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.

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 2019 – Fall 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, Jan 28th, 2019 by 5pm.

Applications Due on Monday, Feb 4th, 2019 by 5pm.

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Faculty Professional Learning Communities open for Application:


A. Instructional Design for Generation Z: A Faculty-Graduate Student Collaboration – NEW!

Meeting times: TBD based on application responses.

Options include: 11:30-1:30pm on Fridays, 12pm to 2pm on Tuesdays, 12pm to 2pm on Thursdays, or 5:30pm to 7:30pm Tuesdays.

This PLC offers the opportunity for faculty and graduate student pairs to collaborate on designing undergraduate course curricula and materials.  Many graduate students are interested in an academic career after graduation and this PLC will provide the opportunity to gain hands-on career experience.  Working together, faculty mentor and graduate students will gain and practice skills on topics such as developing learning outcomes, increasing student engagement, and utilizing affordable learning solutions.  By the conclusion of the PLC, faculty will have a redesigned course, and graduate students will have a career-ready portfolio. Faculty and graduate students will be entitled to separate compensation.  Graduate student collaborators must be enrolled through fall 2019.  Syllabus for Gen Z PLC

Facilitators: De-Laine Cyrenne, Faculty in Psychology, Aya Ida, Faculty in Sociology

B. Effective Teaching Practices: Faculty Development Online! 

Meetings: Online with the exception of a 2 hour orientation session TBD around participant schedules and culminating poster event on Friday, December 6, 3-5 pm

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. 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.

Facilitators: Mary McCarthy Hintz, Professor of Chemistry, Debra Olberding, Association of Colleges and University Educators

C. Data Analytics: Presenting and Publishing on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Meetings: Select Mondays 1:30-3:30 beginning Fall 2019

Join us for publication support including data analysis, peer coaching, and protected writing time to prepare conference proposals and journal manuscripts on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  The first half of the PLC will focus on submitting conference presentation proposals (ex. American  Educational Research Association (AERA), CSU Teaching and Learning Symposium)  and the second half will focus on journal publications.

Facilitators: Joel Schwartz, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Amy Liu, Professor of Sociology, Michael Barone, Center for Teaching and Learning, and Lynn Tashiro, Director for the Center for Teaching & Learning.

D. The STEM Zone: Exploring and Applying Learning Research – Hybrid Format 

Meetings: January 14 and 15, 2019 2-day institute, followed by meetings TBD around participant schedules.

This program will build faculty’s understanding of how learning happens from learning sciences using discipline-based education research. Five foundational ideas of learning will be used to organize the most recent research on STEM learning in higher education. Faculty will test research based teaching strategies and learning tools and examine student engagement and learning outcomes.

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

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, January 28th, 2019 by 5pm.

Applications Due on Monday, February 4th, 2019 by 5pm.

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Please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning

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