Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

2015 Spring Faculty Institutes

Enhancing Student Success: Identity and Culture in Teaching and Learning

  • Sylvania: Tuesday, April 21st, 4:00-8:00 in the CC Tree Rooms
  • Cascade: Saturday, April 25th, 8:00-12:00 in Cascade Hall
  • Rock Creek: Monday, April 27th, 4:00-8:00 in the Event Center (Bldg 9/122)
  • Southeast: Friday, May 15th, 10:00-2:00 *(Separate Program and Registration)

This year, for the first time, both Part-time and Full-time Faculty are invited to participate in the 2015 Spring Faculty Institutes at one of the locations listed above.

Unlike In-Service, the Spring Faculty Institute focuses on a facilitated dialogue with colleagues rather than listening to someone speak about a certain topic. We hope you will join the conversation about how our identities and classroom practices impact student success and how we can be more culturally competent educators.


Part-time Faculty have priority registration and will receive a $50 stipend. Full-time Faculty are invited to register after April 10. Each campus will hold separate events. You may choose to attend any Institute.

Please register online by Friday, April 17 by 5pm to assist us in planning.


If you have any questions, contact the TLC Coordinator at your primary campus.

Upcoming Trainings

Webinars through the TLC

Retaining International Students: Designing Effective Instruction To Meet Their Needs

See the recording here: Retaining International Students: Designing Effective Instruction To Meet Their Needs.

Engaging New Faculty Through an Instructor Preparation Academy (NISOD)

Thursday, April 23, 11am - 12 noon

Transitioning from industry to academia represents a unique type of career change. Examine how Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) uses an Instructor Preparation Academy to prepare and support faculty members in their new profession as educators. By the end of this webinar, participants will understand NWTC's philosophy about hiring industry experts for faculty positions, the key components used during the Instructor Preparation Academy, how to use Faculty Learning Communities as a support system and instructional cohort, and how to create an Individualized Professional Development Plan. This webinar is a precursor to a NISOD conference presentation titled Instructor Preparation Academy: A Journey From Industry to Education.

Cliff Goodacre, Faculty Development Consultant, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Retaining International Students: Designing Effective Instruction To Meet Their Needs (Innovative Educators)

Wednesday, May 6, 10:00-11:30

Post-secondary institutions facing enrollment shortages often recruit international and ESL students to bolster their rolls. Yet, do these organizations really understand the needs, desires, and nuances affecting international student learning? Some post-secondary institutions neglect to do their research on developing quality education and services for these specialized populations, resulting in attrition, the very problem that attracting these students is intended to solve. Often, this attrition results from a lack of research and understanding of the student population and the acculturation process, misconceptions about language proficiency levels, and the ways to adapt teaching and assessment strategies for students at varying levels.

This webinar will question participants’ assumptions about international students and English Language Learners (ELLs) and explain commonalities and differences among students in these populations. The presenter will feature effective academic strategies for faculty and staff, and highlight research designed to advise faculty and administrators on successful strategies for teaching and assessment.

Introduction to Reading Apprenticeship Workshop

With Faculty: Bill Bogart, Pam Kessinger, Danica Fierman, and Theresa Love

  • Friday, April 24th, 2015 -- Sylvania TLC from 9am-12pm
  • Friday, May 15th, 2015 -- Rock Creek Campus TLC from 9am-12pm

Please RSVP for either workshop to bbogart@pcc.edu. If you’re interested, but can’t attend either date, please let us know and we’ll be sure you know about future workshops.

As faculty, we often lament that our students "can’t read," or aren’t reading their assignments. Many of us assign reading with the presumption that students will not be able to "get through it" on their own, and have devised various methods for helping students "get" the content without having actually comprehended it.  Sometimes we even give up on having students read much at all.

Well, we are curious. What would happen if we got a group of faculty together—from any level and any subject area –and explored reading instruction relevant to any course? Would we change our own and students’ expectations about reading?

Would we impact their reading comprehension? Fluency? Their disciplinary knowledge? Their retention and success?

If you are curious too, please come to a free three-hour Introduction to Reading Apprenticeship (RA) Workshop. Join us on either of the following dates:

  • Friday, April 24th, 2015 - Sylvania TLC
  • Friday, May 15th, 2015 - Rock Creek Campus TLC

Please RSVP for either workshop to bbogart@pcc.edu. Feel free to pass on this invitation to other instructors and staff in any discipline. We look forward to exploring these questions with you.

Free One-day Courses (CE credits) from the Center for Careers in Education

The Center for Careers in Education offers courses on a variety of topics to help instructors increase their effectiveness in the classroom. The courses present and model research-based ideas and strategies and allow time for participants to share practices and applications with colleagues. They are free of charge to all PCC instructors. View more details and register for courses.

Previous trainings and conference recordings