Call for proposals: Faculty Learning Communities

July 17, 2019

The Center for Faculty Development is seeking proposals by August 14, 2019 from faculty or teams of faculty to lead Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) during the 2019-20 academic year. The goal of the FLC program is enjoyable scholarly exchange among peers, but these groups can also create positive change.  At other universities and colleges, faculty learning communities have been shown to enhance faculty perception of teaching as an intellectual pursuit, strengthen scholarly interests, improve teaching skill, and support experimentation in the classroom.  They can also build a sense of community and promote cross-disciplinary conversation.

Leaders of a faculty learning community help the community meet its goals by organizing meetings, planning the agenda, and selecting readings and materials. Faculty Development supports leaders with a modest stipend, funds for reading materials and snacks.

A community typically meets for BOTH the fall and spring semesters, but proposals are accepted for a community that meets only in fall or in spring semester.  A general rule of thumb for meetings is once every three weeks. To make it easier for colleagues to attend meetings, communities can meet virtually through Zoom and use asynchronous discussions and other technologies to support participation.  

If you have a topic in mind that you'd like to explore in depth with colleagues, and if you are willing to facilitate a community, email Faculty Development with the information below. Proposals are due by August 14, 2019.

Faculty Learning Community Proposal

Please include the information below in your proposal. If you have questions or would like to talk over your ideas, please contact Faculty Development.

Title of Faculty Learning Community: Describe your topic/idea for a learning community and include any goals/objectives/skills to be addressed by the community.

Leaders: Please include the name(s), email address, and department of the faculty who will lead the learning community.

Materials: Please include a list of readings, books, etc. or other materials that you will need. Faculty Development covers the cost of the books or materials (maximum of $30/participant).

Tentative meeting schedule: A community typically meets for BOTH the fall and spring semesters, but proposals may be for a community that meets only in fall or in spring semester. Please indicate which semester(s) your FLC will meet and about how often you anticipate that your group will meet each month.  A general rule of thumb for meetings is once every three weeks. Consider varying the meeting location to enable participation on both campuses. To make it easier for colleagues to participate, communities can conduct meetings online through Zoom and use asynchronous discussions and other technologies to support community participation.