Faculty learning communities (FLC) are designed for faculty who wish to enhance their understanding of the methods of learning, the scholarship of teaching/learning and community building between disciplines. The collegial environment created by teaching one another and the discussion of our challenges as teachers are valuable sources of professional renewal.
The FLC Program provides a venue for Faculty Development that allows a group of diverse faculty members to gain expertise in a particular area. FLC topics have included Clinical Research Development, Leadership Skills and Curriculum Development. The groups meet over the course of several months and each participant presents a project to the group. The participants are then encouraged to continue their project over the following year and present their work at the Scholarly Teaching Symposium.
In 2013–2014, the following two groups completed their sessions and are currently working on individual projects:
- Learning to Lead: The Leadership Challenge.
- Coaching for Success: Using Coaching to Engage Learners in Achieving Their Best.
The 20 Faculty members involved in these groups will be invited to present their work at the next Scholarly Teaching Symposium.
There were no FLC groups during 2014–2015.
For the upcoming academic year, the proposed FLC will focus on the Development of Mentoring Skills and Communities. Recruitment will occur in the Fall, and sessions will start on January 16.
If you have any questions or comments about the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Faculty Learning Communities, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development at 602-827-2032 or email Jonathan Snyder.