RISE for Faculty


Instructors at Bellevue College have an immense responsibility before them. They are tasked with taking students from various backgrounds and levels of experience, and molding them into critical thinkers and active learners ready to face the world beyond the BC campus. Through their hard work, the BC faculty creates future professionals and academics, engineers and artists, community leaders and global citizens. Our faculty know that education is more than just books and lectures; it takes creativity and perspiration.

The RISE Learning Institute applauds the immense work BC instructors put into improving the learning experience for their students, and we strive to contribute to that work by being a source of support, funding, ideas, and recognition.

RISE is for faculty.

RISE is Research:

The RISE Learning Institute empowers BC faculty and students interested in research.  RISE recognizes that teaching and learning will always be paramount at BC, but we also know that engagement in research can deepen and broaden learning opportunities for our students.

RISE works with faculty interested in research in several ways:

Faculty Profile:
Dr. Jillene Grover Seiver
Jillene Grover Seiver

RISE is Innovation

Working with faculty to create, pilot, and scale up innovations in teaching and learning is at the heart of RISE’s mission.

Project-Based Learning.  The RISE Learning Institute, in partnership with the Faculty Commons, is sending two cohorts of BC faculty from across campus to the 2017 Institute for Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Upon returning, these 17 instructors will work together to apply what they have learned to bring project-based learning to their BC courses.  If you have interest in joining a future cohort going to the Institute, talk with Michael Reese to learn more.

Other Support.  The RISE Learning Institute provides assistance and financial support for faculty who are developing grant proposals focused on bringing innovative techniques or projects into the classroom experience.  Depending on the purpose and size of the grant, RISE may be able to give differing levels of support.  To find out more, contact Michael Reese.  In addition, RISE offers support to faculty who are seeking to present the results of their curricular innovations, research, or creative endeavors.  You may request such support with this online application.

RISE is Service:

Student learning can be greatly enhanced when service and community engagement are incorporated into their classrooms. However, the RISE Learning Institute recognizes that faculty may not know how best to do this, or may be wary of altering their already well-designed curricula. Nevertheless, Bellevue College and the RISE Learning Institute want to support those professors who have interest in bringing their classroom into the community in a meaningful way.

Service-Learning Faculty Learning Community (FLC), in partnership with the Faculty Commons: Bellevue College is tackling service-learning in a big way by offering a year-long FLC to those who want in-depth guidance into how to incorporate service into a course. Faculty who participate receive professional development credits, a stipend, and the possibility of engaging in a larger way as ambassadors and facilitators for service-learning.
Applications for the upcoming Faculty Learning Community, starting Winter 2018, will open soon. Information about the FLC is on page 9 of the Faculty Common’s Fall Program.

Brown Bag Workshops, in partnership with the Faculty Commons: The RISE Learning Institute provides short workshops about civic engagement, service-learning, reflective pedagogies, and more.  For Fall 2017, RISE is offering two events in the areas of Service Learning and Community Engagement:

  • Friday, October 6, 12:30-1:20pm. Service Learning 101. Learn about what service-learning is (and is not) and how RISE can help support you.
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2:30-3:50pm. Community in the Classroom, Classroom in the Community. A panel discussion with community partners to learn how best to bring students and community together to enhance the learning experience. The partners will be the areas of experiential learning, research, project-based learning, and service-learning.

Register for both by emailing Sapan Parekh. And see what else the Faculty Commons has to offer in its Fall 2017 Program.

One-on-One Support: The RISE Learning Institute offers many services and guidance to help faculty determine the best way or ways to engage the community through their classrooms.  RISE is looking to launch a variety of service-learning and community-engaged courses in Fall 2017.  If you have interest in adding this pedagogy to your class, or simply want to know more about service-learning, contact Sapan Parekh to set up a meeting.

Faculty Profile:
Sonya Doucette

Sonya Remington Doucette - Profile Picture

RISE is Experiential Learning

The RISE Learning Institute supports and promotes a wide variety of high-impact experiential learning opportunities.  Of course, undergraduate research, project-based learning, and service-learning all provide great experiential education for students.  But RISE does not confine itself to these categories: our staff members are happy to work with faculty from all disciplines to brainstorm ways of bringing experiential learning into the classroom—and ways of connecting students to the world beyond BC.  Please feel free to reach out to us.

Administrative support: Faculty often make a connection with an outside partner or come across an experiential learning curriculum idea, project or space but they need the help to figure out how administratively that can be implemented at BC. RISE can help secure the permissions and administrative support you need to implement an experiential learning project. Check out an example of this type of support and how we helped Life Sciences faculty develop a long term research plot in partnership with the Washington Department of Agriculture.

Internships: Internships are one of the most impactful forms of experiential education.  The Academic Internship Program, which is part of RISE’s Center for Career Connections, helps students in all majors connect to internships and other experiential learning opportunities.  If you would like the RISE staff to speak to your students about internships related to your field of study, please contact Chiew Jones, Associate Director for Experiential Learning, or Kristen Davey, Program Manager for Internships.

In addition, the Center for Career Connections runs a fantastic job and internship board, CONNECT, and you can let Chiew Jones know if you would like to receive a weekly email of internship opportunities in a particular field.

Last Updated September 18, 2017