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Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are cross-disciplinary groups of faculty, numbering roughly 8 to 12 members, engaged in active, collaborative learning throughout the academic year around a specific theme and toward defined outcomes. At MSU Denver, FLCs vary by theme or by cohort, but they all have in common a connection to the University’s teaching mission along with a commitment to taking scholarly approaches toward meeting that mission. Please visit the page Highlights From Past FLCs to get a taste of what past FLCs have accomplished. Additional general information about FLCs, including references to the scholarship supporting their effectiveness, is found here.

Below is a list of ongoing FLCs offered for the 2014/15 academic year. By clicking on the titles you will open full descriptions and details for each.

2014/15 MSU Denver Faculty Learning Communities:

(Co-)Facilitator(s): Mary Alice Sawaya PhD, RN and Jean Rother MS, RN - Department of Nursing

Description: Open to all full-time faculty, members of this FLC will collaborate to establish the groundwork for their long-term and systematic professional growth and development. Participants in this FLC will select a “focus course” during both fall and spring semesters in which they will apply and assess approaches to scholarly teaching. Participants will decide on a culminating project, which might be a series of course portfolios or annotated syllabi showcasing the intellectual work that goes into their teaching, conference presentation(s), or article(s).

Meeting times and place: Meeting times and location ? Meeting dates: 9/5, 10/3, 11/7. 12/5, 1/23, 2/20, 3/13, 4/10.


Kathryn Young, Secondary Education -
Winston Grady-Willis, Africana Studies -


The purpose of this FLC is to introduce through dialogue and reflection historical, sociological and cultural principles that account for university experiences of diverse groups of students, staff and faculty.  This FLC uses perspectives from Critical Multicultural Education, Critical Pedagogy, Critical Race Theory, Woman of Color Feminisms and other theories related to identity intersectionalities. We envision suggesting that faculty/staff create a cultural competence tip sheet for their department or unit or an annotated bibliography for their content related to readings that address cultural competence in specific content areas.  Ideally, we hope to have a diverse group both in terms of race/ethnicity as well as role at the University.

Meeting times and place: 11:30-1:30 on the following dates: 9/5, 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 12/5 in the CFD training room (CN 103).


Dr. Andrew Thangasamy, Political Science -
Dr. Lorna Hutchison, English -

The Peace Studies FLC will examine Peace as a field of study and as an approach that can be integrated into curricula; with relation to how faculty and colleagues function within a university setting, such as conflict resolution within classrooms (e.g. student-professor relationships); and peace as an outcome of university activity through civic engagement and service.  This Peace FLC will be useful for colleagues (faculty & staff) interested in learning more about the roles higher education institutions play in building links of peace in the communities they serve. 

Dates of FLC meeting: Sep 19th, Oct 3rd, Nov 7th, Nov 21st, Dec 5th, Feb 13th, Feb 27th, March 13th, April 10th, and April 24th.

All meetings are on Fridays, 11:30am to 1:30pm in the CFD trainig room (CN 103) except for November 7th and december 5th. Meeting place TBD.

(Co-)Facilitator(s): Carla Aguilar, David Kish, and Mark Harris - Music Department 

The purpose of this FLC is to focus on the application of contemporary approaches to teaching and learning (i.e. learner-centered teaching; Just in Time teaching; Flip Classroom; etc.). We want to help members of the FLC consider ways to create a more learner-centered teaching environment for a particular class or to consider using these approaches to teaching in several classes.

Meetings will be on the following Mondays from 3:00-5:00pm – 9/8, 9/29, 10/27, *11/17, 12/1, 1/26, 2/23, 3/16, 4/13, 4/27 in CN 103 - * please note: The meeting location for 11/17 is not in CN 103 and is TBD.

Facilitator: AnnJanette (A.J.) Alejano-Steele: 

Visionary thinkers who appreciate monitoring and evaluation, this unique faculty learning community (FLC) is for you! This year-long FLC will focus upon human trafficking from a truly interdisciplinary perspective, and we need your passion and intellect. When local statistics tell us that human trafficking survivors are among us in Colorado, many of who are attending MSU Denver, it’s time to focus on how communities organize to address this crime and whether or not current efforts suffice. If your scholarly expertise or personal passions intersect with violence, exploitation, or poverty, please consider sharing your expertise to refine the statewide Colorado response to human trafficking through the Colorado Project to Comprehensively Combat Human Trafficking.

**If you are unable to participate in this FLC but can contribute tools and lenses, please let me know.

Yes, folks bright and early on Fridays. 8:30 – 10am in CN 103: 9/19; 10/3; 10/17; 11/7; December and Spring semester dates to be determined by the group.