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Faculty Learning Community

A Faculty Learning Community is a professional development experience organized by the Center for Excellence in Teaching.  The CET provides leadership for the group, including selecting a topic, selecting meeting times, and providing support; through the leadershipof a faculty facilitator, the FLC members also will shape the group —s activities as the academic year progresses.  The 2013-2014 FLC, "Transformative Learning," will be comprised of a maximum of ten (10) full-time faculty members selected from across Simmons — five schools.

FLC members will engage in discussion, classroom-based research, and scholarship related to Transformative Learning.  By the end of the program, FLC participants will have:

  • Discussed two books and several book chapters and/or peer-reviewed journal articles related to Transformative Learning and best practices in teaching;
  • Drawn from the literature to develop group definition of Transformative Learning;
  • Partnered with a member of the FLC from a different school within Simmons;
  • Possibly implemented a change to their teaching to enhance their students — learning;
  • Observed their partner —s teaching and collected data through interviews or reflective writing;
  • Analyzed their partner —s teaching using relevant literature to create a publishable article for a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning peer-reviewed publication;
  • Shared their findings publically through a conference presentation, peer-reviewed publication, or CET workshop.

If there is interest among the FLC participants, the CET will coordinate the proposal and submission to an educational publisher of a Transformative Learning case study book in which the FLC members will be book chapter authors.

Please contact the CET for more information about the 2013-2014 FLC. The deadline for applications for the 2013-2014 Transformative Learning FLC is Friday, September 20, 2013.