Teaching & Learning Community Leads

Teaching and Learning words next to a PIE chart

What Is a Teaching and Learning Community?

TLCs are reflective teaching and learning communities of eight to 12 individuals that foster reflective teaching practice and, based on the preference of the group, can take either a practical or theoretical approach. Outcomes may include peer mentorship through teaching observations and related discussions, the creation of equitable course materials or the production of a scholarly research publication.

Frequently Asked Questions

Teaching & Learning Community Leads recruit and facilitate a focused group of individuals to explore and promote equitable and inclusive teaching practices that support student success, specifically supporting students in their first year. 

CEETL encourages teaching and learning communities that focus on issues of equity and inclusive teaching and learning topics, especially as they relate to first year student retention and success, as well as removing barriers to graduation. Preference will be given to TLCs focused on the “Golden 5” (i.e., First Year Experience, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning).

Campus community members with a demonstrated commitment to equitable and inclusive teaching practices at SF State, with the ability to recruit eight to 12 participants (through their campus network and CEETL's TLC participants) to engage in a semester-long learning community.

Campus community members who are directly involved in teaching and can commit to fulfilling a minimum of 15 hours of work associated with the TLC, which includes six in-person or virtual meetings facilitated by the TLC Lead.

The TLC Leads will recruit eight to 12 TLC members; convene an introductory session for current and interested TLC members during the January 23, 2020 Faculty Retreat; identify and fulfill TLC outcomes; facilitate a minimum of six in-person or virtual meetings with the TLC members throughout the Spring 2020 semester; record participant attendance in TLC meetings and fulfillment of the TLC outcomes; and provide a final TLC reflection and outcomes report.

The call for TLC Leads has closed, but you may participate as a TLC Participant.

There are three ways for participants to join a TLC:

  1. You may be recruited for a TLC by a TLC lead.
  2. Respond to the call for TLC Participants posted by CEETL. in early December 2019.
  3. Participate in a TLC introductory session.

CEETL's Teaching and Learning Community (TLC) Leads for Spring 2020. TLCs are an integral component, or “slice,” of the First Year Pedagogies of Inclusive Excellence (FY PIE) Certificate, since they provide opportunities to reflect upon and integrate new knowledge and practices into one’s teaching.

Cecil Bell (Jason), Amy E. Smith
Teaching "Justice"-Impacted and Formerly Incarcerated Students: Lessons for a Truly Just Classroom

Lee Chen-Weinstein, Dan Curtis-Cummins
Who’s Who in the Grading Contract: Positional Pedagogies and Contract Grading

Kimberly Coble
Creating Affirming and Inclusive Classroom Environments and Curricula in STEM

Dan Curtis-Cummins, Jolie Goorjian
Critical Active Pedagogy (CAP) and ExCo

Doreen Deicke
Retention Strategies for Teachers: Keeping Students (and us) at SFSU (happily)

Kira A. Donnell
Exploring, Fostering, and Supporting Lecturer Contributions to the University

John Holland
Peer Learning with Eli Review

Amy Love
Reflecting on Reflection

Simmy Makhijani
Teaching the SFSU Student Strikes

Jen Reck
Talking About GWAR in Sociology (TAGS)

Crystal O. Wong
Student-centered ePortfolios

Grace Yoo, Robert Bonner
Elevating the First-Year Experience: First-Year Seminar Teaching with a Peer Mentor

When is the course offered and how can I register?

Estimated Time Commitment: 15 hours

Enrollment is closed at this time.



  • All stipends for CEETL course completions by eligible participants are processed through payroll and are subject to tax, so the final amount and timing for stipend payments may vary according to individual tax rates and employment status with the university. To monitor incoming payments, we recommend you turn on your bank notifications to get alerts on your accounts. All members of the SF State teaching community are welcome to engage in and complete CEETL faculty development courses for a certificate, but due to CSU policy the following appointments will not be eligible to receive a stipend: MPPs, Staff, FERP faculty, and individuals not actively employed at SF State.
  • Stipends for faculty completion of CEETL course offerings were made possible through one-time emergency federal funding (CARES and HEERF) for COVID-19. This funding source has now concluded. CEETL courses remain available as open resources for the campus community, though stipends for completion will no longer be awarded.

Other Communities

CEETL facilitates and fosters reflective teaching and learning communities throughout the academic year.