Our Approach to Faculty Development

The Center for Effective Teaching and Learning at California State University, Los Angeles, is interested in how faculty continue to practice and refine their teaching during the arc of their careers. We are interested in how college faculty conceptualize their teaching and what faculty do before, during, and after they teach. Our approach to professional development is one of continuous improvement and growth. We recognize faculty as independent experts and self-directed learners who also desire space and community to think about their roles as the single greatest influencers of college student success.

We accomplish our work by designing rich learning experiences for instructors that are ongoing and stress practice and self-awareness. Our faculty development programming strives to be authentic and uses an adult framework of learning. We bundle our workshops and design long programming to build trust, community, and shared values. Our programming is open to all.

CETL programming is carefully designed to be:

  • Constructivist, experiential, and avoids lecturing
  • Hands-on and practical
  • With faculty where they are; walking and following up as needed
  • Peer-based and collaborative
  • Reflective and metacognitive, which allows for deepening self-awareness and goal-setting
  • Personally meaningful

If you are an educational developer who is interested in a campus visit or in observing our approach, please contact Senior Director Catherine Haras at charas@calstatela.edu and we will arrange for you to participate in one of our sessions.

Examples of our programming include: