Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs)

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs)2016 - 2017 Topics | Past FLC Topics

What is a Faculty Learning Community (FLC)?

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are ongoing discussion groups that allow MSU colleagues to gather from across departments in order to discuss and develop their skills around a specific teaching and learning topic.

Each FLC is comprised of 6-12 faculty, academic staff and academic administrators, who have an interest in and commitment to attending discussion sessions on a regular basis throughout the academic year. Each FLC is led by two facilitators from among the ranks of MSU faculty members, academic administrators, and/or academic staff. We would like at least one of the facilitators to be a faculty member.

If you are interested in joining one during the 2016-2017 academic year please contact one of the co-factilitators of the FLC.  The FLCs begin meeting in September and will meet throughout the academic year.  Click here for 2016-2017 topics to see a description of the current FLCs, the co-facilitators, and their contact information.

Are you interested in starting your own Faculty Learning Community?

Proposals will be submitted online.  The information needed for a proposal is described in the proposal form  and the expectations are described in the 2016-2017 Guidelines (both in PDF format). 

.A call for proposals will be issued by August 1, 2017. Proposals to continue 2016-2017 FLCs should include information on what was accomplished in 2016-2017 and what you want to achieve in 2017-2018.

Any questions, please contact Patti Stewart at 517-432-2033, or by email at facdevel@msu.edu.

Please visit our Semester Schedule page to discover the current FLC topics for 2016-2017.

Origin of the Faculty Learning Community Initiative

In recent years, MSU faculty have expressed a desire for sustained conversations on college teaching and learning to complement the Lilly Seminars and the Spring Institute we sponsor. In response to these requests, the Office of Faculty and Organizational Development applied for membership in the Research University Consortium for the Advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (RUCASTL), sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, with Faculty Learning Communities as the core of our proposed campus project.

In Spring 2004, the Office of Faculty and Organizational Development launched a new initiative to create and support ongoing faculty-led discussion groups on focused topics on teaching and learning entitled Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs). The success of the FLCs during a pilot semester encouraged us to continue and expand this program.