CTL: Center for Teaching and Learning

Professional Development at the CTL

Professional development is an essential component of your faculty position. The CTL provides a range of programming to support your personal growth and your teaching practice. The programming is flexible to meet your needs and interests. All workshops and discussion groups can be included in your annual job description.

Please see upcoming events for dates of workshops and other events. 

Book Club

Faculty meet three to five times during the semester to discuss a selected book on teaching and learning. Past selections include Make it Stick by Peter Brown and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Participating faculty receive a complimentary copy of the book.

Elements of Course Design

The goal of the elements program is to improve teaching and learning experiences through implementation of a backwards design approach to course design. The Elements program includes one-hour workshops followed by a reflection and an informal course observation. The workshops offered vary year to year. Contact the CTL to design your program of study. 

Faculty Inquiry

Faculty meet regularly over the course of the semester to investigate a question about teaching and student success. An inquiry includes background reading, discussion, implementation of new pedagogy, collection of evidence and presentation of findings. More information about Faculty Inquiry can be found on our information page.

Faculty Leadership Institute (LC-FLI)

 The LC-FLI supports formal and informal leadership, and positive change in personal and professional spheres. You can find out more about the LC-FLI, and the cohort, in this overview document.

Inclusive Practices Certificate (IPC)

An opportunity to enhance understanding of issues related to diversity and inclusion, to develop teaching practices to support all of your students, and to make new connections on campus and in the community. The program includes an introductory workshop, participation in multiple learning experiences over the year and a reflection. Note that programming that "counts" toward the IPC are labelled in the upcoming events calendar. 

Informal Observations Online and in the Classroom

Informal peer observations offer an opportunity to reflect on your teaching practice in a supportive environment. They are confidential, flexible, based on observation, positive, and growth-minded. Informal observations are not a part of promotion and tenure processes, nor are they an assessment. Instead, they provide an opportunity to have a colleague reflect on your work with you. The informal observation process includes a pre- and post- meeting as well as the observation, itself. For more information about observations, please see here. You can schedule an observation by emailing the CTL.

New Faculty Orientation

New faculty meet over the course of their first year for support, information and making connections across campus. Workshops include an introduction to teaching, advising, professional development, scholarship, and the promotion and tenure process at LCSC. Resources for new faculty are here.

Workshop Leadership

Faculty from across campus are encouraged to lead and develop workshops at the CTL. Workshops are compassionate and growth-minded, and typically related to engaging students, curriculum design, inclusive practices, and personal growth.For more information, please see the facilitation page.