Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a cross-disciplinary group of six to twelve people who come together for a year-long adventure in active, collaborative, and dialogic learning. Participants become a community of learners, not a decision-making body, task-force, or committee.

A community of learners is distinct from other university groups in that it offers opportunities for:

  • Professional Development - developing, honing, and practicing the skills of life-long learning
  • Community Building - breaking down the barriers of specialization and engaging with interested individuals across the institutions
  • Reflective Learning - gaining a deeper understanding of the many ways of thinking about a phenomenon, experiencing cross-disciplinary dialogue

The Faculty Center proudly supported the work of the following Faculty Learning Communities for 2017-2018:

Teaching Strategies to Improve Student Engagement:  Kathryn Behling & Gonzalo Carrasco

  1. We plan to discuss a variety of teaching strategies that can be used in many academic disciplines to foster improved student engagement, deeper understanding of coursework, and development of lifelong learning skills. Some strategies we plan to discuss are Problem-based learning (PBL), Contextual Learning, Inquiry Based Learning, Hands-on Team-Based Learning, The Pause Procedure, Think-Pair-Share, ConcepTests and Personal Response Systems or Clickers.

Professors and Parents: Kaitlin Mallouk
  1. This learning community will address some of the needs and concerns of faculty who are also parents (especially parents of young children).  Members will explore issues of individual concern, such as how to stay on track professionally while raising children and how to attain work-life balance, and issues related to the larger institution, such as Rowan’s maternity/family leave policies, childcare, etc.
Using Technology to Enhance Student Engagement: Helene Sisti
  1. At the start of every class, students can be seen scrolling through their smartphones. How can we as faculty leverage media to enhance student engagement?  Can Instagram be used in a way that is educational and relevant? Here, we will explore tools such as Blackboard, Poll Everywhere, and Google Classroom. The goal is to use them in the classroom and report back to each other on what works and what doesn't. Together, we'll create a fun and supportive community with the goal of developing best practices for technology in the classroom.       

Cultural Competence in Teaching: Adam J. Kolek

This FLC will facilitate a discussion of cultural competence and culturally responsive pedagogy. Through our discussions, we will reflect on the attitudes, beliefs, and cultural frames of reference of ourselves and our students, and will explore how to best utilize the diversity of our classrooms to improve our students’ educational experience. The FLC will also function as a place where members can share successes and discuss classroom issues. In addition, we will work to share our growing knowledge with the wider university community by sponsoring and participating in workshops and trainings.

Interdisciplinary Holocaust and Genocide Studies: Jenny Rich

The field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies is often siloed, with academics intentionally “staying in their lane.” This FLC seeks to bring together faculty from across disciplines, including Medicine, Law and Justice, English, Engineering, Education, Sociology, Communications, Performing Arts, and anyone else interested to consider how the norms of society are perverted during genocide.  By looking at some of society’s most vexing issues from cross-disciplinary perspectives, we will raise new questions for ourselves, and also for our students.       

Junior Faculty: Sarah Ferguson & Bonnie Angelone

This FLC functions as a collective support group to help junior faculty through the challenges of their early years at Rowan through network building across the Rowan community. Some topics include: 1) Teaching – active-learning strategies, student interaction, engaging students; 2) Research – how to stay on top of research, how to secure grants; 3) Work and life balance – tips on how to be good at teaching, research, and service, but still have time for family; and, 4) Tenure & Recontracting – where to find information.

Are you interested in starting your own Faculty Learning Community?

You can download the proposal form (.docx format) and guidelines and submit to Bonnie Angelone, Director, Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at angelone@rowan.edu.

Applications for 2018-2019 are due August 15th, 2018. Any questions, please contact Bonnie Angelone at 856-256-4079.