The Office of Faculty Development

Faculty Learning Communities

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a cross-disciplinary faculty and staff group from six to fifteen members. These members engage in an active, collaborative, semester- or year-long program with a set curriculum and specific objectives and deliverables. Faculty Development FLCs include a focus on enhancing teaching, learning and scholarship. An FLC has frequent seminars and activities that provide learning, development, discussion of relevant scholarship, and community building practices. Members of an FLC may select a focus course or project in which to try out innovations, assess student learning, and prepare a course or project mini-portfolio; pursue an intellectual question or body of scholarship in order to become more current in their field; or work with colleagues to solve a common disciplinary or institutional problem.

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  • Chair Learning Community (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)

    Brief DescriptionThe purpose of the Chair Learning Community (CLC) is to provide professional learning and support to new and future Department Chairs in alignment with Chico State’s commitment to shared governance, transparency, and inclusivity. This community will nurture an ongoing culture of mentorship to inspire and empower future faculty leaders. Department Chairs starting their first year of service as chair will have priority. Vice Chairs or other faculty who plan on serving in the role in the future are also encouraged to apply.

    CLC Leaders: Holly Nevarez (Chair of Public Health and Health Services Administration/Executive Chair) & Kevin Patton (Chair of Kinesiology)

    PaymentFaculty who meet all CLC expectations will receive a $750 taxable income payment at the end of the Spring 2022 semester.

    More Details (Google Doc)

  • Closing the Equity Gaps (Fall 2021)

    Brief Description:The Office of Faculty Development encourages all faculty (tenured, tenure-track, and lecturers), and especially those who have not participated in FDEV programs yet, to apply for the Closing the Equity Gaps faculty learning community. In this FLC, participants are invited to think about the effects of equity and inclusion on our primary goal of student success. During the FLC, participants will be asked to access the Faculty Grades and Equity Gaps Dashboard and engage with data from their courses. The goal is to create a space for faculty to understand the meaning of this data, discuss best practices for increasing elements of equity and diversity in their classes, and design assignments and activities that promote inclusion.

    FLC Leader: Erik Wasinger (Professor of Chemistry)

    Payment: Faculty who meet all FLC expectations will receive a $700 taxable income payment for attendance and completing FLC Deliverables. Participants are also asked to present their equity work to their College and to the GI2025 team.

    More Details (Google Doc)

    • Raising Critical Consciousness: Working Toward Establishing Anti-Racist Learning Environments (Fall 2021)

      Brief DescriptionFaculty Development invites all faculty (tenured, tenure-track, and lecturers) to participate in a new Raising Critical Consciousness faculty learning community. In this FLC, participants are invited to critically examine systems of power in order to explore their own racial literacy and begin to plan concrete steps toward developing and nurturing anti-racist learning environments. Possible strategies include removing barriers to opportunity for diverse student populations, improving representation in curricula, and revising assessment practices to reduce inequities. The FLC workshop meetings will be offered virtually via Zoom, while the team meetings can be scheduled either virtually or in person based on the team member's preferences (but according to the University Covid-19 guidelines). 

      FLC Leader: Paul Bailey, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics & Statistics and School of Education

      PaymentFaculty who complete the FLC and the deliverables associated with it will receive $500 in taxable income.

      More Details (Google Doc)