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 2013/14 academic year. By clicking on the titles you will open full descriptions and details for each.

2013/14 MSU Denver Faculty Learning Communities:

(Co-)Facilitator(s): Director, Center for Faculty Development

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 are from 10-noon in the CFD training room, CN 103, on the following Fridays:  9/6, 9/27, 10/18, 11/8, 12/6, 2/7, 2/28, 3/21, 4/4, 4/25.

(Co-)Facilitator(s):  Aaron Richmond, Psychology

Description:  This FLC will focus on the Scholarship of Teaching of Learning (SoTL). The FLC will be open to all Affiliate and full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty. Over the course of the FLC, we will first learn about SoTL research, what it is and its use. Guest speakers will illustrate these concepts by presenting some of their work. We will then learn how to conduct SoTL research here at MSU Denver.  This process will start with an IRB submission through data analyses and formal write-up. The FLC will be framed in a Project-Based Learning context.

Meeting times and place:  Meeting times are all Fridays from 11:30-12:30 p.m.  **Note from the CFD:  Please keep in mind that part of the purpose of engaging in SoTL is to produce scholarly artifacts;  as such, the meeting schedule of this group is more like that of a writing circle than of a traditional FLC like others being offered this year.


(Co-)Facilitator(s):  Alex McDaniel and Nancy Sayre, Health Professions

Description:  The goal of blended learning is to join the best aspects of face-to-face and online instruction. Classroom time can be used to engage students in advanced interactive experiences and the online portion of the course can provide students with multimedia-rich content at any time of day, anywhere the student has internet access, allowing increased flexibility for the student. A shared language and understanding of this new approach as well as practical applications will be explored.

Meeting times and place:  Meeting times are from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on the following Fridays:  8/30, 9/13, 10/4, 10/18 and 11/8.  Spring schedule will be determined by community members.

(Co-)Facilitator(s):  Ken Sagendorf, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Lunden MacDonald, Modern Languages

Description:  In this inter-institutional Faculty Learning Community, co-hosted by a private Jesuit university and a public regional comprehensive institution, we will explore the facets of identity and the impact of stereotypes that we bring into the classroom.  How do we define ourselves as academics?  How do we define our institutions?  How do we interact with the mission and values of our respective institutions?  How do we define our students?  What stereotypes do we bring about race, gender, ability and potential to our classrooms?  How are these stereotypes present in our own environments as peers and colleagues?

Meeting times and place:  Meeting times are from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. on the following Fridays:  9/27, 10/25, 11/22, 2/7, 3/7, 4/11.  Meetings will alternate between Regis and MSU Denver;  participants must be able and willing to travel.

(Co-)Facilitator(s): Andy Thangasamy, Political Science and Debbie Gilliard, Management

Description: This FLC will examine scholarly approaches to internationalizing student learning in higher education and creating experiences that increase awareness and better prepare students to be a part of an increasingly globalized world.  We will explore this broad issue across disciplines and modalities. As a part of our FLC work, participants will decide on a final project which could be a journal article or conference presentation(s) or other form of scholarly work. 

Meeting times and place:  Meeting times are from 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. on the following Fridays:  9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 2/14, 2/21, 3/14, 4/11, and 4/25.