Faculty Learning Community
The Faculty Learning Community is designed for full and part-time faculty who:
- Are interested in deepening their understanding of Niagara University’s Catholic and Vincentian mission and its place in the curriculum;
- Would like to join a community of teacher scholars committed to helping students to explore how their disciplines address mission-related issues such as systemic causes of poverty;
- Are interested in incorporating project-based learning or mission-related themes into their classes and want to learn more about the resources available through the Levesque Institute/IMPACT Office to support these activities.
Each academic year, up to 10 participants are selected and each receive a $500 stipend (1/2 in Spring 2020 and ½ in Fall 2020) to incorporate project-based learning or mission-related themes into their coursework.
The grant application period is currently closed, please check back for when the application period reopens. The grant application can be downloaded here.
Participants are asked to commit to attending meetings and will complete short readings/activities in preparation for the discussions. Participants will, by the end of the FLC, have designed and implemented a project or course module that fits one of the following options:
Option 1: design a project for implementation in a course you are teaching in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 that incorporates community-centered project-based learning in cooperation with the IMPACT office/Levesque Institute.
Option 2: Design a course module for implementation in a course you are teaching in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 that will help students gain a deeper understanding of the way in which NU’s Catholic and Vincentian mission informs your discipline. The module should 1) utilize or create case studies from our local community and 2) align with one of the four pillars of the Levesque Institute (Early Childhood, Community Outreach, Health and Wellness, and Housing) https://levesqueinstitute.niagara.edu/programs/.
Participants will also be expected to share the outcome of their project or module at a showcase event and complete a post-FLC evaluation of the experience.
Cohort One (2018-19):
- Dr. Yonghong Tong, Computer Information Sciences
- Dr. Kristine Principe, Economics and Finance
- Professor Mitchell Alegre, Management
- Dr. Madhurima Bhattacharyay, Management
Cohort Two (2019-20):
- Dr. Krieg Tidemann, Economics and Finance
- Dr. William Cliff, Biology
- Dr. Elizabeth Yarussi, Literacy Outreach/TESOL Clinician
- Dr. Dave Reilly, Political Science; Coordinator, Social Justice Living and Learning Communities
- Professor Patrick O’Meara, Accounting
Please contact Dr. Stefanie Wichhart, Faculty Liaison, with any questions about the Faculty Learning Community.