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The Office of Faculty Development

Friday Forums

All sessions will be recorded and posted on the Faculty Development media channel(opens in new window).

Friday Forum Zoom Link(opens in new window)

Please join our Friday Forum Community(opens in new window) in Google Currents for information and announcements about this and all future forums. You will have to login into your wildcat mail account to join.

If you are taken to the Currents “Get Started” page instead of the Friday Forum community, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your wildcat mail account and sign in
  2. Open the Google apps menu and select Currents
  3. In the search tab type “Friday Forum”
  4. Select the Friday Forum community and ask to join it

ChicoFlex Pilot
(Friday, April 30th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Join us for a conversation about the ChicoFlex model and a chance to hear from faculty members who are participating in the ChicoFlex spring pilot. The forum will cover the following topics, and more!

  • Technology Management 
  • Class Management
  • Use of Space
  • Student Engagement 
  • Preparation & Workload

Forum Google Slides (Google Slide) | Forum Recording(opens in new window)

How to Approach Service Strategically
(Friday, April 16th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Join us for a discussion on how to approach service strategically and how to write a compelling narrative in your dossier about service. 

The forum will cover the following topics: 

  1. Overview of service, what is it? What’s its purpose? (Introductory remarks by Provost Debra Larson) 
  2. Levels and opportunities for service: Department, College, University, CSU-wide, community, discipline 
  3. University committees (presentation by the Academic Senate) 
  4. How to approach service strategically 
  5. How to speak about service in the dossier

Forum Google Slides (Google Slide) | Forum Recording(opens in new window)

Student Engagement Challenge
(Friday, March 26th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)

Join the FDEV Faculty Fellows to discuss the Student Engagement Challenge. Share your experience and let us know how your students responded to the challenge!

Forum Recording(opens in new window)

Open Access
(Friday, February 12th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Chico State librarians will discuss research and resources at CSU, Chico. A few things we will cover in this forum:

  • Explore what Open Access means for our academic community.
  • The Elsevier APC Waiver Agreement(opens in new window) with the CSU system, and how you can take advantage of an opportunity to expand access and visibility to your published articles for no additional fees. 
  • Details of Chico’s Open Access Institutional Repository, ScholarWorks(opens in new window).
  • Resources from the library to aid additional exploration.
  • Feedback and stories from you on Open Access relating to your scholarship and discipline.

More information about this Friday Forum can be found in this week's Tuesday Tip!

Forum Google Slides (Google Slide) | Forum Recording(opens in new window)

How to Showcase Evidence of Teaching Excellence
(Friday, January 29th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Join us to discuss examples of teaching excellence and how to showcase them in a class peer evaluation and in the RTP dossier. Faculty from different Colleges will guide us through their actual class evaluation experience and will share concrete evidence of teaching excellence  from their dossiers.

Forum Recording(opens in new window)

Podcasting for Learning & Teaching
(Friday, December 4th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

A panel of faculty will share their experience with podcasts, discuss tips and best practices, and offer ideas on how you could use podcasts in your classes.

Forum Google Slides (Google Slide) | Forum Recording (opens in new window)

Faculty Grades and Equity Dashboard
(Wednesday, December 2nd, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

This forum will explore the new Faculty Grades and Equity Gaps Dashboard(opens in new window)— its purpose and functions - as well as the resources available to begin to address the complex challenge of closing equity gaps in course grades.

How to Prepare for a Class Peer Evaluation
(Friday, October 30th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Peer evaluation of teaching can be a stressful process, especially now, in a fully virtual environment. A panel of faculty will answer questions about ways to prepare for a peer evaluation, and information will be shared about FPPP guidelines(opens in new window), best practices in peer evaluation of teaching, and resources available.

Living Room Conversations
(Friday, October 23rd, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

The November 3rd election has created challenges for class discussion, but also opportunities to have meaningful conversations. Given the complex and controversial nature of the election and American politics, though, these conversations are not always easy to manage and moderate.

Sue Peterson, Chico State Speech and Debate Coach, will talk with faculty about how these conversations might be helpful for students before and after the November 3rd election through the Living Room Conversations model.

Living Room Conversations(opens in new window) is an organization that offers a simple, sociable and structured way to practice communicating across differences while building understanding and relationships. Typically, 4-6 people meet in person or by video call for 60-90 minutes to listen to and be heard by others on one of our nearly 100 topics. Rather than debating or convincing others, we take turns talking to share, learn, and be curious. The format transfers well into a small group activity in the classroom.

Forum Recording(opens in new window)

Chico Affordable Learning Solutions (CAL$)
(Friday, October 9th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

Chico Affordable Learning Solutions(opens in new window) (CAL$) provides resources to faculty regarding affordable course materials, including how to find and adopt quality zero-cost or low-cost textbooks and other materials, or design one’s own Open Educational Resources (OERs).  This Friday Forum will describe Chico State’s efforts so far, introduce some keywords and concepts behind OER, and then offer time to explore some of the more popular OER repositories to look for class resources and materials.

Forum Recording(opens in new window)

Vote Like Your Community Depends On It!
(Friday, September 18th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

The Office of Faculty Development and the Office or Civic Engagement are partnering to offer a Friday Forum focusing on educating students on the importance to participate in both national and local politics through voting. 

In this session, participating faculty will develop ideas to educate their students about how their vote has impact at every level of government. In November’s election, students should be prepared to think about how each item on their ballot may impact policy in their major or profession or around issues that are important to them.   

A panel of faculty members will share how they educate students to think about how they can vote to shape policy at several levels. Participants will engage in discussions about examples in their own discipline and will develop ideas for sharing this content with their students in their fall class. 

Forum Recording(opens in new window)


Retention, Tenure, and Promotion
(Friday, September 4th, 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

The Office of Faculty Development(opens in new window) will hold a Friday Forum focused on the process of Retention, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP)(opens in new window).

The forum is scheduled for Friday, September 4th from noon to 2:30 p.m., and is open to all campus community.


12:00 p.m.

Introduction to the Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Process(opens in new window)
Provost Debra Larson

12:15 p.m.

RTP deadlines and instructions on the electronic process for 2020-2021(opens in new window)
Office of Academic Personnel (Brian Oppy and Robin Yant)

1:00 p.m.


1:10 p.m.

Q&A with Deans, Department Chairs, and RTP Committee Chairs(opens in new window)
A discussion about successful strategies and what makes a strong narrative in the dossier.
(David Hassenzahl, Eddie Vela, Angela Trethewey, Peter Kittle, Chris Nichols, Lori Weber)

1:45 p.m.

Q&A with newly tenured and/or promoted faculty(opens in new window)
A discussion about the RTP experience, and some helpful advice.
(Matthew Teague Miller, Kasey DeAtley, Arash Negahban, Kim Jaxon)

2:20 p.m.

Wrap-up and closing remarks
Chiara Ferrari, Faculty Development Director

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