Quarterly Workshops

The Faculty Commons offers a variety of interactive workshops every quarter, these are designed to help Bellevue College faculty think creatively about their teaching and make valuable, innovative changes in the classroom. Workshops focus on scholarly research about pedagogy, learning, and teaching and are facilitated by Bellevue College faculty members.



Preparing for the First Day of Class with a UDL Approach

Fully Online: Jan. 16–Feb. 5

Preparing for the First Day of Class with a UDL Approach is a new take on a popular workshop meant for both new and seasoned faculty. You’ve probably learned about UDL and have started integrating it into your curriculum. Now, in this workshop, with a review of UDL, we’ll explore ways to ensure a universally-designed start to your next quarter.

8 PD Hours $100 stipend* 10 seats
Register by Friday, Jan. 12
For more information, contact Archana Alwar, A&H.

Classroom Management Strategies

Hybrid: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 1:30–3:30 p.m. (D104E) and online discussions

Do you sometimes struggle with the challenges of managing behavior that disrupts a positive learning environment? We will address many of these common challenges shared by both adjunct and full time instructors in managing matters of incivility and disruptive behaviors by learning new skills, reviewing the syllabus, and learning about resources available. The intention is to utilize the collective resources
of the faculty to provide creative solutions for an optimum learning environment.

12 PD hours $150 Stipend*  15 seats
Register by Tuesday, Jan. 16
For more information, contact Irene Ferrante, IBIT

Autistics Present: Next Steps for Serving Our Students

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2:30–4:00 (D104E)

Join us on Tuesday, January 9 to continue the conversation about autism cultural responsiveness and lessons learned at the Autistics Presents Symposium this past October! Your fellow faculty will share information from various workshops, along with their perspectives, and we will collaborate towards practical applications in the classroom and beyond. We need your voice, ideas, and experience! If you weren’t able to attend the Symposium and would like to view the Live Stream recording prior to this attending this interactive discussion, please email Sara.

Register by Monday, Jan. 8
For more information, contact Sara Gardner, Autism Spectrum Navigators

Gamification (New Options)

Fully Online: Option I: 3 weeks (Jan. 8–22) Option II: 6 weeks (Jan. 8–Feb. 26)

Why can game designers get players to play their games for hours, learn non-transferable skills, and be excited about getting points or levels that have no meaning in real life? What can college instructors learn from gaming to make our classrooms more engaging? In this non-linear, gamified course, participants will not only learn about the theory behind gamification but experience it for themselves. Come earn a badge!

Option I: 6 PD Hours – $50 stipend* Option II: 12 PD Hours – $100 stipend* 8 seats for each
Register by Jan. 8
For more information, contact Marcelo Guerra-Hahn, IBIT

Managing Online Discussions (MOD) – Part II

Jan. 22 – Feb. 15

Continuing to develop our ability to engage our students online through the process of critical discussions is vital to student success and ultimately, retention. This workshop is meant to follow up on the original MOD. It is strongly recommended that you take Part I before Part II, but it is not required. Part II will have you further developing your assignments as well as discussing more focused issues appearing in the online discussion board including Assessment, Managing Group Discussions, Rules of Engagement, and Developing Prompts. Overall, we will continue to share resources and experiences.
Register by Thursday, Jan. 18
8PD Hours $100 stipend*
For more information, contact Sara Sutler-Cohen, Social Science

Equity Mindset

Monday, Feb. 5, 1:30–2:30 p.m. (D104H)
As faculty, we work with a diverse group of students and often ask ourselves how to teach with an approach that tries to account for differences (economic, ethnic, racial, etc.) among students that affect their learning. Jennie Mayer will share how to incorporate an equity mindset by asking questions to improve one’s own teaching (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, or SoTL). She will use the Equity framework of H. Richard Millner presented at the Washington Center’s 3-day conference on ‘Exploring the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with an Equity Mindset’ and help others consider projects for developing and incorporating an equity mindset into their teaching practices.

For more information, contact Jennie Mayer, Science (jmayer@bellevuecollege.edu)
No registration needed

Integrate Sustainability into Your Course Using Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Tuesday, 1:30–3:30 p.m. on Jan. 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27* in D104E
This is a 3-hour special session from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Overwhelmed by the doom and gloom? Skittish about teaching sustainability for the first time? Curious about interdisciplinary teaching? Want to earn up to a $1000 stipend from our Office of Sustainability?

This workshop will bring faculty together to build a community of hope around social injustice and ecological crises by bringing sustainability to our classrooms. The workshop will feature faculty-presentations from a broad range of disciplines, and will also include ample time for discussion and group work. Workshop presenters will address sustainability from the perspective of philosophy, climate science, sustainability science, business, economics, and political science. We will explore pedagogical techniques for bringing an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability to existing course content.

Register soon!

For more information, contact David Spataro, Social Science or Sonya Doucette, Science


You may have heard about them, or even been a part of one before! They’re fun, engaging, collaborative,
and meaningful. A Teaching Square is a group of three or four faculty members ideally from different
disciplines who work together to explore their teaching. Teaching Squares are designed to improve
teaching skills and build community through a positive process of classroom observation and shared
reflection. They run the full quarter to allow for deep engagement.
PLEASE NOTE: Each Teaching Square facilitator will contact the registered members to schedule
any necessary meetings and get the process started!

Online Teaching Squares

Online  Jan. 8 – Mar. 15  * This workshop has been canceled for winter quarter.

Positive! Supportive! Online! Guided! Non-evaluative!

Review basic online teaching best practices, and then find positive attributes in a colleague’s hybrid or online course that you can apply to your own course. Online Teaching Squares allows adjunct or full-time faculty to gain new perspectives and insights into their teaching through a supportive and completely non-evaluative process. It works through a process of reciprocal online class observation and self-reflection on one’s own online teaching.

Each Online Teaching Square consists of three to four faculty members, preferably from different disciplines, who observe each other’s online course for a quarter and then discuss, through a guided process, what they’ve learned from the observations.

Upon completion of all deliverables, participants will receive 16 professional development hours and a $200 stipend, funded by the Faculty Commons.

8 spots available, so please register soon!   Facilitator: Ann Minks, Online Pedagogy Lead

Building Community in Your Classroom

If you are interested in improving the overall positive feeling and comradery of your class, this square is just for you.

10 PD Hours $150 stipend* 3 seats maximum   Registration Link
For more information, contact Katie Austin-Miranda, A&H

Preparing for Your Official Classroom Observation

All adjunct faculty are required to complete a performance review during their 2nd and 5th quarters, including a classroom observation. All tenure-track faculty have their courses observed regularly. This
Teaching Square will support participants as they prepare for their classroom observation.

3 seats minimum – 12 seats maximum  Registration Link 

For more information, contact Katie Austin-Miranda, A&H


Language and Community: A Literary Discussion Group

Tue. Jan. 9, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thur. Feb. 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m. and Fri. March 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (D104G)

Facilitated by English faculty, Nan Ma, this literature reading group for faculty in any and all disciplines meets once a month for an hour to discuss short stories, poetry and essays that are chosen by group members.  Some writers discussed in the past include Amy Hempel, Lydia Davis, Grace Paley, Ocean Vuong, Beidao, and Cesar Vallejo.  Literature offers nuanced ways for understanding human complexities and differences.  Through literary discussions, we gain insights into ourselves, our students, and the world at large.

Registration Link: https://bcfacultycommons.formstack.com/forms/winter_2018_language_and_community

January’s reading material: Fernando Perez’s poems (Fernando’s collection of poetry will be published soon by U. of New Mexico Press):



February’s reading material: Wang Ping Poem  (https://www.macalester.edu/~ping/files/others/interview031999.html) and Yiyun Li’s “To Speak is to Blunder, but I Venture” (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/02/to-speak-is-to-blunder).  Both writers chose to write creatively in English rather than in their native language Chinese, and this discussion might be of particular interest for faculty who work with English language learners.

$50 stipend option available for faculty who submit an instruction-related reflection or lesson plan.

March’s reading material: TBD 

Faculty Fellows for Course Internationalization

Jan. 25, Feb.9, Feb.22 and March 82:30 – 4:30 p.m. in D104H

The Office of Global Initiatives (GI) in collaboration with the Office of Instruction and Faculty Commons is launching a workshop on Course Internationalization. A group of up to 10 interdisciplinary faculty will convene over four meetings. The participants will work on individual projects while benefiting from discussions with and resources offered by their colleagues and GI. In addition to providing Fellows with curricular internationalization resources, GI will share local, national and international expertise to help participants develop an internationalized course. As part of the program, Fellows are expected to choose from one or more of the following outcomes: add a new unit to an existing course, create a significantly redesigned course, or develop a new course with internationalized content. Participants will receive a stipend of $500 – $ 1000 depending on the type of the deliverable chosen.   Application link https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/globalinitiatives/development-programs/

For more information, contact Dr. Shpresa Halimi, Director of Global Initiatives at mailto:shpresa.halimi@bellevuecollege.edu



An FLC is a community of practice where participants learn from their colleagues in different departments, examine multiple approaches, dip into the scholarship of teaching and learning, and support one another as they redesign elements of their existing courses, or plan new courses.

RISE and the Faculty Commons are partnering to offer two FLCs for 2018.

Project-Based Learning (New!)

We are envisioning this FLC as a three-quarter cohort.  We anticipate that the cohort will meet twice in Winter and Spring 2018 and once in Fall 2018.  Participants may also have an opportunity to attend the Institute on Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in June 2018.

You don’t need have previous experience with PBL to join the cohort; all that is required is a desire to incorporate more projects into your courses—or to make the projects that you are already doing even more impactful.  We encourage part-time and full-time faculty from all departments to apply by completing this short application by December 4 for priority consideration.

50-60 PD Hours |  $250 stipend per quarter* | Contact Michael Reese, RISE, for more information. 

Service Learning

Service-learning is a “pedagogy of reflective inquiry linking students’ involvement in community service with their intellectual. . . development” (Saltmarsh, 1996).  It is also a proven technique for building student engagement with course material; creating a stronger bond with faculty and other students; increasing student retention, especially for underserved student populations; making social justice and other issues salient for students; and increasing overall satisfaction with the class being taken.  With the right guidance and a team of like-minded faculty, effective service learning is both manageable and doable and can have a positive impact on all involved.

This is a 3-quarter FLC in which the community meets for two hours twice a month.  Its general structure is learn | plan | do.  Members will spend the first quarter learning about service-learning, the second quarter planning for community engagement, and the third quarter doing—implementing a new approach in one of their courses.

We encourage part-time and full-time faculty from all departments to apply by completing a short application.  Priority consideration will be given to those who apply by December 1.    75 PD Hours  $1,000 total stipend ($250 in winter, $250 in spring, $500 in fall)

For more information, contact Sapan Parekh, RISE, Service Learning Associate Director


All Faculty and Staff are Welcome  Series Information

Does it seem like what we read in the daily news is more complex than ever? A new oil pipeline is not just a new pipeline. A hurricane is much more than a storm. An NFL player takes a knee…not in the end zone.  When is it #FakeNews? We need to make sense of these complex and incredibly important events of our times so we can in turn better support our students also grappling with these topics.

Fortunately for us, our Bellevue College faculty comprises extraordinary experts, thinkers, and educators in their disciplines. Our new series, “Unpacking Current Events,” will allow us to hear from our colleagues as they lead us in unraveling these events and seeing them through the lens of a scholar/practitioner in the field.

Fall 2017 Topics included “The NFL Demonstrations“ and “The Effects of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico.” Winter 2018 we are working on:

Fake News  February 15, 1:30-2:30 (D104H) 

Join Brian Casserly, History; Heath Hayden, Library; Nicole Longpré, Library for an interdisciplinary look at the Fake News phenomenon!

The Opioid Crisis Date: TBA

Campus experts in HSEWI and Science are preparing for this discussion!

Your Unpacking Event

Facilitators are paid for their preparation, facilitation, and post-discussion write-up. Proposal link coming soon.

Contact Tonya Estes, FC Director, with your questions and ideas.


Breaking Bread with Colleagues (New)

Tuesdays (except 1/9 + 3/13 when we will hold a Brown Bag) and Fridays, 12-1 p.m.  in D104

Do you eat behind your computer? Do you wonder what your colleague across campus has been up to? Would you like to meet with people in a relaxing way? Let’s connect in the Faculty Commons over lunch.  This lunchtime is for us to build community while fueling up for our busy day. The Faculty Commons has a kitchen with a microwave, toaster oven, and hot plate for all to use. We kindly request all users to clean up after use.


Important topics, little time! Sustain yourself with food, colleagues, and engaging conversation about critical topics in education. Come to the Faculty Commons for lunch and dialogue.

Assessing Your Classroom Climate (New)

Tue. Jan. 9, 12:00-1:00 (D104H)

It’s Week 2! You’ve met your new students. They’ve met each other. Perhaps, you’ve done some low-stakes formative assessments. So, how’s it going? What can you do now to cultivate a richer learning environment? Join Archana Alwar, A&H, and your colleagues to share ideas.

Registration Link: https://bcfacultycommons.formstack.com/forms/winter_2018_assessing_your_classroom_climate

How to Talk with a Student Who Might be Struggling with Drug/Alcohol Use (New)

Wednesday, Jan 24, 11:30-12:30 (D104H) and Thursday, Feb 1, 12:30-1:30 (D104H)

How does the use of recreational drugs and alcohol complicate student success in the classroom? How do you make yourself available to refer students to the resources available on campus for help? Come to one or come to both sessions with Paul Weatherly, HSEWI, and your colleagues to explore ways to guide your students to the help they may need.

Registration Link: https://bcfacultycommons.formstack.com/forms/winter_2018_howtotalkwithastudentwhomightbestrugglingwithdrugalcoholuse

Work/Life Balance (New)

Thursday, Feb 15, 12:00-1:00 (D104H)

It’s the middle of the quarter, and it’s the middle of our school year! How are you feeling? Are your time and energy balance between your work and the other aspects of your life? You’ve got to eat, so why not meet with Archana Alwar, A&H, and your colleagues to discuss ways to find balance?

Registration Link: https://bcfacultycommons.formstack.com/forms/winter_2018_work_life_balance

End of Quarter Self-Reflection

Tuesday, March 13, 12:00-1:00 (D104H)

Time flies! The quarter is nearly over. How did it go? Did you try something new? What might you change for next quarter? Archana Alwar, A&H, and your colleagues will engage in a process of self-reflection to celebrate the completion of yet another quarter!

Registration Link: https://bcfacultycommons.formstack.com/forms/winter_2018_end_of_quarter_self_reflection


Call for Participants: Come participate in the Adjunct Mentoring Program Winter-Spring 2018! 

This program brings new or continuing adjunct faculty together with trained mentors. Mentees can set their own goals for how they explore their roles, responsibilities, and relationships on campus. Mentors will be required to complete a training to prepare for their work with the mentee. Both adjunct and full-time faculty may act as mentors.

You will be meeting for 6 hours per quarter.


Upon completion of this two-quarter program, participants will earn a certificate of twelve hours of professional development.


Upon completion of this two-quarter program, mentors will receive $480 for their contact hours and $40 for the required training.

For more information, contact Archana Alwar, Adjunct Mentoring Lead. 

Adjunct Preparation for Full-time Positions

Session 1: Jan 11, 2:30- 4:00 (D104H)

Sessions 2&3: 1-hour sessions based on faculty available times 

Are you considering applying for a full-time teaching position? In the three sessions of this workshop, you will gain insights into the application process and see how applications are assessed using rubrics; practice interview questions and do a peer review of personal statements; and practice teaching demonstrations.

For more information, contact Sue Nightingale, Science

Registration Link: https://bcfacultycommons.formstack.com/forms/winter_2018_adjunct_preparation_for_fulltime_positions

Writing Your Teaching Philosophy Statement (NEW)

Wednesday, 1/31 + 2/7, 1:30-2:30 (D104H)

Do you have a teaching philosophy? What is it? Do your students know what it is? Could you articulate it in writing? What about in an in-person interview? Does your teaching philosophy need to be updated? A statement of teaching philosophy is often a requirement for tenure-track teaching jobs (and increasingly for adjunct teaching jobs as well) and being able to articulate your teaching philosophy can also be helpful for promotional purposes. This workshop will focus on helping participants articulate their own personal teaching philosophy—both in person and in writing. Sample statements of teaching philosophy will be shared with those who participate.

For more information, contact Tim Jones, Social Science. 

Save your seat, register today! https://bcfacultycommons.formstack.com/forms/winter_2018_writingyourteachingphilosophystatement



Mondays, Jan. 8 – Mar. 12, 12:30 – 1 p.m. in D104E

In this session, we will use an ancient Chinese health care regimen that ties together posture, breathing, and focus. This practice can help maintain health, heal bodies, calm minds, and reconnect with our spirit. We will use WuQinXi as an exercise to lead the practice.

You’ll leave the room relaxed and re-energized!

Facilitator: Wei Geiger, A&H, World Languages.   No registration needed.

Nutrition for a Balanced Workday

Date: TBA
Please fill out this interest form and select the time you’re available to learn about nutrition.

Dr. Lecovin will be presenting information about how to use nutrition to optimize your health and energy. He will be providing practical tips including sample recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner you could prepare quickly and on budget.

Diabetes Prevention

Wednesday, Jan. 24 (A265)

Designed for people who have prediabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, DPP consists of 16 one-hour sessions led by specially trained lifestyle coaches. The sessions offer peer support from others with shared goals and struggles. See eligibility requirements for enrolling on the Health and Physical Education website for Faculty and Staff. Questions? Contact Amy Swanson, HPE.

Back Fit

Date: TBD   We got your back! 

A healthy, pain-free back contributes to overall well-being. Learn how to strengthen, stretch, and increase mobility of back supporting muscles. Learn tips and techniques for core activation and proper workplace sitting. We will also learn to use essential tools like bands and foam rollers.

Join us, you’ll be glad you did!   No registration needed.  Facilitator:Amy Swanson, HSEWI


*For a full list of workshops offered, check out our quarterly schedules here*

Last Updated January 17, 2018