Communities - Faculty

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CEE is pleased to announce the learning communities for Engaged Learning and Teaching and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 

Our interdisciplinary and diverse group of participants will develop and share their instructional approaches, investigate instructional change, and employ research-based strategies. Participants will receive a $1000 stipend to put toward instructional enhancement activities (e.g., conference travel, software, other teaching materials). Participants will also receive a certificate of completion. 

Application are now closed. Successful applicants will be notified by January 16, 2018

What are Faculty Learning Communities?

Faculty learning communities are designed to bring together instructors, from a number of disciplines, to explore topics and themes on learning and teaching. The community provides a supportive environment where members can experiment with new approaches to teaching, share successes and challenges, and engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) through collaborative research projects and dissemination of instructional practices and tools.

Why should I apply?

Participants become members of a community of peers with shared interests in learning and teaching at UC Davis. The community is an inclusive space where members exchange experiences, ideas and strategies about teaching; experiment with research-based practices; build skills; and reflect on their role as an educator. Members will also interact with colleagues with shared interests a specific pedagogical issues and questions. See What topics will be covered (below).

Participants will receive a $1000 stipend to put toward instructional enhancement activities (e.g., conference travel, software, other teaching materials). Participants will also receive a certificate of completion. In addition, members of the communities will be given support and opportunities to collaborate with CEE staff on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects of institutional significance (e.g., time-to-degree and retention).

Who is eligible?

Any full-time, member of the Academic Senate at UC Davis may apply. Other pre-tenure faculty may apply, but priority will be given to those hired since July 1st, 2014. 

2018 Cohort

Engage Learning and Teaching Community

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Community 

Geoffrey Attardo, Entomology & Nematology Julia Chamberlain, Chemistry
Clare Cannon, Human Ecology Victoria Cross, Psychology
Gerardo Con Diaz, Science and Technology Studies Susan Gentry, Materials Science and Engineering
Heather Hether, Communication Amy McLean, Animal Science
Mona Monfared, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Jennifer Mullin, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Hooman Rashtian, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mark Verbitsky, Political Science
2017 Cohort

Engage Learning and Teaching Community

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Community

Juliana Leite Nobrega de Moura Bell, Food Science and Technology Colleen Bronner, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Gerardo Mackenzie, Department of Nutrition Victoria Cross, Department of Psychology
Thomas Maiorana, Department of Design Marina Crowder, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Steven Sadro, Environmental Science and Policy Heather J. Hether, Department of Communication
Claudia Sanchez-Gutierrez, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Bwalya Lungu, Food Science and Technology
Alexandra Sofroniew, Art History Jeanette Ruiz, Department of Communication
Ameer Taha, Food Science and Technology
Rachel Vannette, Department of Entomology & Nematology
Mark Verbitsky, Political Science
Katerina Ziotopoulou, Civil and Environmental Engineering
2016 Cohort

Engaged Learning and Teaching Community

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Community 

Catherine Brinkley, Human Ecology Natalia Caporale, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
Marcela Cuellar, Education Julia Chamberlain, Chemistry 
Mark Huising, Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior Jennifer Choi, Biomedical Engineering
Kristin Kiesel, Agricultural and Resource Economics Marina Crowder, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Helen Koo, Design Ozcar Gular, Chemistry
Bret McNabb, Population Health and Reproduction Mariam Martin, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Linn Normand, Student Academic Success Center Mona Monfared, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Cindy Shen, Communication Derek Stimel, Economics
Eduardo Silva, Biomedical Engineering Talitha van der Meulen, Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior 
Chris Smith, Sociology  
Stefan Hoesel-Uhlig, Comparative Literature  
What are the responsibilities of LC Members?

LC members will be required to:

  • Actively prepare for, attend, and participate in all meetings (LCs will likely meet bi-weekly; the schedule will be set during the first meeting).
  • Assess innovation and/or investigate a classroom practice.
  • Share their work with a larger audience (either at UC Davis or an external venue) by selecting one or more of the following options (likely during Fall 2018):
    • Present on their experience or classroom innovation (e.g., teaching forum or symposia);
    • Provide instructional resource materials (e.g., instructional tool, teaching strategy) on the topic of the LC for the larger teaching community at UC Davis;
    • Publish the findings of their work, or through some other means (e.g., teaching portfolio, white paper).
  • Submit a reflective analysis of their participation in the LC by on June 30, 2018.
  • Complete a short survey providing feedback about their experience in the LC at the end of the LC.
Descriptions of the 2018 LCs:

We offer application to these communities with the unique needs and challenges of the faculty groups they serve in mind. A description of each community is below:

  • The Engaged Learning and Teaching Community will provide support for tenure-stream faculty members who seek to build and enhance their instructional abilities and teaching skills; share instructional successes and challenges; and establish a foundation for research-based teaching. Topics will focus on shared issues and the resources that will support their instructional efforts. The community will consist of up to 8 members.
  • The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Community is designed to support Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (Teaching Professors) individuals hired because of their expertise in pedagogy and commitment to undergraduate education. Members will be provided with a space to share ideas and discuss how to best develop and conduct research projects that investigate student learning. Participants will get feedback from each other as well as connection to campus resources to support their efforts. The community will consist of up to 8 members.
Important Dates
  • [EXTENDED] January 9, 2018: Deadline for applications
  • January 16, 2018: Successful applicants are notified
  • Week of January 29, 2018: Welcome meetings begin (community meeting will be determined at “Welcome meeting”)
  • June 30, 2018: Final LC report due
  • Fall 2018: Present findings, practices, results at learning, teaching research event (e.g., teaching forum, showcase)
What is the time commitment?

On average, members may spend three to four hours on community activities per month (e.g., discussion, reading), which include the community meeting(s). This amount will vary for individual participants.

What is the format of community meetings?

Each learning community will meet for 8 sessions (approximately 1-2 times a month). CEE staff will help facilitate meetings. Below is a general description of the meeting format and activities:

  • Frequency: Bi-weekly for 60-75 minutes. Ideally, meetings would occur over the lunch hour (e.g. 11:30-12:45PM; 12:00-1:15PM); however, if that is not a possibility, we will plan to meet based on participants' schedules. Refreshments will be provided during meeting times. Each community will determine the time/location of the monthly sessions during the “Welcome” meeting. We will use the application to solicit times for “Welcome” meeting.
  • Meeting activities: The nature of the meeting can take many paths. Examples include: discussing articles, engaging in group activities, hearing from experienced faculty and campus leaders.
What topics will be covered?

Communities will have the opportunity to shape nature and direction of topics that anchor the meetings. Here is a list of sample topics:

  • Promoting Inclusivity
  • How Learning Works
  • Assessing Learning
  • Integrating Technology
  • Designing Educational Research Projects
  • Promoting and Measuring Critical Thinking
What are the goals for the learning communities?
  • Promote faculty interest learning and teaching, especially for undergraduate students
  • Create collaborative spaces in which faculty connect with cross- and interdisciplinary colleagues
  • Increase faculty capacity to apply findings from the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) to undergraduate education.  
  • Cultivate reflective practitioners.
What are the outcomes for community participants?
  • Integrate research-based, learner-centered, and inclusive pedagogical practices in their teaching. Related activities include: actively prepare and participate in LC meetings (meetings will likely occur bi-weekly). Review and revise course materials (e.g., syllabi, learning outcomes, and class activities).
  • Leverage collaborative relationships with cross- and interdisciplinary colleagues on topics related to learning-centered, instructional innovation and success. Related activities include: share experiences, successes, and challenges with peers in the community meetings. Provide feedback on observations and/or research design and implementation.
  • Articulate the process for the development of skills for reflective teaching. Related activities include: write reflection on the impact of participation in the learning community; undergo a Mid-Quarter Inquiry (MQI) (link to page);
  • Conduct scholarship related to learner-centered instructional innovation and successRelated activities include: assess an instructional intervention and/or conduct a research project on student learning that is aligned with the LCs topics (this is primarily for, but not limited to, the SoTL Community).
  • Disseminate practices and scholarship with the broader teaching community at and beyond UC Davis. Related activities include: share work by providing a presentation, instructional resource materials (e.g., classroom activity), and/or publication of findings at a UC Davis event and/or external venues.
Who will review the applications?

CEE staff will evaluate all applications. Recommendations from the Review Committee will be forwarded to the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education for approval and notification of community participation.


Questions about these Faculty Learning Communities or the application process may be directed to the Center for Educational Effectiveness. For Engaged Learning and Teaching contact Kem Saichaie; 752-9088. For Scholarship of Teaching and Learning contact Stephanie Pulford; 752-6671.