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Survey Comments from past faculty learning community participants

"I like the exchange of tips and ideas in the faculty learning community"

"Getting to know others interested in the learning process, as well as support staff in the University who can be of great assistance for developing effective teaching."


2014 - 2015 Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are designed to enhance teaching effectiveness using group discussions of shared experiences. Several statements from the university's strategic plan illuminate the importance of faculty learning communities.

Addressing Student Psycho-Social Needs for Academic Success
Facilitators:  Christine Edmondson and Malik Raheem

  • Identify Fresno State student psycho-social needs that affect academic success
  • Identify strategies that faculty can use to address these needs in their courses
  • Support Mental Health Conference


Date Time Location
10/9/14 10:00-11:30 a.m. TBA
11/13/14 10:00-11:30 a.m. TBA
12/4/14 10:00-11:30 a.m. TBA
1/15/15 January TBA TBA
2/12/15 January TBA TBA
3/12/15 January TBA TBA
4/9/15 January TBA TBA



Facilitators:  Melissa Jordine and Andrew Lawson

  • Increase discussions, interdisciplinary collaboration, and developing innovative and effective strategies for campus-wide assessment


Date Time Location
Tuesday, 9/23/14 4:30 p.m. McKee Fisk 203b
Tuesday, 10/21/14 4:30 p.m. McKee Fisk 203b
Tuesday, 11/18/14 4:30 p.m. McKee Fisk 203b
Tuesday, 2/10/15 4:30 p.m. McKee Fisk 203b
Tuesday, 3/17/15 4:30 p.m. McKee Fisk 203b
Tuesday, 4/14/15 4:30 p.m. McKee Fick 203b



Integrating Career and Professional Development - Related Assignment in Your Courses
Facilitators:  Rita Bocchinfuson-Cohen, Jody Burum and Adrian Ramirez

  • Each FLC member will have at least 1-2 new career assignments with learning outcomes
  • Some faculty will implement career assignments in courses and conduct pre/posttests of students’ opinions
  • Blackboard organization or Pathbrite e-portfolio will be created in order to inventory and share career-related assignments across campus


Integrating Information Literacy into the Curriculum
Facilitators:  Amanda Dinscore and Hiromi Kubo

  • In this FLC, faculty and librarians will discuss and learn about how to prepare students for a lifetime of learning by integrating information literacy into the curriculum. We will explore the philosophy and concepts of information literacy, and develop discipline-specific applications of competencies for courses taught by participating faculty. Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with librarians who will assist with assignment development. We will also provide faculty with an opportunity to update their own research skills using discipline-specific library and web resources.


Date Time Location
10/2/14 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. HML 1222
11/10/14 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. HML 1222
12/2/14 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. HML 1222



Internship FLC 2.0
Facilitator:  Debbie Young

  • Connect all Internship Coordinators and new and experienced faculty on campus to share common issues and concerns unique to internship programs such as risk management, the legalities of internships and internship assessment.
  • Has a community Bb group containing all forms and practices of various internship programs already running on campus.


Linked Learning
Facilitator:  Nancy Akhavan

  • Virtual connection to two Linked Learning consortia
  • Visits to Linked Learning certified schools in various parts of California
  • Design and implementation of Linked Learning principals, activities, and focus areas in the Single Subject Credential Program.


Date Time Location
10/24/14 TBA TBA
11/15/14 TBA TBA
12/5/14 TBA TBA
12/8/14 TBA TBA



Professional Ethics
Facilitators:  Andrew Fiala and Jack Benninga

  • A collaboration of faculty from across the campus focused on professional ethics.



Date Time Location
09/29/14 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Music Rm 102
10/23/14 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Music Rm 102
11/13/14 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Music Rm 102
1/22/15 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Music Rm 102


Reading About Water in Your Course
Facilitators:  Florence Cassel Sharma, David Drexler, Frederick Nelson, Fayzul Pasha, Jes Therkelsen and Beth Weinman

  • Facilitate connections about water between our courses
  • Examine how to integrate readings from the book, The Big Thirst, by Charles Fishman in our courses
  • Consider how to engage students to develop critical, informed thinking regarding these concerns
  • Develop specific course activities focusing on excerpts from the book


Date Time Location
10/14/14 11:30 a.m. ED 254
10/17/14 3:00 p.m. Science 2 Room 114
10/24/14 1:00 p.m. Science 2 Room 114
11/14/14 3:00 p.m. Science 2 Room 114
11/18/14 11:30 a.m. ED 254
11/21/14 1:00 p.m. Science 2 Room 114
12/9/14 11:30 a.m. ED 254
12/12/14 1:00 p.m. Science 2 Room 114
12/12/14 3:00 p.m. Science 2 Room 114



 Scholarly Writing
Facilitators:  Ida M. Jones

  • Submission of an article/scholarly activity to a peer-reviewed journal


Date Time (1 hr and a half) Location
Wednesday, 9/10/14 3:00 p.m. HML 2108
Tuesday, 9/16/14 11:30 a.m. HML 2108
Tuesday, 10/21/14 11:30 a.m. HML 2108
Wednesday, 10/22/14 3:00 p.m. HML 2108
Wednesday, 11/12/14 3:00 p.m. HML 2108
Thursday, 11/18/14 11:30 a.m. HML 2108
Wednesday, 1/28/15 3:00 p.m. HML 2108
Thursday, 1/29/15 11:30 a.m. HML 2108
Wednesday, 2/18/15 3:00 p.m. HML 2108
Thursday, 2/19/15 11:30 a.m. HML 2108
Wednesday, 3/11/15 3:00 p.m. HML 2108
Thursday, 3/12/15 11:30 a.m. HML 2108
Wednesday, 4/15/15 3:00 p.m. HML 2108
Thursday, 4/16/15 1:00 p.m. HML 1110