Faculty Development

Faculty Development

Faculty Learning Communities

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) offers a cross-disciplinary group of 10 to 12 participants the opportunity to meet regularly to study pedagogical topics of shared interest in an in-depth, ongoing, scholarly, and systematic manner. FLC participants meet at least twice a month for two hours, delve into existing research on their common area of inquiry, then design and pursue individual projects that require them to apply and test new ideas and information about student learning. FLCs offer a more structured, intensive, and outcome-driven approach to faculty development than do more traditional methods, such as one-time workshops or ongoing but informal brown bag conversations. For a more in-depth explanation of FLCs and the theory and research that drive them, click here.


2014-2015 Faculty Learning Communities

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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
This FLC is designed to build on the annual SoTL conference, although previous participation in that conference is not required.  Our focus is on deepening understanding of the scholarship of teaching and learning process. Participants collaboratively work on SoTL research projects, and prepare proposals for SoTL presentations and publications.   
WHEN: Mondays, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., twice a month
WHERE: Bernhard Cafe
FACILITATORS: Eli Collins-Brown and Carla Chase

Getting Over the Hump: Associate to Full Professorship (Formerly Mid- and Later-Career Faculty)
This FLC is designed for mid-career faculty and will focus on effectively balancing teaching with scholarly and professional growth, especially in the process of making the move from Associate to Full Professorship. This is a co-constructed professional development experience and participants will have considerable influence in shaping topics and methodologies.  
WHEN: Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m. or Thursdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Schneider Hall
FACILITATORS: Jan Gabel-Goes and Kailash Bafna

Find information here about the 2014-2015 Everyone Counts Professional Learning Communities.



Office of Faculty Development
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5268 USA
(269) 387-0732