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Faculty Learning Communities

We are pleased that we offer Faculty Learning Communities each year in the Faculty Center.  FLC's provide a unique opportunity for faculty to engage in an important project, learn something new, and connect with colleagues. 

AY 2017/18 Learning Communities

Transforming STEM Teaching Faculty Learning Community (FLC)

“Are you connecting with your students in your STEM courses? Join a cross-institutional cohort of STEM faculty from CSUSM, Palomar and MiraCosta to enrich your courses, promote student engagement and improve learning gains.” More info here!

Apply for the Transforming STEM Teaching FLC

Faculty Learning Community Hispanic Serving Institution (PASO)

The main goal is for participants to enhance one or more courses to include more Chicano/Latino related content and assignments. Participants will also learn about pedagogical strategies that are proven to be successful for students of color, the 1.5 generation, and first-generation college students.

Apply for the FLC Hispanic Serving Institute (PASO)

Designing Successful Outcomes FLC

 This FLC will investigate ways to improve how we can all facilitate learning in our teaching. We can come together as faculty and actively investigate ways to change the focus away from using only an accountability lens to talk about outcomes or assessment and instead begin to view our pedagogy under a learning centered lens that makes the best use of outcomes and assessment information. 

Apply for the Designing Successful Outcomes FLC

Career Readiness FLC

This FLC will help you to develop, refine, and share specific faculty practices (assignments, readings, course based projects) that foster students' development of these competencies. Furthermore, it will help to focus attention on developing and/or refining pedagogical strategies, as well as to connect one or more of these to one or more of your course or program student learning outcomes.

Apply for the Career Readiness FLC

Sustainability Transforming Academics and Research (STAR) FLC

This FLC will investigate ways to improve how we can all facilitate learning in our teaching. We can come together as faculty and actively investigate ways to change the focus away from using only an accountability lens to talk about outcomes or assessment and instead begin to view our pedagogy under a learning centered lens that makes the best use of outcomes and assessment information. 

Apply for the Sustainability Transforming Academics and Research FLC

Online Learning FLC

Utilizing the benefits of the learning community format, participants will engage the overall pedagogy as well as specific online practices with other interested faculty. This will include exploring the literature surrounding online practices, issues and challenges; hearing from those currently teaching online; assessing the impacts of online pedagogy and applying this knowledge to an online class or curriculum.  Faculty will be expected to apply the knowledge they have learned to help create an online course.

Application for Online Learning FLC


Closed Applications

Propose a New Faculty Learning Community

Have you heard the buzz about Faculty Learning Communities? Have you thought about leading one? Because of increased interest in FLCs across campus, we want to provide a structured way for faculty/departments to propose ideas for FLCs. We are happy to continue to partner with other departments on campus!

Application Closed

Faculty Learning Community Writing

This FLC provides a structured time to discuss writing and get writing done! All participants will get an opportunity to have their writing workshopped to help facilitate revision and submission for peer-review.

 Faculty who complete the Faculty Writing Community FLC will be awarded $250 for professional development or a stipend from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.  This will be distributed at the completion of project activities. Missing two or more meetings will result in losing your place in the group as well as the professional development funds. 

Application Closed

Building and Strengthening Faculty Relationships FLC

This FLC will explore ways that faculty can increase and build solidarity with each other during what promises to be a very challenging period in higher education. The FLC was inspired by data collected in the Halualani Associates Report and the Great Colleges to Work Survey. In both these reports, a significant number of faculty at CSUSM expressed a strong desire to improve communication and create a more collegial campus climate.

Application Closed

Faculty Learning Community Hispanic Serving Institution (PASO)

The main goal is for participants to enhance one or more courses to include more Chicano/Latino related content and assignments. Participants will also learn about pedagogical strategies that are proven to be successful for students of color, the 1.5 generation, and first-generation college students.

Application Closed

Compassion FLC

 During the FLC sessions, we will do compassion practices that can be used in the classroom.  We will also discuss the possibility of working with the CSUSM community to sign the Charter for Compassion (http://www.charterforcompassion.org.  According to its Facebook page, the Charter of Compassion “…is a call to restore the Golden Rule to the center of religious, moral and civic life. The path to a just economy and a peaceful world requires listening, understanding and treating all others as we wish to be treated ourselves.”  Given the issues around diversity and inclusion on campus, this kind of work would seem to fit into efforts that move the campus towards greater understanding and harmony.

Application Closed

Learning Matters FLC

Teaching is complex. What works in one classroom may or may not work in another. While we don’t have a “formula” that can be applied by just anyone who wants to teach, we can investigate ways to improve how we can all facilitate learning in our teaching. For example, planning a course with a particular focus on student learning allows us to plan the learning based on particular outcomes.

Application Closed