Faculty Learning Communities for 2016-17
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
- Aligning Teaching and Research: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning lev by Uta Wolfe (Psychology)
- Being Mortal led by Teresa Collett (School of Law)
- Chairing a Department led by Andy Scheiber (English) and Cathy Cory (Theology)
- Contemplative Practices in Higher Education led by Vanessa Cornett-Murtada (Music)
- Curiosity led by Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman (Engineering)
- Intercultural Learning and Education Abroad Learning Community led by Deb Besser (Director, Center for Engineering Education) and Sarah Spencer (Director, Office of Study Abroad)
- Strategic Scholarship led by Kari Zimmerman (History), Lesley Scibora (Health and Human Performance), and Bryana French (Graduate School of Professional Psychology)
- Racial Justice Pedagogy and Intersectionality Colin Martin (Biology), Bryana French (Graduate School of Professional Psychology), and Lucia Pawlowski (English)
- Teaching Squares led by Melissa Loe (Mathematics) and Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman (Engineering)
- Tenured, Now What? led by Eric Fort (Chemistry) and Kari L. Fletcher (School of Social Work)
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.