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 – Dare to Lead

Dare to Lead by Brene’ Brown asks the critical question, “How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?” Through her grounded theory research, she has found that “daring leadership is a collection of skills and practices that are 100 percent teachable.” Join the CTE’s book discussion group as we navigate our way to daring leadership through learning to have tough conversations, rumbling with vulnerability, braving trust, and learning to rise.

Dates: Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m. (Jan. 10 & 24, Feb. 7 & 21, March 7 & 28, April 11 & 25)
Facilitators: Leah Horton
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Online Teaching
Location: Torreyson West 319
Registration: Closed

Book Group – Teaching Community

Faculty interested in exploring what it means to contribute to the creation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “beloved community” in turbulent social and political times are invited to join a book group discussing bell hooks’ Teaching Community. Over four weeks, we’ll use hooks’ storytelling and autobiography to explore theories of oppression, identity, culture, and community and as a platform for discussing our own strategies for teaching and learning to transform society.

Dates: Mondays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25)
Facilitators: Lesley Graybeal
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Diversity & Inclusion
Location: Torreyson West 319
Registration: Open

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Book Group – What the Best College Teachers Do

We all secretly want to be the best at what we do. But have we ever really explored how the best college teachers actually manage to be “the best”? Years of research on different campuses led to Ken Bain’s award-winning book What the Best College Teachers Do. In the book, Bain provides insight into how the best college professors approach teaching and learning. From defining what “best” means to exploring how professors prepare to teach to describing how they use assessment of their students and themselves, this book will change how you see yourself as a faculty member.

Dates: Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Jan. 23, Feb. 6 & 20, Mar. 6 & 27, Apr. 10 & 24)
Facilitators: Amy Baldwin
Instructional Theme: FYS, Pedagogy, Online Teaching
Location: Torreyson West 319
Registration: Open
If you cannot make these times, but are still interested in creating your own group, please email abaldwin@uca.edu and you will receive guiding questions for discussing the book.

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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. (Feb. 4 & 18, March 4 & 25, April 8 & 22)
Facilitator: Patty Kohler-Evans
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Online Teaching
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: Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Feb. 18, March 4 & 25, April 8 & 22)
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.  (Feb. 1, March 1, & April 5, May. 3 @ 4-5:30)
Facilitators: Amy Hawkins, et al.
Instructional Theme: Diversity & Inclusion
Location: Presidential Dining Room of Christian Cafeteria
Registration: Open

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