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Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning - CITL

2018-2019 Faculty Learning Community

Call for Participants

Deadline: Friday, September 7, 2018

This year, CITL is hosting a faculty learning community designed to foster communication among faculty members across disciplines and promote innovation in teaching and learning. The learning community will include 6-12 members and focus on an issue or question related to teaching. Members will spend the year reading about, researching, discussing, and finding solutions to an issue or question they would like to explore. Members are encouraged to share information about their work and any deliverables with the USFSP community at the annual Bay-to-Bay Symposium or other events on or off campus. Meetings take place every three weeks for two hours.

Watch this short video to learn more about the 2016-2017 Early Career Faculty Learning Community and FLCs in general. Take a look at this infographic for a breakdown of the benefits.


Proposed FLCs:

Integrating Virtual Reality and Immersive Technologies into Learning Environments

Facilitators: Dr. Michael Luckett, KTCOB & Dr. Bahaa Gameel, CAS

To explore ways to utilize in learning environments a variety of emerging technologies such as digital marketing, virtual reality, drone technology, graphic design, augmented reality, biometrics, and non-linear marketing (among many) that intersect between the worlds of business, journalism, education, STEM and the arts. As identified in both the USFSP Strategic Plan and Master Academic Plan, the proposed FLC would strongly support two of the core values: Student-Centered Success (by engaging students with skills sets likely to be highly valued in the future) and Research & Innovation (by allowing faculty and students to explore possible applications for cutting edge, emerging technologies). In addition, the proposed FLC would help USFSP to create a distinctive identity, establish strategic partnerships and identify infrastructure to meet current and future needs.


Urban Social Justice Scholars

Facilitators: Dr. LaSonya Moore, COE & Dr. Harris Ambush, COE

Explain how these goals and outcomes support USFSP's Strategic Plan and Master Academic Plan. We know, faculty that teach at small regional universities may have limited colleagues within their departments with similar research and teaching interests. Faculty whose foci surrounds social justice concerns can feel disconnected or even marginalized on small regional campuses. The goal for this FLC will be to create a space of mutual support and collaboration where faculty can select social justice topics to discuss while also talking through challenges, fostering collaboration, supporting one another's research and teaching while sharing strategies to stay energized in an effort to grow, persist, and sustain (Brydges et al., 2013). In addition to providing awareness, opportunity and space for the broader conversation that relates to social justice struggles and successes, participants will identify a pedagogical challenge or success of choice to share. 


Data Literacy Across the Curriculum 

Facilitators: Theresa Burress & Tina Neville, Nelson Poynter Memorial Library

“… data literacy is the ability to interpret, evaluate, and communicate statistical information. Central to this ability is an understanding of how statistical information is created, encompassing data production, data analysis, and formal inference.” Students are bombarded with data in every aspect of their lives, yet many are not prepared to critically evaluate the quality of the data, including how the data was created, how it is organized and presented, and how data applies to their own decisions. USF St. Petersburg offers data intensive undergraduate and graduate programs in diverse disciplines from natural and social sciences to business and education. All of these areas of study have established disciplinary approaches to data production, analysis, and formal inference over many decades. However, the proliferation of new techniques that has occurred in tandem with the explosion of big data have often developed separately from many of these academic disciplines.



Early Career Faculty 

Facilitator: Dr. Nikki Stowell, KTCOB

This community provides an opportunity for those new to USFSP to join an interdisciplinary group to explore their teaching and become more familiar with USFSP.