The 2019 SMC Classified & Faculty Summer Institute
We had 34 classified and faculty participants from 16 different departments over the
8 days of the new CFSI! In past years, the summer institute was a faculty-only event;
this year, we were able to open it up to classified staff, who play such a crucial
role in how SMC functions, and, we believe, impact the students just as much.
Thank you to everyone that participated!
CFSI 2019 Alumni (in alphabetical order by last name):
Christopher Badger - Art (Faculty)
Clay Barham - English (Faculty)
Cleve Barton - Admissions and Records (Classified)
Aline Baumgartner - Tutoring Coordinator - LRC (Classified)
Silvana Carrion-Palomares - Supplemental Instruction (Classified)
Julie Chekroun - Communication & Media Studies (Faculty)
Joyce Cheney - LRC-Tutoring (Classified)
Taryn De La Rosa - Financial Aid & Scholarships (Classified)
Aaron De La Torre - EOPS/CARE (Classified)
Fariba Dinaali - Library (Classified)
Mary Eshaghian - Computer Science & Information Systems (Faculty)
Brian Eskridge - Athletics (Faculty)
Christina Fuller - Guardian Scholars & DREAM Program (Classified)
Jaime Gonzalez - Auxiliary/Fiscal Services (Classified)
Nancy Grass - Communication & Media Studies (Faculty)
Shannon Herbert - English (Faculty)
Gail Livings - Philosophy and Social Sciences (Faculty)
Enrique Lopez - Business (Faculty)
Walter Meyer - Art (Faculty)
Jacqueline Monge - Cosmetology (Faculty)
Kathleen Motoike - English (Faculty)
Erica Onugha - English (Faculty)
Novita Phua - Mathematics (Faculty)
Yanira Rivas Pineda - Philosophy and Social Sciences (Faculty)
Shuba Simhan - Math (Faculty)
Briana Simmons - Art (Faculty)
Sri Susilowati - Dance (Faculty)
Donnell Swanson - Reprographics Dept. (Classified)
Jamie Thomas - Modern Languages (Faculty)
Mark Tomasic - Dance (Faculty)
Jorge Valadez - Campus Store (Classified)
Vanan Yahnian - STEM/Student Equity (Classified)
The camaraderie and sense of community was immediately strong with this inaugural CFSI group. We look forward to having them involved in this year’s events, along with 205 of their fellow FSI alumni from past years. That brings our total SMC FSI/CFSI Alumni to 237!
Pictured: Classified attendees of CFSI are joined by SMC staff, administrators, CFSI presenters, and students on the final day of week one – in celebration of Library Administrative Assistant Fariba Dinaali’s birthday.
The Inaugural Classified & Faculty Summer Institute took place from July 29 through August 8, 2019
What is the Classified & Faculty Summer Institute?
CFSI is a place for classified educators and faculty to connect, collaborate, and create.
It is a series of workshops and speakers over the course of two weeks, designed to enrich our abilities as teachers and classified staff in higher education, and as a part of the Santa Monica College community.
Attendees will learn about ways to revitalize their roles at the College, increase student retention and persistence, and keep students engaged and supported. During the institute, experts and practitioners in the field of education and equity share research-based strategies that increase student success.
The Faculty Summer Institute takes place over 8 days, usually in the first two weeks of August.
The 2018 institute focused on the topics of:
- Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
- Excellence in Teaching
- Curriculum Design/Redesign
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 TheCenter@smc.edu or call 310-434-8717
The 2016 Faculty Summer Institute
We did it again! The Center for Teaching Excellence was proud to see the success of our 4th annual Faculty Summer Institute. This year’s Institute once again took place at the Bundy Campus, on Monday through Thursday over two weeks, between August 1st and August 11th, 2016.
Since 2013, Santa Monica College has now had 138 unique participants in the Faculty Summer Institute, spanning over 21 departments and disciplines. This year, there were 30 participants.
Thank you to everyone that made this another great year for FSI!
(From left to right) Standing: Patti Colton, Christopher Gibson (Institutional Research), Chris Liu, Alex Schnitzler,
Matt Musselman, Eric Minzenberg, Shanon Zusman, Robert Armstrong, Delland Bartlett,
Kristen Lui-Martinez, Martin Ledford, Christopher Meeks, Ariane Dalla Déa, Arek Arakelian,
Seated, Top Row: Valerie Narey, Jessup Yenser
Seated, Middle Row: Natasha Calzatti, Kevin Chicas, Kenya Mitchell, Alejandro Lee, Deborah Novak, LaTanya Louis, Eleni Hioureas
Seated, Front Row: Anasheh Gharabighi, Keiko Tsurumi, Fendi He, Keith Everett, Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, Cole James, and Edna Chavarry (Director, Academic Affairs Initiatives).
The 2015 Faculty Summer Institute
FSI 2015 was a great success!
Thank you to all of our attendees and facilitators. We are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead.
The 2014 Faculty Summer Institute
Final Day of FSI 2014
FSI 2013 - July 29 through August 8, 2013
Faculty connected, collaborated, and created at the Faculty Summer Institute (FSI). This Summer marked our first Faculty Summer Institute: faculty learned 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 shared research-based strategies that increase student success.
Space was limited to 30 instructional faculty. Participating faculty will receive a stipend for their participation in the Faculty Summer Institute and continuing involvement in The Center. Implementation plans were 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. We thank everyone who attended and were please to have such a motivated, involved group.
Photos and info from the 2014 Faculty Summer Institute will be available in Fall, so check back often for more reports from this year's institute, presentations from attendees, and photos.
Final Day of FSI 2013