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Faculty Diversity Internship Program (FDIP)

FDIP Overview and Structure

Program Overview & Structure

The Faculty Diversity Internship Program (FDIP), a paid internship, has proven to be an effective means of providing high quality learning opportunities for faculty interns and enhancing the educational needs of our multicultural students.

The Faculty Diversity Internship Program has two components: (1) 30 hours of community college faculty training in the fall/spring and (2) hands-on experience in an educational setting with a faculty mentor during the fall and spring semesters. The training content will include:

  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Theory and Practice
  • Effective Teaching and Classroom Communication Strategies
  • Diverse Learning Styles
  • Interview Tips and Tricks

The FDIP Institutes provide interns with a foundation in pedagogy as well as techniques, skills, and best practices for the classroom.  The program is designed to give interns the fundamental theories and skills necessary to be successful in the community college setting. This program dedicates time to prepare interns for applying for faculty positions within the District and or other California Community Colleges. 

The fall and spring semesters are a time for interns to immerse in campus events and activities to help cultivate and promote understanding of the various responsibilities of our faculty, staff and students. All interns will have the opportunity to meet with the College Executive Management Team, Vice Presidents, Department Deans and Chairs, and various other stakeholders that work to support our mission, vision, and values.

FDIP Internship Objectives

FDIP Intern Learning Objectives  

It may be helpful for you to have a clear understanding of the main objectives for your internship. The three primary learning objectives for FDIP interns throughout the program are:  

Objective One: Community College Classroom Learning 

Excelling in instructional pedagogy, design, and delivery at the community college level 

  • Learning about adult learning principles 
  • Becoming familiar with our student population 
  • Observing all class sessions for one course 
  • Meeting with Mentor weekly to discuss instructional pedagogy 
  • Working with Mentor to design, develop, and teach lessons  
  • Receiving feedback from Mentor on instruction 

Objective Two: Community College Cultural Assimilation 

Getting to know WVMCCD community college culture, our students, and our institutions 

  • Meeting division personnel and support staff 
  • Attending department or division meeting 
  • Taking a tour of the campus or facility 
  • Becoming familiar with student resources 
  • Learning about shared governance and leaderships 
  • Participating in campus committee meetings 
  • Observing a Senate and Curriculum Committee meeting 

Objective Three:  Getting Hired at a Community College 

Understanding the community college application, interviewing, and hiring process 

  • Understanding the hiring process 
  • Writing a cover letter 
  • Completing an application 
  • Writing a community college resume and vitae 
  • Learning where to find job relevant openings 
  • Practicing first and second level interviewing skills 

 FDIP Monthly Benchmarks/Activities

Benchmarks 

Here is the recommended monthly calendar with benchmarks/activities/topics that align with FDIP trainings to help guide the internship experience.

 

Month

 

Skills, activities, learning objectives

 

August

 

Accessible syllabus, Canvas overview, calendar with weekly units, Universal Design principles, accessibility, observation skills,using Zoom

 

September  

 

Student services and success, DESP/DSPS, Health Services, building classroom community, implementing regular and substantive interaction 

 

October  

 

OEI Online course rubric, Creating course modules/units/posts, lesson planning based on COR and SLOs, attend Curriculum Committee

 

November

 

Distance Education observation form, creating assessments and assignments to measure specific learning outcomes, online teaching tools

December

Assessing learning outcomes/SLOs/final grades, college grading policies and procedures, final exams and tests, submitting final grades

January 

 

Campus culture, student demographics, caring campus, creating a healthy classroom community, first day/week planning and implementation 

 

February 

 

Dealing with difficult students, Student services, DESP/DSPS, Health Services using classroom technology, lecture and facilitation skills 

 

March  

 

Teaching opportunities,  networking, collegiality, committees, shared governance, organization chart, attend Academic Senate Meeting

 

April  

 

Job search skills, CCC Registry, developing vitae/resume, cover letter, understanding tenure process, interviewing practice and feedback 

 

May

 

Assessment of internship experience, summary of learning outcomes, evaluation of FDIP, next steps, FDIP graduation

 



FDIP Support 

Contact Information              

 

FDIP Program Coordination 

For questions about hours, pay, program requirements and logistics, and/or to discuss issues:  

Paul Williams paul.williams@wvm.edu 408-741-2194 

Director, Compliance, Training & Employee Relations, FDIP Program Manager 

Ryan Ng ryan.ng@wvm.edu 408-741-2171 

Human Resources Specialist, FDIP Program Coordinator 

Instructional Design and Training Team 

For questions about training and instruction, or for on-going support and/or resources: 

Meg Farrell meg.farrell@westvalley.edu 408-741-2490 

FDIP Mentor Liaison, WVC-Communication Studies Instructor, Vice President Academic Senate 

Michelle Francis Michelle.francis@westvalley.edu 775-770-4560

FDIP Intern Liaison, WVC-Reading Instructor, Professional Development Committee Chair


  
  
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