Faculty Learning Communities

What are Faculty Learning Communities?

It’s time to get back together—in person! After virtual meetings and “digital” conversations the FCTL is pleased to announce a new opportunity for Missouri State faculty. Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are cross-disciplinary groups of faculty who engage in an active, collaborative program with discussions and activities focused on enhancing teaching and learning. There will be frequent seminars and activities that provide learning development, a focus on the scholarship of teaching, and community building.

Faculty Learning Communities are more than a discussion group. Faculty can expect to achieve some type of outcome from their participation in an FLC – this can take many forms depending on your goals or the goals of the group. It can be a plan to implement a new teaching strategy, evaluating the use of a technology tool, a conference presentation, a journal publication, or other outcomes related to teaching and learning.

What can you expect from participating in a Faculty Learning Community?

  • Small cohort learning community of 8 to 10 faculty
  • Interdisciplinary membership with lots of opportunities for collaboration and sharing
  • Faculty-led groups—each group is facilitated by an FCTL Faculty Fellow or FCTL staff
  • Most FLCs will meet 4 to 5 times over the semester for a total of 10 contact hours. Writing Circles will meet more frequently to complete writing projects
  • FLC members that successfully complete goals and objectives set by their community will be eligible for a $500 mini grant to extend their learning and implement their chosen project
  • Evidence of your commitment to teaching excellence, which can be documented in your annual reviews or P&T materials
  • Refreshments or lunch will be served at most meetings

How do I Join a Faculty Learning Community?

Those interested in joining a Faculty Learning Community can register through My Learning Connection. You can also bookmark this webpage and watch for future FCTL communications about these and other opportunities. Contact the FCTL or any of the FLC Facilitators with questions about Faculty Learning Communities.


Faculty Learning Community Opportunities starting Fall 2022

Learning Community for New Faculty

Facilitator: Dr. Tracy Gross, Coordinator of Faculty Professional Development, FCTL

This fall, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) is piloting a faculty learning community for new faculty members to promote early career relationships, peer learning, and career support. As a brand-new offering, participants will be involved in designing the experience and contributing to the development of future programs to support and promote new faculty.

The experience provides:

  • Peer Networking & Support
  • Access to Information & Resources
  • Pedagogical Conversations & Strategies
  • Career Development Information
  • Peer Resource Sharing

As a collaborative community, topics will be decided on by the community based on faculty interest/need. Some sample topics include:

  • Connecting to community
  • Professional responsibilities
  • Student-centered teaching
  • Student engagement
  • Relationship-building
  • Classroom/course dilemmas
  • Coaching, mentoring, & advising students
  • Classroom protocols & procedures
  • Documenting practice
  • Teaching adults
  • Resources for students (and yourself)
  • Identifying & meeting student needs

The community will have an open attendance policy…you can come and go as needed!

Meeting Dates/Times

  • Wednesday, Oct 5, 20022, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct 21, 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov 2, 2022, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov 18, 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meyer Library, Room 107

Approaches to Fostering Academic Motivation and Independent Learning

Facilitator: Dr. Leslie Echols, Associate Professor, Psychology

This community will explore ways to increase student motivation and learning through instructional strategies that encourage self-regulation and personal responsibility among students. Each session will focus on specific approaches that can be easily integrated into existing curriculum and teaching modalities.

Meeting Dates - Thursdays:

  • September 1, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • September 15, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • September 29, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • October 20, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • November 10, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Meeting Location: Plaster Student Union, Room 309

Registration closed

Becoming Great: Small Steps for Engaging Students from Differing Backgrounds and Experiences

Facilitators: Dr. Marjorie Shavers, Dept Head, Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education; Dr. Nancy Gordon, Director FCTL

The book, Becoming Great Universities: Small Steps for Sustained Excellence (Light & Jegla, 2022) outlines 10 core challenges that are confronting universities. This Faculty Learning Community will introduce the book and focus on one of the challenges often experienced by faculty which is Facilitating Constructive Interactions among Students from Differing Backgrounds and Experiences (pp. 155-177). The authors of this book advocate that the best universities are those that are focused on enhancing personal relationships and putting students front and center. FLC members will receive a copy of the book and will be encouraged to identify one change or “small step” they can make to facilitate the engagement of students from differing backgrounds and experiences.

Meeting Dates – Tuesdays:

  • September 20, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • October 4, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • October 18, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • November 1, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • November 15 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meyer Library, Room 302

Registration closed

*Strategies for Integrating Digital and Face-to-Face Classrooms

Facilitator: Dr. Eric Nelson, Professor, History

This community will draw on our collective virtual teaching experiences over the past two years to rethink how blurring outside-of-class and face-to-face creates richer learning environments for our students. Topics include creating outcomes based learning ecosystems, preparing students for face-to-face teaching time, and learning by doing in digital and seated environments.

Meeting Dates – Wednesdays:

  • August 24, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • September 14, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • October 5, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • October 26, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • November 16, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meyer Library, Room 204

*Note: FLC's "Strategies for Integrating Digital and Face-to-Face Classrooms" and "New Learning Technologies and Improving Learning for All" have been combined into one group. Meeting times and locations have been updated to reflect this change. If you are interested in joining this FLC, please email the FCTL at fctl@missouristate.edu.

*New Learning Technologies and Improving Learning for All

Facilitators: Stacy Rice, Senior Instructional Designer, FCTL and Eric Taylor, Instructional Designer- Educational Technology, FCTL

This community will explore alternative flexible modalities and technologies that support student-centered, active learning instructional strategies. Each session will focus on specific tools and digital resources that enhance student engagement, provide students with better access to information, and meet the needs of diverse learners and faculty. Faculty will be able to easily integrate these technology tools and resources into existing curriculum and teaching modalities.

Meeting Dates – Wednesdays:

  • August 24, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • September 14, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • October 5, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • October 26, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • November 16, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meyer Library, Room 204

*Note: FLC's "Strategies for Integrating Digital and Face-to-Face Classrooms" and "New Learning Technologies and Improving Learning for All" have been combined into one group. Meeting times and locations have been updated to reflect this change. If you are interested in joining this FLC, please email the FCTL at fctl@missouristate.edu.

Faculty Women Writing Circle

Facilitator: Dr. Nicole West, Assistant Professor, Student Affairs in Higher Education

The goal of this FLC is to enhance the personal well-being and professional success of women faculty at MSU by increasing their scholarly productivity and providing a community of collegial support. We will work through the book “Writing your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success,” with a faculty partner and develop a scholarly manuscript for publication by the end of the semester.

Meeting Dates - Wednesdays:

  • August 24, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • August 31, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • September 7, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • September 14, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • September 21, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • September 28, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • October 5, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • October 12, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • October 19, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • October 26, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • November 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • November 9, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • November 16, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • November 30, 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Meeting Location: Meyer Library, Room 206

Registration Closed