Faculty Learning Community (FLC) Call for Applicants • January 2015 – December 2015
The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to offer the following Faculty Learning Community programs.
All full time and part time instructors at Sacramento State are invited to apply here!
What are Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs)?
FLCs are peer led groups of faculty (8-12) 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 FLC 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 these FLCs will enable faculty to produce, collect, and evaluate evidence of student learning or secure funding for scholarly or creative projects.
The following FLCs are open for application
A. “Wicked Problems”: Innovative Curricular Design: This Faculty Learning Community will focus on “Wicked Problems” as a means to develop an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum pilot. Wicked problems are “social or cultural problems that are difficult or impossible to solve for as many as four reasons: incomplete or contradictory knowledge, the number of people and opinions involved, the large economic burden, and the interconnected nature of these problems with other problems.” A curriculum centered on wicked problems will ideally introduce students to a specific issue in the freshman seminar and follow that issue through to the senior capstone. Students will explore the issue across disciplines and through a variety of in-class and extracurricular experiences. Participants will design and implement a pilot wicked problems course that will include embedded assessment. Download the syllabus here.
Facilitators: Lee Simpson, Professor of History and Director of the Honors Program, Lynn Tashiro Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Meetings: Friday Afternoons 12-2, Spring 2015 dates: Feb. 13, March 6, April 3, April 24, May 15, Fall 2015 meetings TBD by the group
B. Grant Writing for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS): This FLC is a cross-disciplinary faculty learning community designed to align undergraduate science and teacher preparation courses to the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts (CCSS-ELA) and Mathematics (CCSS-M) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This process of curriculum re-design will integrate new content (e.g., engineering), new practices (e.g., standards of mathematical practice), and new paradigms (e.g., cross-cutting concepts in the sciences, differentiation to provide access to all students) into select undergraduate and teacher preparation coursework. In addition to transformed course syllabi, this curriculum design work will inform the development of grant proposals for additional resources to support more systemic and systematic curriculum transformation in alignment with these new national standards. Download the syllabus.
Facilitators: Pia Wong, Professor of Education, Judi Kusnick, Professor of Geology
Meetings: Monthly, beginning in February 2015 with tasks assigned between meetings; exact dates TBD by the group
C. Program Assessment: Critical Thinking and Global Perspectives: This FLC will engage multidisciplinary faculty teams in a collaborative process to assess one of our Institution Level Learning Outcomes (Baccalaureate Learning Goals). The assessment project will focus on program outcomes and student work that provides evidence of critical thinking and/or intercultural competence. FLC Participants will build consensus on a set of tools (assignments, rubrics, curricular maps) that can be used to collect and analyze student work. This student work will serve as direct evidence of the critical thinking knowledge and intercultural competence skills we expect students to attain at graduation from our programs & institution. This FLC will work to submit a proposal to the 2015 WASC conference. Download syllabus here.
Facilitators: Amy Liu Professor of Sociology and Director of Program Assessment, Lynn Tashiro Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Meetings: Monthly, beginning in February with tasks assigned between meetings; exact dates TBD by the group
D. Teaching and Learning with the iPad (Spring semester only): This mini FLC will consist of 5 hands on sessions that enable participants to use the iPad for teaching in the classroom. Participants will begin with an overview of current capabilities of cloud storage and sync, wireless connectivity, and campus resources that support mobile technology. Applications for accessing and editing Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents that are comparable and compatible with laptop computer systems will be provided and explored. Multiple modes of presenting curricular material using the iPad will be presented. Participants must have an iPad to apply. iPad accessories and app licenses (ex. keyboard, Office365, VGA adapters, Apple TV, etc. max equivalent to $250 total) will be provided for each participant in lieu of Professional Development Funds. Download syllabus here.
Facilitator: Marco Martinez, Information Technology Consultant. Dennis Dalhquist, Professor of Electrical Engineering.
Meetings: 5 Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm: Feb 11th, March 4th, March 25th, April 15th, May 6th
Participation Requirements & Benefits:
- Full time or Part time Sacramento State employment for the academic year 2014-2015
- Commitment to attend 10 scheduled FLC meetings and submit all specified deliverables before by deadlines
- $700 Professional Development Funds awarded upon submission of FLC deliverables (for year long FLCs ONLY!)
- A year-long opportunity to reflect and refine your teaching in the company of committed colleagues with similar interests
Full Description of Meeting agendas and deliverables: Available on the CTL website under “Quick Links” and “Faculty Learning Communities (FLC)” : http://ctl.csus.edu/?cat=20
Applications Due Monday, February 9, 2015, Click Here!
Questions? Please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning • 278-5945 • Library 4026 • e-mail: CTL@csus.edu