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.

Agenda for Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 FLC/PLC Culminating Poster Event

Friday, December 7th, 2018 from 3p - 5p

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

Faculty Professional Learning Community (FLC/PLC) Call for Applicants

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019


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

For Priority Consideration Apply before Monday, August 27th, 2018 by 5pm.

Applications Due on Monday, September 10th, 2018 by 5pm.

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Faculty Professional Learning Communities open for Application:


A. Active Learning & Formative Assessment

Meetings: Fridays 1pm - 3pm
F18 dates: Sept 21, Oct 19, Nov 16, Nov 30, Dec 14
S19 dates: Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 5, Apr 19, May 3

Active learning is essential for equity and student success in higher education. This PLC will develop participants’ understanding of active learning theory, best practices, and hands on implementation in the classroom.  Active learning assignments for traditional and online settings will be tested and analyzed.

Facilitators: Brain Baldus,  Associate Professor of Business |  Ryan Fuller, Assistant Professor of Business | Marco Martinez, Center for Teaching and Learning

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B. Designing for Equity & Student Success

Meetings: Wednesdays 2pm - 4pm
F18 dates: Sept 26, Oct 10, Oct 17, Oct 24, Nov 7, Dec 5
S19 dates: TBD

This Equity PLC is a problem-solving and supportive community that aims to help faculty and staff improve on a course/program or introduce a project that provides a more inclusive environment in which all students will be successful. Concepts such as equity, diversity, identity, and privilege will be examined and applied in the context of disciplinary scholarship and instructional interactions.

Facilitators: Paula Austin, Assistant Professor of History | Joshua Wiscons, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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C. Hybrid & Online Teaching

Meetings: Mondays 3pm - 5pm
F18 dates: Sept 24, Oct 8, Oct 22, Nov 5, Dec 3
S19 dates: TBD

This FLC provides a unique opportunity to redesign your course with current tools and techniques and better utilize the Canvas Learning Management System. Topics include student engagement, flipped learning, open educational resources, accessibility for equity, and video tools, and Quality Matters.

Facilitators: April Qian & Kyle Cage, Center for Teaching and Learning | Dennis Dahlquist, Faculty in Electrical Engineering

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D. Interprofessional Education

Meetings: Mondays 3:30 pm - 5pm
F18 dates: Sept 24, Oct 8, Oct 22, Nov 5, Dec 3
S19 dates: TBD

Faculty from disciplines 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. Curriculum development will focus on 21st century communication skills, diversity, resilience, teamwork, and ethics.

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

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E. Wellness in the Classroom

Meetings: Wednesdays 3pm-5pm
F18 dates: Sept 26, Oct 10, Oct 24, Nov 14, Nov 28
S19 dates: TBD

Research indicates a strong connection between student wellbeing, learning, and impactful teaching. The goal of this FLC is to build faculty knowledge and skills to purposefully create conditions for wellbeing in their teaching practices and course structure. Faculty will learn about the connections between wellness and positive student outcomes, assess their current practices, and test and evaluate new strategies to support student wellbeing and learning.

Facilitator: Reva Wittenberg, Associate Director for Campus Wellness | Tyler Argüello, Assistant Professor, Division of Social Work

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F. The STEM Zone: Exploring and Applying Learning Research – Hybrid format

January 2018: 2 day institute and 90 min online meetings TBD

This program will build faculty’s understanding of how learning happens from learning sciences using disciplinary-based education research. This blended format professional learning program will begin with a two day in person institute in January followed by online facilitated sessions that focus on improving STEM faculty’s instructional effectiveness in the classroom.

Facilitators: Mary McCarthy, Professor of Chemistry | Deidre Sessoms, Professor of Education | Lynn Tashiro, Professor of Physics

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G. The STEM Zone: Faculty Professional Development Online with ACUE

October 2018: 2 hr in person orientation session followed by 25 asynchronous online modules

The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) course on Effective Teaching Practices is an online professional certification program for higher education professionals. Tools and strategies for student engagement, active learning, and higher order learning are presented, tested, and discussed in an online format that fits into faculty busy schedules.

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H. Service Learning

Meetings beginning Spring 2019: TBD around participant schedules

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. Implementation expands faculty scholarship, networking and helps community-based organizations address their needs and garner resources for change.

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

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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 

For Priority Consideration Apply before Monday, August 27th, 2018 by 5pm.

Applications Due on Monday, September 10th, 2018 by 5pm.

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Please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning

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