Faculty Learning Communities are communities of practice formed around topics such as online teaching, writing groups, integrated learning, active learning, and others.

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS)

The goal of the Women in STEM/SBS Faculty Learning Community is to create an informal gathering of women faculty who can learn from campus leaders and each other throughout the year. We have monthly lunches with different visitors and topics of interest. Some topics from last year included:

  • “Giving Yourself the Chance to Shine—Tips for Writing Your P&T Statements”, a discussion with Laura Black
  • “Activity Insight” with Ian Godwin, Assistant Director, Office of Planning and Analysis
  • “Imposter Syndrome” webinar from NCFDD and discussion led by Jessi Smith, Psychology
  • “A Year-in-the-Life of an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor”

Contact Nika Stoop ([email protected]) if you are interested in joining.

Faculty Writing Groups

The Center for Faculty Excellence created writing groups using a research based model beginning Spring 2013 and they have been extremely successful!  We will conduct an information session on Wednesday January 24  on the model we have used and begin putting people into groups.  By attending the information session, you are not committed to joining a group, but you will be considered as being seriously interested.

Participating in a writing group means committing to writing at least 15 to 30 minutes a day, keeping a log of your writing, and meeting weekly with the group to share your results. The group will be expected to provide substantive input – this is not an editing group.

Email [email protected] if you are interested in joining. Keep an eye out for the information sessions this semester by watching the Upcoming Workshops section.

Common Threads Network of Indigenous Communities' Research Partners 

Common Threads is an open-invitation network for faculty, grad students & staff who are engaged off-campus with Indigenous communities conducting research and/or providing service program support. This group liaisons with the Council on American Indian Programs which focuses on American Indian student success. MSU increasingly is a leader in partnership work with Indigenous communities.  We believe it helps all of our work if we know more about what each other is doing and have the opportunity to share best practices. Indigenous partners appreciate when different partners at the university are aware of each other’s projects, and where appropriate, are collaborating with each other, to reduce the burden and increase coordination and benefits for their communities.

Contact Elizabeth Bird ([email protected]) to get connected