Faculty Learning Communities for 2016-17

August 28, 2016
Faculty Learning Community participants: Ande Nesmith, Josh Layfield, Bryana French, Lesley Scibora, Afshan Ismat, Kari Zimmerman, and Kathleen Winters.

Registration open for 2016-17 Faculty Learning Communities

Registration closes September 14, 2016. For questions about a community please contact the leader(s). For more information about a community, including the meeting schedule please download the 2016-17 FLC brochure‌.

2016-17 Faculty Learning Communities

The goal of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) 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 (Cox, 2001; O’Meara, 2005).  They can also build a sense of community and promote cross-disciplinary conversation.

The Faculty Learning Community program was inaugurated in Fall 2012. At St. Thomas, Faculty Learning Communities are year-long cross-disciplinary groups with 8-14 members; they are organized around a particular topic related to faculty life and have a reading and discussion agenda. A faculty leader organizes monthly meetings; he or she plans the format, the details of the meeting situation, and goals for each meeting.

More information about Faculty Learning Communities at St. Thomas.