Current 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.


2021-2022 FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITIES

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Cohort-Based

Year-round

This series features topics that are interest to a discipline-specific group of faculty

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Core Teaching Practices - Building Respectful Relationships

Winter 2022

How might we apply the core practice of "building respectful relationships" across Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching (PCKET) and Educational Studies (ES) courses?

This Faculty Learning Community will focus on the following Core Teaching Practice: Learning about students' cultural, religious, family, intellectual, personal experiences, and resources for use in instruction. We will utilize the Teaching Works website materials (videos, articles, exercises), as well as Paris & Alim's book, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World, to frame our discussion. A faculty member from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Community Innovation will coordinate facilitation of VLCs on the downtown and Allendale campus, in which PCKET and ES faculty are encouraged to collaboratively participant.

***This FLC is open to PKCET and ES faculty only.***

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Facilitator: Amy Masko, English, maskoa@gvsu.edu

Co-Facilitator: Megan Freudigmann, Education Program—Teaching and Learning, freudigm@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.

Core Teaching Practices: Leading a Group Discussion & Setting Up and Managing Small Group Work (Meeting IN-PERSON)

Winter 2022

How might we apply the core teaching practices of "leading a group discussion" and "setting up and managing small group work" across Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching (PCKET) and Education Studies (ES) courses?

This Faculty Learning Community will focus on the two Core Teaching Practices: Leading a group discussion and setting up and managing small group work. We will utilize the Teaching Works website materials (videos, articles, exercises), as well as Pam Grossman's edited book, Teaching Core Practices in Teacher Education, to frame our discussion. A faculty member form the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Community Innovation will coordinate facilitation of two FLCs in which PCKET and ES faculty are encouraged to collaboratively participate.

***This FLC is open to PCKET and ES faculty only***

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: Meeting IN-PERSON on the Allendale Campus

Facilitator: David Zwart, History, zwartdav@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.

Core Teaching Practices: Leading a Group Discussion & Setting Up and Managing Small Group Work (Meeting VIRTUALLY)

Winter 2022

How might we apply the core teaching practices of "leading a group discussion" and "setting up and managing small group work" across Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching (PCKET) and Education Studies (ES) courses?

This Faculty Learning Community will focus on the two Core Teaching Practices: Leading a group discussion and setting up and managing small group work. We will utilize the Teaching Works website materials (videos, articles, exercises), as well as Pam Grossman's edited book, Teaching Core Practices in Teacher Education, to frame our discussion. A faculty member form the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Community Innovation will coordinate facilitation of two FLCs in which PCKET and ES faculty are encouraged to collaboratively participate.

***This FLC is open to PCKET and ES faculty only***

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: Virtual/ Zoom

Facilitator: Min-Young Kim, Education Programs—Department of Literacy Educational Foundations and Technology, kimmi@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.

Educational Foundations 115 (EDF 115): Introduction to Education & Exploration of Schooling in America--Instructor Collaboration

Fall 2021

How does instructor collaboration affect student learning experiences in an introduction to education course that incorporates field experiences?

This EDF 115 Instructor Collaboration will explore the initial rollout of a new introduction to an education course that includes field experiences. The group will use Susan Satone's Reframing the Curriculum: Design for Social Justice and Sustainability as a starting point for the discussion. Participants will be encouraged to develop best practices for organizing, teaching, and assessing student success.

***This FLC is open to College of Education and Community Innovation faculty only.***

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Facilitator: Terry Stockton, Education Programs–Department of Literacy Educational Foundations & Technology, stocktte@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.

Facilitating Learning with Formative Assessment

Fall 2021

How might we incorporate formative assessment into instruction in a way that facilitates student learning, enhances teacher instruction, and empowers and motivates both students and teachers?

The faculty of the Literacy Studies Master's Program has recently revised the content of the curriculum to (1) better meet the needs of graduate candidates and their PK-12 students, as well as (2) better reflect the current knowledge base and practices of reading/literacy specialists and literacy coaches, the profession to which candidates aspire. We aim to update our pedagogy as well as the content of the program. Formative assessment has consistently been shown to be a powerful tool in facilitating teaching and learning. However, the most powerful pieces of formative assessment (e.g., self-assessment) have proven elusive, difficult for even the most seasoned teachers to implement. Participants will use the book, Transformative Assessment, to provide guidance on the more nuanced aspects of formative assessment and to support efforts to enhance student learning in very deliberate ways.

***This FLC is open to College of Education and Community Innovation Literacy Studies faculty only.***

Meeting Dates/Times: Meeting from 8:30am–9:30am on the following Tuesdays

  • September 14 & 28
  • October 12 & 26
  • November 9 & 30
  • December 14

Location/Campus: Hybrid (some fully in-person meetings and some fully online/virtual)

Facilitator: Nancy DeFrance, Education Programs–Department of Literacy Educational Foundations & Technology, defrancn@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.

KCON Writing Circle

Fall 2021 & Winter 2022 (year-long)

How might we best develop and sustain scholarship development and dissemination for KCON faculty?

KCON is invested in improving outcomes in developing, sustaining and disseminating scholarship. This FLC is designed to support that goal through regular monthly meetings throughout the academic year, as well as a culminating writing retreat at the end of the year. Faculty in the community will explore writing habits and skills that foster dissemination fo established scholarship projects. They will share resources with one another, including the development of scholarship teams as applicable.

***This FLC is open to KCON faculty only.***

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: Likely Virtual but would be held on Health Campus if in-person.  Meetings will not combine in-person and virtual participation in a single meeting.

Facilitator: Susan Strouse, Nursing, strouses@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.

MLL Digital Learning Initiative

Spring/Summer and Fall 2021

How might we adapt current course delivery methods in order to increase access through online learning, while also promoting proficiency development and community building?

In this FLC, we will explore various models and tools for online language learning, share ideas for innovative course design, and provide support and feedback in the curriculum development process.

***This FLC is open to MLL faculty only.***

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: Virtual/Zoom

Facilitator: Janel Pettes Guikema, Modern Languages and Literaturespettesj@gvsu.edu

Co-Facilitator: Jeremy Robinson, Modern Languages and Literatures and Area Global Studies, robinjer@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Fall 2021

How might we carry out our work in a richer, more engaged way by knowing the research around timing?

Many of us stumble through our day doing the best we can to complete tasks, serve our students, and hopefully have something left for ourselves at the end. Daniel Pink's book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, presents the science around how to use our time more effectively and make the most of this limited resource. This faculty learning community will explore the science of timing as it specifically relates to better managing our workload, as well as teaching our students to manage theirs.

***This FLC is open to Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty only.***

Meeting Dates/Times: Meeting from 9am–10am on the following Tuesdays

  • September 21
  • October 5 & 19
  • November 2, 16, and 30

Location/Campus: Virtual/Zoom

Facilitator: Kathryn Stieler, Music, Theatre, and Dance and Pew FTLC Faculty Fellowstielerk@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.


Contemplative Pedagogy

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Year-round

This ongoing series includes one introduction to contemplative pedagogy for those who are new to the idea and a more advanced topic for those who would like to apply their existing knowledge of contemplative pedagogy.

Tell Me So I Can Hear You

Fall 2021

How might we, as educators, learn to deliver feedback in a way that strengthens relationships as well as performance and builds the capacity for growth?

Drawing on constructive-developmental theory, Eleanor Drago-Severson and Jessica Blum-DeStefano, authors of Tell Me So I Can Hear You, explain how to differentiate feedback for colleagues with different “ways of knowing". This FLC will provide space for faculty to consider how we might provide feedback to colleagues and students by creating a safe space, finding the right words, and bridging feedback and action, all in an effort to support a culture of learning.

Meeting Dates/Times: Meeting (on Zoom) from 1pm–2pm on the following Mondays

  • September 13 & 27
  • October 11
  • November 1, 15, & 29

Location/Campus: Virtual/Zoom

Facilitator: Kathryn Stieler, Music, Theatre, and Dance and Pew FTLC Faculty Fellowstielerk@gvsu.edu

Co-Facilitator: Martina Reinhold, Physician Assistant Studiesreinholm@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.

Ten Percent Happier: An Introduction to Mindfulness

Fall 2021

How might I use mindfulness to "tame the voice in my head and reduce stress without losing my edge (Dan Harris, Journalist)"?

If you are looking for a way to feel more grounded and effective in the classroom this fall, the bestseller, "Ten Percent Happier" by Dan Harris, is a plain-spoken, thoughtful, and witty introduction to a mindfulness practice from the perspective of a healthy skeptic. The book will help us to explore the basic elements of a mindfulness practice, engage in short mindfulness exercises, and discuss how mindfulness may positively influence us and our students.

Meeting Dates/Times: Meeting (on Zoom) from 2pm–3pm on the following Wednesdays

  • September 15 & 29
  • October 13 & 27
  • November 10
  • December 1

Location/Campus: Virtual/Zoom

Facilitator: Kathryn Stieler, Music, Theatre, and Dance and Pew FTLC Faculty Fellowstielerk@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.


Effective Teaching: Classic and Contemporary Thought

Fall and Winter

This ongoing series will feature two FLCs each semester, one delving into a foundational text of progressive educational philosophy (e.g. Rousseau, Dewey, Hooks), the other providing a contemporary lens and practical approaches to confront today's pedagogical challenges.  All faculty are welcome to join one or both FLCs.

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bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress

Fall 2021

How might we "teach in a manner that respects and cares for the souls of students," as bell hooks urges us to do in Teaching to Transgress?

"To teach in a manner that respects and cares for the souls of our students is essential if we are to provide the necessary conditions where learning can most deeply and intimately begin." So wrote bell hooks in Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (Routledge, 1994). While caring for the souls of students might sound more like a job for the campus chaplain than a college professor, when we delve into her classic text, we come to realize that hooks was advocating concern for students' overall well-being within a social-justice framework, an approach which seems prescient and vital in the age of Black Lives Matter and COVID-19. Participants in this FLC will read, discuss, and consider ways in which they might apply hooks's pedagogical vision.

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: Virtual/Zoom

Facilitator: David Eick, Modern Languages and Literature and Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow, eickd@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.

Strong Start/ Radical Hope/ Small Teaching (meeting VIRTUALLY)

Fall 2021

How can pedagogical praxis—i.e. philosophy + practices–help us effectively teach COVID-disrupted students, especially first year?

***THIS FLC WILL BE FACILITATED BY DAVID EICK AND WILL MEET VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM***

As COVID lingers, we're uncertain as to what teaching will be like in 2021-22, nor do we know what our students will be like—traumatized, resilient, or both. To meet the challenge of teaching COVID-disrupted students, especially (but not limited to) the incoming cohort, let's bone up on what Paolo Freire called 'praxis', the amalgam of an over-arching philosophy and politics of teaching plus the ways in which we enact this vision. In this FLC, we will read and discuss two books: first, for inspiration in these fraught times, Kevin Gannon's Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto (West Virginia UP, 2020). Then, for applicable best practices, Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons From the Science of Learning, by James Lang (Jossey-Bass, 2016).

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: Virtual/Zoom

Facilitator: David Eick, Modern Languages and Literature and Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow, eickd@gvsu.edu

Co-Facilitator: Tom Pentecost, Chemistry and Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow, pentecot@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.


Fostering Belonging in the Classroom and Community

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Fall and Winter

This series is devoted to tpics that build and reinforce diversity, inclusion and equity.

Examining Syllabi & Instruction Through an Anti-Racist Lens

Fall 2021

How are anti-racist pedagogies present or how might they be incorporated in our syllabus?

As faculty have been exploring anti-racism, white privilege, and intersectionality from a distance, a need has arisen to explore concrete ways in which these concepts are present, have been deliberately incorporated, or could be further embedded into our syllabi and instruction. Thus, this community will invite faculty to apply a critical eye to a syllabus of their choosing, helping ensure that what they intend to do around anti-racism actually happens. Faculty may systematically share, examine, discuss, and critique their instructional materials and pedagogical decision-making, using prompts like, “What ideologies are my expectations of students rooted in?”, “Do I include marginalized voices and perspectives in my curriculum”, “How does my positionality influence my teaching of the content?”, and “Do my assignments allow for diverse responses”?

***This FLC is open to College of Education and Community Innovation faculty only***

This FLC is currently FULL and no longer accepting applications.

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Facilitator: Kevin Holohan, Educational Foundations, holohank@gvsu.edu

Co-Facilitator: Kathryn Ohle, Education–Teaching and Learning, ohlek@gvsu.edu

This FLC is currently FULL and no longer accepting applications.

Making Indigenous Space: Curriculum Development, Mentoring, and Pedagogical Practice

Winter 2022

How might we use Indigenous Research Paradigms to create Indigenous-centered curriculum for all students?

We will examine Indigenous paradigms and worldviews and discuss how to enact them in our classrooms and advising. Participants will also be invited to reflect on their own subject position and the responsibilities that come with engaging with Indigenous worldviews.

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: Hybrid (some fully in-person meetings and some fully online/virtual)

Facilitator: Andrea Riley-Mukavetz, Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies, rileymua@gvsu.edu

Co-Facilitator: Santos Ramos, Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies, ramossa@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.

What's the Use: On the Uses of Use

Fall 2021

How might we critically question the practical implications of "use" as they affect our pedagogies and research?

Sarah Ahmed’s What’s the Use: On the Uses of Use examines what “use” means through time and space within a deep consideration of how we come to understand “use” in various contexts. Considering use provides us timely opportunities to consider how we can participate in generating practical transformation in our world. Drawing on her previous work about feminist and queer epistemologies, we hope that this FLC brings together members of the university community to critically reflect on how usefulness and disuse affect diversity, meaning, and functionality in academia and our communities. How does this impact our teaching, our research and the ways we move through the world?

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: TBD

Facilitator: Amber Dierking, University Libraries, dierkina@gvsu.edu

Co-Facilitator: Dawn Rutecki, Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studiesruteckda@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.


Strong Start

Year-round

Fall 2021

  • Strong Start/ Radical Hope/ Small Teaching—How can pedagogical praxis–i.e. philosophy + practice–help us effectively teach COVID-disrupted students, especially first-year?

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Strong Start/ Radical Hope/ Small Teaching (meeting VIRTUALLY)

Fall 2021

How can pedagogical praxis—i.e. philosophy + practices–help us effectively teach COVID-disrupted students, especially first year?

***THIS FLC WILL BE FACILITATED BY DAVID EICK AND WILL MEET VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM***

As COVID lingers, we're uncertain as to what teaching will be like in 2021-22, nor do we know what our students will be like—traumatized, resilient, or both. To meet the challenge of teaching COVID-disrupted students, especially (but not limited to) the incoming cohort, let's bone up on what Paolo Freire called 'praxis', the amalgam of an over-arching philosophy and politics of teaching plus the ways in which we enact this vision. In this FLC, we will read and discuss two books: first, for inspiration in these fraught times, Kevin Gannon's Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto (West Virginia UP, 2020). Then, for applicable best practices, Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons From the Science of Learning, by James Lang (Jossey-Bass, 2016).

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: Virtual/Zoom

Facilitator: David Eick, Modern Languages and Literature and Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow, eickd@gvsu.edu

Co-Facilitator: Tom Pentecost, Chemistry and Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow, pentecot@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.


Topic-Based

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Year-round

This series works to gather faculty from a wide variety of disciplines around a single topic of interest

Fall 2021

Winter 2022

  • Virtual Exchange (VE)How might we enhance student learning through meaningful virtual exchanges with students of different countries?

Designing an Effective SWS Course

Fall 2021

How might research on writing and writing instruction help to design the most effective SWS course possible?

Participants in this community will be invited to consider theory and research on writing and how students learn to write and how faculty may apply this knowledge to designing SWS course materials. Short readings of condensed explanations of Writing Studies research on writing and pedagogy will be made available. Discussions will center on understanding the material and its implications for SWS instruction and then applying insights in creating course materials or even applying them to courses in progress. Additional topics will include what it means to see writing as a rhetorical process; counterintuitive realities of how students learn to write; principles of instructional design, especially for writing instruction; and how teaching writing can actually support teaching disciplinary content.

Meeting Dates/Times: Meeting virtually (Zoom) on the following Tuesdays and Fridays from 11am–12pm

  • September 10 & 21
  • October 8 & 19
  • November 5 & 16

Location/Campus: Online/Virtual

Facilitator: Jerry Stinnett, Writingstinnetj@gvsu.edu

Interested?  You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.

Exploring Voice Through a Conversation of Podcasts

Fall 2021

How might we explore voice and identity through the podcast medium?

To disrupt traditional forms of academic discourse, we are taking advantage of the immediacy and intimacy of podcasts. We will explore voice as a topic using the themes of identity, activism, expression, authenticity, language, and understanding. We recognize that voice is communicated in a multitude of ways, not just through spoken words; we selected podcasts with written transcripts. We chose a variety of podcasts, including Hidden Brain, Radiolab, Vocal Fries, the Harvard Business Review, and Resistance. Through these podcasts, we will discuss the ways in which voice intersects with our work and teaching. A podcast can emphasize how scholarship can operate as a conversation and our discussion will both parallel and continue those conversations.

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: Virtual/Zoom

Facilitator: Emily Frigo, University Libraries, frigoe@gvsu.edu

Co-Facilitator: Maya Hobscheid, University Libraries, hobschem@gvsu.edu

Interested?  You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.

Internships: Approaches, Strategies, and Best Practices

Fall 2021

How can we help students get the most out of their internship?

Internships serve different purposes for different students. For some students, an internship can serve as a starting point for their academic and professional aspirations. For others who have a clearer vision, an internship can help them apply their knowledge and skills in a "real world" setting. Much of the responsibility for helping students understand the purpose and value of an internship falls on the shoulders of internship directors. Therefore, this FLC will center on helping GVSU internships directors explore:

  • best practices for advising and evaluating student internship experiences
  • strategies for outreach, networking, and student preparation
  • approaches for building and strengthening relationships with employers and community partners

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: TBD

Facilitator: Dauvan Mulally, Writing, mulallyd@gvsu.edu

Interested?  You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.

Teaching Adult Learners in the LEADS Program

Fall 2021

What are some effective strategies for connecting with adult learners in the accelerated LEADS program?

This group will support faculty teaching in the LEADS program through sharing experiences, assignment designs, and strategies that colleagues have used.  We'll also be identifying and sharing some scholarly sources on adult pedagogy, discussing these with each other as well as compiling our list of sources to offer as a resource to others teaching in LEADS in the future.

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: Virtual/Zoom

Facilitator: Justin Pettibone, Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studiespettiboj@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.

Virtual Exchange (VE)

Winter 2022

How might we enhance student learning through meaningful virtual exchanges with students of different countries?

Virtual Exchange (VE), also referred to as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), provides a format to promote meaningful collaborative exchanges between students in different countries and enhance the global learning of our students.  In this FLC, we will discuss how to implement VE into our respective disciplines.  In addition, we will explore potential VE partners and develop an implementation plan for our programs.  

Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Location/Campus: Likely Virtual but would be held on Allendale Campus if in-person

Facilitator: Michael Vrooman, Modern Languages and Literatures, vroomanm@gvsu.edu

Interested? You can register for this FLC by completing an FLC Application.


Women in Academia

Fall and Winter

This series is devoted to topics of particular interest to female faculty

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Charting Your Path to Full: A Guide for Women Associate Professors

Fall 2021

How might intentional charting of one's path to full professor support more female associate professors at GVSU?

This co-facilitated faculty learning community, focused on Baker's (2020) book, Charting Your Path to Full: A Guide for Women Associate Professors, is especially designed to support mid-career female academics as they progress toward promotion to full professor. This FLC aims to empower participants to utilize joy as a central driver of their academic, career, and personal endeavors, and will include examinations of “to-do” lists as well as additional resources and tools in order to formulate clear, step-by-step approaches to enable participants to realize their goals.

This FLC is currently FULL and no longer accepting applications.

Meeting Times/Dates: Meeting from 12–1pm on the following Fridays

  • September 10 & 24
  • October 8 & 22
  • November 5 & 19
  • December 3

Location/Campus: Virtual/Zoom

Facilitator: Erica Hamilton, College of Education, hamilter@gvsu.edu

Co-Facilitator: Dana Munk, Movement Science and Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow, munkd@gvsu.edu

This FLC is currently FULL and no longer accepting applications.