Professional & Faculty Learning Communities

The CTL's 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 and Outcomes

  • Engage in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) - inquiry, exploration, application, peer review, reflection, presentation of findings
  • Implement an identified change into practice
  • Share findings with the campus community
  • Participate in PLC pre and post assessment

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


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