Propose a Faculty Learning Community for AY 2017-18

May 31, 2017
Are you interested in an opportunity to create and lead professional development for St. Thomas colleagues? And get a stipend for your work? Submit a proposal to lead a Faculty Learning Community by June 9, 2017!

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.

Faculty Development is seeking proposals from faculty to facilitate (or co-facilitate) a Faculty Learning Community during the 2017-18 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, email Faculty Development at with the following information:

  1. Title of FLC
  2. Name(s), email address, and department of the faculty who will facilitate the learning community:
  3. Briefly describe your topic/idea for a learning community. Please include the goals/objectives/skills to be addressed by the FLC.
  4. List the readings, books, etc. or other materials that you will need. Please also include the cost of the books or materials (maximum of $30/participant).
  5. About how often do you anticipate that your group will meet each semester (e.g., number of meetings per semester and length of each meeting)? Recommended number of meetings is one every three weeks. Do you have dates/times in mind already? If yes, please list potential dates/times of meetings.

If you're not quite ready to submit a proposal and would like to talk over your idea contact the Director of Faculty Development at

"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."