Faculty Learning Community

As part of the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’s mission to promote transformative learning experiences for faculty at Stan State, we are excited about offering you opportunities for six different Faculty Learning Communities this year. Here are brief descriptions of each of them. We hope you will apply for/join us for any one that appeals to you! Please click on each FLC below for more details.

Transfer Students and Online High Impact Practices

This Faculty Learning Community will highlight the necessity of expanding on High Impact Practices (HIPs) for Online and/or Hybrid teaching and learning, particularly for transfer students. Specifically, this FLC will focus on two elements: 1. Faculty working on a HIP that they can implement through remote/online instruction in an upper division course, and 2. Faculty recruiting and working with a transfer student (funded position) to provide them the experience of a HIP through this project. 

Transfer Students and First Semester Experience

This Faculty Learning Community will purport to identify ways to better support transfer students’ transition to Stan State through their first semester courses/experiences in an effort to promote a sense of belonging, success, and student achievement. Specifically, faculty will identify a course and create a plan to provide a more inclusive/welcoming learning environment for transfer students [in their first semester] that they can implement in fall 2020 or 2021. 

Online and Hybrid Teaching and Learning

We hope this Faculty Learning Community will provide a venue for faculty-led dialogue and sharing collective expertise regarding online/hybrid instruction to help faculty further strengthen their virtual teaching. The project is designed to help faculty create, reflect on, or redesign/revise an online or hybrid course, and increase their familiarity with the Quality Teaching and Learning (QLT) instrument, which is a carefully developed and empirically-based standards and rubric for virtual courses. The discussions will also be grounded in access and equity-related issues that impact students and teaching and learning.

Teaching Sustainability/Campus as a Living Lab

This Faculty Learning Community will explore a multi-disciplinary approach to the scholarship of teaching sustainability and the use of the Stan State campus as a living lab. Meeting in ten weekly 90-minute sessions throughout the fall semester, faculty will explore sustainability through the lens of systems thinking, place and pedagogy, social equity, and indigenous perspectives as well as approaches to embedding sustainable practice as a core value on campus.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The members of this Faculty Learning Community will support one another in their individual quests to develop research projects within their classrooms, with the goal of submitting their pedagogy research for peer-reviewed publication. The FLC members will meet to share progress and provide assistance to one another. Participants will be provided access to Cathy Bishop-Clark and Beth Dietz-Uhler’s Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning book, which will guide the discussions. Additional resources and support will be provided for navigating the Institutional Review Board process for working with human subjects. We will accomplish this through hosting a two-part faculty learning community that will help faculty develop, enact, and write/present about a teaching and learning project.  

Quality Teaching and Learning (funded through a grant from the CO)

This year-long Faculty Learning Community to Design or Improve an Online Course is meant for faculty members scheduled to teach a wholly online course in Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Fall 2021. In face-to-face and online sessions, participants will be introduced to the QLT instrument, obtain knowledge and access to resources in support of curricular redesign, and engage in self- and peer-evaluation of online courses; all from an anti-racism lens.