Summer Events and Programs

Spring/Summer Learning Communities

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

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

ADHD and Higher Education — How might a basic knowledge of explicitly designed instruction and other evidence-based practices assist with successfully supporting those with ADHD at the university level?

Generations — How might greater understanding of the characteristics of our students, as compared to those of previous cohorts and our own demographic, help us connect with and teach them more effectively?

How to Integrate AI in Advertising and Public Relations Teaching  How can AI improve the teaching practice in Advertising and public relations?

Teaching with AI  AI is here—what should instructors know and do?

Transforming the College Classroom — How might creating a classroom environment that is conducive to learning benefit students for the world beyond college?

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals — Do you feel there is never enough time to get things done? Are the standards of productivity and efficiency you are holding yourself to impossible to achieve?

Cheating, Yesterday and Today — In the age of AI, how can instructors foster academic honesty?

Summer Book Club: The Campus Novel

The campus novel is a subgenre of fiction spotlighting the human comedy of academic life. Wherever you are—at the beach, overseas, in your office toiling away—join us Fridays in July 3:00-4:00pm in Zoom to talk about a book. Register for one or as many discussions as you like, and FTLC will send you the print or audio version, your choice. Please register only for the book(s) you will meet to discuss. Open to all GVSU faculty and staff.

July 5 | Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses

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Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses, by David Lodge (1984)

"At an English Department party an assistant professor gets tipsy and jokes about having never read Hamlet. Several years later, the incident is raised when he goes up for tenure…."

Register Here for the Changing Places (Lodge, 1984) Book Club Meeting

July 12 | Adjunctivitis

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Adjunctivitis by Gordon Haber (2013) - The author of this novella will join our discussion!

"An adjunct writing instructor tries to land a tenure-track position."

Register Here for the Adjunctivitis (Haber, 2013) Book Club Meeting

July 19 | Dear Committee Members

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Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher (2014)

"This epistolary novel is told entirely in letters of recommendation in which a tenured professor bemoans his colleagues, students, administration, the state of academe in general, and his own undistinguished career."

Register Here for the Dear Committee Members (Schumacher, 2014) Book Club Meeting

July 26 | Real Life

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Real Life by Brandon Taylor (2020)

"A queer Black graduate student in biomedical science comes of age in a White midwestern college town."

Register Here for the Real Life (Taylor, 2020) Book Club Meeting

Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute

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Inclusive Teaching is Better Teaching!

Inclusive teaching is a commitment by educators to support diverse student needs, interests, and abilities, shaping not only classroom dynamics but also course and curriculum design.

The Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute (IETI) will equip both Affiliate and Tenure-Track faculty with the tools to enhance inclusivity in their teaching. Drs. Chasity Bailey-Fakhoury and Sherry Johnson will lead this transformative experience. Learn more about IETI here!

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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