The CIP hosts annual faculty learning communities, in which faculty and staff meet regularly to explore a particular topic as it relates to best practices in teaching and learning.
A faculty learning community is a group of 6-10 faculty and staff members, usually from a variety of disciplines, who meet regularly to explore a particular topic as it relates to best practices in teaching and learning. Members have the opportunity to interact with colleagues who share similar pedagogical questions or issues, experiment with new approaches to teaching and learning, and engage in collaborative research related to the topic of the FLC.
Each group will work toward a public representation of their study — a white paper, portfolio website, bibliography of resources, panel presentation, or the like. This responsibility to create a resource for the community is one of the distinguishing factors between an FLC and a more lightly programmed study or discussion group.
Groups are expected to meet approximately once every three weeks over the course of the academic year. Each group will have a co-facilitator from the CIP who will assist with scheduling meetings (and procuring supplies and refreshments). Depending on the topic, an FLC might conduct a literature review, discuss common readings, collaborate on course or assignment designs, or test out new tools for scholarship and teaching. Each group will have a $600 budget for project costs — potentially including books, tools, meals, or other costs as appropriate. Again, the goal is to create a public resource for the whole community.
We are recruiting for 4 FLC's this year. Please apply to join a faculty learning community through this Google form!
Connecting the Humanities - This FLC will be seeking common goals, concepts, and approaches across courses employing humanistic methods (whether they reside in the humanities division or not). The twin objectives of this FLC are to create greater curricular cohesion within the humanities and strive toward inclusive practices for students from all backgrounds in humanities classes.
Curricular Diversity - This faculty learning community will focus on developing a fuller understanding of what curricular diversity entails at small liberal arts colleges. Among the questions to be considered will be: How do we define curricular diversity? What benefits accrue from having a more diverse curriculum? How have other similar institutions worked toward developing more diverse curricula? What is the current state of curricular diversity at Kenyon? What mechanisms might we deploy to enhance the diversity of our curriculum?
Humanities Cognate Courses - This FLC will be looking at courses being taught across different disciplines that teach very similar topics, but that approach these topics from distinct disciplinary perspectives. By both identifying and/or imagining some of these “linked” courses, this FLC group will be seeking best practices for sharing expertise across disciplines.
Rethinking Teaching on Gender and Sexuality - Understandings of gender and sexuality have undergone radical changes in the last decade. This FLC considers how to update our courses and teaching in response. We will also explore how to incorporate pedagogies that foster a gender-inclusive classroom. We encourage participation both from those already teaching in the WGS Program and those who are WGS-curious!
In 2017-18, we offered our inaugural FLCs:
The CIP will make a call for FLC's each spring. We encourage interested faculty to contact us about the proposal process.