Faculty Learning Community Registration

Welcome to the Spring 2023 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.

Our spring FLCs will meet 6 times this semester. We will meet biweekly beginning the week of January 30 and ending the week of April 10. Meetings will be held over Zoom unless otherwise noted. In addition to our common read, we also have several exciting special topic groups this semester (see schedule below!)

Register here by Weds., January 25th!

Contact the FLC Coordinator, Kate Bunton, with any questions or needs.

What we'll be reading this semester

Picture a Professor is a collection of evidence-based insights and intersectional teaching strategies crafted by and for college instructors. It aims to inspire transformative student learning while challenging stereotypes about what a professor looks like.  Educators at every stage of their career will find affirming acknowledgment of the ways systemic inequities affect college teaching conditions, as well as actionable advice about facilitating student learning with innovative course design, classroom activities, assessment techniques, and more.

The book is available electronically from the UALibrary:  https://arizona-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/6ljalh/01UA_ALMA51854050960003843

Editor Jessamyn Neuhaus is a professor of history and Center for Teaching Excellence director at SUNY Plattsburgh. Recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, she is the author of two historical monographs, numerous articles, and Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want to Be Effective Teachers

Several chapter authors from this book have been interviewed on the podcast Tea for Teaching (episodes 251, 255-256, 258-264).  Episodes are about 30 minutes and fun to listen to.  Here is the link to that podcast:  https://teaforteaching.com/

Spring Schedule

Biweekly from Jan. 30- April 10, unless otherwise noted


Topics and Facilitators

Monday 10-11 am

Facilitating Meaningful Engagement with Reading with Emily Jo Schwaller [note: This FLC is weekly 1/23-3/4]  

This FLC develops support and resources for facilitating engaging reading practices in the classroom. The group will discuss best practices around reading pedagogy.

Monday 11am-12pm

Picture a Professor with Darin Knapp

Monday 1-2pm


Exploring Connectivism with Phyllis Brodsky

This FLC will explore, compare, discover, plan, question, discuss and experience connectivism as pedagogy and practice.  Connectivism is a learner centered teaching approach that prioritizes diversity, empowerment, and collaboration as it harness such practices as branching, social media, gamification and simulations.

Monday 2-3pm


Picture a Professor with Kate Bunton

Tuesday 9:30-10:30 am


Let’s Stop Playing Telephone: Connecting Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) with Emily Jo Schwaller [note: This FLC is weekly 1/23-3/4]

This FLC connects faculty across Foundations Writing, Gen Ed Writing Attribute, and Writing Emphasis courses, providing space to share knowledge about their writing instruction.

Tuesday 11am-12pm

Picture a Professor with Elaine Marchello


Tuesday 12- 1 pm

Open Education Resources and Open Pedagogy with Cheryl Casey & Cheryl Neal

This learning community is open to faculty, staff, and students interested in open educational resources, the UA’s Pressbooks publishing platform, and open pedagogy (involving students in the creation of OER).

Wednesday 9-10 am


Asking questions…how getting the students involved in the questions asked by a course can increase participation and collaboration with Zoe Cohen

Wednesday 10-11 am

Calling All TAs and Postdocs: How to Write with Undergraduate Student Writing with Emily Jo Schwaller  [note: This FLC is weekly 1/23-3/4]

This FLC provides graduate and postdoc students with a learning community around writing pedagogy, supporting their writing instruction and assignment design.

Wednesday 10-11am


Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for promoting Equity in the College Classroom (authors Hogan & Sathy) with Tim Ottusch & Arin Haverland

Wednesday 11am-12pm

Picture a Professor with Linda Hollis

Wednesday 1-2pm


Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty with Zawan Al bulushi

Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm

Incorporating Research and Creative Inquiry into the Undergraduate Classroom: Exploring the VIP & CURE Ecosystems with Kasi Kiehlbaugh

The Vertically Integrated Project model is a highly successful and multidisciplinary approach to engaging undergraduate and graduate students in research and creative inquiry through course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs). This FLC provides a space to engage with others who are interested in providing research and creative inquiry experiences for students in a curricular context. Anyone currently participating or interested in the VIP and/or CURE models is encouraged to join.

Wednesday 4-5pm


Using Interactive Videos for Active Learning in Asynchronous Environments with Spencer Willis and Cheryl Neal

Thursday 11am-12pm


Incorporating Experiential Learning into your Syllabus with Rachel Castro and Mona Nakamura

This FLC we will work in a cohort of up to ten faculty and instructors to adapt an existing assignment or create a new assignment that incorporates experiential learning with CATalyst Studios as a partner. Facilitators Rachel Castro and Mona Nakamura will lead a series of workshops that explore experiential learning, how it can be used to provide new modes of learning, and ways to assess outcomes. It will culminate in each registrant developing and pitching an experiential learning assignment to be used in a future semester.

Thursday 9-10am

Picture a Professor with Tierra Stimson


Thursday 3-4pm

Picture a Professor with Lisa Rezende


Thursday 3-4pm

AI in Teaching and Learning with Kathleen J Kennedy

In this FLC, we will explore AI-enabled adaptive learning and course development, the use of generative AI in instructional materials, creative work, and innovation, and discuss strategies for responding to students' use of AI in research and writing (e.g., Chat GRP). Note: This FLC is about AI in learning and not a technical discussion about AI; no knowledge of AI is expected or required.

Friday 10-11am 

CIRTL Advanced MOOC FLC for Postdocs with Kristin Winet  

In this FLC, we will meet weekly to discuss our learning in CIRTL’s Advancing Learning through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching MOOC. Open to postdoc fellows in the CIRTL Postdoc Pathway program.

*contact Kristin Winet for registration (kwinet@arizona.edu)

Register here by Weds., January 25th!



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.