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AY 2019-20 Faculty Learning Communities

The Office of the Provost supports Faculty Learning Communities to deepen knowledge, enhance teaching, encourage reflection, and build community across the University of Richmond’s five schools.

As in previous years, Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) encourage cross-program, cross-department, and cross-school interdisciplinary engagement with projects that are germane to the institution’s intellectual vitality and mission. Each FLC will engage in collaborative year-long projects that reflect the breadth and depth of UR faculty commitment to expanding the frontiers of knowledge and/or education.

The quality of the proposal will be assessed based on the strength of the expected goals and outcomes, as well as the extent of cross-disciplinary and cross-school representation (participation of faculty from two or more schools is encouraged). Priority will be given to FLC proposals that emphasize interdisciplinary projects that promise to nurture productive research, successful grants, and/or important contributions to a UR education. Proposals that also contribute to strategic plan priorities are a plus.

The University Faculty Development Committee will make funding recommendations for FLCs on the basis of:

  • Strength of topic area: creative, interesting, or innovative topic
  • Clearly articulated achievable goals
  • Alignment with the University’s goals
  • Impact of the FLC: addresses a subject or question or curricular gap that cross-school work can help address
  • Potential positive impact to the group, cross-school intellectual community, and/or the University
  • Plan for recruiting members

Application Instructions - Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2019-20 AY.

Please address the following components in your FLC proposal (maximum of 3 pages including budget). 

1)      Provide a short description of the proposed FLC and its goals. Please ensure that you address the points noted above.

2)      Provide an itemized budget not to exceed $1500 (inclusive of $300 stipend for FLC convener). Completed FLC proposals should be submitted via e-mail to Sandra Joireman, Associate Provost for Faculty (sjoirema@richmond.edu) with a copy to Cindy Sharp (csharp@richmond.edu.)

Descriptions of past FLCs can be found on the Office of the Provost web page.

FLC Year-End Reports

All FLCs are required to submit a short year-end report (2 pages). Reports should be sent to the Provost’s Office no later than the last day of the spring semester. The report should indicate the FLC’s 1) major accomplishments, 2) whether you achieved your FLC's stated goals and objectives, and 3) a list of your FLC's active members. (An “active member” is one who participates, supports, and enhances the objectives of the FLC as determined by the coordinator or coordinators.) Please note that all FLC members who are active contributors of learning communities with an approved stipend will be eligible to receive their stipend after the submission of the FLC year-end report short. Please note that once the final report is received and approved by the Office of the Provost, stipends should be handled by the department or program admin in the same manner as any other department/program expense would be handled. Please contact Gina Flanagan (grakes@richmond.edu) if you have any questions.