Faculty Learning Communities

In addition to workshops and conferences, the CAT coordinates and facilitates Faculty Learning Communities on a number of teaching topics. Each learning community consists of a selective interdisciplinary cohort of full-time faculty who will engage in an active, collaborative program to enhance teaching and learning at Temple University.

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT), in collaboration with Temple Libraries, invites faculty to apply for the:

Faculty Learning Community on Integrating Advanced Digital Methods and Tools into Your Teaching

Advanced digital technologies can be effective in supporting student learning and engagement in our courses. Learning activities that include the use of data sets, textual analysis, network analysis, GIS and mapping, as well as technologies such as electronics or 3D printing, photogrammetry, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and gamification, can encourage deep learning. One of the challenges an educator can face is dealing with how to incorporate these various digital methods and tools into our classes. We recognize these methods and tools may be useful for engaging students in the work of the class, but it can be difficult to meet the needs of students who have gaps in prerequisite knowledge or lack of experience using these methods and technologies for their work.

Faculty in this learning community will explore the following questions: 

  • How can I integrate advanced digital methods and tools into course design ensuring alignment to course goals, assessments and activities?
  • How can I enhance my pedagogical approaches by integrating the use of advanced digital methods and tools into my learning activities and assignments? 
  • What strategies and resources can I draw upon to develop my expertise in advanced digital methods and tools?
  • How can I help students increase skills and confidence in using advanced digital methods and tools?

Throughout the semester, faculty will develop an actionable plan for implementing learning activities and assignments that integrate advanced digital methods and tools aligned to learning goals. Regular meetings will include readings, discussions, collaborative working sessions, and hands-on workshops. The faculty learning community will decide as a group how best to use the expertise they gain in order to support the Temple faculty community at large. 

For some examples of the types of work done in these areas already in the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio please see Temple Libraries’ blog and website for related resources. 

What is a Faculty Learning Community? 

A faculty learning community is a cross-disciplinary group of 10-12 faculty who work together over an extended period of time to explore a specific topic related to their professional teaching practice. In this supportive environment, faculty explore best practices, engage in deep discussion about the topic and then share their work with the faculty community at large so as to support their colleagues in this area. 

Facilitators: 

Jasmine Clark, Digital Scholarship Librarian

Matt Shoemaker, Head of Loretta C Duckworth Scholars Studio

Alex Wermer-Colan, Interim Academic Director and Digital Scholarship Coordinator

Jeff Rients, Associate Director of Teaching & Learning Innovation, CAT

Jennifer Zaylea, Digital Media Specialist, CAT

 

Faculty commit to: 

  • Attend Zoom meetings on Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:30 pm on the following dates: (Feb 8, Feb 22, March 7 and 21, April 11 and 25). Optional check-in over the summer.  One meeting in Fall 2024 TBD. 
  • Complete readings, activities and assignments between meetings. 
  • Develop and implement learning activities and assignments involving advanced digital methods and tools for at least one course in the Fall of 2024. 
  • Share the expertise gained in the faculty learning community with a larger faculty audience. This may include giving a presentation, providing resource materials on the topic, publishing the findings of the work, or other methods agreed upon by the cohort. 

Benefits: 

  • Enhance the ability to design meaningful learning experiences using advanced digital methods and tools.
  • Network with an interdisciplinary group of colleagues. 
  • Receive a $500 faculty stipend at the completion of the program. Additional funds will be provided for materials.

To Apply: 

Please respond to each of the following questions in 250-300 words per question.  Please be sure to talk about specific courses you are interested in using these methods with. 

  1. What experience do you have with utilizing advanced digital methods and tools either in your own work, casually, or as part of your classes? Note that experience is not required to participate in this FLC.
  2. What advanced digital methods and tools are you interested in using in your class? Explain how you hope these methods can support student learning in your course. 
  3. Describe your current thoughts about the challenges of working with advanced digital methods and tools in your classes. What obstacles, either inside or outside the classroom, do you anticipate encountering incorporating these tools?
  4. What do you hope to gain as a result of your participation in this faculty learning community? 

Save your application as a PDF file, and then click here to submit your application online. 

The deadline for submissions has been extended to November 27, 2023.

Questions? 

Please contact Jennifer Zaylea at the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at .

2023 Faculty Learning Communities and Teaching Circles

2023 Faculty Learning Communities

Integrating Advanced Digital Methods and Tools into Your Teaching

  • Lynn Carroll, Center for Student Professional Development, Fox School of Business
  • Graciela Jaschek, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, College of Public Health
  • Kristine Weatherston, Media Studies & Production, Klein College of Media and Communication
  • Douglas Schaller, Art History, Tyler School of Art and Architecture
  • Matt Wray, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
  • May May Ho, Finance & Accounting, Temple University Japan
  • Vyas Sreenivas, Business Administration, Fox School of Business
  • Gabriella Kecskes Mazal, English & First Year Writing Program, College of Liberal Arts
  • Müge Durusu-Tanriover, Art History, Tyler School of Art and Architecture
  • Michael Mcglin, Classics, College of Liberal Arts

Improving Student Persistence & Retention

  • Natalie Flynn, Earth & Environmental Sciences, College of Science and Technology
  • Shohreh Amini, Biology, College of Science and Technology
  • Norma Corrales-Martin, Spanish & Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts
  • Evelyn Walters, Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Tamer Aldwairi, Computer & Information Sciences, College of Science and Technology
  • Laura Rauth, Nursing, College of Public Health
  • Jay Lunden, Biology, College of Science and Technology

2023 Teaching Circles

The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)

  • Amelia Duffy-Tumasz, Geography & Urban Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Shreyasee Das, Economics, College of Liberal Arts
  • Sheryl Love, Biology, College of Science and Technology
  • Lin Zhu, Center for Asian Health, Lewis Katz School of Medicine
  • Melody Slashinski, Social & Behavioral Sciences, College of Public Health
  • Bill Egan, Physical Therapy, College of Public Health
2022 Faculty Learning Community Members

Faculty Learning Community on Supporting Under-Prepared Students

  • Andrew Mossin, Intellectual Heritage, College of Liberal ArtsMelissa Toomey, English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Laura Biesiadecki, English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Jing Shen, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Public Health
  • Liz Heller Murray, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Public Health
  • Angela Bricker, Biology, College of Science and Technology
  • Jay Lunden, Biology, College of Science and Technology
  • Jessica Babock, Mathematics, College of Science and Technology
  • Marcella Macaluso, Biology, College of Science and Technology
  • Chris Smith, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Kornberg School of Dentistry
  • Misty Blessley, Statistics Operations & Data Science, Fox School of Business and Management
  • Aarti Patel, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicinie
  • Gareth Jones, Sport and Recreation Management, School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

  • Shohreh Amini, Biology, College of Science and Technology
  • Abha Belorkar, Computer & Information Sciences, College of Science and Technology
  • Jennifer Kowalski, Graphic Arts, Tyler School of Art and Architecture
  • Ruch Ochia, Bioengineering, College of Engineering
  • Steve Ryan, Advertising & PR, Klein College of Media and Communication
  • Kolson Schlosser, Geography & Urban Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Evelyn Walters, Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Jun Han, Chemistry, College of Science and Technology
2021 Faculty Learning Community Members

Oral Communication in GenEd Courses

  • Cate Almon, English/First Year Writing, College of Liberal Arts
  • Patricia Moore-Martinez, Spanish and Portugese, College of Liberal Arts
  • Andrew Mossin, Intellectual Heritage, College of Liberal Arts
  • Shianling Wu, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Evelyn Walters, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Robert Huber, Art History, Temple Rome
  • Emilio M Salgueiro, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Mike Szekely, Intellectual Heritage/Liberal Studies, College of Liberal Arts
2020 Teaching Circle Members

Online Teaching

  • Jill Swirsky, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Joseph Paris, Policy, Organizational, and Leadership Studies, 
  • Frank Nelson, Biology, College of Science and Technology
  • Melissa Toomey, English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Joshua Pongan, Spanish and Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts
  • Ruth Ochia, Bioengineering, College of Engineering
  • Rob Brosh, Music, Boyer College of Music and Dance
  • Cheryl Hyde, Social Work, College of Public Health
  • Jodi Reich, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Public Health
  • Ahmed Sarhan, Endodontology, Kornberg School of Dentistry 
  • Pamela Weisberg-Shapiro, Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Cathy Flite, Health Services Administration and Policy, College of Public Health
  • Ben Baker, French, German Italian, Slavic, College of Liberal Arts 
  • Nicole Nathan, Spanish and Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts
  • Shuchen Huang, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Green Pedagogy

  • Deborah Lemieur, Intellectual Heritage Program, College of Liberal Arts
  • Laurie Friedman, Social Work, College of Public Health
  • Marissa Cloutier, Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Public Health
  • Jesse Thornburg, Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Science and Technology
  • Daniel Caldwell, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
2019 Faculty Learning Community Members

Inclusive Teaching

  • Brighid Scanlon, Center for Student Professional Development, Fox School of Business and Management
  • Angela Bricker, Biology, College of Science and Technology
  • Melody Slashinski, Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Public Health
  • James Getz, Intellectual Heritage Program, College of Liberal Arts
  • Anne Russ, Educational Central, Lewis Katz School of Medicine
  • Schaller Doug, Art History Program, Tyler School of Art and Architecture
  • Jennifer Ibrahim, Office of the Dean, College of Public Health
  • Jessica Babcock, Mathematics, College of Science and Technology

Digital Literacy

  • Rob Faunce, First Year Writing Program, College of Liberal Arts
  • Diana Wildermuth, Psychological Studies in Education, College of Education
  • Marcella Macaluso, Biology, College of Science and Technology
  • Amy Friedman, First Year Writing Program, College of Liberal Arts
  • Amelia Duffy-Tumasz, Geography and Urban Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Donald Wargo, Economics, College of Liberal Arts
  • Carol Brandt, Teaching and Learning, College of Education
  • Lorraine Porcellini, Psychological Studies in Education, College of Education
  • Melissa Toomey, First Year Writing Program, College of Liberal Arts
  • Silvia Boffo, Biology, College of Science and Technology
2018 Faculty Learning Community Members

Creating an LGBTW-Inclusive Learning Environment

  • Heather Clauss, Internal Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine
  • Jacqueline Dingman, Biology, College of Science and Technology
  • Deirdre Dingman, Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Public Health
  • Michelle Histand, Strategic Management, Fox School of Business
  • Rob Jennings, Biology, College of Science and Technology
  • Deborah Lemieur, Intellectual Heritage, College of Liberal Arts
  • Wendy Magee, Music Therapy, Boyer College of Music and Dance
  • Alexandra Miller, Global Opportunities, Klein College of Media and Communications
  • Nicolle Strand, Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Politics, Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Teaching Writing-Intensive Courses

  • Edgar Bering, Mathematics, College of Science and Technology 
  • Whitley Cooke, English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Deirdre Dingman, Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Public Health
  • Melissa Glenn-Flemming, Marketing and Supply Chain, Fox School of Business
  • Peter Jones, Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts
  • Dominic Letarte, Computer and Information Sciences, College of Science and Technology
  • Rebecca Michaels, Graphic Arts and Design: Photography, Tyler School of Art
  • Carolyn P. Parks, Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Public Health
  • Joshua Pongan, Spanish and Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts
  • Ajima Olaghere, Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts
2016 Faculty Learning Community Members

Faculty Learning Community on Teaching International Students

  • Mary Conran, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Fox School of Business
  • Seher Erdogan Ford, Architecture, Tyler School of Art
  • Laurie Fitzpatrick, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Fox School of Business
  • Tish Gill, Nursing, College of Public Health
  • Erica McKenzie, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Srimati Mukherjee, English/First-Year Writing, College of Liberal Arts
  • Norman Roessler, Intellectual Heritage, College of Liberal Arts
  • Laura Zaylea, Media Studies and Production, School of Media and Communication


Faculty Learning Community on Digital Pedagogies

  • Robert Clark, Teaching & Learning, College of Education
  • Anne Frankel, Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Public Health
  • Gabriella Kecskes, English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Nancy Murphy, Nursing, College of Public Health
  • Joshua Pongan, Spanish & Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts
  • Spencer Rand, Law, Beasley School of Law
  • Elizabeth Richard, Teaching & Learning, College of Education
  • Kolson Schlosser, Geography and Urban Studies, College of Liberal Arts
     

Faculty Learning Community on Applying Cognitive Science to the College Classroom

  • Gregg Feistman, Strategic Communication, School of Media and Communication
  • Jose Gimenez, Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Geoff Keston, Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Carol Harris-Shapiro, Intellectual Heritage Program, College of Liberal Arts
  • Matthew Hiller, Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts
  • Jessica Miller, Geography and Urban Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Patricia Moore-Martinez, Spanish, College of Liberal Arts
  • Ruth Ochia, Bioengineering, College of Engineering
  • Colleen Shanahan, Law, Beasley School of Law
2015 Teaching Circle Members

Integrative Learning Teaching Circle

  • James Getz, Intellectual Heritage, College of Liberal Arts
  • Jose Gimenez, Mathematics, College of Science and Technology
  • Rachael Groner, English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Andrew Laine, Theater, Division of Theater, Film, and Media Arts
  • Pamela Monaco, Intellectual Heritage, College of Liberal Arts
  • Sharon Ostrow, Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts
  • Sheryl Sawin, Intellectual Heritage, College of Liberal Arts
  • Heather Thakar, Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Kristine Weatherston, Media Studies and Production, School of Media and Communication
  • Thomas Wright, Strategic Communication, School of Media and Communication


Digital Storytelling Teaching Circle

  • Jorge Ballinas, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Kate Benisek, Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, School of Environmental Design
  • Cheri Carter, Social Work, College of Public Health
  • Gretchen Conran, Reference & Instructional Services, Paley Library
  • Alesha Gayle, English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Shuchen Huang, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Heather Levi, Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Gary Pratt, Intellectual Heritage, College of Liberal Arts
  • Cathryn Rosen, Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts
  • Fred Rowland, Reference & Instructional Services, Paley Library
  • Kolson Schlosser, Geography and Urban Studies, College of Liberal Arts
2014 Teaching Circle Members

Online Learning Teaching Circle

  • Rujuta Chincholkar-Mendelia, Women's Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Alicia Cunningham-Bryant, Intellectual Heritage, College of Liberal Arts
  • Jennifer Fitzgerald, Marketing & Supply Chain Management, Fox School of Business
  • Cathy Flite, Health Records, College of Public Health
  • Laurie Friedman, Social Work, College of Public Health
  • Ann Kriebel-Gasparro, Nursing, College of Public Health
  • Joseph Mahan, School of Tourism and Hospitality, Fox School of Business
  • Juris Milestone, Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Gary Pratt, Intellectual Heritage, College of Liberal Arts
  • Kolson Schlosser, Geography and Urban Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Dennis Silage, Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
     

STEM Education Teaching Circle

  • James Bloxton, Chemistry, College of Science and Technology
  • Boris Datskovsky, Mathematics, College of Science and Technology
  • Steve Fleming, Chemistry, College of Science and Technology
  • Natalie Flynn, Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Science and Technology
  • Jayakumar Gilbert, Chemistry, College of Science and Technology
  • Nahed Hamid, Mathematics, College of Science and Technology
  • Roy Keyer, Chemistry, College of Science and Technology
  • Maria Lorenz, Mathematics, College of Science and Technology
  • Ruth Ochia, Bioengineering, College of Engineering
  • Ellen Panofsky, Mathematics, College of Science and Technology
  • Andrew Price, Chemistry, College of Science and Technology
  • Kimberly Williams, Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts


Inclusive Teaching with Technology Teaching Circle

  • Marcia Bailey, Intellectual Heritage, College of Liberal Arts
  • Keesha Benson, Social Work, College of Public Health
  • Jean Boyer, School Psychology, College of Education
  • Kathryn Brzozowski, Social Work, College of Public Health
  • Marilena Downing, Mathematics, College of Science and Technology
  • Cynthia Folio, Music Studies/ Music Theory, Boyer College of Music and Dance
  • Jeffrey Gehris, Kinesiology, College of Public Health
  • Joseph Giuffre, Intellectual Heritage, College of Liberal Arts
  • Steven Kreinberg, Deans Office, Boyer College of Music and Dance
  • John Noel, Physics, College of Science and Technology
  • David Pasbrig, Music Studies, Boyer College of Music and Dance 
  • Elizabeth Richard, Teaching and Learning, College of Education
  • Sheryl Sawin, Intellectual Heritage, College of Liberal Arts
  • Meredith Weber, School Psychology, College of Education


Community-Based Digital Storytelling Teaching Circle

  • Sharon Ostrow, Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts
  • Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Theatre, Theater Film & Media Arts
  • Elizabeth Groff, Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts
  • Cheryl Hyde, Social Work, College of Health Professions
  • Carole Tucker, Physical Therapy, College of Health Professions
  • Jonathan Singer, Social Work, College of Health Professions
  • Peshe Kuriloff, Teaching & Learning, College of Education
  • Mary Myers, Horticulture and Landscape, College of Liberal Arts
  • Elizabeth Wellborn Yates, Horticulture and Landscape, College of Liberal Arts
  • Aunshul Rege, Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts
  • Lisa Grunberger, Writing Program, College of Liberal Arts
  • Cheryl Irons-Guynn, Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts