New Faculty Institute

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September 4-5, 2014

Central Washington University
Student Union & Recreation Center [SURC], Room 215
1007 N Chestnut Street, Ellensburg

About the New Faculty Institute

The New Faculty Institute is an annual orientation held in the fall for new community and technical college faculty and staff. The Institute is designed to enhance student learning and facilitate faculty transition to a new role in the Washington community and technical college system.

Institute Purpose

  • Provide practical topics, instructional strategies and implications for teaching that convey how people learn and promote active engagement of learners.
  • Acquaint faculty with the diversity of students and faculty at Washington State's two-year colleges.
  • Expand faculty perspectives by interacting and exchanging ideas with peers.
  • Communicate that colleges are part of a system designed to provide significant learning experiences for students and support for individual colleges.
  • Present information and resources on legal issues, tenure, and retirement planning.


Each Washington community and technical college has a primary contact that coordinates new faculty registrations for their campus. Faculty interested in attending the Institute should contact their campus's primary contactPDF. By August 25 the primary contact from each institution will email Jackie Eppler-Clark a list with participant names, college email address, their disciplines, and any special dietary needs.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for this event is $100. The fee includes a lite breakfast on Day 1, a full breakfast on Day 2, lunch on both days, break refreshments, and Institute materials. Registration deadline for the 2014 Institute is August 25. Checks should be made payable to SBCTC and mailed to SBCTC, PO Box 42495, Olympia WA 98504-2495. Payment cannot be accepted at the Institute.

Campus Map & Parking

Campus Map pdf

Attendees may park in any of the numerous lots in the vicinity of the Student Union. Parking permits can be purchased each day for $5 with cash or credit card at kiosks in the lots.

Lodging Options

UPDATE - As of August 13, Holiday Inn Express, Best Western Plus, & Hampton Inn have filled all their rooms.
Using online booking, the following hotels show rooms available as of today:

Comfort Inn 509.925.7037 - has rooms available slightly above per diem rates
Quality Inn 509.925.9800 - has rooms available under per diem rates
Cedars Inn 509.925.9844 - has rooms available under per diem rates
Days Inn 509.933.1500 - has rooms available slightly above per diem rates
Motel 6 509.962.5585 - has rooms available under per diem rates
Super 8 509.962.6888 - has rooms available at state per diem rates

Lunch with Administrators

A highlight of the event is when college presidents & vice presidents of instruction join the new faculty for lunch. This year's Lunch with Administrators will be at noon on Friday, September 5, in room 215 of the Student Union & Recreation Center. The cost of the lunch for administrators is $14. Checks should be made payable to SBCTC and mailed to SBCTC, PO Box 42495, Olympia WA 98504-2495. Payment cannot be accepted at the Institute.

2014 Institute Program

September 4


Check in and refreshments


Welcome & Overview: Fostering a Faculty Culture of Pedagogical Innovation


Empowering Students to Navigate Challenges - Wendy Fein, Transitional Studies Faculty, Tacoma Community College


Beginning with the End in Mind: Employing an Outcomes Framework - Bill Moore, Assesment, Teaching & Learning, State Board for Community & Technical Colleges


Modeling Effective Communication: Designing a Student-Centered Syllabus - Ellen Bremen, Communications Faculty, Highline Community College


Building a Network Part I: Lunch with colleagues from across the system


Access for All: Adopting and Adapting Open Education Resources in Your Classroom - Christie Fierro, Communications Faculty, & Quill West, Instructional Designer & OER Lead, Tacoma Community College


Don't Be Scared: Embracing Educational Technology - Alyson Indrunas, eLearning Director, Everett Community College



September 5


Full breakfast available


Legal & Ethical Issues in the Washington State Two Year College System: FERPA, Academic Freedom, Ethics - Derek Edwards, Attorney General's Office


Classroom Management: Preparing for the first day of class, dealing with challenging student situations, & applying simple universal design principles - Al Souma, Counselor, Seattle Central College


Building a Network Part II: Lunch with your campus colleagues & administrators


Navigating the Tenure Process: Panel Presentation


Closing Comments & Reflections: Next Steps for Your Professional Development



2014 New Faculty Institute presentations

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