Faculty Learning Communities

2018-19 Faculty Learning Communities

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.

Winter 2019

19SQ Prudent Professor

Faculty Learning Community:
The prudent professor: Planning and saving for a worry-free retirement from academe

Edwin Bridges’ The Prudent Professor is a practical guide for faculty of all ages who want to prepare for the financial aspects of retirement, and not just let it happen. The book draws on the author’s own careful research and long personal experience in building—and protecting—his retirement funds. He describes with candor his own successes and mistakes and his short, concise chapters provide both the rationale and methodology to identify one’s own personal goals at each stage of one’s career.

In this four-session Learning Community, facilitated by Jacquelyn Miller (Center for Faculty Development) during spring quarter, we'll work our way through the chapters of the book to determine what might work best for you in your own situation.

How might you benefit from this FLC?

Over the four sessions, you'll learn about:

  • Retirement saving strategies
  • Pre-retirement considerations
  • Assessing different income streams during retirement
  • How to make sure your retirement income lasts as long as you do

Who is it suited to?

This community is primarily for any faculty member who is interested in retirement planning.

The Prudent Professor is 334 pages long, and reading will be split across the four sessions to be manageable for participants.

What are the dates?

The four dates in Spring Quarter are

  • Thu, Apr 25 | 12:15–1:30* | Wismer Room (LOYA 400) | Lunch provided
  • Thu, May 9 | 12:15–1:30* | Wismer Room (LOYA 400) | Lunch provided
  • Thu, May 23 | 12:15–1:30* | Wismer Room (LOYA 400) | Lunch provided
  • Thu, Jun 6 | 12:15–1:30* | Wismer Room (LOYA 400) | Lunch provided

*If you teach until 12:20 on these days, you will still be able to join the group!

How to register

Please Register by 9 a.m. on Mon, Apr 8

19SQ Idea-based learning

Faculty Learning Community:
Idea-based learning: A course design process to promote conceptual understanding

How do you systematically design a course so that it truly promotes deep learning and the kinds of critical thinking we espouse in academia? Edmund Hansen’s Idea-Based Learning provides a step-by-step process for thinking about and designing a course, focusing on key elements that will help maximize our students’ potential.

In this four-session Faculty Learning Community in the spring, we will progress through the chapters and develop or revise our own courses following Hansen’s recommendations, and we’ll discuss the sticking points and epiphanies we discover along the way.

How might you benefit from this FLC?

Over the four sessions, facilitated by Katherine Raichle (Center for Faculty Development), this book and our discussions will help you:

  • Reconceptualize your discipline based on big ideas, not just a series of topics
  • Develop a strong, but flexible, course structure
  • Produce longer-lasting learning in our students
  • Practice following a scholarly process that you can use for any future course design work

Who is it suited to?

This community is for any faculty member who is either designing a new course or revising an existing one.

What are the dates?

The four dates in Spring Quarter are

  • Tue, Apr 30 | 1:30–2:45 | Wismer Room (LOYA 400) | Coffee/tea provided
  • Tue, May 14 | 1:30–2:45 | Wismer Room (LOYA 400) | Coffee/tea provided
  • Tue, May 28 | 1:30–2:45 | Wismer Room (LOYA 400) | Coffee/tea provided
  • Tue, Jun 11 | 1:30–2:45 | CHDN 124 | Coffee/tea provided

How to register

Please Register by 9 a.m. on Thu, Apr 18