Faculty learning communities are cross-disciplinary groups of 8-12 faculty members who collaborate on yearlong professional development projects related to teaching and learning broadly defined. The specific FLC topics change yearly to respond to faculty needs and interests. FLCs conclude with a brown bag presentation of completed projects.
New Faculty FLC: This FLC includes faculty in their first year at MCLA. The group meets twice a month. Meetings include presentations of information and resources related to college policies, procedures, and resources. Faculty also work collaboratively to identify and carry out projects related to issues pertinent to those who are new to the institution.
Scholarship on Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Antiracist and Inclusive Teaching – This FLC is open to any interested faculty and instructional staff. The group meets roughly once a month to read and discuss literature on antiracist and inclusive pedagogies. FLC members also support each other in developing practical applications for their own teaching practices. If you are interested in joining the Antiracist and Inclusive Teaching FLC, please contact CTL.
MCLA's mentoring program connects junior faculty in their first through fifth years to a cross-disciplinary network of senior faculty mentors: two pedagogy mentors, two scholarship mentors, two academic advising mentors, two campus culture and service mentors, and two mentors for the tenure and promotion process.
Faculty in their sixth year or later interested in serving as a mentor should contact the CTL and include a brief statement of their desired mentoring area and relevant qualifications.
All Mentoring Network events are postponed for the 2020-2021 academic year.
The teaching and learning speaker series consists of two invited speakers, one in the fall and a second in the spring. Speakers are scholars and educators with expertise in current issues in higher education, established and emerging best-instructional practices, and evidence-based approaches to supporting student learning and engagement.
Monday, November 23rd, 3:30-4:45pm via Microsoft Teams
COVID-19 has pushed our students, faculty, and institutions into new learning patterns. These patterns are at various times exciting, exhausting, and exasperating. As we struggle to navigate unfamiliar online environments and the fallout of maintaining educational continuity during a global pandemic, we may find ourselves adrift in a sea of technology tools and a sense that our core mission as educators and learners is lost in the chaos of just making it through each week. In this presentation, Robin will present a framework for organizing our educational responses to crises like coronavirus, and help faculty and staff find a practice-based rudder to guide the development of assignments, courses, and institutional structures. Ultimately, she will suggest that how we respond to the challenges that COVID-19 presents can set us on a path for an educational future that is more adaptable, connected, and equitable — and more humane — for the learners we serve.
Friday, April 30th at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, via Microsoft Teams
Dr. Rosa Soto will share the work she has done to deconstruct and decolonize her syllabi and teaching methods. She will present teaching practices that allow for the inclusion of voices and perspectives that exist beyond foundational academic literatures and engage faculty in discussion around their own syllabi.
Dr. Soto is an Associate Professor at William Paterson University, born and raised in Miami, Florida, to Puerto Rican parents, with a Ph.D. in Gender & Sexualities from the University of Florida, and a minor in Cultural Studies. At WPU, Professor Soto teaches Latinx Literature in the US, Latinx Cultural Studies, African-American Literature, Harlem Renaissance and African-American Poetry. Additionally, she has published in the field of Latinx studies: papers that examine the importance of food in Latinx cultures, the image of Latinx in film and television, and representations of citizenship for Latinx individuals. Additionally, she has participated in two NEH Summer Institutes on the border and environment and the study of Jose Marti.
Suggestions for future speakers are welcome. Please submit your suggestions to the CTL.
CTL workshops support faculty professional development across a broad range of areas: instruction and curriculum development, assessment, academic technology, advising, etc.
To learn more about upcoming workshops visit the CTL events calendar.
If you have a workshop idea or would like to collaborate with CTL on offering a faculty workshop, please contact the CTL.