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Faculty Summer Institute 2018

FSI four learning points - Technology, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Excellence in Teaching, Curriculum Design/Redesign, and Metacognition

The 2018 Faculty Summer Institute

The 2018 Faculty Summer Institute Application is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who applied.

Application deadline was 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25th, 2018. We expect to send out notifications of application status the week of 6/11 - 6/15.

The Faculty Summer Institute takes place over 8 days, between July 30th and August 9th.

The 2018 institute will focus on the topics of:

  • Technology
  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Excellence in Teaching
  • Curriculum Design/Redesign
  • Metacognition

What is the Faculty Summer Institute (FSI)?

  • FSI is a place for faculty to connect, collaborate, and create.
  • It is a series of workshops and speakers over the course of two weeks, designed to enrich your abilities as a teacher, and as a part of the Santa Monica College community.
  • Faculty will learn about ways to revitalize their teaching, increase student retention and persistence, and keep students engaged.
  • During the institute, experts and practitioners in the field of education share research-based strategies that increase student success.
  • Participants will explore topics and exercises in Technology, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Curriculum Design/Redesign, Excellence in Teaching, and Metacognition.
  • Participating faculty typically receive a stipend for their participation in the Faculty Summer Institute and continuing involvement in The Center for Teaching Excellence.
  • Implementation plans are drafted by each attendee explaining how they will use what they learned over the two weeks, and how they will collaborate with their fellow faculty members and other departments to improve their instructional skills and methods.
  • 100% of participants since 2013 have reported using at least one method learned at FSI in their classes.

Questions? Please contact The Center at or call (310) 434-8717

What's Next?

Fall 2018

Check back very soon for Fall happenings!

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Data Coaching

The Center for Teaching Excellence, in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research and the Office of Workforce and Economic development, is offering an exciting opportunity to the SMC CTE Community called "Data Coach".

Visit the Data Coach Homepage now to find out what our Data Coaches can do for you!

Visit the Data Coach Homepage

The Center Got an Upgrade!

After a long wait while we installed tons of new technology and resources, The Center for Teaching Excellence is back up and running!

The Center is once again available for Faculty use for trainings and workshops, departmental meetings or workgroups, and general workspace. Please email us with your requests to use the space. But first...

Trainings for The Center's newly installed, state-of-the-art multi-media system will be available soon.

Please let us know if you would like to arrange an individual, group, or departmental training!

We are excited to announce that SMC has a series of 48 online student success workshops available to our campus community. StudentLingo workshops are free, available online, on-demand, 24/7. They cover a wide range of topics such as: learning and academic skills, time and stress management, and financial literacy. StudentLingo is available thanks to support from the SMC Foundation.

SMC students, faculty, staff, or parents of SMC students can create an account and explore these video workshops, keeping track of which ones are in-progress or have been completed. This can be a great resource to assist the teaching and support we provide students in and out of class!

The flyer below provides general information about StudentLingo. Feel free to post it. You can also visit for more details, including the list of workshops, registration/log-in information, and ideas for faculty implementation. Please share with students and colleagues.

Let’s start exploring!

Student Lingo Flyer 

About the Center for Teaching Excellence

The Center for Teaching Excellence is funded by the Title V - Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Program under the U.S. Department of Education. The title of the Title V-HSI grant which was awarded to SMC is Building Foundations for Academic and Career Success. The aim of this project is to support low-income, Latino, and other traditionally underrepresented students as they pursue their academic and career goals.

At the heart of this grant will be SMC's new Center for Teaching Excellence (The Center), which will offer an annual Faculty Summer Institute, quarterly seminars for all faculty, departmental workshops that target career-specific improvements in math, English, and content specific-courses, and customized individual and small group support.