Spring 2022 Faculty Learning Community Registration

Welcome to the Summer 2022 Faculty Learning Communities!

Interested in gathering with an intimate group of fellow instructors a few times a semester to talk about your teaching? Want to stay up-to-date on conversations in teaching and learning? If so, we welcome you to join our faculty learning community (FLC) program! All faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students with an interest in teaching are welcome to join us.

We offer groups during Summer Session I and II. Summer Session I will begin the week of June 6th; Summer Session II will begin the week of July 7th. All sessions will meet for five consecutive weeks over Zoom unless otherwise noted. In addition to our common read, we also have 3 exciting special topics groups this summer as well (see schedule below!)

Register By friday, june 3rd!

Contact the FLC co-coordinators, Lisa Elfring or Kristin Winet, with any questions or needs.


What we'll be reading this summer

What happens to teaching when you consider the whole body (and not just our brains)?

This summer, our common read is Minding Bodies: How Physical Space, Sensation, and Movement Affect Learning (2021) by Susan Hrach (available for free as an ebook via our library). Drawing on new research on the mind/body connection, Minding Bodies aims to help instructors improve their students' knowledge and skills through movement, attention to the spatial environment, and sensitivity to humans as more than, as Hrach writes, "brains on sticks."

To guide our conversations, we will explore questions such as: How can we shift the focus of learning from something that just happens in our brains toward an embodied, sensory-rich experience for all our students? What strategies can we use to draw on the embodied experiences of our students in-person as well as online?

For more information on the book and to see the Table of Contents, we encourage you to read about the book on the West Virginia University Press website.


Susan Hrach is director of the faculty center and professor of English at Columbus State University. Winner of the University System of Georgia Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, she is widely recognized for her innovations in teaching world literature.


 

“Beautifully written and packed full of ideas, Minding Bodies is a timely and necessary intervention that questions our long-held assumptions about teaching and learning. There is something that will enlighten any teacher on every page. This is a welcome book that is trying its best to get education back on its feet.” 
--Vybarr Cregan-Reid, author of Primate Change: How the World We Made Is Remaking Us


Summer Schedule:

Summer Session I: June 6 - July 8 (weekly meetings)

DAYS/TIMES TOPIC & FACILITATORS
Tues, 10-11 am Minding Bodies with Dana Narter & David Weber
Tues, 3:30-4:30 pm Minding Bodies with Mascha Gemein & Treya Allen
Weds, 2-3 pm

Outdoor Experiential Education* with Chris Hilliard

In this FLC, we will examine ways of applying outdoor education ideas and approaches to our teaching, whether we teach indoors or out. I’ll present examples from previous “hands-on” outdoor teaching experiences.

Thurs, 10-11 am Minding Bodies with Erin Galyen & Kristin Winet
Thurs, 4-5 pm Minding Bodies with Susan Miller-Cochran

Summer Session I & II (biweekly meetings): June 6 - August 12

Days/Times Topic & Facilitators

Weds, 12-1 pm   

Open Educational Resources (OER)* with Cheryl Casey & Cheryl Neal

Learn more about Open Educational Resources (OER), open pedagogy, and Pressbooks! OER are teaching, learning, and research resources in the public domain or released with an open license. Pressbooks is the UA’s free-to-use publishing platform. Open pedagogy involves students in the creation of OER. Our FLC will cover topics like: how to find OER, how to customize and create OER using Pressbooks, the benefits of practicing open pedagogy with students and lowering course costs, and copyright, fair use, & Creative Commons licenses. This learning community will be led by Open Education Librarian Cheryl (Cuillier) Casey and Instructional Technologist Cheryl Neal.


Summer Session II: July 11 - August 10 

Dates/times Topic & Facilitators
Tues, 9-10 am        Minding Bodies with Jonathan Cox & Anne Segal
Weds, 9-10 am

Minding Bodies with Lisa Rezende & Linda Pallock

Weds, 11-12 pm

Minding Bodies with Anne Kurtin & Carly Croman

Thurs, 2-3 pm

What It Means to Teach Honors* with Jennie McStotts

This FLC will explore ways you can work with Honors students at UArizona. Depending on participant interest, topics may include: paths your students take to graduating with Honors; mentoring Honors thesis students; developing Honors contracts in your courses; the pros and cons of co-convened sections and standalone Honors classes; proposing HNRS seminars; our two in-house minors (Future Earth Resilience and Health & Human Values) and opportunities for you to contribute to these and other Franke Honors programs. Please note: Though SSII ends on August 10th, this FLC will go through August 11th (to make five sessions).


Ready to sign-up?

Register BY JUNE 3rd!


 

FAQs

Our learning communities are open to anyone who is interested in teaching and learning in the UArizona community! We encourage all faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students to participate.

Click the REGISTER button at the top of the page. You will be taken to a Qualtrics survey to fill out. Once you register, you are registered for the entire semester.

Participants can register for more than one group; however, sessions are capped at 10 in order to facilitate intimate, meaningful conversation. To register for more than one session, you will need to fill out the registration form twice.

Yes! Active participation is expected from all community members, so please plan to contribute your ideas, questions, examples, and curiosities at each session.

Yes! Participants who attend at least 4 of the 5 sessions will receive a certificate to demonstrate their continuing professional development in Edge Learning.

This summer, all FLCs will be on Zoom. However, note that we do not offer asynchronous learning communities at this time.

Please contact Lisa Elfring (elfring@arizona.edu) and Kristin Winet (kwinet@arizona.edu) to discuss any accessibility needs you may have.