This category of grants supports
self-selected groups of faculty who identify and explore a common
interest or research thread associated with teaching. FLCs meet a
minimum of five times a year and are led by faculty and supported by CTL
faculty development professionals. FLCs may emerge from informal
faculty conversations, continuations of CTL-sponsored series, sessions,
or workshops, or as follow-ons to guest speakers or web seminars.
Examples of topics include SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning),
GIS and spatial thinking, blended learning, threshold concepts,
problem-based learning, social networking, service learning, technology
exploration, and other emergent topics.
FLCs receive grants of $300 annually to support their scholarly
explorations through the purchase of books or other materials, shared
meals or refreshments, honoraria for invited speakers, or other
resources and opportunities. Access to FLC funds requires a short
mini-proposal, including a statement of the FLC focus, a brief
suggestion for how the funds will be spent, and an indication of any
other support needed from CTL. Additional funding may be available for
dissemination of learning community project outcomes to a broader
Please contact Jane Love for additional information.