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NEW! Call for Applicants for the 2013-2014 Faculty Learning Communities (Deadline Monday, October 14th, 2013)

The Center for Teaching and Learning is offering two Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs).

What are FLCs?

FLCs are peer lead 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.

What are the topics for the 2013 FLCs?

A. Critical Thinking and The First Year Student: Using Critical Thinking to Motivate First Year and Junior Transfer Students

This FLC will focus on engaging first year and transfer students in solving real-world problems that develop critical thinking.  The goal will be to develop instructional and assessment tools for communicating clearly to students the nature of critical thinking; the way course activities develop such thinking; the extent of students’ progress in developing it; and the relevance of critical thinking skills across the curriculum and in real-world situations. Action Research will be used to collect data and reflect on student learning. John Tagg’s The Learning Paradigm College will be our guiding source for the year’s sessions. (Facilitator: Joël Dubois)

B. Teaching the First Year Student: Pedagogy, High Impact Practices and Student Development

This FLC will collaboratively engage faculty over a sustained period of time to develop and refine skills in teaching the First Year Student. The goal of this FLC is to produce exemplars of the specific tools (rubrics, classroom activities, campus engagement, etc.) for working with the First Year Student.  Instructors new to teaching First Year Seminar and First Year “Friendly” courses (courses typically taken by First Year Students) are encouraged to participate. (Facilitator: Bridget Parsh)

C. Integrated Learning Across Disciplines: Academic Learning Communities and Collaboratives

This Faculty Learning Community will focus on developing tools and skills to implement best practice pedagogy in Academic Learning Communities. Participants will create activities, lessons, and assignments that integrate across disciplines and practice collaborative teaching and delivery of integrated academic and co-curricular content.  Using curricular tools created by interdisciplinary programs such as the One Book and One World projects as well as cross cutting High Impact Practices such as Service Learning, Undergraduate Research, and Writing Across the Curriculum, faculty will build a portfolio of activities and assignments for use in an academic learning community. (Facilitators: Sheree Meyer and Deidre Sessoms)

What are the participation requirements?

  • Full time or Part time Sacramento State employment between September 2013 – May 2014
  • Commitment to attend 10 scheduled FLC meetings and submit all deliverables by specified deadlines

What are the participations benefits?

  • $750 Professional Development Funds awarded upon submission of FLC deliverables
  • A year-long opportunity to reflect about and refine your teaching in the company of committed colleagues
    with similar pedagogical interests

For more information and to apply please download, fill and return the following applications. (DocPDF)

You can also submit an application online, but please make sure that you read the FLC meeting schedule.

A full description of Meeting agendas, FLC syllabus, and deliverables will be available on the CTL website at http://ctl.csus.edu/?cat=20