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Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are informal groups of faculty members who meet on a regular basis to explore topics of common interest. Groups may discuss relevant articles and classroom examples. Some groups may pose questions for the group to answer or seek problem solving help. Other groups may develop research projects or begin scholarly writing groups. 
All sessions are held in the Lucas Center, LIB 221.
Check the calendar for meeting dates of current FLCs.  All are welcome to attend.

Spring 2018

FLC registration is now closed.


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Promoting Scholarship through Teaching
Facilitators: Nicola Foote, Peter Reuter, Mike Savarese, Tunde Szecsi
This FLC is designed to enhance the scholarly productivity of faculty as they work toward contract renewal and promotion. The FLC will: (1) introduce a number of course-based models that other faculty have employed successfully to improve their scholarship; and (2) help customize scholarship-enhancing activities for participating faculty. Participating faculty will collaborate with FLC participants to develop plans for generating their own scholarship while enhancing scholarly experiences within the classroom.
1/17,  2/7,  2/21,  3/28,  4/4 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

CT FLCWrite an Article in the Spring Semester
Facilitator: Nicola Foote
In this FLC we will use Wendy Laura Belcher’s well-known book Write a Journal Article in 12 Weeks as a template for enhancing scholarly productivity. This will be an action-based FLC and we will collectively work through the steps outlined in the book with the goal that each participants writes a journal article - from a vague idea to a full draft ready for submission – during the spring semester. This FLC will help orient you on a path for success in your scholarship, and help advance faculty promotion goals.
1/22,  2/5,  2/19,  3/12,  3/26,  4/9 from 9:30 AM– 10:45 AM

service learning

service learning
Service Learning 
Facilitator: Jessica Rhea
Service-learning novices to service-learning experts are invited to take part in this new faculty learning community where “best practices,” resources, innovative ideas, and support will be shared.  Enhance your teaching and student learning and consider ways to integrate service-learning into your service and scholarship by engaging in Community Engaged Scholarship.
1/31,  3/20 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

SoTLScholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Facilitator: Jackie Greene
This group meets to discuss SoTL projects they are developing, share resources to support their work, and find ways to support scholarly writing. This year we will reference Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning by Cathy Bishop-Clark and Beth Dietz-Uhler.
Participants will receive a copy of the book if they register and commit to attending all sessions
1/31,  2/14,  2/28,  3/21,  4/4 from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

STEM Professional Academy for Reinvigorating the Culture of Teaching (SPARCT)
Facilitator: Laura Frost
SPARCT began as an NSF grant-funded initiative through the Whitaker Center for STEM Education. This Academy strives to enhance SoTL, improve evidence-based practices, develop professional peer-observation strategies for STEM classrooms, and to enhance student learning in introductory STEM
                                                    courses as a result of SPARCT faculty development.
SPARCT is evolving into a monthly faculty learning community with regular programming.

Facilitators: Brian Johnson and Katie Johnson


This FLC will explore the student-centered learning approach called Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). This approach uses guided inquiry-- a constructivist learning cycle of exploration, concept invention, and application to engage learners. Although POGIL originated in chemistry, it is expanding into multiple disciplines.
1/22,  2/19,  3/19,  4/16 from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

flipped classroom Flipped Classroom
Facilitators: Kevin Davies and CJ Jordanek

This FLC will introduce flipped learning, a form of blended learning in which students learn new content online (e.g. viewing recorded lecture videos). With this approach, what used to be homework is now done in class with the professor offering more personalized guidance and interaction with students instead of lecturing. Discussions will include a review of flipped learning, information on lecture capture, approaches to utilizing this method in your class, and more.

2/6,  2/20,  3/20,  4/3 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM