Faculty Learning Communities

FLCs are  small groups of faculty who come together regularly over the course of a year to discuss various aspects of their teaching, support each other, and/or work together to solve a shared pedagogical problem or question.  FLCs can range from informal to quite structured, depending on the needs and goals of the group. The CTL is currently supporting  2 FLCs (see below) and is always willing to form more, based on faculty interest.

What are some examples of FLCs?

A learning community might be formed to:

  • Support a cohort of faculty at a similar point in their careers
  • Share ideas for improved teaching of a particular pedagogical approach (like service learning or problem-based learning)
  • Investigate the potential of a new classroom practice or tool (like “flipping” or student response systems)
  • Build community and support for teaching a common course (like First Year Seminars or Intro to Biology)
  • Discuss scholarship on issues of concern to faculty and their classrooms (like diversity or campus climate)
  • Connect faculty in more intentional ways with people and services that might improve student learning

What are the advantages to joining an FLC?

Well, just to name a few, an FLC can provide: new ideas for teaching, opportunities to slow down and reflect, scholarly camaraderie, intercollegiate connections, emotional support, potential avenues for publication, and, often, a free lunch! Above all, an FLC is a safe place to challenge yourself to grow as a teacher and life-long learner.

Metacognition

hosted by Cory Davia (CMC). This group will explore our goals and strategies for helping students become more self-aware about their learning processes. What do we want students to know about themselves? How can we help them discover those things? FLC members will choose readings together. Lunch and materials provided.

Meetings every other Monday, 3:00-4:15

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/mgpRy2qPySjQMF5M9

Teaching With Vision

hosted by Barbara Junisbai. in the past two years, barbara has been practicing visioning in her professional and personal life, in her teaching and service, and with her organizational studies students. the process follows a “backward design” model: we take a moment, in community, to name what joyful, meaningful, and fulfilling teaching (and life!) looks like for each of us. we then plot out in a playful, generous, and possibility-filled way concrete steps, resources, deadlines, and accountability structures that help us realize our vision. this flc meets 12:00-1:00 every other tuesday, beginning on 09.13, location TBD. lunch is included.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/guRx6pk58mEB6mV89

The CTL encourages faculty to nominate an FLC.  If you have an idea for a group that is focused on issues in teaching and learning, please email ctl@claremont.edu with the type of group, a main contact person, and what interest already exists for it.

Past FLC’s

Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education

hosted by Warren Liu.  FLC members read and reflected on Indigenous & Decolonizing Studies in Education: Mapping the Long View (2019).

Embodied Pedagogies

hosted by Barbara Junisbai.  FLC members chose readings from scholars in contemplative pedagogy, feminist pedagogy, and pedagogies of care, among others.

Justice Education FLC

This was a group of faculty who have taught, will teach, or were interested in teaching “inside-out” courses. They generally met monthly.  Some of the topics this FLC  discussed were:

  • What are the teaching strategies that folks have found to work well?
  • Dealing with expectations both “inside” and “outside” students have about each other, and faculty expectations of these students.
  • What other opportunities are there to participate in justice education?
  • Logistics of teaching inside-printing, materials, travel, registration, etc.
  • Managing stress of requirements of dress, behavior, etc. when going inside, and of leaving half your students behind, responsibility for student safety.

The Learner Centered Classroom

In this FLC faculty read about, discussed, tried, and reflected on the efficacy of learner-centered classroom techniques.

Diversity in Higher Ed FLC

This group of faculty focused on having some shared material (like an article) each meeting to provide a common basis for discussion. Some of the topics this FLC have discussed are:

  • Literature on best practices in inclusion and diversity
  • First-gen and socio-economic concerns
  • The psychological burden of undertaking contentions conversations
  • 5C and 7C resources for discussion on gender, sexuality, and disability