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Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning - CITL

Faculty Learning Communities 2019 – 2020

Proposal Form

Proposal Deadline:  May 1, 2019


Faculty members who are interested in leading or co-leading a Faculty Learning Community during the 2019-2020 academic year should submit a proposal.

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a group of actively engaged cross-disciplinary faculty who work together in a year-long program geared toward developing new teaching methods, exploring an issue related to teaching and learning, or redesigning a course or part of a course to improve the learning experience for students. An FLC can be topic based focused on an issue, concern, or opportunity. They can also be cohort-based, for instance, early career or mid-career faculty,  or department chairs. Each community will have between 8 and 12 members.

The CITL Executive Board will review applications and select up to 4 learning communities based on the strength of their proposals for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Expectations of Facilitators

  1. CITL will promote selected Faculty Learning Communities through a variety of communication strategies. Facilitators are also expected to recruit and find members to participate in their community.
  2. FLC facilitators must attend an informational meeting at the beginning of fall semester to review expectations, best practices, communication strategies, and budgeting.
  3. Each FLC will have $5000 to support activities and materials related to the FLC or their teaching—the funds may be used for supporting speakers, attending professional development events, and instructional materials in support of their teaching.
  4. If facilitators do not set meeting times in advance of recruitment, each FLC will determine its own meeting times when the group is established.  In general, the FLC should meet 8-10 times during the academic year for approximately 2 hours, typically 4-5 times in fall semester and 4-5 times in spring semester.

Each FLC is expected to share its work at the annual the Bay-to Bay-Symposium (2nd Friday in February) and at the CITL Week of Teaching at the beginning of the next academic year.

Sample Themes:
Motivating Learners
Rebranding Leadership
Leading Difficult Conversations

Sample Cohorts:
Early Career
Faculty who teach Distance Learning Courses