Faculty Learning Communities: If at First You Don’t Succeed…

Sherrill Hammon Indiana Tech

It was in November of 2008 and we were excited! I can still remember the railroad tracks we crossed that sent us into the air. (Perhaps I was driving too fast as we traveled home from the International Lilly Conference on College Teaching in Oxford, Ohio.) My colleague, Beth, and I had attended several sessions on Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) and we were excited about starting one on, what was then a small, private Business and Engineering college.

Faculty are fortunate at our university because they can apply for a competitive, internal Faculty Development Grant to fund faculty development initiatives . . . so we wrote a proposal. Our proposal was to (1) attend the Lilly Institute on FLCs in June and to (2) form and lead an FLC on our campus for the 2009/10 academic year. Our proposal was accepted and we began our FLC journey.