What is faculty inquiry?

Faculty inquiry Groups (FIGs) promote a unique form of faculty development:
The core work of faculty inquiry involves instructors asking questions about the teaching and learning that goes on in their own classrooms; seeking answers by consulting the literature, gathering and analyzing evidence, and engaging students in the process whenever possible; using what they find out to improve the experience of their students; and sharing this work with colleagues so that they and their students can benefit too.  Usually, questioning begins with a problem the instructor has perceived—something that’s not going right. (Huber, The Promise of Faculty Inquiry for Teaching and Learning Basic Skills, 2008, p. 13)

How can I participate in CETL’s FIG program?

It is easy to join or create a FIG!  Groups of 3 - 5 faculty can submit a FIG proposal form each Spring.

What do FIGs promote?
  • Self-directed professional development
  • Interdisciplinary and collegial collaboration
  • Systematic inquiry into questions of teaching and learning
  • The strengthening of professional communities in which educators can share what happens in their classrooms
  • Improvements in students’ and faculty members’ academic experiences
What were the topics for Faculty Inquiry Groups (FIGs) in 2019-20?

"Effectiveness of Group-work in the Classroom"(Psychology, Criminal Justice)

“Methods of Mindfulness Instruction in the Classroom” (English, HPED, Music)

"Examining Critical Issues in the Media" (Math, English, Social Sciences)

"Diversity and inclusion in the community college classroom"(English)

"Data Science Interdisciplinary Group (DSIG)" (Physics, Biology, Math, Engineering technology)


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