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Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning - Communities

Professional Learning Communities for Faculty

Professional learning communities provide the opportunity for a group of interdisciplinary faculty to discuss and reflect on a variety of topics related to teaching, the scholarship of teaching, active and deep learning, and other forms of faculty life, including scholarly and creative activities.

The Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning coordinates and facilitates several professional learning communities each academic year:

  1. to support the teaching and learning mission of the university;
  2. to provide a collegial, supportive, collaborative, and transdisciplinary environment for faculty to discuss and reflect on their practice as educators;
  3. to disseminate information on best-practices in teaching, pedagogy, and assessment of student learning, and to provide support to faculty with implementation;
  4. to build awareness and engage faculty in the scholarship of teaching; and
  5. to disseminate information on high-impact practices and their role in promoting deep learning and student engagement.

A list of ongoing or upcoming CITL sponsored PLCs is provided below.

  • Applying Research to the Classroom
    • Facilitator: Scott Bonham
    • Open to faculty in the Ogden College of Science and Engineering. This PLC is full and closed to new participants. 
  • Faculty Leadership Year (FLY)
    • Facilitators: Jerry Daday and Cecile Garmon
    • Open to all WKU faculty. Nominations for participants are solicited through college Dean’s offices. Please contact your college dean to express an interest in participating next year. The FLY program for 2016-2017 academic year is full and closed to new participants.
  • Part-Time Faculty Teaching Institute
    • Facilitators: Jerry Daday and Wren Mills
    • Open to all WKU part-time faculty.  This is a 5-week online professional learning community offered in the summer months that focuses on the foundations of teaching effectiveness.  The program will be offered again in June/July of 2017.  Please contact to register for the next session. 
  • Assessment of Student Learning
    • Facilitators: Jerry Daday and Wren Mills
    • Open to all WKU faculty and professional staff. This community will begin in mid-October. Specific information/details forthcoming. Contact to register/participate. 

If you have an idea for a PLC or wish to develop or lead one, please contact either at the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning to discuss your ideas and interests. We would love to work with you.

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 Last Modified 8/17/17