Faculty Learning Community Facilitator's Conference

FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITY DEVELOPERS’ AND FACILITATORS’ INSTITUTE

The 15th Annual Faculty Learning Community Developers’ and Facilitators’ Institute

July 8-11, 2014

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Community is often missing in higher education, where connections across disciplines and institutional units are overlooked. Faculty and professional learning communities (FLCs) help establish these connections and achieve most of the outcomes of student learning communities: increased interest in learning, retention, active learning, rate of intellectual development, and civic contributions to the common good. The safety and support engendered in a community enable risk taking and the achievement of both individual and team objectives. Evidence shows that FLCs provide effective “deep learning” that encourages and supports faculty to investigate, attempt, assess, and adopt new methods of teaching.

FLC developers and facilitators have been identified as the most important keys to FLC success. Developers/Facilitators can learn successful strategies and methods for designing, implementing, and facilitating FLCs and FLC programs at the 15th annual FLC Summer Institute.

Location

The 15th annual Institute will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona, on the campus of Northern Arizona University. NAU is located at the base of the San Francisco Peaks and is a short distance from many local and national sightseeing destinations including:

Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Sedona, Snowbowl Resort Ski Lift, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, Lowell Observatory, Wupatki National Monument, and other natural wonders.

Facilitators

•Milton D. Cox, Miami University

•Laurie Richlin, WMU School of Medicine

•Amy Essington, Cal State Long Beach

•Larry Gallagher, Northern Arizona University