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2021 Learning Community THEMES

  • Expanding Public Outreach
  • Diversity, Equity of Access & Inclusion
  • Mentoring Networks for Faculty & Graduate Students

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) allow faculty to drive institutional teaching and learning goals through supported research and collaborative scholarship.

We are currently seeking proposals for 2021/22 FLCs. Do you have an idea for a community centered on one of the above themes? The Accelerator provides a stipend for Learning Community leaders as well as professional development funds for the entire group. Leaders receive $750 per semester for up to 3 semesters depending on the nature of the proposed community.

Apply to be a leader by May 1 for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.


Results from 2019-2020 Learning Communities

The following FLCs convened in 2019 to investigate the following topics. Results and resources from these communities are forthcoming.


What are Faculty Learning Communities?

Faculty Learning Communities at UAF support faculty working together to investigate big ideas and develop sustaining, university-wide responses.

“A faculty learning community is a specifically structured, yearlong academic community of practice that includes the goals of building community, engaging in scholarly (evidenced-based) teaching, and the development of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  

An FLC is not a committee, task force, course, book club, or action learning set. Rather, an FLC is a small-group learning structure with a process that enables its participants to investigate and provide solutions for about any significant problem or opportunity in higher education.

The outcomes of implementation science confirm that FLCs provide the most effective educational development programming model for implementing evidence-based interventions.’

(Adapted from Miami University’s work on best practices in Faculty Learning Communities as well as the Faculty Learning Community Planning Guide)

In 2020, UAF eCampus will support three Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) that will explore trauma-informed pedagogies, working with dual-enrolled students, and management of high-enrollment courses. Applications are due by Sunday, January 26th.  

Rick McDonald and Mareca Guthrie learning in community during an iTeach in 2015.