TLC @ Clark College

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 and mission and its commitment to the "learning college" model. Our goal is to celebrate the teaching profession and champion a collegial work environment by providing faculty with programs, services, and resources to ensure student success in a learning-centered environment.

Key Contacts

Michelle Bagley

Dean of Libraries, eLearning, Tutoring and Faculty Development

Lorraine Leedy

Program Coordinator

New Faculty Resources

Faculty Focus

This conference-style event is held exclusively for faculty during Clark College's Fall Orientation. Watch for announcements beginning in August each year for Fall Orientation and Faculty Focus activities.

Key Resources




The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) provides leadership and coordination for Washington's system of 34 public community and technical colleges. The SBCTC is headquartered in Olympia with offices in Spokane (eLearning) and Bellevue (IT division). The Faculty Development and Instructional Resources page includes information on training, conferences and retreats.


20-Minute Mentor Commons

The Mentor Commons is a library of 20-minute webcasts available on demand. Programs give practical, real-world advice to enhance teaching and learning.


Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Education refers to the growing set of practices that promote the sharing high quality educational resources and support learners to access education anywhere, anytime.  Open Education incorporates educational networks, teaching and learning materials, open textbooks, open data, open scholarship and open source educational tools, collectively referred to as Open Educational Resources or OER.

Community college students spend the equivalent of 72% of their tuition costs on textbooks. Considering the financial pressures that many of our students face it is no surprise that 7 out of 10 students avoid purchasing the required materials for their courses.

By adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) Clark can address the rising cost of education AND provide learner-centered education.

Explore the following links for more information:

Finding OER -- a resource of links to open source courses, textbooks and search engines! / Finding OER -- a quick online guide to finding useful and relevant Open Educational Resources

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources

Open Courseware Consortium


Offered throughout the year, topics may include:

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.

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.

Faculty Development Funding

Funding for off-campus professional development opportunities such as retreats and conferences is determined by instructional deans.


If you are interested in having a mentor, please contact Michelle Bagley at or 360-992-2472.

Online Resources

Recommended online resources that address best practices and evidence-based research in areas including assessment, open educational resources, universal design, cultural diversity, and more.

Visit the TLC Calendar for a list of upcoming events.