Faculty Learning Communities
Applications for the 2017-2018 year are due April 24, 2017.
Our Faculty Learning Communities (or FLCs) bring together small, inter-disciplinary groups of faculty (6 to 10), who meet twice a month each semester for an academic year to address a pedagogy or academia-related problem of mutual interest.
"FLCs are like freshman seminars for faculty"
… EJ Jung (Computer Sciences)
"I regained my addiction for learning."
… Shawn Doubiago (Comparative Literature and Culture)
At the end of the year, each group shares its findings with the university community in some way, as appropriate.
How do they work?
Participation in an Faculty Learning Community is a commitment to a deep process of learning through a diverse, intentionally-created community. Under the guiding direction of a faculty Facilitator, each group identifies a convenient time for bi-weekly meetings for two consecutive semesters, determines a method for sharing their work with the university as appropriate, and discusses a division of labor for the work to be done together over the year.
Each Facilitator gets one course load release for the year (probably best taken in the fall semester). The group is given up to $300 per person for materials and food expenses.
One key to a successful FLC is to make a topic broad enough to invite participation across disciplines and schools, but narrow enough to lead to significant benefits for faculty and students. Here's some resources that explain the general ideas behind FLCs in greater depth:
- What is a Faculty and Professional Learning Community?
- Examples of FLCs at St. Cloud State
- Digital Humanities FLC example from UNC Chapel Hill
When are they offered?
We support several Faculty Learning Communities each year. Applications for these communities are accepted each spring. Each year applications are due by mid-April. We’ll select a new set of FLCs at the beginning of May.
What FLCs are offered this year?
We are supporting three groups for the 2016-2017 academic year. The groups are given below:
- Accessible Pedagogy and Universal Design for Learning: facilitated by Emily Nusbaum (Education).
- Field Study Courses: facilitated by Melinda Stone (Media Studies, Urban Agriculture).
- Best Pracitces in Hybrid Learning Experiences: facilitated by Susan Prion (Nursing and Health Professions).
What other FLCs have been offered?
Listed below are the Faculty Learning Communities for previous academic years.
- Student Engagement in the Classroom: Best Practices
- Practical Strategies for Working with International Students
- The Innovation Lab: Teaching & Technology
- Teaching at Branch Campuses
- Community Engaged Pedagogies
- Teaching First Year Students & Information Literacy
- Flipped Classrooms
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Ignatian Pedagogy