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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 2020 & Spring 2021)

    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 $500 taxable income payment at the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

    More Details (Google Doc)

  • Closing the Equity Gaps FLC (Spring 2021)

    Brief Description: 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 new 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.  The FLC will work closely with the Middle Leadership Academy(opens in new window) team (led by Chiara Ferrari) towards developing a series of resources on equity in education that will be made available to the campus community.

    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)

  • Digital Pedagogy (Fall 2020 & Spring 2021)

    Brief Description: In this FLC, participants are invited to think about teaching and learning with a focus on digital pedagogy. Our goal: to support teaching across the disciplines and consider how our students, nascent learners in our fields, become full participants in our courses, in our disciplines, and importantly, in pursuit of their learning goals. Given the current moment, we’ll focus on the affordances and constraints of teaching online with our goals in mind. Discussions about particular digital tool use will no doubt emerge from our conversations, but will not be the driving focus of this FLC. Our sessions and discussions will be grounded in access and equity for learners.

    FLC Leader: Kim Jaxon (Professor of English)

    Payment: Faculty who meet all FLC expectations will receive a $500 taxable income payment at the end of the Fall 2020 semester and Spring 2021 semester.

    More Details (Google Doc)

  • Faculty Writing Community (Spring 2021)

    Brief Description: The Office of Faculty Development is sponsoring a Faculty Writing Community (FWC) in Spring 2021 with the goal to create a space for faculty to share their research ideas and publication goals, while supporting and motivating each other. Faculty will be working in cohorts led by four facilitators: Samara Anarbaeva, Sarah Brown Blake, Chris Fosen, and Laura Sparks. Cohorts will be created based on interests, research focus, disciplines, and needs.

    FWC Facilitators: Samara Anarbaeva (Professor of Journalism and Public Relations), Sarah Brown Blake (Professor in School of Nursing), Chris Fosen (Professor of English), and Laura Sparks (Professor of English).

    PaymentFaculty who actively participate in the writing community and complete a draft will receive $500 in taxable income.

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  • Theory & Practice of Teaching First-Year Students (Fall 2020 & Spring 2021)

    Brief DescriptionIn this FLC, participants are invited to think about teaching and learning with a focus on first-year students. Our goal: to support teaching across the disciplines, while thinking about how to best support first-year students as novice learners.  We will consider the implications of emerging adulthood and student development, student literacy, navigation of college courses and institutions and how to use this knowledge to design courses to both support student learning and improve course engagement and outcomes. Our sessions and discussions will be grounded in access and equity for learners. 

    FLC Leaders: Ellie Ertle (Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education)

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

    More Details (Google Doc)