The majority of our in-person activities have been postponed or moved online.  We are open for business virtually – please contact us with any questions. Direct inquiries to pewftlc@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-3498. 


Winter 2021 Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) bring faculty together to foster a 1-2 semester-long conversation on a topic of mutual interest and encourage an application of the knowledge gained.  Each FLC consists of a facilitator and a group of at least four faculty.  If you are interested in registering for an FLC, simply apply for an Faculty Learning Community in the FTLC Grant System.  All faculty are eligible to apply, unless otherwise noted. (Note: GVSU staff may participate with supervisor approval.)

If you are interested in forming or leading a Faculty Learning Community for the current or upcoming academic year, complete a Faculty Learning Community Letter of Intent Form. If you are leading an FLC, visit the FLC Facilitator Resources page.

Looking for inspiration?  Visit our Past Faculty Learning Communities webpage to see a complete list (with descriptions) of FLCs from past academic years.

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Don't take our word for it.  Watch this short video in which GVSU faculty are interviewed about the impact participating in a Pew FTLC Faculty Learning Community had on them.  We couldn't ask for better ambassadors for this fantastic program!

WINTER 2021 FLCs ARE OPEN AND ACCEPTING MEMBERS!  
Click on the titles below to read more about a specific FLC.  Apply online via our grants system.

  • The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing, facilitated by Kathryn StielerHow might faculty use what Perry calls "structured procrastination" to accomplish tasks while putting off more important ones?
  • Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, facilitated by Fred Antczak—How can understanding the origins of our divisions in America help us to understand the obstacles our students face, and to put our students on more equal footing for learning?
  • Emile (Rousseau) facilitated by David Eick—What can twenty-first century instructors in a crisis glean from this Enlightenment treatise designed to education citizens for democracy?
  • Fostering Belonging in the Classroom facilitated by Dana MunkHow can faculty develop their courses in a way to enhance a sense of belonging for all students?
  • Practicing Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World facilitated by Martina Reinhold—Everyday life is so frantic and full of troubles that we have largely forgotten how to live a joyful existence. How can we become more adept at handling our daily tumult, busyness and stressful situations both at work and home?
  • Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools facilitated by Leanne Kang—How might a faculty reading of Monique Morris' book, "Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools," lead to collaborative efforts on racial justice in our classrooms, campus, the Grand Rapids community, and beyond?
  • What the Best College Students Do facilitated by David Eick—What do the best college students do, and how do we empower GVSU students to adopt similar approaches?

Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit

NEW RESOURCE—Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit

ACUE just introduced a set of FREE resources—including videos and downloadable planning guides—that can be immediately put to use to benefit both faculty and their students.  These practices are tailored for online teaching but are also relevant to the physical classroom.  By implementing inclusive teaching practices, faculty create learning environments where all students feel they belong and have the opportunity to achieve at high levels.

VIEW FULL TOOLKIT

The Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit was developed in collaboration with Dr. Marlo Goldstein Hode, Senior Manager, Strategic Diversity Initiatives, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, University of Missouri-St. Louis.


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The Robert and Mary Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center serves as a catalyst for promoting a culture of teaching excellence at Grand Valley State University.  Rooted in a liberal education tradition and informed by the scholarship of teaching and learning, we advocate innovative teaching and student-centered pedagogies.  We partner with faculty as they prepare students to contribute meaningfully to their professions and societies.


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