Propose a Faculty Learning Community for AY 2016-17

May 5, 2016

Faculty Learning Communities, inaugurated in Fall 2012, are year-long cross-disciplinary groups with 8-14 members. A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) focuses on a particular topic, question, or issue related to faculty life. Members of an FLC meet regularly during the fall and spring semesters to deepen their knowledge and expertise in the chosen topic through readings, discussion, and application. 

Propose and facilitate a Faculty Learning Community (FLC)

Faculty Development is seeking applications from faculty to facilitate (or co-facilitate) a Faculty Learning Community during the 2016-17 academic year. A learning community usually meets for BOTH the fall and spring semesters.

Each FLC requires at least one member to serve as the facilitator of the group. The facilitator’s role is to help the community meet its goals by organizing meetings (once every three weeks is ideal), planning the agenda, and selecting readings and materials. The FLC leader(s) receive a modest stipend, funds for reading materials and snacks. View the Faculty Learning Communities from past years.

I think I'd like to propose a topic and facilitate a community - what do I do next?

If you have a topic in mind that you'd like to explore in depth with colleagues, and if you are willing to serve as facilitator of a faculty learning community, submit the online FLC proposal form. We're not asking for a lot of information - just a brief description of your FLC idea/topic, the name(s) of the leader(s) and a brief reading list.

If you're not quite ready to submit a proposal and would like to talk over your idea contact Ann Johnson (a9johnson@stthomas.edu or 962.6021). 


"Participating in a Faculty Learning Community was one of the most memorable experiences from the past year at UST. It really does create small interdisciplinary communities that foster open thinking and discussion, which greatly contributed to expanding my horizons in the past year."

"The fact that UST has such a strong FLC tells me it is genuinely committed to helping faculty become excellent educators and that they believe in supporting their faculty."

"It was a wonderful experience. I am very very glad it was offered and that I participated. I appreciate the volunteer leaders."