Faculty Inquiry Group
What is a Faculty Inquiry Group?
Faculty Inquiry Groups (FIGS) is a professional development program in which a small group of faculty members (4 - 10 maximum) meet in person or online throughout the academic year/term to work together on a specific question, issue, or concern in their teaching and/or their students' learning. The goal is to effectively engage our students and enhance their learning experiences through reflective teaching practices.
Possible topics could be:
- Learning styles and teaching styles
- Collaborative/cooperative learning: theory and methods
- Multiculturalism in the classroom
- Strategies for teaching
- Classroom techniques to promote critical thinking
- Pathways: designs, models, approaches
- Reading Apprenticeship
- Strategies for serving underserved students
Why participate in Faculty Inquiry Groups?
- Meet with colleagues to discuss and/or research a particular issue related to teaching your discipline
- Meet with other interested colleagues for an informal discussion of teaching and learning
- Collaborate with other faculty to research and discuss a specific topic or project that will have an impact on student learning
- Learn and share ideas around a common theme or question in teaching and learning
- Continue to develop professionally as a college teacher and faculty member
Guidelines of FIGs
- Faculty participating in FIGs will each receive a stipend of $300
- All faculty members are eligible to participate
- FIGs should plan to meet in person or online at least five times
- Each FIG must have a specific topic, issue, concern, question, or project that it will spend the term or year addressing
- $500 of funding will be available to FIGs for support in researching topics: this could be materials, speakers, conferences, etc.
- Each FIG will be asked to report on their findings at the CGCC Innovation Practices Reception