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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.

Fall 2016

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.
Wed Aug 31 from 3 PM - 4 PM
Thur Nov 3 from 11 AM - 12 PM  

koru mindfulnessKoru Mindfulness
Facilitator: Julie Griffin
Koru Mindfulness is an empirically validated mindfulness training program designed for teaching mindfulness and meditation to college students and other young adults. This unique program, developed at Duke University, provides intensive training on individual mindfulness to professional academics. Julie Griffin, a certified Koru Mindfulness teacher, will lead four sessions and will
                               supplement the sessions with Wherever You go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Participants will receive a copy of the book if they register and commit to attending all sessions.
Thursdays from 2 PM - 3:15 PM
Sept 29, Oct 6, Oct 13, Oct 27, Nov 3

colloquium flcColloquium Colloquium FLC
Open to all colloquium faculty
Join us for an informal time of learning, laughing, and strengthening our Colloquium community. The first gathering will include time to plan the rest of the semester according to needs and interests.
                                                                         Wed Sept 7 from 3 PM - 4:30 PM
Tues Oct 4 from 5 PM - 6:30 PM
Wed Nov 9 from 3 PM - 4:30 PM
Tues Dec 6 from 5 PM - 6:30 PM

Gen Ed ThreadGen Ed Thread 
Facilitator:  Eric Otto
This group will explore issues related to teaching courses in the General Education Program. Participants will develop topics of common interest to facilitate development and improvement of teaching and learning in these classes. 
                                                          Thur Sept 15 from 1 PM - 2 PM  
                                                          Thur Nov 17 from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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 either morning or afternoon sessions.
Morning sessions: 10 AM -- 11 AM
Afternoon sessions: 2 PM - 3 PM
Sept 7, Sept 21, Oct 5, Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16

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 2016 academic year will be held
Tuesday, August 16, 11:00-11:30, LIB 212
ALL STEM faculty are welcome!
Tues Sept 20 from 10 -11 AM
Mon Oct 24 from 4:15 - 5:15 PM
Tues Nov 15 from 10 - 11 AM

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.
Thursdays from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Aug 25, Oct 6, Oct 20, Nov 17