Cohort-based Programs

Cohort-based programs are professional development opportunities that consist of collaborative groups of faculty members working together for a common goal. These programs are designed for faculty members who are looking for an ongoing professional development opportunity and interested in working in multidisciplinary groups.  During the semester, members will meet 4-5 times to discuss current research, develop new strategies and techniques, and work together to improve teaching. Groups are faculty-driven and provide a supportive environment for exchanging ideas.

reflective practice Group


Reflective Practice Groups are a nationwide professional development model established to improve student learning and success by supporting educators reflecting on and improving their practice. A Reflective Practice Group helps you reflect critically about your teaching among friends. RPG’s are led by a trained facilitator and use structured protocols to look at curriculum, teaching dilemmas, student work, peer observations, and pivotal moments so that participants can provide each other with specific and actionable feedback.  

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Faculty Inquiry Groups (FIGs)

A FIG is a group of faculty members from different disciplines that come together with the goal of exploring a specific pedagogical issue.  During the semester, members will meet regularly to discuss current research, develop new strategies and techniques, and work together to improve teaching.  FIGS are faculty-driven and provide a supportive environment for exchanging ideas.  If you are interested in forming a FIG, please contact the TCC. Current Faculty Inquiry Group (FIG):
"Striving Towards Acceptance, Equity, and Inclusion" FIG 

First Year Faculty Series

The First Year Faculty Series (FYFS) is a series of monthly seminars facilitated by MCC’s Teaching & Creativity Center. The purpose of this series is to introduce you to the MCC community, offer a supportive environment to help you transition to your new role as a full-time MCC faculty member, and provide professional development to support your on-going growth as an instructor of community college students. During the series, we will use the Critical Friends model for professional development to help you integrate into the culture at MCC as reflective practitioners. FYFS is led by facilitators trained to use structured protocols to look at curriculum, student work, and pivotal moments so that participants can provide each other with usable and wanted feedback. Through this work, you will develop a cohort within the larger MCC community.  The meeting agendas will be responsive to the faculty’s changing needs throughout the year.  FYFS meets on Fridays once a month from 3 – 5 pm.

SECOND YEAR FACULTY SERIES

The purpose of the Second Year Faculty Series (SYFS) is to help pre-tenured faculty explore and develop college citizenship within a supportive cohort. Faculty will have the opportunity to continue to reflect on teaching in order to improve instruction and student learning, to learn about the college structure and resources, and to contribute as an active and productive member of the college community.  The series is organized around two projects.  The first is action research, where each faculty will choose an aspect of instruction to modify and assess.  The second project affords faculty the time, space and resources to explore an area of interest at the college, assess the needs of that area and propose an improvement to implement.  The expected time commitment for SYFS is similar to an active college wide committee.  SYFS meets on Fridays once a month from 3 – 5 pm.