RISE for Faculty

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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:

Institutes & Workshops.

  • We are taking a multidisciplinary team of BC faculty to a 2-day Institute on Initiating and Sustaining Undergradauate Research Programs at University of Central Florida on January 19-21.
  • Oct. 18, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.  RISE hosted an interdisciplinary panel discussion on undergraduate research at BC. Participants discussed faculty research in the humanities and sciences.

Research Proposal Development. We provide substantial assistance to faculty who are submitting research proposals and we can sometimes provide limited financial support.

Research Conference Travel. We also support faculty who wish to travel to present the results of their research. You may request such support with this online application. For more details about our support for research endeavors, please contact Michael Reese.

Research Collaborations. We have forged a one-of-a-kind collaboration with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center that has allowed BC faculty to become affiliates of the Hutch. This collaboration has paid off in other ways as well: in Fall 2017 Fred Hutch staff conducted a series of workshops on electron microscopy for BC personnel.

Curricular Guidance for Course-Based Authentic Research Experiences. Our ComGen program supports faculty who seek to create authentic research experiences. Talk with Irene Shaver to learn more about how you can integrate the innovative ComGen teaching model into your class and how to connect with a larger community of practice of faculty in Washington State who are implementing authentic research in their courses.

Student Research Presentations. We coordinate BC’s participation in the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Research Symposium, the largest celebration of undergraduate research on the West Coast.

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 sent 16 BC faculty from across campus to the 2017 Institute for Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Upon returning, these 16 instructors are working to add more projects to their courses, make their existing projects more impactful, and spread what they have learned about PBL.

If you are interested in building project-based learning with partners into a Spring 2018 course, and would like help with finding partners and with finalizing the projects, contact Michael Reese or Sapan Parekh by no later than February 15.

Faculty Learning Community for Project-Based Learning.  Building on this work, RISE is partnering with the Faculty Commons to launch a new Faculty Learning Community for PBL in Winter 2018. Participants will 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). We are envisioning this FLC as a three-quarter cohort; the cohort will meet twice in Winter and Spring 2018 and once in Fall 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 increase the impact of the projects that students are already doing. We encourage part-time and full-time faculty from all departments to apply by completing this short application.  Priority consideration will be given to faculty who apply by December 4.  If you have questions about PBL, you can talk with Michael Reese or Christina Sciabarra 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 Winter 2018 are now closed.

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.  Currently, no workshops are being offered for Winter 2018. Updates regarding Spring 2018 will come in March.

Support to Start a Class. 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 worked closely with faculty to launch service-learning across the campus in Fall 2017, and it hopes to build on this more in upcoming quarters. Therefore, 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. Additionally, instructors implementing service-learning for the first time will be required to attend a short orientation prior to the start of the quarter.

If you want to start a project-based service-learning class in Spring 2018, for which students work in teams to create something (e.g. animation, website, marketing plan, film, database, etc.) for a non-profit or government agency, reach out to Sapan Parekh by no later than EOD on February 15. RISE can support you in finding partners and finalizing the projects, and thus lessen the time you spend in course preparation.

RISE also recognizes that lots of work can go into creating any innovative class, including a service-learning one. Therefore, we want to make sure that your class has students. One of the ways we do this is to compile of list of innovative courses utilizing high impact practices, and both posting it on the RISE website and sending it out to all students via email. Check out the listing of Winter 2018 courses. If you would like to be listed this quarter, let us know. And for subsequent quarters, send your courses to RISE the week before registration begins.

Transcript Notation for Service-Learning. Students now have an opportunity to earn a special notation in their transcripts that officially acknowledges the successful completion of a service-learning course. This notation shows transfer institutions and potential employers that students have undertaken experience-based academic coursework, and have thus developed skills such as teamwork, client-interaction, problem-solving, empathy, and critical thinking. Therefore, the benefits of the notation are plenty, which is why RISE has heard from students interested in receiving it. To do so, students must take a course that qualifies for the notation.

For Winter 2018, please review the Transcript Notation for Service-Learning Faculty Guide and submit your course syllabus and supporting documents to Sapan Parekh by EOD on January 24. For Spring 2018, you will need to submit your course syllabus and supporting documents by EOD on March 30.

Service-Learning Resources for Faculty. These resources have been compiled and vetted by RISE for use by faculty in service-learning courses. If you have not taught a service-learning course before, please set up a meeting with RISE before starting to utilize these resources. Additionally, if you choose to outreach to any of the agencies listed below for a course, contact RISE first so it can inform the agencies and help facilitate the partnerships.

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 March 15, 2018