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The Office of Faculty Development

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs)

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.


FLC applications are closed for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.
Check back for more information on future programs.

NEW! Successful Grant-Writing FLC (Spring 2020)

Brief Description: In collaboration with Chico State Enterprises, this FLC will guide participants through all aspects of grant-writing from identifying funding opportunities to submission of a proposal. Participants must be prepared for and actively participate in approximately seven 2-hour sessions with some writing expected between sessions. Meeting dates and times will be selected after participants are identified to maximize participation. Participants will be expected to submit deliverables following the FLC on time.

FLC Leads: Julie Jessen (Chico State Enterprises) and Kim Jaxon (English Faculty)

NEW! 10,000 First-Gen Wildcats FLC (Spring 2020)

Brief Description: This FLC will provide participants with a variety of tools to understand and support First Generation College Students (FGCS). A variety of inclusive pedagogical principles will be discussed as we learn about the challenges, assets, and backgrounds of FGCS at Chico State. Participants will gain an understanding of our campus resources to support FGCS as well as examine the literature how FGCS experience success. Faculty must actively participate in approximately seven 2-hour sessions with some reading and projects expected between each of the sessions. Participants will be expected to submit deliverables following the FLC on time.

FLC Lead Celina Phillips (Agriculture Faculty)

Improve Your Teaching Practice FLC (Spring 2020)

Brief Description: Faculty partner to go over teaching tips and strategies that increase student engagement and target a diverse demographic who have a variety of interests, backgrounds, and abilities including: writing clear and comprehensive assignment descriptions, answering multiple and repeat questions, using a variety of grouping strategies, using Blackboard Learn to organize your teaching materials, supporting students’ studying and learning, interacting with students, being a learner-centered professor, researching your teaching practice and publishing, keeping track of all your lessons, lectures, Powerpoints and assignment descriptions.

FLC Leader: Joni Dunlap(opens in new window) (Professor and Faculty Development Consultant)

Quality Learning and Teaching FLC (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020)

Brief Description: Performance for duties related to Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) FLC include: six 2-hour hands-on workshop meetings, two 2-hour follow-up meetings, and developing a (re)design for a course taught partly or fully online.

FLC Lead Chiara Ferrari (Media Arts, Design, and Technology Faculty)

Chair Development Community FLC (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020)

Brief Description: The purpose of the Chair Development Community (CDC) is to provide training to new and incoming Department Chairs in alignment with Chico State’s commitment to shared governance, transparency, and inclusivity. Some topics covered will be understanding the characteristics of ethical and effective leadership, analyzing financial data and dashboards to make informed decisions, developing staff management and evaluation skills, meeting FTE targets and scheduling courses, understanding the 5-year Academic Program Review process, delegating and managing multiple ongoing projects. 

FLC Leads: Brian Oppy (Sociology Chair) and Holly Nevarez (Public Health and Health Administration Chair)