Virtual Center for Teaching & Learning

Faculty Learning Communities

The Office of Faculty Development is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Faculty Learning Communities.

If you are interested in joining one of this year’s FLCs, please return a completed form with your first and second choices for participation.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

According to the Research Universities' Consortium for the Advancement of the Scholarship for Teaching and Learning (2006), the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is the “systematic examination of issues about student learning and instructional conditions which promote the learning (i.e., building on previous scholarship and shared concerns), which is subjected to blind review by peers who represent the judgment of the profession, and, after review, is disseminated to the professional community.” The goals of Armstrong’s SoTL FLC are

  1. to develop the SoTL FLC as a learning community relative to research on learning communities and involve its members in shared leadership, reflective practice, collaborative learning and shared expertise,
  2. to develop, through a process of literature review and peer critique, well-written research designs for individual members that will result in project implementation and/or proposals for funding and
  3. to develop a plan for raising the profile of SoTL on Armstrong’s campus in collaboration with the Faculty Development Office. Should the members of the group decide they would like to have a shared text to supplement/support their endeavors, they may consider using Mary Anne Huber’s (2004) Balancing Acts: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Academic Careers

Grant Writing

The goal of this learning community is to better understand the proposal development process and to demonstrate that understanding by actually writing a fundable proposal for an educational project. Specific objectives include learning to successfully conceptualize a good program for funding purposes, becoming more comfortable with techniques for shepherding an idea through the proposal writing process, learning the skills necessary to construct the basic elements of a grant, and becoming familiar with Armstrong's internal grant approval procedures, including IRB. All too often, grant writing is cloaked in a veil of secrecy and elitism. Together we will demystify grant writing and equip ourselves to raise funds to support our work. We will accomplish this through several methods:

  • Lecture and handouts
  • Large and small group discussion
  • Hands-on exercises and writing assignments
  • Sessions will be held weekly in September and monthly thereafter Participants may choose to develop a proposal for Armstrong’s internal grant competition or for an external source of funding. Feel free to email Susan Arshack if you’d like a detailed syllabus for this FLC.


FLC/FRR Application Form
FLC Discussion Boards