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.  Visit our Faculty Learning Community Webpage for more information.  

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. 

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

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!

2019 - 2020 Faculty Learning Community (FLC) List

Click on the title of any Faculty Learning Community listed below to be brought to specific information about that particular FLC.

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Are you facilitating an FLC this term?  A multitude of FLC Facilitator Resources can be found here!


Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Fall 2019

How might faculty provide a more inclusive learning environment through the concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an instructional method that can address the diverse learning needs in today's classroom. The framework of UDL consists of instructional approaches that provide students with choices and alternatives in the materials, content, tools, context, and supports their use. This faculty learning community is for faculty who are interested in becoming more familiar with the concept of UD and UDL. Participants will become familiar with UDL framework for teaching and learning and will incorporate UDL into their courses. Faculty of all learning levels, knowledge and expertise are welcome.

Meeting Dates/Times:  TBD

Location/Campus:  Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Facilitator:  Dana Munk, Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow and Professor Movement Science,

Co-facilitators:  Amy Schelling, Education - Teaching and Learning,

Julia VanderMolen, Public Health,

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

Practicing Mindfulness

Fall 2019 and Winter 2020

How can we overcome some of the common hurdles to including mindfulness meditation into daily life in an age of constant distraction?

Research has shown that mindfulness practice can help manage stress and anxiety and improve both physical and emotional well-being. Teaching our mind how to focus and be present can be challenging and frustrating. In this FLC, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about mindfulness meditation and how to practice it. Through reading and discussion, simple tools will be introduced that can help incorporate mindfulness meditation practice into the daily routine. Participants will also share ideas and form connections with other professional colleagues who share an interest in exploring mindfulness meditation practice.

Meeting Dates/Times:  TBD

Location/Campus:  Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Facilitator:  Martina Reinhold, Physician Assistant Studies,

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

Productivity and Time Management for Academics

Fall 2019

How can professors take control over their time, tasks, and projects in order to focus on what's important and to attain greater engagement and balance?

Academic work is hard. But sometimes we make it harder by entering into it without a clear plan for engagement and productivity. We often enter into each  workday with no control over our schedules, email, grading, or other tasks and projects, and no system for deciding on the right thing to do next in a given moment. As a result, we end up focusing only on the "latest and loudest" rather than what's truly important. But it doesn't have to be this way. In this community we will learn the Getting Things Done or "GTD" system of personal productivity that develops simple habits of mind that lead to greater perspective and control over our life and work, specifically applied to academia. If you're interested by getting more out of the time you have as a professor, join us as we learn and apply these principles.

Participants in this FLC will:

  • Adopt and practice the basic habits of GTD: capture, clarify, organize, reflect, and engage.
  • Develop a personal system of organization for email, physical materials, and electronic files that supports GTD practices such as "Inbox Zero"
  • identify "next actions" that align with personal and professional values and situational contexts, and act on them.

Meeting Dates//Times: TBD

Location/Campus: Allendale Campus

Facilitator: Robert Talbert, Mathematics,

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

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