Faculty Learning Community Conference




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.


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.


•Milton D. Cox, Miami University

•Laurie Richlin, WMU School of Medicine

•Amy Essington, Cal State Long Beach

•Larry Gallagher, Northern Arizona University


34th International Conference on Critical Thinking
and Educational Reform

July 28 – 31, 2013
University of California, Berkley Campus

Together, the Center and Foundation for Critical Thinking have hosted critical thinking academies and conferences for almost 35 years.

During that time we've played a key role in defining, structuring, assessing, improving, and advancing the principles and best practices of fairminded critical thought in education and in society. Our annual conference provides a unique opportunity for you to improve your understanding of critical thinking, as well as your ability to substantively foster it in instruction, and bring it into all aspects of your life. At this year's conference, we emphasize the importance of cultivating the public citizen, as we honor the thought and work of Ralph Nader through the Bertrand Russell Scholars Lecture and program. Accordingly, in additional to our usual sessions for educators, we offer sessions for all citizens, throughout the world, who are interested in improving their ability to reason through complex issues, as public citizens, and in all parts of life. Critical thinking is as essential to thinking like a skilled public citizen as it is to thinking like a skilled educator, administrator, psychologist, historian, scientist, doctor, parent, student…as it is to thinking well within any domain of human thought or through any important issue.