Faculty Development

Academic Affairs Division

Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities The Office of Faculty Development’s Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) program will be conducted via web conferencing and bring together small groups of faculty who are interested in focusing on Service Learning.

Service Learning

The FLC will be made up of pairs of from five to six USG institutions. Each pair will be comprised of one faculty member who would design a Service Learning course and one CTL representative or other Service Learning leader. The experience is intended to enhance each participant’s understanding and implementation of Service Learning at their institutions.

There will be a kick-off meeting on September 8, 2017 in Macon, Georgia. Participants who are more than 120 miles from the meeting location will be provided with one night of lodging. All subsequent meetings will be held virtually through web conferencing. Participants will need speakers (internal or plug-in) and a microphone (internal or plug-in).

FLC Coordinator: Each FLC will designate a coordinator who will:

  • schedule meetings approximately every three weeks and keep records of attendance
  • help participants shape the direction and goals of their participation in the community
  • submit a final product that describes the work of the FLC, and 
  • disseminate the work of the FLC through the OFD.

Final product: The FLC Coordinator will submit the final product to OFD by April 1, 2018. The final product may take one of the following forms:

  • A presentation at the 2018 USG Teaching & Learning conference (April 6 - 6, 2018 in Athens, GA) that describes the work of the learning community throughout the year, and includes how their participation in the FLC has led to changes in their implementation/advocacy Service Learning.

  • A 1-2 page narrative from each FLC participant that describes how participating in the community has affected their teaching, programming, participation, or advocacy for a Service Learning effort. Artifacts that document these changes (e.g. revised syllabi, description of advocacy, etc.) can be included. The FLC Coordinator will compile these narratives and provide a cover narrative that summarizes the work of the FLC.

  • A scholarly “white paper” authored by all members of the faculty learning community that articulates the activity and position of the members in terms of either 1) how to promote and support participation in the Service Learning effort i, or 2) how to advocate for Service Learning effort to upper administration at institutions. The white paper will include: (a) an abstract, (b) background information on the issue and problems addressed, (c) recommended strategies or solutions, (d) a conclusion, and (e) references (works cited).

Budget: Each FLC will receive up to $500 for resources (e.g. books, supplies, travel for face-to-face meeting).

Application: Applications to each community are due by August 11, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by August 18, 2017.