Faculty Development Programs

Faculty Learning Communities

FLCs are groups of cross-disciplinary faculty who come together, typically monthly, to learn, share, create, develop or commiserate within a small group setting.  

  • New faculty

    • Meets every fall as a continuation of new faculty orientation.  Topics discussed include Faculty Governance, Mid-term evaluations and grading, Student Instructional Reports (student evaluations) and Faculty Activity Report and evaluation process.

  • Online teaching

    • Offered every semester. Open to all faculty that do or want to teach in a hybrid or online environment.  

  • Writers united

    • For Fall 16, this FLC will bring together those faculty who need to start or finish something - manuscript, book chapter, grant, etc.  By being part of a group, even a group of people working on disparate projects, we become each other's cheerleaders and task masters to help us get over humps and meet deadlines.

Book Club - The Grapes of Wrath

Just like any book club - only our focus is on faculty development and SoTL.  Join us each semester for a new book and the wonderful conversations that they spark.

  • Fall 2016- David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

  • Fall 2015- Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty by James Lang

  • Spring 2015- Academic Affairs: A Love Story by William G. Tierney

  • Fall 2014 - What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain

  • Spring 2014 - Creating Self-regulated Learners by Linda Nilson​

  • Fall 2013 - The Art of Creative Thinking by John Adair

  • Spring 2013 - Teaching for Critical Thinking by Stephen Brookfield

Sextant Faculty Development Courses​​

The sextant is an instrument used to measure the angle between any two objects to help calculate distance, time or location.  This faculty development program is designed to provide you with objects to assist you as you continually navigate your way through the classroom.  These objects are discovered through mini-courses that will take you through reflective assignments, best practices readings and discussions, and peer review of assignments on a variety of topics related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

There are a total 9 courses, each are three weeks delivered in a hybrid format (1 or 2 face to face meetings, online discussions and peer evaluation of homework assignments).  Courses are designed to require 4-6 hours of your time per week.  In each course, you will be asked to share your course materials, thoughts, ideas and opinions, and both provide and receive constructive feedback for improvement.  You will also be asked to critically evaluate each course and offer suggestions for improvement.

Three courses are offered each fall and spring semester.  You may take as many courses as you like, and take them in any order.

  • CTL101 Deconstructing Syllabi 

  • CTL102 Observation 

  • CTL103 Assessment of Students