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Faculty Learning Communities

At the University of Richmond, faculty leadership of curricular, academic, scholarly, and creative endeavors is strongly encouraged and supported. To provide opportunities for faculty to come together to share and develop ideas, the Office of the Provost supports Faculty Learning Communities from across the University of Richmond’s five schools (School of Arts and Sciences, Robins School of Business, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, School of Professional and Continuing Studies, and the Richmond School of Law).

Each Faculty Learning Community (FLC) encourages cross-program, cross-department, and cross-school interdisciplinary engagement with projects that are germane to the institution’s mission and the greater good of the University, the City of Richmond, the nation, and the world. Each FLC cohort engages in collaborative year-long projects that reflect the breadth and depth of UR faculty and staff commitment to both producing and expanding the frontiers of knowledge and education for the common good.

Call for AY 2017-18 Faculty Learning Communities

We are accepting proposals for Faculty Learning Communities for the 2017-18 AY.  Funding for FLCs will be competitive. 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. (Please refer to this coming year’s FLC description here.)

Priority will be given to FLC proposals that emphasize faculty development in an area that is important to the University of Richmond, as demonstrated by its inclusion in the current draft of the University’s Strategic Plan. Examples of topics in the University Strategic Plan include, but are not limited to, first-year experience, excellence in scholarly or creative work, innovations in campus spaces, enhancement in the student culture of writing, high impact practices, professional development and mentoring for faculty, environmental stewardship, and addressing world problems in ethics, climate change, entrepreneurship, data analytics, and areas of law and public policy among others.

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

  • Alignment with the University’s Strategic Plan
  • Creative, interesting, or innovative topic
  • Advances faculty development needs
  • Clearly articulated goals

Impact of expected outcome for individuals, group and community:

  • Fills a current void/need
  • Potential positive impact to the group, cross-school intellectual community, and/or the University
  • Cross-disciplinary and cross-school involvement
  • Plan for recruiting members

Application Instructions:

Please address the following components in your FLC proposal (maximum of 3 pages, inclusive of budget). The application deadline is Monday, May 1, 2017.

  1. Provide a short description of the proposed FLC and its goals. Sample descriptions of past FLCs can be found on the Office of the Provost site. Please ensure that you have addressed, as noted above, the strength of the proposed FLC topic area and the FLC’s potential impact or expected outcome for individuals, group and community. (Maximum of 3 pages, inclusive of budget.)
  2. Provide an itemized budget that includes projected participant and convener/s stipend. 

FLC applications should be submitted electronically here or sent via e-mail to Laz Lima, Associate Provost for Faculty ( with copy to Cindy Sharp at

The Faculty Learning Community stipends are limited to $1,000.00 for convener/s. FLC participant stipends are limited to $500 per participant. All stipends will be processed following the convener’s final report of activities at the close of the AY.

Please note that all FLC-related expenses should be handled by the primary convener’s department or program administrative assistant (please contact the Office of the Provost for charging instructions

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 semester (April 29, 2017). 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 Cindy Sharp if you have any questions.