CFE Learning Communities

The Center For Faculty Excellence sponsors a number of interdisciplinary Faculty Learning Communities each year.  As a result of participation in the community, members produce "deliverables" such as specific and measurable changes to pedagogy, course redesigns, assignment redesigns, and resource materials. 

2017-2018 Academic year:


Facilitators: Dr. Kate E. Dellenbusch & Dr. Matthew L. Partin

In this learning community we will discuss and examine self-efficacy of STEM students in major versus non-major courses. For example, biology students must take both introductory chemistry and physics. Biology students typically take Chemistry in their second year and physics in the third or fourth year. Do students give different responses on the MSLQ in their introductory biology major courses than they do in their required, but non-major chemistry and physics courses? Hopefully we can capture the same students in all three courses to examine this question. In addition to continuing to collect data to examine this, we will review the literature in this area. 


Facilitator: Sandra L. Faulkner

An ABR(Arts-Based Research) pedagogy means the use of the arts as teaching method and praxis, and includes varied art forms such as film, music, drama, and the visual and literary arts. In this learning community, we will develop creative case study, fiction, poetry, personal narrative, photo-essay, collage, and video exercises to help students explore, understand, and critique concepts in the class of interest. ABR pedagogy cuts across disciplines and is used in classrooms such as communication, science, and relational communication. ABR exercises engage students in different ways to promote active and engaged learning.


Facilitators: Jolie Sheffer & Stefanie Hunker

The “Building Interdisciplinary Collaborations” Learning Community provides meaningful opportunities for faculty to further develop interdisciplinary partnerships leading to innovative pedagogy and curriculum. This LC is an outgrowth of two “BIC” workshops held in 2016-2017, organized by the Institute for the Study of Culture of Society, the CollabLab, and University Libraries. The LC is designed for already identified pairs (or trios) of faculty in different department to move their ideas for interdisciplinary teaching into action. We will provide tools, techniques, software training, common readings, and expert speakers to help participants truly build their collaborations from the ground up.  Participants may develop new assignments, courses, minors/majors, or even College-wide curricula.   


Facilitator: Lisa Hanasono

The goals of this group are to (1) advance faculty members’ teaching, research productivity, and careers through the strategic use of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity’s resources, (2) cultivate a supportive community of colleagues who are interested in faculty development, diversity, and inclusion, and (3) share best practices and resources related to faculty development and diversity at BGSU. If you are a faculty member who is interested in boosting your productivity and enhancing your teaching—as well as joining a group of people who are dedicated to diversity and inclusion at BGSU—this is the learning community for you!


Facilitator: Tim Brackenbury and Allison Goedde

Today’s students have access to more information, from more sources, than any previous generation. Unfortunately, many students are not prepared to evaluate the veracity of such information or make evidence-based decisions from it. This can have negative effects on their scholarly development and performance in classes. This learning community will take a critical thinking approach to explore and examine issues within media literacy (i.e., the collection, evaluation, and application of different sources and forms of media). We will discuss the research literature, instructors’ experiences, and students’ perspectives. Specific strategies for improving students’ media literacy with your courses will be developed and implemented.


Facilitators: Julie Matuga and Connie Molnar

New faculty will gather to hone their pedagogical and professional skills while interacting with new faculty colleagues across disciplines.