Early Career Faculty Learning Community

This learning community addresses the goals and interests of early-career faculty (second-year through the tenure-review year) as they continue to develop, practice, and evaluate their teaching methods and skills. Participants will generate ideas and specific questions about teaching and learning that have direct relevance to courses that they are teaching or expect to teach in the near future.

The Early-Career FLC consists of a small multidisciplinary group of non-tenured faculty (tenure-track, visiting faculty, or part-time faculty) who will come together with the purpose of engaging in active, collaborative, and self-guided exploration of one or more topics in learning and teaching. This faculty development opportunity is coordinated by Seth Chin-Parker (Psychology) and Megan Threlkheld (History). Monthly meetings over the academic year are based on a small set of readings drawn from the scholarship on teaching and learning and will focus on the topics that are generated by the participants. All books and reading materials will be provided to participants.

One goal is for each participant to develop and implement a new teaching activity or strategy. However, when useful, participants will also work together in small groups based upon common goals for developing strategies and methods for a specific learning or teaching objective. Through sustained involvement in the FLC over an academic year, we strive to reach a more in-depth understanding of the topics examined and to produce a modification of teaching practices and student learning based upon the strategies that are developed and implemented. For more information, contact Lew Ludwig.

FLC Topics, Materials, and Resources:

September 13, 2016: Defining Your Teaching Philosophy, Perspectives, and Goals

October 18, 2016: Shaping Classroom Learning through Lectures and Discussions

November 8, 2016: Student Writing: Creating, Providing Feedback, and Evaluating Writing Assignments

December 13, 2016: Developing and Revising Your Courses and Syllabi

January 24, 2017: Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Small Group Learning

February 14, 2017: Grading: Effective Feedback and Efficient Evaluation of Student Learning

March 21, 2017: Student Motivation and Learning

April 4, 2017: Mentoring and Faculty Development in the Early-Career Years at Denison

FLC Topics, Materials, and Resources from Past Years:

Use of Narrative in Learning and Teaching

Authority and Identity in the Classroom: Faculty and Student Perceptions

The Role of Emotion in Learning and Teaching

Interpreting and Using Student Evaluations of Teaching

Becoming a Reflective, and Effective, Teacher