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Reflective Practice Large Group Meeting Resources. 2018-2019

Background on Teaching Circles and Mini-Grants

What is a Teaching Circle?

A teaching circle is “a small group of faculty who make a commitment to work together over a period of at least a semester to address questions and concerns about the particulars of their teaching and their students’ learning.”   See What is a Teaching Circle for more information on what teaching circles are and what kinds exist:  and Join an Existing Teaching Circle, or Start a New One,  for information on how you can join or form one. 

See Guidelines for Cross-Disciplinary and Departmental Teaching Grants  to apply for a mini-grant.

See Teaching Circles: Low Cost, High Impact  Faculty Development for a case study of how a teaching circle might work.

Articles on Faculty Learning Communities

Addis, E. A., Quardokus, K. M., Bassham, D. C., Becraft, P. W., Boury, N., Coffman, C. R., & ... Powell-Coffman, J. A. (2013). Implementing Pedagogical Change in Introductory Biology Courses through the Use of Faculty Learning Communities.Journal of College Science Teaching43(2), 22-29. 

Badenhorst, C. M., Penney, S., Pickett, S., Joy, R., Hesson, J., Young, G., & ... Li., X. (2013). Writing Relationships: Collaboration In A Faculty Writing Group. AISHE-J: The All Ireland Journal of Teaching & Learning In Higher Education, 5(1), 1001-10026. 

Banasik, M.J., & Dean, J. (2016). Non-tenure track faculty and learning communities: Bridging the divide to enhance teaching qualityInnovative Higher Education, 41(4), 333-342.

Brydges, S.,  Chilukuri, L, & Cook, G. (2013). Building a faculty learning community at a research university.  Currents in Teaching & Learning, 5 (1&2), 17-35. 

Fassinger, P. A., Gilliland, N., & Johnson, L. L. (1992). Benefits of a faculty writing circle—better teaching. College Teaching, 4053-56.

Furco, A., & Moely, B. E. (2012). Using Learning Communities to Build Faculty Support for Pedagogical Innovation: A Multi-Campus StudyJournal of Higher Education83(1), 128-153. 

Koch, L., Hennessey, M., Ingram, A., Rumrill, P., & Roessler, R. (2006). Faculty learning communities to promote full inclusion of students with disabilities on college and university campuses. Rehabilitation Education20(3), 191-200.

Lancaster, J. W., Stein, S. M., & Persky, A. M.  (2014). Faculty development program models to advance teaching and learning within health science programs. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78(5), 1-7.

Lee, A., & Boud, D. (2003). Writing Groups, Change and Academic Identity: Research Development as Local Practice.Studies in Higher Education, 28(2), 187-200. 

Oele, M., DiGiammarino, P., Keiffer, M.R., LaVigne, M.R., Nicely, M.V., & Nosek, M. (2017). Examining assumptions about student engagement in the classroom: A faculty learning community's yearlong journeyJesuit Higher Education: A Journal, 6(1), 110-119.

Penney, S., Young, G., Badenhorst, C., Goodnough, K., Hesson, J., Joy, R., & ... Vaandering, D. (2015). Faculty Writing Groups: A Support for Women Balancing Family and Career on the Academic Tightrope. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 45(4), 457-479. 

Reilly, J., Vandenhouten, C., Gallagher-Lepak, S., & Ralston-Berg, P.. (2012). Faculty development for e-learning: A multi-campus community of practice (COP) approach. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 16(2), 99-110.

Roth, S. M. (2014). Improving Teaching Effectiveness and Student Learning Through the Use of Faculty Learning Communities. Kinesiology Review3(4), 209-216.  

Sicat, B. L., O'Kane K., Ivey, C. K., & Simons, D. F. (2014). A collaboration among health sciences schools to enhance faculty development in teaching. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78(5), 1-5. 

Grant Wriitng for College Professors

Buller, J. (2010). The essential college professor : A practical guide to an academic career (1st ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.  eBook

Gorsevski, Ellen W, Gorsevski, Ellen W., & ProQuest. (2016). Writing Successful Grant Proposals (Teaching Writing). eBook

Licklider, M., Attis, D., & University of Missouri Grant Writer Network. (2012). Grant seeking in higher education strategies and tools for college faculty (1st ed., Jossey-Bass higher and adult education series). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass : Grant Writer Network.  eBook

Articles on Grant Writing

Mackert, M., Donovan, E. E., & Bernhardt, J. M. (2017). Applied Grant Writing Training for Future Health Communication Researchers: The Health Communication Scholars Program. Health communication, 32(2), 247-252.

Nelson, D., & Ruffalo, L. (2017). Grant writing: Moving from generating ideas to applying to grants that matter. The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 52(3), 236-244.

von Hippel, T., & von Hippel, C. (2015). To apply or not to apply: A survey analysis of grant writing costs and benefits. PloS one, 10(3), e0118494.

Door Prize Books

Savage, Carolyn. (2017). Grant Writing: A Simple, Clear and Concise Guide.

Webber, E. (2016). Building Successful Communities of Practice. Discover how connecting people makes better organisations. Tacit: London.