Faculty Members Connect through Learning Community
December 7, 2011
This past spring, Dr. Tami Abourezk successfully led 13 faculty members in the Faculty Learning Community (FLC)
from the College of Health and Human Development representing Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Sciences, Kinesiology and Physical Therapy. Exceeding the initial goal of 10 members, the faculty met regularly to listen to guest speakers and identify and share pedagogical strategies used at CSUN to cultivate student success among the Latino student population.
“We shared our experiences and ideas with each other to help our students learn better,” said Abourezk. “We looked at how we interact with our students and what we’re doing in the classroom to develop a strategy to better connect with them.”
The faculty had the opportunity to learn from some of the best educators of student diversity and motivation. Renowned author and CSUN professor of education Psychology and Counseling Dr. Carrie Rothstein-Fisch met with the faculty to share ways to improve cross-cultural understanding and education in the classroom. In addition, well-known CSUN psychology professor Dr. Delinah Hurwitz also spoke with the faculty to discuss how excessive interaction with the Internet has altered student priorities and ways to better manage the trend in the classroom.
“It’s so important to meet with faculty on a regular basis to build that connection and learn from each other,” said new faculty member and participant in the FLC Dr. Frankie Augustin. “I’ve already made positive changes in how I teach my class based off of what I’ve learned from the speakers and other well-seasoned faculty. I even received an email from a student this semester who said the way I taught changed his life. Connecting with faculty has allowed me to make an impact on a student—that is the most gratifying experience.”