Learning Communities

Each academic year, the Center for Faculty Excellence works with our Faculty Associates to develop and deliver innovative and timely Learning Communities. The CFE Learning Communities are available to any member of the BGSU teaching community. Learning Communities (LCs) are groups of six to ten instructors who meet regularly to work together in an active, collaborative program for an extended period of time, to create connections and solve problems. Learning Community members will receive a $100 professional development stipend at the conclusion of their participation. Please review the information below to participate in our LC's for the 2022-23 academic year.

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August 17
1:00-2:00PM
Zoom 

Register in advance for this meeting: https://bgsu-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUocOugpzIoHNNAnJzShqlupnokxwVhoHrN 

“Teacher Effectiveness: Strategies and Practices that Touch Students’ Hearts and Engage Their Minds”

This Learning Community, lead by Dr. Angela Falter Thomas, will provide leadership, resources, modeling, and support to assist our faculty with engaging, inclusive student-centered pedagogy. It will help faculty align multi-faceted assessments for accurate measures of teaching and student learning. These strategies and accompanying assessment practices will be applicable for multiple settings: face-to-face and online settings, as well as for mid-sized and large-sized classes. Creating a respectful classroom environment and establishing classroom norms (not to be confused with old-school rules) sets the tone of a class, provides clear guidelines,and decreases instances of incivility. It enables all students and teachers alike to feel safe expressing their ideas and points of view. This helps students feel safe and seen. Then they can feel comfortable and open their minds to learning.

Participation:

  • Limited to 10 people
  • First come, first serve registration basis 
  • Open to all members of the BGSU Teaching Community

Length: Fall Semester 2022

As a result of this learning community, participants will be able to:

  1. Create aclassroom climate whereall students feel safe, seen, included, accepted, valued, and respectedso that theycan learn more.
  2. Improve the engagement of their students in the content they are teaching
  3. Increase the amount, depth, and quality of their students’ learning

Session

Date

Time

Week

Location

One

Monday, September 12th

2-3:30

#4

Olscamp Hall, 106

Two

Monday, October 3rd

2-3:30

#7

Olscamp Hall, 106

Three

Monday, October 17th

2-3:30

#9

Zoom

Four

Monday, November 7th

2-3:30

#12

Zoom

Five

Monday, November 28th

2-3:30

#14

Olscamp Hall, 106

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Dr. Angela Falter Thomas, Ph.D.

  • Position: Associate Professor, School of Teaching & Learning
    CFE Faculty Associate, 2022-23
  • Email: angthom@bgsu.edu
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Teacher Effectiveness Learning Community

“Putting Antiracist Beliefs into Action: Adapting Pedagogy Towards Equity and Justice”

Supporting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students is of critical need at BGSU. Data presented by Provost Whitehead recently shows an 11% disparity between retention rates of the majority white students and students of color at our institution, and a nearly 25% disparity in graduation rates. As inclusive faculty focused on creating equitable access to education, we must change something about what we are doing with students to address the root cause of those achievement gaps.

Participants in this learning community should already have a foundational understanding of the ways in which systemic racism have shaped the experiences of BIPOC students in higher education, and are now prepared to take active steps towards racial justice. As a group, the learning community will work through a guided audit of each member’s pedagogy during the Fall term and identify places to adapt teaching praxis to create more equity. Members will then support one another through implementation of these changes during the Spring term. Opportunities for scholarship on teaching and learning will be presented to the group.

Meetings are tentatively scheduled once per month on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00pm; there will be two 90-minute sessions in September to get things started. This schedule is subject to change.

Participation:

  • Limited to 10 people
  • First come, first serve registration basis 
  • Open to all members of the BGSU Teaching Community

Length: Academic Year (Fall/Spring)

As a result of this learning community, participants will be able to:

  1. To increase my understanding of the influences of colonization and white supremacy on the context of higher education, and the role antiracism has in restoring equity and justice
  2. To spend time critically reflecting on the influences on my own teaching practices
  3. To audit my pedagogy and curriculum using a tool designed to examine practices that promote or hinder antiracism work
  4. To make at least two tangible changes to my curriculum and/or teaching practices to increase antiracism work in the classroom

Date

Time

Location

September 7th

1:00-2:30

Eppler North 108

September 21st

1:00-2:30

Eppler North 108

October 5th

1:00-3:00

Eppler North 108

November 2

1:00-3:00

Eppler North 108

November 30

1:00-3:00

Eppler North 108

January TBD  
February TBD  
March  TBD  
April TBD  
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Dr. Elizabeth Olson, Ph.D.

  • Position: Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
    CFE Faculty Associate, 2022-23
  • Email: eholman@bgsu.edu
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Antiracist Pedagogy Learning Community
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“Supporting the Success of Mid-Career Faculty”

This CFE Learning Community aims to (1) advance mid-career faculty members’ careers, teaching, and research productivity through the strategic use of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity’s (NCFDD) resources, (2) cultivate a supportive community of mid-career colleagues from different disciplines who are interested in faculty development, diversity, and inclusion, and (3) share best practices and resources related to faculty development and diversity at BGSU.

Guided by a curated curriculum to support BGSU faculty members’ research productivity, teaching excellence, and career advancement, the learning community will meet twice a month. Typically, the first meeting will feature the streaming of an NCFDD webinar on the month’s topic (which can be done in-person and/or via Zoom), followed by a facilitated discussion session among members where colleagues can discuss key takeaways from the webinar and how they will apply key recommendations from the webinar to advance their teaching and/or research. The second meeting of each month will invite members to apply concepts from the webinar and produce a corresponding deliverable (e.g., in September, members will draft/finalize their strategic research plans; in November, members will complete a peer teaching observation of each other).

Participation:

  • Limited to 10 people
  • First come, first serve registration basis 
  • BGSU full-time qualified rank faculty (QRF) and tenure-track faculty (TTF) who are at the rank of associate teaching professor, associate professor, full teaching professor, or full professor

Length: Academic Year (Fall/Spring)

By successfully completing this CFE Learning Community, faculty should be able to:

  1. Develop a strategic plan that supports their research productivity and work-life balance
  2. Apply 3 inclusive teaching practices to support BGSU students’ success
  3. Complete peer teaching observations to strengthen colleagues’ pedagogy
  4. Apply 3 effective mentoring practices to support the success of colleagues and students
  5. Implement 2 NCFDD techniques to better align their time with their priorities
  6. Present key findings from at least 1 NCFDD special topics webinar to BGSU colleagues

 

Meeting are tentatively scheduled twice per month on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:30pm. This schedule is subject to change.

Date

Time

Topic/NCFDD Webinar

Deliverable 

September

3:00-4:30PM

Strategic Planning

Fall Strategic Plan 

October

3:00-4:30PM

How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice

Complete the NCFDD's 14-Day Writing Challenge

November

3:00-4:30PM

Equitable, Accessible, and Inclusive Teaching Practices

Complete 1 Peer Teaching Observation of a Learning Community Member

December

3:00-4:30PM

Mentorship: Efficient and Effective Practices, or How to Be a Strong Sponsor and Advocate for Faculty 

Complete 1 Mentor Meeting with a BGSU Colleague

January

3:00-4:30PM

Academic Time Management: How to Align Your Time wit Your Priorities

Spring Strategic Plan

February 3:00-4:30PM The Art of Saying No

Secret Service Worksheet

March 3:00-4:30PM Making the Case: Preparring Your Dossier for Promotion to Full Professor, or Moving from Resistance to Writing  Complete the NCFDD’s 14-Day Writing Challenge
April 3:00-4:30PM Rising Above Burnout  Flipped Session: Watch 1 NCFDD Special Topics Webinar and Share a 1-Page Summary of the Webinar’s Key Takeaways with the Learning Community. Each person will share their key findings with the group.
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Dr. Lisa Hanasono, Ph.D.

  • Position: Associate Professor, School of Media and Communication
    CFE Faculty Associate, 2022-23
  • Email: lisakh@bgsu.edu
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Mid-Career Faculty Learning Community

New Faculty Institute Learning Community

The New Faculty Institute (NFI) is a learning community focused on creating a space for new BGSU faculty to connect and engage in discussions about their teaching, scholarship, career plans, and general experiences as faculty. Institute gatherings will be held twice a month with asynchronous activities between sessions. The first gathering each month will be a chance to have informal discussions and collaborate on creating an action plan to set you up for success. The second gathering each month will involve discussions and activities related to a topic in the book Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. Throughout the program, faculty at various career stages will be invited to join gatherings to share their knowledge, experiences, and advice with NFI members.

Throughout NFI, members will:

  1. Develop a Core Action Plan aligned with their department's reappointment, promotion, and tenure (RPT) policies.
  2. Implement three high-impact teaching strategies with corresponding reflections.

Participation:

  • Limited to 10 people
  • First come, first serve registration basis 
  • New Full-Time BGSU Faculty - Qualified Rank Faculty (QRF) and Tenure-Track Faculty (TTF) 

Length: Fall 2022

By the end of the New Faculty Institute, you will be able to:

  1. Identify strategies, support systems, and resources available to ensure your success as a new faculty member.
  2. Attend at least two professional development workshops (CFE or otherwise).
  3. Reflect on your experiences as a new faculty member at BGSU.
  4. Implement at least three high-impact teaching strategies in your courses.
  5. Develop a Core Action Plan based on RPT documents.

Meeting are tentatively scheduled for Thursdays, 11:00-12:00PM. The first meeting will be in-person and the following meetings will be in a hybrid format. 

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Dr. Chelsea Chandler, Ph.D.

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New Faculty Institute Learning Community

Updated: 08/12/2022 11:54AM