Contact Information


Ida Jones
(559) 278-5711


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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."


Abstract people chatting with chat bubblesFaculty 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.

The following Faculty Learning Communities have been provisionally approved for the 2014-2015 academic year. Whether these FLCs go forward is up to you! The FLCs need a minimum of 5 members. 



Anticipated Outcome (Research & Planning in Fall; implementation and assessment in spring unless otherwise noted)

Addressing Student Psycho-Social Needs for Academic Success

Christine Edmondson

Malik Raheem

  • Identify Fresno State student psychosocial needs that affect academic success

  • Identify strategies that faculty can use to address these needs in their courses

  • Support Mental Health Conference



Melissa Jordine

Andrew Lawson

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

Integrating Career and Professional Development-Related Assignments into Your Courses

Rita Bocchinfuso-Cohen

Jody Burum

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

Amanda Dinscore

Hiromi Kubo

Develop one assignment that incorporates information and digital literacy.

Internship FLC 2.0

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

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.

Professional Ethics

Jack Benninga

Andrew Fiala

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

($200 AY)

Reading About Water in Your Course

Florence Cassel Sharma

David Drexler

Frederick Nelson

Fayzul Pasha

Jes Therkelsen

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

Scholarly Writing

Ida M. Jones

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

Questions? Please contact Ida M. Jones,, 559 278-5711