Faculty Academy


Ventura College’s Award-Winning Faculty Academy serves as a learning community that is focused on improving instruction and equity in higher education. The academy helps faculty in student-centered instruction, communication and engagement, with a focus on equity mindedness anti-biased practices in the classroom. It provides a supportive peer centered environment to rethink how students learn while exploring innovative techniques to reach and teach students who have challenges in traditional classrooms and/or have diverse learning styles due to unique cultural backgrounds, socioeconomics, or additional factors.

2023 Spring & Fall Cohort


There are 10 spots available for full time faculty interested in being part of this upcoming year’s academy. We are working on having a part-time cohort in 2024 after reviewing the outcomes of the new AFT contract.  

For the 2023 cohort, we will meet in person weekly on Mondays from 3:30-4:45. Due to the time commitment of attendance, supplemental readings, and development of best practices to your course, you can receive 0.1 release time per semester.  

If you are interested, please fill out the attached application and return the application to Colleen Coffey CCoffey@vcccd.edu, Kammy Algiers kalgiers@vcccd.edu, or Oscar Rivera oscar_rivera4@vcccd.edu by Nov 16th.  

    Faculty Academy 2023 Cohort
    Registration Opens Deadline Nov 21, 2022 Currently Open
    Start Date  Monday Jan 9, 2023 TBD (Approx. Mid/Late Feb)***
    End Date 

    Monday Dec 4, 2023 

    ***Please reach out to Kammy or Colleen if you have any questions. 


    Application 2023 Syllabus 2022


    • Recognize personal biases both implicit and complicit and address how they impact teaching practices and hinder student success

    • Integrate classroom teaching practices that provide access to the curriculum for all students, especially those affected by equity gaps
    • Evaluate teaching practices for various classroom formats
    • Assess the major challenges for student success in the classroom and explore and implement potential solutions
    • Review the research base of best practices for providing culturally sensitive, anti-biased teaching to ensure student success
    • Practice new strategies and share with the learning community
    • Develop faculty commitment to sharing resources and best practices regarding equity mindedness, cultural competency, anti-biased practices and universal designs for learning

    FA Faculty and Students: 

    FA Cohort Faculty Participants Unduplicated Students* 
    Spring/Fall 2015 10 3,281
    Spring/Fall 2016 7 2,288
    Spring/Fall 2017 10 2,597
    Spring/Fall 2018 8 1,663
    Spring/Fall 2020 7 1,662
    Spring/Fall 2021 8 1,352
    Spring/Fall 2022 5 1,329
    Total 58 12,275

    *Total does not equal the sum of FA cohorts because some students enrolled in FA participants' classes in multiple years.

    Disciplines taught by FA Faculty:  

    1. American Ethnic Studies

    2. Anatomy

    3. Anthropology

    4. Biology

    5. Biotechnology

    6. Business

    7. Child Development

    8. Chemistry

    9. Chicano Studies

    10. Criminal Justice

    11. Communication Studies

    12. Computer Science

    13. Counseling

    14. English

    15. English as a Second Language

    16. Engineering

    17. Environmental Science and Resource Management

    18. Geography

    19. Geology

    20. Geographic Information Systems

    21. Health Education

    22. History

    23. Kinesiology

    24. Math

    25. Microbiology

    26. Philosophy

    27. Physiology

    28. Political Science

    29. Psychology

    30. Sociology

    31. Spanish

    General Conclusions

    When the results are examined across all seven cohorts, they indicate that Faculty Academy participation has a statistically significant positive effect on course success rates. Disaggregated analyses suggest that this effect is particularly evident in student groups that have been traditionally underserved by higher education (i.e. Hispanic students, male students, low-income students, and EAC students).