Faculty Learning Communities

For a full description of faculty learning communities, please visit the Miami of Ohio Faculty Learning Community Website

"A faculty learning community (FLC) is a specifically structured learning community of faculty and staff in higher education that includes the goals of building community, engaging in scholarly practice, and developing the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). The FLC model was initiated at Miami University in 1979 and is now used in colleges and universities across the U.S. and the world."

FLCs will be available for small start-up grants on the SD Mines starting Fall 2023.  Topics for FLCs can be determined by ay small group of faculty who share an interest in advancing teaching and learning and would benefit from a structured group setting.  Examples of FLC topics include (but are not in any way limited to): flipped learning, engaging students in online courses, effectively teaching concepts in STEM, creating inclusive classrooms, outreach for rural students, etc.

Screenshot 2023-04-22 at 11.57.10 AMGrants Available for Fall 2023

Grants of up to $1200 are available to faculty teams of 3 - 8 people who wish to start an FLC.  

To Apply for an FLC grant, please submit a proposal that addresses the following:

  1. Provide an overview of your topic.  Why is this topic of interest and best handled through a learning community?
  2. How will your group be organized?   (What structure do you plan to use for meetings: how often will you meet; do you have a plan to include the essential elements of an FLC; how will you recruit members?)
  3. What are the objectives of the group?  How will you measure whether they are met?  
  4. What are potential resources for the group, e.g. online seminars, books, papers, guest speakers, etc.
  5. How do you plan to disseminate your outcomes to campus? 

Proposals should include

  1. The name of the primary contact for the FLC
  2. A list or table of identified members with department affiliations
  3. A project description that addresses the questions listed above
  4. The proposed budget 

Proposals should be submitted via email to faculty.development@sdsmt.edu before Friday May 26 at 11:59pm.

A proposal writing workshop / information session will be held Tuesday, May 16 at 11:00 am for any interested applicants who would like more information or feedback on their proposals.