Faculty Learning Communities

"Faculty Learning Communities" are relatively small groups who spend a year working on teaching and learning topics. The group, ideally interdisciplinary, may select focus courses or projects in which to try out innovations and assess learning, presenting project results to campus (at minimum).


2017-2018 Faculty Learning Communities


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)

  • Focus on New Approaches to Improve Student Learning - (e.g., active learning, cooperative learning, problem-based learning, assessment, cross-disciplinary learning)

Members: Mari Alschuler, Amy Crawford, Terry Benton, Monica Merrill


Teaching with Technology – Cosponsor: YSU Distance Ed

  • Focus on Technology

Report on experiments with teaching technology and the effect on student learning (e.g., Skype, wikis, iPad, QR codes, Google docs, Ted-Ed, Google Earth – examples)

Members: Lance Williams, Terry Benton, Abdu Arslanyilmaz, Lindsay Thomas, Laura Dewberry


Complete that Publication! – Sponsor: Office of the Provost

  • Focus on Writing

Members will build a skill base (techniques, tools) to facilitate the writing process, sharing drafts and working together for mutual improvement. Topics will include writing searchable titles, attractive abstracts, engaging introductions, and memorable papers.

Members: Nicole Pettitt, Leanna Hartsough, Lillian Lewis, Diana Palardy


Distance Education - Cosponsor: YSU Distance Ed

  • Focus on Online Teaching and Learning

Bill Swann leads this group for faculty with an interest in online learning, including those who teach fully online classes. those who supplement their on-campus class with online materials, or those with an interest in teaching online in the future. Members are polled periodically to determine their interests, and each meeting covers one of the selected topics, which may be a pedagogy or a technology of interest to the group.

Bill Swann Leads this group.


Service Learning

  • Focus on the Classroom - Community Nexus

The study of partnerships between communities and classrooms that create a nexus between classroom content and engagement activities such as volunteerism, community service, field education, and internships. A multitude of effects might be studied, such as complexity of understanding, problem analysis, critical thinking, cognitive development, reducing stereotypes and facilitating cultural & racial understanding.

Members: Dolores V. Sisco, Sarah Eisnaugle, Weiqing Ge, Courtney Cruz, Nicole Pettitt