This professional development opportunity for faculty started in 2012; so far 33 faculty have participated. The skill building program has a focus on increased pedagogical effectiveness with an emphasis on using technology and emerging instructional models for innovative outcomes. Each year, a cohort of faculty complete a 4-day summer institute and design action research projects in the classroom. Over the following academic year, faculty participants complete their projects and share their findings with their colleagues.
Upon successful completion of the Targeted Skills Training Program, faculty are eligible to receive a promotional salary increase of $2000. Currently, faculty members are eligible for this promotional opportunity one time.
The dates for the 2015-2016 Targeted Skills Training Program are Tuesday, September 8 - Friday, September 11, 2015 with a culminating day-long event at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year (June 2016).
The application for the 2015-2016 cohort of the Targeted Skills Training Program will be available in April 2015.
All tenured faculty members who have not previously participated are eligible to apply for the Targeted Skills Training Program.
This faculty professional development opportunity began in 2006; since then over 70 faculty have participated in the program. Each year, up to 12 faculty can participate in the Master Teaching Program.
This includes a weeklong seminar where faculty learn from each other and experts about effective teaching and learning practices. Faculty also design a teaching and learning project and seek feedback from their peers. Over the following academic year, these faculty carry out their projects and assess the impact on student learning. At the end of the year, the Master Teaching participants share out their findings with the cohort and beyond.
Upon successful completion of the Master Teaching Program, faculty are eligible to receive a promotional salary increase of $2500. Currently, faculty members are eligible for this promotional opportunity one time.
Faculty are eligible to apply for Master Teaching after three (3) years of service as a tenured faculty member.
The First-Year Faculty Cohort is a unique professional development experience available to support full-time faculty in their first year of the tenure process. This year-long community of practice draws upon peer learning and sharing to enhance the skills of new faculty. Topics include student learning assessment, academic advising/mentoring, shared governance, student engagement strategies, transfer and workforce partnerships, and contribution to community.
Tenure-track faculty participate in the First-Year Faculty Cohort during their first year of the tenure process.
A faculty learning community (FLC) is a group of people who are committed to learning together and improving assessment, teaching, and learning in higher education. FLCs are designed to facilitate sharing and peer-learning, by encouraging individual community members to contribute their knowledge, skills and networks to the community.
Washington State has a rich tradition of FLCs throughout the 34 community and technical colleges. The following are the state funded FLCs hosted at Pierce College.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, Pierce College received funding from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges for one FLC:
During the 2013-2014 academic year, Pierce College received funding from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges for one FLC:
During the 2012-2013 academic year, Pierce College received funding from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges for two FLCs:
These FLCs proved vital to the advancement of key Pierce College efforts – Achieving the Dream and the transition to the Canvas learning management system.
If you would like to start a faculty learning community at Pierce College, please contact Renee Phoenix. Funding opportunities may be available.
In addition to the calendar of professional development offerings, we collaborate with a variety of district departments and committees to provide professional development events throughout the academic year designed to include adjunct faculty at Pierce College.
General information and inquiries
Director, Center for Engagement and Learning
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Open Education Project Manager
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Educational Technology Assistant