What is a Faculty Learning Community (FLC)?

“An FLC is a cross-disciplinary faculty and staff group…who engage in an active, collaborative, yearlong program with a curriculum about enhancing teaching and learning…frequent activities provide learning, development, the scholarship of teaching, and community building.”1 Usually individual or groups of faculty propose FLC topics, goals, and objectives to an FLC committee; others join once the FLC is approved. For the Quad-POD FLC Program, membership is suggested to include between 4-7 faculty members.

The Quad-POD FLC Program:
  • Each Quad-POD sponsored FLC will be provided $500 to use to support the work of the FLC. Additional funds may be available by request.
  • Each Quad-POD sponsored FLC should have 4-7 members representing two or more Flint area institutions.
  • At minimum, FLCs should meet eight times October through September (face-to-face or virtually). FLC participants are required to attend 75% or more of their FLC's scheduled meetings.
  • Faculty at all ranks from all four institutions are welcome to participate.
  • Please read the guidelines for facilitators and participants as well as the FLC overview.
  • All FLC members must be able to attend/participate in the following meetings:
    • Oct. 11, 2019—Orientation and Kick-Off (following the Teaching Symposium, approximately 2:15-3:00 pm).
    • March 2020—Progress Report Survey (issued to all participants via email)
    • May 14, 2020, 5:30-8:00 pm—Mid-Report Meeting (Bricksteet Restaurant, Grand Blanc)
    • Oct. 2020 - Final Report/Teaching Symposium, (date/time and specific requirements to be announced)
Selection Process and Membership:

Application form - submit a proposal for a Faculty Learning Community. Proposals due no later than August 12, 2019.

Preference for approved FLCs will be given to those composed of faculty from multiple institutions. FLCs that only have participants from one institution will not be considered for Quad-POD funding.

1Cox, M. (2004) Introduction to Faculty Learning Communities. In: Building Faculty Learning Communities, M. Cox and L. Richlin (Eds.). New Directions for Teaching and Learning 97. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA.