The Learning Communities below offer EMU faculty a place to grow as an educator and to get to know their colleagues. We encourage faculty of all disciplines to apply for any of our Learning Communities that sparks their interest. 

Current Learning Communities

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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
This seminar will give faculty members the tools to develop and implement their own Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects. Faculty in this community typically spend the fall term engaged in seminar-style discussions of the SOTL literature and about how their own work may fit into this area. For updates on the 2022-23 SOTL community, keep an eye on our website and social media!
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New Faculty Learning Community
In this learning community, we discussed how to lay the groundwork for a successful career, in terms of teaching, research, and service, and how you find the right balance. (We also discussed work-life balance a bit as well!). Together, we supported one another as we dived into the unknowable but exciting future. Future dates have not been determined.
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Collaborative Course (Re)Design
Applications for the fall 2024 Collaborative Course (Re)Design (CCRD) learning community are now open. CCRD is an approach to redesigning a course that you have taught previously. In CCRD, you and one of your former students work together collaboratively to redesign portions of a course that you want to update and improve. To learn more and to apply, click the link below.
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Engaging in Inclusive Practices amid Challenging Times
This learning community, presented by our DEI Faculty Fellow, is bringing together a group of educators to explore topics on inclusive practices in order to create more positive learning environments for students so that they can persist in their majors and toward graduation.
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Academic Leadership Community of Practice
This learning community aims to generate knowledge about experiences and skills for academic leadership in institutions of higher education. This CoP was first offered in 2023-2024 academic year and is returning by popular demand! This year, the Al-CoP will be facilitated by Rachelle Marshall, Andrea Zakrajsek, and Jeffrey Bernstein.

Previous Learning Communities

  • Academic Leadership Community of Practice Expand dropdown

    This learning community was for EMU faculty or staff members interested in exploring academic leadership. 

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  • Building a Caring Classroom Expand dropdown

    This learning community helped instructors construct a classroom environment that supports the well-being and mental health of our students. Participants developed methods for incorporating life skills and resilience into their current course content and pedagogical practices. To facilitate this development, we partnered with non-profit organizations focusing on adolescent and young adult mental health. 

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  • Student-Instructor Partnerships in Clinical Education  Expand dropdown

    During the 2022-23 academic year, the FDC hosted a learning community called Teaching and Learning Together that aimed to develop and nurture partnerships between students and faculty on EMU’s campus. For the 2023-24 academic year, the FDC returned with a second learning community, this one focused solely on clinical education and student-clinical educator partnerships.

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  • Disability is Diversity: Accessibility Change Agents Expand dropdown

    The Disability is Diversity: Accessibility Change Agents Learning Community, facilitated by Dr. Audrey Farrugia, brought together a group of educators to explore topics around providing accessibility for students with documented or undocumented disabilities in order to work towards creating universal design for learning on our campus. 

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  • Engaging Jewish Studies at EMU Expand dropdown

    The purpose of this program was to promote Jewish Studies content across the curriculum and in the research activity of faculty on campus, as well as to develop the capacity of the university to deal with questions of Judaism and inclusion (including matters of religious diversity and antisemitism).

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  • Teaching and Learning Together (TaLT) Learning Community

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    In part of EMU's strategic commitment to prioritize student-centered learning and academic success, the FDC aims to rebuild the connections between faculty and students which have fragmented as a result of COVID-19. Through this initiative, we created a learning community that worked together through the 2022-23 year to learn how we can get back what we've lost.

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  • Inclusive STEM Teaching at EMU

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    This learning community was based on an NSF-funded free 6-week asynchronous online class for college instructors, the Inclusive STEM Teaching Project (ISTP) (here is its syllabus). Faculty, full-time lecturers, and part-time lecturers who were teaching or on leave during Winter 2023 were invited to participate. EMU instructors who successfully completed the work of this learning community received an honorarium of $200. 

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  • Teaching Using Oral History

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    Alexis Braun Marks and Matt Jones hosted a learning community during the Winter 2023 semester called Teaching Using Oral History that has evolved into an ongoing community of practice for those faculty on campus who are engaging with oral history methodology for their own personal research and want to improve or expand their practice; faculty who would like to learn more about the practice for potential inclusion in their classes; or faculty who are interested in this documentation practice that is growing in popularity both within academic and popular culture.

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  • College in Prison

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    During the winter 2023 semester, we hosted a seminar to create the curriculum for a BA program at Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility (WHV). Due to restrictions on federal aid, we had been unable to offer credit for courses and have been relying on faculty volunteers to teach at WHV since 2008. However, this is changing thanks to newly available Pell Grants. This seminar brought together representatives from departments interested in being part of a liberal arts degree program. Participants served as liaisons to their departments to identify courses for this curriculum.

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  • Navigating Sexual Violence

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    The purpose of the learning community was to support faculty who want to meaningfully challenge the culture of sexual violence. We offered hands-on, scenario-based, and evidence-driven best practices for addressing sexual violence in the classroom, including creating a trauma-informed syllabus, using (or not) trigger warnings, handling offensive comments and common myths, facilitating difficult discussions, responding to disclosures, and offering students a hopeful way forward.

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  • Research Writers' Collaborative

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    The Research Writers' Collaborative group offered an opportunity for EMU faculty to support each other while achieving realistic writing goals (i.e. developing a conference paper, draft an article, revising a book chapter, etc.). This community also provided an opportunity for participants to give and receive helpful feedback on their writing as well.

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  • Secondary Teaching Preparation Program

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    In 2018, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced their updated “students-first” teacher certification system. Since then, faculty across EMU’s colleges and departments have taken this opportunity to collaborate and revitalize our teacher preparation program to incorporate the new professional standards and state requirements, and we were able to launch our work and vision through a series of workshops hosted by COE and CAS faculty. These workshops described the draft blueprint of the program, introduced their guiding anchor principles, and reviewed high-leverage core teaching practices. This series of workshops informed as well as engaged participants in the work of integrating the anchor principles and core teaching practices in their activities and lessons. This initiative impacts faculty across EMU as many of us teach aspiring teachers in our content areas and general education courses, so all faculty, lecturers, and administration were invited to come to one or join all the planned sessions. Faculty and lecturers received an honorarium for participation in each session.

  • Equitable Educators Learning Community

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    Faculty, full-time lecturers, and part-time lecturers were invited to join this community of educators that is committed to developing cultural humility and committed to creating inclusive spaces and equitable outcomes for students. Members of the Equitable Educators Learning Community left this community with a plan for implementing the lessons learned into their classes. 

  • Faculty Support Group

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    The Faculty Development Center invited faculty to join us for a chance to sit and talk to others about any concerns that they might have regarding job stresses and challenges. We envisioned honest and open discussion of the challenges we face, and also an opportunity to support each other, and rely on that support, as we deal with stress in our jobs and lives.

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  • General Education Professional Learning Communities

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    The General Education (GE) program at EMU formed professional learning communities for three GE categories: Global Awareness (GEGA), US Diversity (GEUS), and Arts (GEKA). These learning communities are persistent and serve as opportunities to share learning activities and enrich our GE teaching and learning practices at EMU. 

    If interested in learning more about these communities click here.