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Faculty Learning Community:
Fostering Adjunct Faculty Success


Purpose

Adjunct faculty are an integral part of the teaching mission at VCU. Although they bring with them a great deal of professional expertise, passion, and commitment to student learning, the challenge has always been how to best support the diverse needs and lifestyles of such a large number of faculty.

This faculty learning community is charged with identifying the primary challenges that are faced by adjunct faculty, as well as exploring ways in which VCU and the CTE can better serve, support, and develop our adjunct faculty.

What can participants expect to do?

Participants may engage in the following activities:

  • Regular bi-weekly meetings throughout the 2007 – 8 academic year. These meetings are essential for discussing issues related to adjunct faculty, for discussing and developing individual teaching projects or professional development plans, and for collaborating on group projects.
  • Pursuit of an individual teaching project related a course that you teach at VCU. The project can consist of changes to course design and delivery, the assessment of the effectiveness of these changes, and/or to the publication of scholarship associated with your work at VCU or in the FLC.
  • Collaborate with other FLC members on a group project that is intended to help the CTE develop a better process for supporting, developing and communicating with our adjunct faculty here at VCU
  • Participate in, and contribute to, the development of a resource-base on a BlackBoard organization
  • Prepare a mid-year and end of the year assessment of the FLC progress
   

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