The Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) is pleased to announce a new opportunity for USF faculty.          Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are cross-disciplinary groups of faculty "who engage in an active, collaborative, yearlong program with a curriculum about enhancing teaching and learning with frequent seminars and activities that provide learning, development, the scholarship of teaching, and community building."

FLCs are teams of 10-12 faculty who investigate a situation/problem (sometimes reading up on the background) and then create products that can be useful for other faculty. The meetings are pre-scheduled and only take place in Fall term. Participants will help build a product that will be displayed at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in Jacksonville in March—everyone on the team will get a publication credit for the CV! Sign up for one or more FLCs if you can make the meeting times and want to contribute. We encourage you to participate if you want to learn MORE about the chosen topic—beginners to each topic are especially welcome! Each FLC also has an ATLE staff member to support the community. 

USF's Faculty Learning Communities will meet several times during the academic year (see descriptions below for dates):

2014-2015 Faculty Learning Communities

Creativity in the Classroom
Meeting Dates: 9/18, 10/9, 10/30, 11/20 (All dates are Thursdays, from 9:00 – 11:00am).
Faculty Champion: Angela Stuesse, Anthropology
The Creativity in the Classroom Faculty Learning Community will be focused on exploring ways to be more creative with our teaching methods, styles, and strategies.
Click here to register online: http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l4LHm532 

12 Week Faculty Writing Group
Meeting Dates: 10:00-11:30am, every Tuesday from September 2nd through November 18th.
Receive the free book "Writing a Journal Article in Twelve Weeks" and work through the program WITH fellow faculty members--by the end of the process, you'll have an article ready to submit to a journal!
Faculty Champion: Nicole West, ATLE
Click here to register online: http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l4LHm832

The Flipped Classroom
Meeting Dates: 8/28, 9/11, 9/25, 10/09, 10/23, 11/06, and 11/13  (All dates are Thursdays, from 10:00am – 12:00pm).
Faculty Champion:  Gerald Woods, Physics
This Flipped Classroom Faculty Learning Community will be focused on researching and developing various Flipped Classrooms to try out on either a small scale or a larger scale, depending on the Faculty's interest.  Faculty will have an opportunity to test the effectiveness of a flipped classroom in one of their courses for the fall semester.  The goal is that the Flipped Classroom experience will positively impact student success and bring about a high degree of Faculty satisfaction. 
Click here to register online: http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=n2LHml7K

2013-2014 Faculty Learning Communities

Internationalizing the Curriculum
Faculty Champion: Don Dellow, Higher Education
Members: Laura Anderson, Kyaien Conner, Daniel Cruz, Darlene DeMarie, Cecil Greek, and Chung Seop Jeong
Poster presented at Jacksonville International Teaching and Learning Conference, March 2014.

Faculty Champion: Kelly Page Werder, Mass Communications
Members: Lance Arney, Azliyati Azizan, Marie Bourgeois, Federica Colleoni, Claudia Cooperman, Elizabeth Doone, Amanda Holup, Chung Seop Jeong, Andrea Lypka, Lori Rogovin, and Jason Zalinger
Poster presented at Jacksonville International Teaching and Learning Conference, March 2014.

Undergraduate Research
Faculty Champion: Rob Tykot, Anthropology.
Members: Sarah Bloom, Marie Bourgeois, Darlene DeMarie, Valerie Carson, Amanda Huensch, Chung Seop Jeong, Mile Krajcevsk, and Megan Voeller
Poster presented at Jacksonville International Teaching and Learning Conference, March 2014.

Multimedia Literacy
Members: Maryellen Allen, Maria Brea, Paul Bao, Nancy Cunningham, James D'emilio, Carolyn Ford, Jim King, Kathleen King, and Clint Randles

Faculty Champion: Allan Feldman
Members: Abdul PInjari, Ben Predmore, Chantale Begin, Chris Ferekides, Chris Osovitz, Claudia Cooperman, Connie Mizak, Elizabeth Walton, Fran Hopf, Gary Daughdrill, Gerald Woods, Greg Herbert, Jennifer Collins, Ken Christensen, Kathleen Scott, Luanna Prevost, Michelle Chabot, Mile Krajcevski, My Lien Dao, Tom Juster, Jeff Raker, Scott Campbell, and Scott Lewis.


2012-2013 Faculty Learning Communities

Enhancing Freshmen Experience
Faculty Fellow: Andrew Hoff

Global Citizenship
Faculty Fellow: Karla Davis-Salazar

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Faculty Fellow: Deoksoon Kim

Teaching Large Classes
Faculty Fellow: Jane Noll

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty Fellow: Ashok Upadhyaya


2011-2012 Faculty Learning Communities

Positive Learning Environment
Faculty Fellow: Cheryl Ellerbrock

Faculty Fellow: Lisa Brown

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty Fellow: Kenneth Caswell

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Faculty Fellow: Kingsley Reeves

Teaching with Technology
Faculty Fellow: William Cummings


Types of Faculty Learning Communities

There are two types of Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs): cohort-based and topic-based (explained below).  In a 2004 survey of higher education institutions, there were 39 cohort-based FLCs and 106 topic-based FLCs in research universities.

Cohort-based FLCs are composed of specific types of faculty groups, such as senior faculty, junior faculty, new faculty, mid-career faculty, future faculty, department chairs or new department chairs.  Cohort-based FLCs address a broad range of teaching, learning, and/or developmental issues.

Topic-based FLCs bring together faculty to address a specific teaching and learning issue or set of issues.  Topics may be curriculum-oriented, method-oriented, or investigating student characteristics, goals, and skills.

FLCs may invite in speakers, undertake activities, go through training together or a host of other approaches in order to learn together about a topic or cohort issue.  Many topics and cohort issues have been developed across higher education. (Cox & Richlin, 2004)

Cox, M. & Richlin, L.  (2004). New Directions for Teaching and Learning:  Building Faculty Learning Communities.  Vol. 97.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.