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Faculty Learning Communities

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a small group of faculty working together to increase their knowledge and/or skills on a topic of mutual interest. An FLC provides the structure and support for this group to discuss, share, and encourage one another to reach their full professional potential. In addition to shared learning, FLC members will work on personal projects that put into practice what they are learning. Finally, the community is expected to share their knowledge and accomplishments with the wider university community. 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.

Tentative Due Date for receipt of application: May 15, 2019

FLCs in the 2018-2019 academic year:

Full-year FLCs:

  1. Increasing Meaningful Instructor Presence in Online Classes
    Facilitator: Becky Cottrell
  2. Making The Rowdy Scholar: A Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Works a Reality at MSU Denver
    Facilitators: Sheryl Zadjowicz & Elizabeth Kleinfeld
  3. New Faculty Institute
    Facilitators: Jeff Loats & Meredith Flynn

Fall 2018 FLCs:

  1. Effective Teaching Using Open Educational Resources
    Facilitator: Emily Ragan

Spring 2019 FLCs:

  1. Applying the Philosophy and Methods of Experiential Education in the Classroom & Online
    Facilitator: Christian M. Itin
  2. Writing Effective Exams and Fair Student Assessments
    Facilitator: Chris Pink
  3. Just-in-Time Teaching
    Facilitator: Jeff Loats
  4. Effective Teaching Using Open Educational Resources 
    (With state-funded stipends for participants!)
    Facilitator: Emily Ragan   

2017/18 MSU Denver Faculty Learning Communities:

Co-Facilitators: Dr. Elizabeth Kleinfeld and Dr. Sheryl Zajdowicz - and 

Description: MSU Denver has had a robust undergraduate research (UR) program for six years; we are ready to take things to the next level by exploring models for an Undergraduate Research Journal. Research indicates that students who have their work peer reviewed are challenged to sharpen their insights and writing, while student editors gain collaborative skills and new insights into writing and publishing processes. This FLC will explore the feasibility of different models of an URJ in terms of organization, logistics, budget, student-centeredness, faculty involvement, brand compliance, and sustainability. Fall and Spring. For the fall semester, we will meet on 9/22, 10/20, and 11/17 from 12pm-2pm and the location is TBD.  Meetings will be held on Fridays in the spring, but the dates are still TBD.



Co-Facilitators: Dr. Katia Campbell and Lisa Nelson - and 

Description: The goal of this FLC is to develop a framework for a collaborative, cross-disciplinary formal dialogue program to serve the campus community. We will review relevant scholarly articles in the field of dialogue and deliberation, including intergroup dialogue, and explore various theories and models of existing dialogue programs in higher education settings including curricular and co-curricular elements.  Engage in activities.  Meeting times TBA.



Facilitator: Samuel Jay - 

Description: This FLC will use thoughtful, but critical contemporary commentary to structure in-depth and serious conversations about hardware, software, data, apps, security, privacy, and everything else that relates to technology's presence in our modern experience. The end goal is to develop a rich, thoughtful, and educated comprehension of the existential effects of contemporary technology to encounter it, process it, and leverage it as scholars, teachers, colleagues, and humans.  Meeting times TBA.  



Co-Facilitators: Darcy Vigneault Beery and Dr. Meredith Flynn and 

Description: Interested in building a game plan to develop your career? Join female faculty from across the university as we explore Every Other Thursday: Stories and Strategies from Successful Women Scientists by Ellen Daniell. Enjoy a variety of female guest speakers who will share how they navigated their academic careers here at Metro and network with your fellow, female faculty members. Fall only, meeting on 9/22, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 12/1 and 12/8 from 11am-12:30pm in CN103.

(Co-) Facilitator(s): Dr. Michael Kolb and Professor Jean Rother -

Description: This FLC is for new tenure/tenure track faculty at MSU Denver this fall. The New Faculty Institute builds upon New Faculty Orientation by offering a series of six conversations over the full academic year that allows new faculty to meet again and discuss their experiences. To stimulate discussion, we will use chapters from Learner-Centered Teaching, by Maryellen Weimer. The benefit of these teaching conversations will be the camaraderie of sharing our experiences and our best ideas from our classroom practices.

New faculty who participate in the Institute have the opportunity to earn two certificates that may be included in their tenure and promotion portfolio. Requirements:

  • Attend all six conversations
  • Contribute to online discussions for NFI in eLearning (D2L)
  • Submit a reflective analysis
  • New Faculty Institute Certificate: Write a three-page narrative statement that is a first draft of a summary document required in the promotion and tenure portfolio. This statement outlines your philosophy, goals, progress, and plans related to teaching, research, and service
  • Teaching Effectiveness Certificate: Write a two-page summary outlining the relevance of How Learning Works to your pedagogy

 Meeting dates and times: Central 103 -

Second Wednesday (1:00 – 3:00 pm) or Friday (9:00 – 11:00 am) of each month, CN 103. 

  • September 7 and 9
  • October 5 and 7 (may be changed)
  • November 9 and 11
  • February 7 and 16
  • March 7 and 9
  • April 4 and 6
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