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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 2018/19 Learning Communities

The Faculty Book Club

Join your CSUSM colleagues as we read and discuss Jean Twenge’s book, iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us. We will discuss the book as well and what it may mean for our classrooms in the future.

The Faculty Book Club Application 


 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.

FLC Hispanic Serving Institution PASO Application


Faculty Learning Community: Palliative Care and Family Caregiving

Palliative care improves quality of life for patients and families facing serious or chronic illness, whatever the diagnosis or prognosis. It prevents and relieves suffering by addressing pain as well as the physical, emotional, psycho-social and spiritual problems associated with serious and chronic conditions. The demand for palliative care is growing as we all need to learn how to respond to the challenges of caring about and for loved ones suffering from serious and chronic illnesses.

Applications Should be submitted as attachments to email sent to ipc-csusm@csusm.edu


Faculty Associates for Quality Online Teaching

If you have taught a class online at least one time at CSUSM, you can receive peer review feedback on your online course from a knowledgeable and trained team. This feedback is helpful for providing new resources and revisions that enhance a course beyond student evaluations

Faculty Associates Application


FLC Online Learning

The purpose of this online faculty learning community will be to examine and discuss faculty, curriculum and student impact with the online learning experience. We will discuss the assumptions about online learning, challenges, why faculty may choose online learning or face to face, and opportunities online learning.

Online Learning Application 


Peer Review of Online Course Grants (QLT)

Do you teach online? Have you heard of the Quality Online Teaching and Learning (QLT) instrument? We have funds for 7 online courses for Fall 2018 and 7 for Spring 2019 to be peer reviewed by Quality Assurance Faculty Associates.

QOLT Application


Closed Applications

The Faculty Learning Community on Gamification in the Classroom

Are you interested in learning about gamifying your classroom? Redesign a course that can benefit from more student engagement? Perhaps, you just would like to borrow a few gaming elements to motivate your students and to build a positive class culture that focuses on powerful relationships …  The Gamification in the Classroom FLC offers avenues for incorporating gaming principles and techniques in the learning process, proposing methods for building social skills, teamwork, and motivation, and sharing experiences along the way with fellow faculty members.

Application Closed

Writing Faculty Learning Community

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

Contemplative Pedagogy for Social Justice Faculty Learning Community 

In this FLC, we will read and discuss current research studies as well as texts such as Beth Berila’s Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy: Social Justice in Higher Education (2015) and Laura Rendón’s Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking)Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice, and Liberation (2014). During the FLC sessions, we will do a variety of contemplative practices designed to help us create more inclusive, identity-safe student learning communities that have the courage and resilience to deal with issues of social injustice. Some themes include developing the capacity to be vulnerable, self-aware and reflexive; valuing the struggle together; developing compassion, public love and resilience

Application Closed

Community Engaged Scholarship Faculty Learning Community

Community Engaged Scholarship (CES) is centered on a mutually-beneficial collaboration between the university and a community partner outside the academy. The purpose of the collaboration is to bring together the specialized knowledge of the university with the specialized knowledge of the community to generate new knowledge that is applied to solve critical issues of interest to both. CES meets the needs of the community partner as defined and expressed by the partner, with measurable outcomes. The collaborative work is characterized by robust participation by both the university and community partners and results are disseminated to all partners and beyond.

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 

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. 

Application Closed

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.

Application Closed

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. 

Application Closed

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

 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

UC Berkeley’s Transforming STEM Teaching at CSUSM Math Summer Institute 2018

CSUSM is partnering with UC Berkeley’s Center for Teaching and Learning through a program designed as part of an NSF-WIDER Grant, and now being broadly implemented as part of an NSF-Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Grant to support instructors of STEM courses to enhance teaching practices and improve student learning gains. 

Application Closed