Seneff Faculty Development Program
This series is designed to culminate in the designation of the faculty as a member of the Seneff Faculty Community. The program is open to all Valencia faculty members and indicates an individual commitment to the development of the honors community at the college.
To successfully complete the program, the faculty member must complete a minimum of 8 hours in two foundational courses, 6 hours in honors pedagogy courses, and 6 hours of electives that can include additional courses or, with dean approval, other professional activities.
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Certification Planning Document
The planning document provides a list of required and optional courses which can be used to plan your certification or program. It is available as a printer-friendly fillable PDF. Seneff Honors Faculty Development Program Planning Document
Foundational Courses (8 Hours)
PFRC6360 What is Honors?4 PD Hours
This course will explore the history of the honors movement and attempt to answer the ever-elusive question, "What is honors?" In addition, expectations of a Valencia honors student and a Valencia honors faculty will be discussed. NOTE: This is a required course for the Seneff Faculty Development program.
LCTS6310 Best Practices in Honors Education4 PD Hours
This course will review some of the established best practices and cutting-edge ideas in honors education, as well as encourage instructors to develop techniques and assignments that challenge students to engage course materials in new and inventive ways. NOTE: This is a required course for the Seneff Faculty Development program. This course requires completion of a pre-reading assignment in addition to a 3-hour face-to-face meeting. Course facilitator will e-mail participants one week prior to the start of the course.
Honors Pedagogy Courses (minimum of 6 Hours)
LCTS6311 Interdisciplinary Teaching: Pedagogical Practices that Encourage Critical Thinking and Action3 PD Hours
This course will explore the benefits and challenges of designing and implementing interdisciplinary teaching techniques in the classroom. Emphasis will be placed on developing instructional activities that nurture students' critical thinking skills by constructing alternative perspectives to course questions. In addition, participants will discuss strategies to meet challenges of interdisciplinary teaching and to maximize benefits to students. NOTE: This is an optional course for the Seneff Faculty Development program.
LCTS6312 Great Books (And Other Masterpieces in Human Thought)3 PD Hours
This course will review ways to include primary source materials into lower division, general education courses. While emphasis will be placed on canonical 'great books,' methods for incorporating other primary source materials such as historical documents and artifacts will also be discussed. NOTE: This is an optional course for the Seneff Faculty Development program.
LCTS6313 City as Text™: A Model for Active Learning5 PD Hours
City as Text™ is the National Collegiate Honors Council signature program that provides the opportunity for participants to "read" an urban landscape and find meaning through walkabouts and active exploration of the environment. Basic tenets of active learning will also be covered. NOTE: This is an optional course for the Seneff Faculty Development program.
LCTS6317 Introduction to Creating Undergraduate Research Experiences
3 PD Hours
This course will give participants an overview of undergraduate research opportunities, a high impact practice, across all disciplines at Valencia College including the definition, research types and models, resources and logistics, and ethics.
LFMP6340 Mentoring Students in Undergraduate Research *3 PD Hours
This course will provide the essential skills required to mentor honors students enrolled in the Undergraduate Research Track (IDH2912) course. Mentoring students in this track requires that the faculty member facilitate students in determining their research, establishing a research question, and conducting research specific to the mentor's own discipline. In addition, mentors will be responsible for guiding students in the presentation of their research in a formal setting in accordance with the guidelines set by that forum. NOTE: This is an optional course for the Seneff Faculty Development program. This course is required for faculty mentoring students in the Honors Undergraduate Research Track who do not meet alternative credentialing.
Electives (minimum of 6 Hours)
The faculty member must complete at least 6 additional hours in the below courses or, with dean approval, participate in professional activities designed to enhance involvement in the honors community such as completion of the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Certification Seminar, attendance at national, regional, and state honors conferences, attendances at discipline conferences, etc.
Please note that participation in other professional activities outside the Valencia Faculty Development Catalog cannot be applied to the hours required for faculty seeking or renewing the Associate Faculty Certification.
INDV2254 The Art and Science of Learning and the Brain 2 PD Hours
In this course, participants will examine the relationship between the ways people learn and the biology of the brain.
INDV3248 Building Online Communities 2 PD Hours
This course will engage participants in the concepts, effective strategies and best
practices in creating and maintaining an online learning community.
NOTE: This course is required for the Digital Professor Certification.
INDV3358 The Art of Facilitating Online Discussions 10 PD Hours
This course is designed to enhance participants' ability to effectively facilitate
discussions in the online environment. Participants will examine the facilitator's
role in online discussions that build community and enhance student learning. Participants
will enhance their facilitation skills through activities with their peers that simulate
NOTE: This course is an elective for the Digital Professor Certification.
INDV2255 Multiple Perspectives 2 PD Hours
In this workshop, participants will investigate teaching strategies to improve students' abilities to engage in conversation with alternative viewpoints. Participants will reflect on ways to reveal the importance of recognizing and engaging multiple perspectives as well as ways to motivate students to learn from reputable sources.
INDV3259 LinC: Integrating a High Impact Practice (prev. INDV3257/3258) 20 PD Hours
Learning communities are regarded as a high impact educational practice that has shown to be beneficial to college students from many backgrounds. This course will review the foundation of Valencia's LinC initiative, along with providing the necessary guidelines and strategies to build community in the classroom and implement integrated learning with two or more joined courses. The course will help you design a joint syllabus with a faculty partner from another discipline and partner with a Success Coach to support student learning. NOTE: This course is an elective course in the LifeMap Certification program.
Please contact Robyn Brighton for more information or to register.
INDV3351 Internationalizing the Curriculum at Home20 PD Hours
This course is designed to provide faculty members with the knowledge and resources to internationalize their courses through the development of a course internationalization toolkit, which will be shared with colleagues college-wide. Using an add-on, infusion, or transformational approach to internationalization, participants will work in small groups to develop the student learning outcomes, course content, materials, activities and assignments, and assessments for a specific course. Faculty are strongly encouraged to attend the course with at least one other person from their discipline in order to develop the toolkit together.
INDV3356 Stewardship as a Study Abroad Leader 4 Hours
Participants will develop global leadership skills to lead study abroad experiences.
Participants will learn how to create an atmosphere of inclusion and mitigate issues
when studying abroad through exploring a variety of scenarios and role-playing. Additionally,
faculty will develop a risk management plan. This course is designed for full-time
faculty interested in leading a study abroad program.
Note: This is a required course in the Study Abroad Program Leader Certification. Participants must successfully complete the following prerequisite prior to enrolling in this course: Introduction to SAGE (LCTS 3316).
LCTS2214 Problem-based Learning2 PD Hours
This course explores the learning of subject matter and skill acquisition through collaborative problem-solving. Emphasis is placed on using this method in community college courses.
LCTS2217 Project-based Learning2 PD Hours
In project-based learning, students answer a complex, open-ended question or solve an authentic problem through a collaborative process of investigation. Unlike traditional instruction where students are presented with knowledge and given an opportunity to apply that knowledge, project-based learning starts with the end in mind – a product that requires the learning of essential content and skills. In this workshop, faculty will be introduced to the seven characteristics of project-based learning, as well as techniques for managing a project-based learning experience in one's classroom. Workshop participants will draft a driving-question and will begin developing ideas for project-based learning experiences in their disciplines.
LCTS2220 Using Collaborative Writing Strategies Across the Disciplines2 PD Hours
In this course, participants in all disciplines examine strategies to teach students how to write more effectively for their specific course using collaborative writing as a teaching method. Participants will be given resources and the opportunity to create a lesson or activity incorporating collaborative writing into their discipline.
LCTS2221 Impacting Student Motivation10 PD Hours
IIn this course, participants will discuss and apply strategies for helping students to understand motivation and how it influences their thoughts and behaviors. Participants will read Daniel Pink's Drive as background for the discussions. In registering for this course, you are committing to attend two meetings, read the book, and develop one activity/lesson on motivation. NOTE: This course is an elective for the LifeMap Certification and Seneff Certification program.
LCTS3211 Strategies for Academic Integrity 2 PD Hours
This course will explore plagiarism and academic integrity. Participants will develop a comprehensive plan to avoid and detect plagiarism and encourage students to engage in behaviors supportive of academic integrity. NOTE: This is an elective in the Digital Professor Certification and the Seneff Honors Certification.
LCTS3213 Service Learning Across the Curriculum20 PD Hours
Participants will create a plan to infuse service learning into a current course by linking course outcomes to meaningful community service. Participants will explore service learning opportunities and create assessment plans to measure student learning. Successful completion of this course will enable participants to add a service learning designation to their courses.
LCTS3315 Introduction to SAGE 6 PD Hours
Participants will engage in an overview of the Study Abroad program, the student global
distinction pathway, and global competency skills. Additionally, participants will
develop a global perspective as well as explore different models for internationalizing
curriculum and high impact educational practices.
Note: This is a required course in the Study Abroad Program Leader Certification and must be taken first in the series of required courses Stewardship as a Study Abroad Program Leader (INDV 3356) and Designing a Study Abroad Proposal (LCTS 3316). Although leading a study abroad program is limited to full-time faculty, this course is appropriate for all faculty interested in learning more about internationalizing their curriculum.
LCTS3316 Designing a Study Abroad Proposal 10 PD Hours
Participants will create authentic learning experiences for studying abroad. Additionally,
participants will develop a curriculum plan, destination logistics, budget, and recruitment
Note: This is a required course in the Study Abroad Program Leader Certification. Participants must successfully complete the following prerequisites prior to enrolling in this course: Introduction to SAGE (LCTS 3315) and Stewardship as a Study Abroad Leader (INDV 3356). This course is designed for full-time faculty interested in leading a study abroad program.
LFMP1151 Reading Circle Variable PD Hours
Reading circle discussion of a selected text on LifeMap. Participants will be expected to engage with the text and with each other, as well as be willing to try new techniques with their students and report back to the discussion about their results. (Variable credits; course may be repeated for credit.) NOTE: This is an elective in the LifeMap Certification and the Seneff Honors Certification.
LFMP3345 Learning Support Services on Your Campus 4 PD Hours
This course is designed to help participants learn more about campus Learning Support Services available to students. This course will benefit faculty members from all disciplines. NOTE: This is an elective in the LifeMap Certification and the Seneff Honors Certification.
LOBP3230 Thinking Things Through: Critical Thinking Theory and Practice10 PD Hours
Over 2 two-hour meetings, participants will discuss and apply the concepts of Paul and Elder's critical thinking model outlined in Gerald Nosich's book Learning to Think Things Through: A Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines. The text offers both a practical model that can be applied to any discipline as well as exercises and activities for teaching students how to think more critically. Each participant will receive a copy of the book after registering. In registering for this course, you are committing to attend 2 meetings, read the book, and integrate the model into one activity/lesson in your class. NOTE: This course is an elective the LifeMap Certification and the Seneff Certification program.