Teaching and Professional Development

Resources for Improving Your Teaching


Catherine Haras, Senior Director of the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning at California State University, Los Angeles has written an article published on the Association of College and University Educator's Newsletter.

She writes, "Reflection, in and of itself, is an effective pedagogy."

To read more about the findings Hara's research findings on Improving Teaching through Reflection, please click on the following link: https://acue.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ImprovingTeachingThroughReflection-Cat-Haras-1.pdf?utm_source=ACUE+Community&utm_campaign=38e3150674-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_07_04_53&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b39ffec948-38e3150674-68738657

If you prefer podcasts, listen to Bonni Stochowiak interview Cat here: https://teachinginhighered.com/podcast-category/reflective-practice/


A Faculty Learning Community is a small group of faculty from across the campus that comes together to explore issues and produce work over a period of time, usually one or two semesters. During sessions led by a faculty peer, participants review research and writing on a topic or issue, develop plans to implement tools and ideas in their own teaching and scholarship, and assess the process of implementation. Based in collaboration and faculty-to-faculty sharing and mentoring, FLCs foster growth, innovation, and reflection.

Current FALL 2018 Faculty Learning Communities

  • Courageous Conversations in the Classroom
  • Dynamic Mindfulness
  • Improving online/Blended Instruction
  • Imagining America


Faculty Success begins with mentoring and resources supporting each faculty to establish their professional identity at CSUDH.  Our University mission is centered around student access and personal transformation.  The Faculty Development Center is to support the University’s mission of success in education through a student’s contact with faculty members who effectively combine teaching, scholarship, and service and to help create a campus culture that values and supports excellence in teaching, learning, and research.

Engaged Teaching through High Impact Practices: High Impact and High Touch

High-impact learning happens when students are actively engaged in the educational process, when their learning goes beyond the classroom to be applied in their personal and work lives. Students engaged in high-impact learning often see improvement in grade point averages, get their degrees more quickly, and are more engaged in their education. CSU Dominguez Hills is committed to providing high-impact learning experiences to all students at all levels, across the whole curriculum. In a high-impact learning experience, you will actively pose and solve problems, work collaboratively in a community of peers, experience real-world applications of knowledge, and reflect on your learning processes.

Resources for planning your course high-impact learning experiences:

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