Faculty Learning Communities

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In the 2018-19 academic year, the Center for Faculty Development is offering a few Faculty Learning Communities, each around a book. To ease scheduling for participants, each Faculty Learning Community will meet during a single quarter and dates and times will be scheduled at the outset.

What is a Faculty Learning Community?

A faculty learning community is a group of cross-disciplinary faculty (usually 6–12 people) engaging in an active, collaborative program that meets regularly to support each participant's professional development (definition adapted from Miami University, OH). Depending on the chosen book, learning community participants may pick a focus project and agree to apply the ideas, try out innovations, and report back to the group on what they have learned.

The Center for Faculty Development provides you with a copy of the book, refreshments, and a designated “host” for your learning community. At each gathering, you’ll discuss key insights from the assigned reading, questions that arise for you while reading, and, when appropriate, the progress you're making on your own project.

Who can join?

Any Seattle University faculty member, part-time or full-time, can participate in the program.

Fall 2018

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Faculty Learning Community #1:
The New Academic

Are you interested in learning about the culture of academia and how to be a more effective faculty member, but are not sure where to begin? Shelda Debowski’s The New Academic: A Strategic Handbook provides a guide for those new(-ish) to academe on how to develop an engaging and productive career as a faculty member.

In this four-session Learning Community facilitated by Jacquelyn Miller (Center for Faculty Development) over winter quarter, you'll work your way through the chapters in the book so that you feel better prepared to fulfill the various roles—colleague, teacher, scholar, disciplinary expert, public professional—expected of a new academic. 

What's in it for you? 

Over the four sessions, you'll learn how to:

  • Get started - or reboot - as an academic
  • Make a difference as an effective teacher
  • Build an effective research track record
  • Learn how to engage effectively with the public
  • Advance your career in an academic setting

Who is it suited to? 

This community is for any faculty member who is in the early stage of their academic career.

The New Academic is 219 pages long, and the reading will be split across the four sessions to be manageable for participants.

What are the dates?

The four dates in Fall Quarter are:

  • Thu, Oct 25 | 10:30–11:45 | Wismer Room (LOYA 400)
  • Thu, Nov 8 | 10:30–11:45 | Wismer Room (LOYA 400)
  • Thu, Nov 29 | 10:30–11:45 | Wismer Room (LOYA 400)
  • Thu, Dec 13 | 10:30–11:45 | Wismer Room (LOYA 400)

How to register

Register by 9:00 a.m. on Mon, Oct 8.

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Faculty Learning Community #2:
As We Have Always Done

In preparation for Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's visit to Seattle U on January 11th, you are invited to join a Learning Community focused on the role of the academy in Indigenous liberation, facilitated by Christina Roberts (English Department/Indigenous Peoples Institute).

Over the course of four sessions, we will read Simpson's recent award-winning book, As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance, and 3-4 articles and book chapters that address settler colonialism, decolonization, and Indigenous resistance.

What's in it for you? 

In this Learning Community, you'll share timely dialogue with colleagues as you learn more about the destructive logics of the settler colonial state. You'll also consider the role the academy and researchers play in the dispossession of Indigenous peoples from their lands so as to challenge the legacies of these damaging frameworks.

Who is it suited to? 

This particular Learning Community is open to any faculty member who works with Indigenous communities or who'd like learn more about decolonizing classrooms, research practices, and lands.

What are the dates?

The four dates in Fall Quarter are

  • Mon, Oct 22 | 12:30-2:00 | Xavier 160 (Indigenous Peoples Institute)
  • Mon, Nov 5 | 12:30-2:00 | Xavier 160 (Indigenous Peoples Institute)
  • Mon, Nov 26 | 12:30-2:00 | Xavier 160 (Indigenous Peoples Institute)
  • Mon, Dec 10 | 12:30-2:00 | Xavier 160 (Indigenous Peoples Institute)

How to register

Register by 9:00 a.m. on Mon, Oct 8.