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Lucas Center for Faculty Development

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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 212.
Check the calendar for meeting dates of current FLCs.  All are welcome to attend.

New FLC for Spring 2017

analyticsIncrease Your Research Impact Learning Community 
Facilitator: Chealsye Bowley
Do you want to increase the impact of your research? In this new faculty learning community early career, mid-career, and established researchers will join together to discuss and explore methods to share their research in order to maximize readership, citations, and impact. 
Tuesdays from 2 PM - 3 PM
Jan 24, Feb 21, March 28 

service learning

service learning
Service Learning FLC
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.
Tues. Jan 31st
10 AM - 11 AM: Tools and Resources
Wed. March 22
2 PM - 3 PM:  Building & Sustaining Community Partnerships
Fri. April 28
9 AM - 10 AM:  Reflecting and Planning Ahead

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
Wednesdays from 2 PM - 3 PM
Jan 18, Feb 1, Feb 15, March 1, March 15, March 29   
click here to register

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.
The first event for the spring 2017 semester:
Wednesday January 11th, 12 PM - 1 PM, LIB 212
ALL STEM faculty are welcome!

Facilitator: Brian Johnson and Laura Frost 


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.
Mondays from 11 AM - 12 PM
Jan 23, Feb 20, March 20, April 17