Faculty Learning Communitites

What’s a Faculty Learning Community?

A faculty learning community is a cross-disciplinary faculty group of four to six members engaging in an active, collaborative, yearlong program with a curriculum focus on specific topics about pedagogy in higher education.  

Unlike a brown bag workshop or a one-time faculty development event, FLCs allow participants extended time to explore the topic and to develop and implement a change in pedagogy. Meeting monthly with the same group of colleagues also fosters another goal of FLCs: to create a sense of community and common purpose among the participants.


The topic-based FLC themes for 2022-2023 will be:


  1. Teaching Developing Learners at Luther: Research and Practice (meets monthly on Thursdays 9:40 to 10:50)Facilitator: Christy VrtisParticipants will read Kathleen F. Gabriel's text Creating the Path to Success in the Classroom: Teaching to Close the Graduation Gap for Minority, First-Generation, and Academically Unprepared Students and discuss best practices for teaching developing learners during the first semester. Second semester we will focus on creating activities designed to increase learning for all students, and especially developing learners, that we can then implement in our courses going forward. 
  1. What is Community-based Learning: Developing Paideia 450s and other Community-based Learning courses (meets monthly on Mondays 3:00 to 4:30 pm) Facilitator: Rachel BrummelA centerpiece of our new curriculum is a new focus on community-based learning, especially in our revamped Paideia 450 course. But what is community-based learning anyway? During the fall semester this FLC will dive deep into the research on community-based learning and assist the Paideia program and the Curriculum Committee in establishing common Student Learning Outcomes for these experiences. Second semester we will focus on designing individual Paideia 450 classes to be taught in the 2024-2025 academic year.

Structure and Application Process


The application for the 2022-2023 Faculty Learning Communities is available here

Successful applicants will participate in a kick off meeting with CELT director, Kate Elliott in early September. During the academic year FLC members will engage in monthly ongoing discussions with the other cohort participants to share ideas, work through challenges, and begin plans for dissemination of their work. Participants will also be asked to report back to the faculty in a CELT workshop or other venue during the spring semester. 

Each FLC carries an award of $750.00, in two installments -- the first after fall work, the second payment will be made following implementation the development of a new or modified course, assignment, or classroom environment and creation of a deliverable to be reported back to the faculty.