The CTL Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Program will include ongoing professional development opportunities for faculty and staff within a learning community model.  Each community is comprised of 8-12 multi-disciplinary faculty and staff who actively engage in a semester or year-long, collaborative community focused on improving and/or enhancing teaching and learning through SoTL (scholarship of teaching and learning) (Cox & Richlin, 2004). A significant element of SoTL is the collective exploration of pedagogy and discipline among participants (McKinney, 2006). These PLCs will provide ongoing learning and exploration into opportunities in higher education.

The PLC Framework

  • Participants identify a problem or challenge
  • Meet regularly to engage in the SoTL (inquiry, exploration, application, peer review, reflection, and presentation of findings)
  • Participation in PLC pre and post assessment
  • Share findings with the campus community

Cox, M.D. (2003). Proven faculty development tools that foster the scholarship of teaching in faculty learning communities. To Improve the Academy (21), 109-142.

Cox, M.D., & Richlin, L. (2004). Building faculty learning communities. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

McKinney, K. (2006). Attitudinal and structural factors contributing to challenges in the work of the scholarship of teaching and learning. New Directions for Institutional Research, 129 (Summer), 37-50.

Professional Learning Communities Background


Spring 2018

Designing and Facilitating A Professional Learning Community (PLC) (for future PLC facilitators)

Fall 2018

First Year Student Experience PLCs

More information coming soon!