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Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice are cohorts of faculty members from multiple disciplines who investigate teaching innovations, actively research, share feedback, assess student learning and grading techniques, and explore new models of practice. Communities of Practice are an investment in teaching and research excellence.

It is recommended that Communities of Practice consist of up to six participants. Additional faculty may be recognized as members of the group, however due to budget constraints, $1,200 ($200 x 6) will be the maximum amount funded for each Community of Practice.

Adjunct Faculty are welcome to participate, however at this time, only full-time faculty are eligible for the professional development stipend from the Center for Faculty Excellence during the 2014-2015 academic year. Community of Practice groups may choose to distribute their professional development stipends as they deem appropriate between full-time and adjunct faculty members.

Full-time faculty may participate in more than one Community of Practice, however they are only eligible to receive one $200 professional development stipend annually from the Center for Faculty Excellence.


Communities of Practice - Frequently Asked Questions


What are the requirements for a Community of Practice

Community of Practice groups must document one or more of the following measurable outcomes to be eligible for a $200 stipend

* Conference Presentation

* Published Research

* Surveys/Assessments

* Secure Funding Sources

*Application of Teaching Techniques

*Incorporation of Knowledge in Classroom

Communities of Practice

*CONNECT faculty members from mulitiple disciplines.

* STIMULATE learning via communication, mentoring and self-reflection

* CAPTURE AND DIFFUSE existing knowledge to promote best practices

*SUPPORT collaborative processes to explore beneficial opportunities.

*ORGANIZE purposeful actions with measurable results.

How to Join a Community of Practice

* Applications are available on the Center for Faculty Excellence website at beginning August 1 through September 30.

* All Community of Practice groups must submit an application by October 1st and document their measurable outcomes by April 30th.

2014-2015 Academic Year - Communities of Practice