Faculty Learning Communities & Book Discussion Groups

Would you like to join with other faculty to talk about teaching?  Are you interested in exploring instructional topics with a small, interdisciplinary group of faculty?  Then consider becoming a member of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC).  Members may select a book to discuss, engage in teaching observations, or determine an instructional improvement project of interest to the group.

Book Group – Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills & Motivation

Students come to our classes with different backgrounds, experiences, and prior knowledge, not to mention baggage. As faculty, it’s tempting to throw our hands in the air and take the “sink or swim” approach to teaching and learning. Dr. Saundra McGuire offers a better approach that hones students’ metacognitive skills and dramatically improves learning with simple, effective, and efficient tools and strategies that can be implemented in any course. Come explore ways you can improve student success in your classes and be inspired to try these strategies in your courses! Meetings are held in Torreyson West 319.

Dates: Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Sept. 5, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 7)
Facilitators: Amy Baldwin, Vicki Parish
Instructional Theme: Diversity, Pedagogy, Online Teaching
Location: Torreyson West 319
Registration: Open

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Book Group – Rising Strong

We all love success stories — especially underdogs who get knocked down, come from behind and manage to succeed. But what is often missing from those stories is HOW to get back up after falling. It’s not as easy as “shaking it off” or “rubbing some dirt on it.” Rising Strong by Brene Brown details an evidence-based process for picking ourselves up and moving on. Whether you are dealing with professional or personal setbacks or are seeking strategies and tools to help your students persevere and develop resilience, Rising Strong will provide insight, guidance, and wisdom for your personal and professional journey. 

Dates: Thursdays, 2:40-3:55 p.m. (Sept. 6, Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Nov. 29)
Facilitators: Leah Horton
Location: Torreyson West 319
Registration: Open

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New Faculty Learning Community

Are you in your first or second year of teaching at UCA? If so, this learning community is for you! Gather with other new UCA instructors to begin building a support network and resources to support your success under the guidance of a seasoned professional, Dr. Patricia Kohler-Evans, Professor of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education and Director of the Mashburn Center of Learning. Meetings are held in Torreyson West 319.

Dates: Mondays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3)
Facilitator: Patty Kohler-Evans
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy
Location: Torreyson West 319
Registration: Open

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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Community

National efforts to improve student learning outcomes continue to prompt a variety of challenging questions. One question in particular that many institutions like UCA seek to answer is what teaching and learning methods work best to increase student success in gateway courses? Join our newest Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Community to partner in research that will address this and other relevant questions.

Dates: Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m. (Sept. 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 28)
Facilitators: Darshon Anderson, Thomas Lowder
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy
Location: Torreyson West 319
Registration: Open

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Women in Academic Leadership Learning Community (WALL-C)

The WALL community exists to support and empower female leaders at UCA. Leadership is defined by role and not by position; therefore, women in all ranks and positions are eligible to participate. WALL-C participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Dates: Fridays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.  (Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7 @ 4-5:30)
Facilitators: Amy Hawkins, et al.
Instructional Theme: Diversity
Location: Presidential Dining Room of Christian Cafeteria
Registration: Open

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