Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty learning communities (FLCs) provide an opportunity for a multidisciplinary group of 6-10 faculty to work together over an extended period of time on a project of mutual interest. As with our campus learning circle model, FLCs bring together faculty from across the university, assume no prior expertise of members, and ideally, offer a supportive and collaborative environment for active learning and inquiry. Unlike learning circles, UNCA FLCs last a full academic year and culminate in a goal-oriented final report. Find more information and the most recent application here.

Four FLCs took place in 2018-2019; links to their final reports are provided below:

  • Teaching ethics without formal ethics (Melissa Burchard & Elizabeth Harvey, facilitators), an examination of methodologies and pedagogies for teaching ethics across the disciplines, using methods that do not rely on formal ethical theories
  • Support for sustainability tools and learning (Alison Ormsby & Sonia Marcus, facilitators), an exploration of environmental sustainability topics and strategies for their incorporation into new or existing coursework at UNCA
  • UNC Asheville prison education program (Regine Criser & Patrick Bahls, facilitators), an investigation of best practices for providing higher education programming in prison, and initiation of the UNCA program at Avery-Mitchell Correctional
  • Intersectional feminist pedagogies (Lyndi Hewitt & Lise Kloeppel, facilitators), a study of pedagogical strategies for addressing diverse identities and structural inequalities, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality