Faculty Learning Communities

WHO and WHAT?

CTEL is organizing learning communities - small groups of faculty (all ranks and appointments are welcome!) who want to engage in professional and personal development by reading, reflecting on, and discussing recommended texts (often focused on evidence-based teaching methods) addressing college teaching.

WHY?

You enjoy staying current in the literature and research of your academic discipline. Yet, you don’t have any formal training in college teaching or pedagogy. Most likely, this is true of a vast majority of tenure-track faculty and adjuncts who enter the classroom each week.

WHEN and WHERE?

The communities will meet at least once per month during the academic year (time, location, and frequency to be determined by the communities). CTEL will order the books and help the communities arrange an initial meeting time and place; then it’s up to the communities to determine what works best for them regarding the schedule.

READINGS?

CLC1 will read and reflect on Parker Palmer’s classic, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life. "This book is for teachers who have good days and bad — and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts, because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life." — Parker J. Palmer [from the Introduction]

CLC2 will read and reflect on Ken Bain’s, What the Best College Teachers Do. This book won the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize, awarded annually by Harvard University Press for an outstanding book on education and society.

CLC3 will read and reflect on R. Nathan’s, My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student. See Cathy A. Small’s site regarding freshman year studies.