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Faculty Development


The Faculty Development Department contributes to student success in a learning-centered community by cultivating and supporting teaching excellence.

All Faculty Development offerings are provided in the context of Clark College's vision, mission, and commitment to the learning college model. Our goal is to celebrate the teaching profession and champion a collegial work environment.

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Judith Hernández Chapar
Director, Teaching and Learning Center

Nichola Farron
Faculty Development Specialist 

Faculty Development Opportunities

The following programs, services, and resources provide professional development opportunities for faculty focused on encouraging student success in a learning-centered environment.

20-Minute Mentor Webinars

This library of video-based programs can help address everyday teaching challenges. The programs are fast, focused, and on-demand with practical “how-to” information presented by higher education’s leading authorities.

Faculty Development Funding

Funding for off-campus professional development opportunities for full-time and part-time faculty is determined by instructional deans. The Funding Source Guide is a reference for identifying various sources of funding. The Faculty Development Application Form is used to apply for Adjunct Faculty Development, Foundation , and Murdock Funds.

Faculty Handbook

The Faculty Handbook is a great resource of practical information.

Faculty Speaker Series

The Faculty Speaker Series showcases recent experiences that have enriched both the lives and teaching of Clark's faculty members. This series aims to join the college community in learning through our own faculty's wide range of interests and achievements.

Focus on Learning

A faculty inservice day that provides a range of professional development opportunities.

Guided Pathways

Goal One of the Academic Plan is to establish well-defined pathways for all degree and certificate programs by 2021. For more information and to request access to the Guided Pathways Resource Center contact GP Instruction Liaison Karl Bailey at


If you are interested in having a mentor, please contact Judith Hernández Chapar at or (360) 992-2086

New Faculty Orientation

These information sessions are tailored to new faculty who want the basics of navigating the policies and procedures of Clark College. New faculty receive a stipend for participating. 

Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning Communities are professional development models made up of cross-disciplinary groups of up to 15 faculty and professional staff engaging in a fulfilling and sustained 9-month-long program with a curriculum that enhances teaching, learning and student success and retention.

Teaching Squares

A program designed to improve teaching skills and build community through a structured, non-threatening process of classroom observation and shared reflection. Participants in a Teaching Square learn about the best practices of other faculty in order to improve their own teaching.


Offered throughout the year, topics may include:

  • Active Learning
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques
  • Technology
  • Classroom Management
  • Creating a Safe Learning Environment
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Power, Privilege and Inequity