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Faculty Community for Significant Learning

Through committee release time, this year-long community provides an opportunity for faculty, in a setting of interdisciplinary dialogue, to invest time and energy in their specific teaching interests.

Objective: This community's purpose is to assist up to eight faculty members in enhancing teaching effectiveness and increasing student learning.

Format: Through committee release time, the Faculty Community for Significant Learning (FCSL) provides an opportunity for faculty, in a setting of interdisciplinary dialogue, to invest time and energy in their specific teaching interests. The FCSL will meet monthly at 10:00 on the third Monday of each month during the fall and spring semesters, and for an extended meeting during the month of January. The common reading for the year will be Rosebrough and Leverett, Transformational Teaching in the Information Age: Making How and Why We Teach Relevant to Students (Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2011), with additional readings provided to individuals according to their interests. Participants will complete a teaching project of their choosing and will receive a $300.00 honorarium.

Goals and Activities:

  • write or revise a statement of teaching philosophy to serve as a foundation for other FCSL activities
  • contribute to an online FCSL wiki to engage with other Community members outside the regular meeting times
  • complete a teaching project; suggested projects include:
    • (re)design a course or aspect of a course according to the principles articulated in one's new statement of teaching philosophy
    • deploy a new teaching methodology or technology in an actual course and share the results with the Community and possibly also with the broader academic community

Application (.pdf)

"Do not assume that mere reading will suffice without fervor, speculation without devotion, investigation without admiration, observation without exaltation, industry without piety, knowledge without love, understanding without humility, study without divine grace."
-St. Bonaventure