Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs)
Our Faculty Learning Communities (or FLCs) bring together small, inter-disciplinary groups of 6 to 10 faculty who meet twice a month each semester for an academic year to address a pedagogy or academia-related problem of mutual interest. At the end of the year, each group shares its findings with the university community in some way, as appropriate.
Participation in a Faculty Learning Community is a commitment to a deep process of learning together with a diverse, intentionally-created community. Under the guiding direction of a faculty Facilitator, each group identifies a convenient time for bi-weekly meetings for two consecutive semesters, determines a method for sharing their work with the university as appropriate, and discusses a division of labor for the work to be done together over the year.
Each Facilitator gets one course release for the year (probably best taken in the fall semester). The FLC is awarded $300 per participant, up to $3000 total, to support the work of the group and contribute to the USF community.
FLC funds may be used in a variety of ways. Past FLCs have organized events to share the group's work (such as lectures, symposia, workshops, or mini-conferences); invited visitors or speakers to campus; purchased books or materials; and supported student activities.
One key to a successful FLC is to make a topic broad enough to invite participation across disciplines and schools, but narrow enough to lead to significant benefits for faculty and students.
"FLCs are like freshman seminars for faculty"
-EJ Jung (Computer Sciences)
"With FLCs I regained my addiction for learning."
-Shawn Doubiago (Comparative Literature and Culture)