FAQs for Faculty Learning Communities
We hope you will apply to join or to facilitate an FLC for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications are due April 24, 2017.
This is a great experience for faculty to meet colleagues from different disciplines across the university and to learn about a focused pedagogy in a community setting. What are you interested in exploring?
1. What is an FLC?
A 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.
2. What kind of topics make successful FLCs?
Topics should be broad enough to invite participation across disciplines and schools, but narrow enough to lead to significant benefits for faculty and students. See our FLC page for examples of previous FLCs.
3. How often do FLCs meet?
FLCs meet over the academic year, typically every other week for 90 minutes. All participants are encouraged to attend the meetings in person instead of say, a video conference. This helps to create a more cohesive community of learning.
4. Who will support my FLC?
A CTE co-director will periodically meet with the FLC Facilitators throughout the year and the CTE Program Assistant, Katie Hoffman, will help with room reservations, budget questions and whatnot.
5. Do I need to have all of my FLC group members ready at the time of my application?
No. We encourage participants across the university however not everyone has the opportunity to invite representative members from each school/college/library. You are welcome to submit names for prospective group members and if your FLC is accepted, we can help recruit members.
6. What do we do with our budget?
There are many things you can do with your budget and yet they must fall within USF Accounting and Business Office regulations, which can change every year and which Katie will attempt to clarify. Some examples of things you can do with your budget are: purchase books, invite speakers to campus, host an event with catering, or create a publication. Some things you cannot do are buy each group member a vacation or cases of wine.
7. How much money is each FLC given?
Each FLC will receive $300 per person, up to $3,000 per year. We adhere to a census date of November 15th, which is when we will determine your funds for the rest of the year.