Open-Theme Faculty Learning Communities
The CETL Open-Theme Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) bring together small groups of faculty (no fewer than five and no more than seven) who are interested in focusing on a particular teaching and learning issue for a full academic year. The experience is intended to enhance each participant's teaching in ways that may lead to documentable changes in student learning and, when appropriate, to the production of scholarship (e.g., presentations, publications) that disseminates teaching innovations.
Topics for FLCs might provide opportunities for faculty from different departments or Colleges to engage in interdisciplinary investigations of teaching and learning, or topics might be focused on teaching and learning within a specific department or discipline.
Click here to read more about the work of recent open-theme faculty learning communities.
FLC Coordinator: The faculty member who submits the proposal will serve as the FLC Coordinator who will:
- recruit faculty participants (FLC coordinator plus 4 to 6 FLC members)
- schedule meetings and keep records of attendance
- submit a mid-year report and final product that describes the work of the FLC, and
- disseminate the work of the FLC during Fall semester of the following year at a departmental or college seminar, CETL workshop, or at the Research on Teaching and Learning Summit.
Final product: The FLC Coordinator will submit the final product to CETL by June 30 of the following year. The final product will be posted on the FLC projects website and may take either of the following forms:
- A 1-2 page narrative from each FLC participant of course changes as a result of participation in the FLC with evidence of the changes (e.g., description of new learning modules; revised syllabi, assignments, pedagogies, or assessments). The FLC coordinator will collate these materials and will provide a cover narrative that summarizes the purpose of the FLC and introduces each member’s contributions.
- A scholarly “white paper” or journal article authored by all members of the faculty learning community that articulates the issue of teaching and learning in postsecondary education that was the focus of the FLC. The paper should include: (a) an abstract, (b) background information on the issue and problems addressed, (c) recommended strategies or solutions, (d) a conclusion, and (e) references (works cited).
**This program is not accepting applications for 2021-22 FLCs. Please check back next year!
- Upon approval of the FLC: The FLC Coordinator will have access to $750 in the current fiscal year for resources (e.g., books) for FLC participants.
- Upon receipt of the FLC Coordinator's final report: FLC Coordinators will receive $1500 in professional travel funds during the next fiscal year; participants who attended at least 80% of the meetings and who contributed to the final product (as verified in the FLC Coordinator's final report) will receive $1000 in professional travel funds during the next fiscal year.
Funding is competitive and proposals will be evaluated by the Faculty Development Committee on the following criteria:
- Clarity of the FLC plan, budget, and proposed timeline for meetings/activities/objectives, and description of final product.
- Potential short-term impact for FLC members as described in the final product (e.g., anticipated changes to teaching and student learning in courses taught by FLC members and/or preparation of a “white paper” on articulating an issue of teaching and learning in postsecondary education).
- Potential long-term impact beyond the time frame of the FLC (e.g., changes in courses or curricula, dissemination of work through presentations or publications).
Professional travel funds will be available in the fiscal year following the year in which the FLC meets and are subject to all state funding requirements. In order to receive these funds, participants must be employed by KSU at the time of the expenditure. Travel funding will not be released until the FLC Coordinator submits a final written report on the FLC's activities that includes verification that a participant attended at least 80% of all scheduled meetings and events. Funds are nontransferable to other uses or faculty. Funds will be awarded only to full-time faculty who are under contract with Kennesaw State University.
Selection and Application Process
The FLC Coordinator will be responsible for:
- completing all sections of the online application
a. Project Title
b. Project Abstract (1,000 character max)
c. Project Description (3,500 character max)
- completing and uploading the required documents as one file:
a. FLC Program Cover Sheet
(Please use DocuSign to obtain electronic signatures on university documents.)
b. Letter of Understanding (see below)
The following information is required in the Letter of Understanding:
- FLC Coordinator's Name, College, Department, Phone, and Email
- Project Title (preferably no more than 20 words)
- A proposed FLC Materials Budget that lists books and other resources to be purchased by CETL for use by FLC participants. This budget cannot exceed $750 and cannot be used to purchase items not covered by state funds
- A list of 4 to 6 FLC Participants (not including the FLC Coordinator). The SoTL Funding Committee will consider applications that list at least 4 Participants (in other words, the FLC Coordinator may still recruit up to 2 other Participants after acceptance).
- Proposed FLC meetings/activities/objectives each month during Fall and Spring semesters with a description of the final product that FLC members will develop.
- The FLC Coordinator's signature and date on the Letter of Understanding.
- The name of the FLC Coordinator's Supervisor (Chair or Director; Dean if the FLC Coordinator is a Chair or Director) with the Supervisor's signature and date. Please share your Project Abstract, Project Description, and Cover Sheet with your supervisor before obtaining this signature. Please use DocuSign to obtain electronic signatures on university documents.
It will be the responsibility of the FLC Coordinator to ascertain that the proposal materials are complete when submitted. The SoTL Funding Committee will not consider late or incomplete applications.
- Fill out the required fields and text areas below.
- Upload the required PDF file (combined cover sheet and Letter of Understanding)
- Click “Submit” and when you are ready to submit your application.
You will receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt within 24 hours. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, please contact CETL in case there was an “electronic glitch.”
The application has closed.
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