The Office of Faculty Development

Faculty Learning Communities

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a faculty group that collaborates during a semester, or year-long program, toward completing specific objectives and deliverables. All FLCs are structured with the goal to provide discussion, learning, and development of relevant teaching practice, scholarship, and community building.

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  • Chairs Academy

    The Office of Faculty Development(opens in new window) is partnering with the Office of Academic Personnel (opens in new window) and Dr. Ryan Patten (Associate Dean for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences) to offer a series of workshops and information sessions designed to train new Department Chairs in key aspects of this leadership role and provide tools to navigate the Chairs’ duties and responsibilities.

    All meetings will be held in Colusa 111. We strongly encourage in person attendance, but if you cannot make it and need to attend remotely, please let FDEV Director Chiara Ferrari know (, and she will provide a Zoom link.

    • Workshop 1: CBA, Contracts, Lecturers Order of Assignment + Faculty Concerns
      Friday, September 23rd, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Mahalley Allen & Ryan Patten)
    • Workshop 2: Budget and Scheduling
      Friday, October 14th, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Mahalley Allen, Ryan Patten, Roy Dunlap, Peter Kittle, Stephanie Rose)
    • Workshop 3: Communication, Reporting, and Analytics + Student Complaints
      Friday, October 28th, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  (Ryan Patten & Kevin Patton)
    • Workshop 4: Staff Supervision and Evaluation
      Friday, November 4th, 12:00-2:00 p.m. (Mahalley Allen, Ryan Patten, Chiara Ferrari)

    You can access the information and tools presented during the workshops from this folder(opens in new window). In addition,  we are happy to share a few resources that you can access at your own pace and can provide broader perspectives about leadership.

  • Universal Design for Learning (Fall 2022 & Spring 2023)

    Brief Description: The Office of Faculty Development (FDEV) encourages all faculty (tenured, tenure-track, and lecturers), and especially those who have not participated in FDEV programs yet, to apply for the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) faculty learning community (FLC). This is the first FLC offered under the auspices of READI, the new hub for Research in Equity, Antiracism, Diversity and Inclusion.

    In this FLC, participants are invited to think about UDL in the design of their assignments, assessments, and activities to promote inclusion, accessibility, and student success. During the FLC, participants will be guided through the creation of interactive lessons, activities, and assessments that align with the principles, guidelines, and checkpoints of UDL. This FLC will provide a space for faculty to discuss and trial pedagogies focused on maintaining and sustaining student engagement and promoting inclusion and accessibility through the design of lessons, activities, and assessments. Read the full call for applications.  (Google Doc)

    FLC Leads: Jamie Gunderson, School of Education and Kathryn Mercurio, Marketing Department.