What is a Faculty Learning Community?
A Faculty Learning Community (or FLC) is a group of interdisciplinary faculty who engage in an active, collaborative, year-long program. Each FLC focuses on researching and testing a scholarly and pedagogical topic that is important to the larger academic community.
Once the FLC begins, participants attend monthly meetings that include teaching and learning activities, development and training opportunities, and community building. An important component of an FLC is an emphasis on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Thus, participants will read the faculty development literature and design individual or small group projects for their department or college that allow the assessment and evaluation of these efforts, suitable for presentation or publication in a professional journal.
The LT&ITC, with major support from the Office of the Provost, will be offering 5 new Faculty Learning Communities for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. As you may know, The program includes a curriculum about enhancing faculty development with regularly-scheduled meetings and activities that provide participants with opportunities pertaining to the FLC’s major focus. The new FLCs will focus on the topics of Information Literacy, Plagiarism, the “Reacting to the Past” program, mid-career faculty development, and civic learning and civic engagement.
Graduate Education (Facilitator: Tom Brinthaupt)
Professional Learning Community (Facilitators: Heather Dillard & Terry Goodin)
Student Veteran Pedagogy (Facilitator: Patrick Richey)