategies, implement new techniques in their courses, and reflect about their practice. This community-based faculty development process promotes becoming reflective practitioners in order to improve student success. Modules focus on topics such as delivering effective lectures, checking for student understanding, developing self-directed learners, and planning engaging class discussions. After completing 25 online ACUE Course modules and presenting a poster, faculty will receive professional development funds and an ACE-endorsed Certificate in Effective College Instruction.

Facilitator: Barbara Rodriguez, ACUE Facilitator

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E. Interprofessional Education: Curriculum Design


Monday Afternoons 3:00 – 5:00pm

Spring 2018 dates: February 12, February 26, March 12, April 9, May 7

Fall 2018 meetings: TBD by the group, Culminating Event on Friday Dec. 7, 3-5 pm

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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Participation Requirements & Benefits:

  • Full time or Part time Sacramento State employment for the academic year 2017-2018, 2018-2019
  • 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 


Applications Due on Monday, February 5, 2018 

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Please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning

278-5945 • AIRC 3005 • e-mail: CTL@csus.edu