The Learning Community for Faculty New to Carolina is based around a simple premise: that our newest colleagues will be happier and more successful if they are prepared to manage all of the associated transitions which accompany their roles at UNC. The nature of these potential transitions varies–from graduate student to faculty member; between practices, policies, cultures, and characteristics of prior institutions; and/or while establishing their lives in the Triangle. Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) provide support for exploration of an important topic by a committed group of faculty members. In addition to providing a collegial environment for professional growth, they can also foster interdisciplinary, collaborative projects and scholarship. For more information on Faculty Learning Communities, visit http://www.units.muohio.edu/flc/whatis.php.

When cohort membership is announced in early September, the FLC will meet monthly (September through May) at a time that best fits members’ schedules. Regular attendance at these gatherings is expected for all cohort members.

The 2019-2020 FLC for Faculty New to Carolina will be co-facilitated by Dr. Emily Boehm (Faculty Development Consultant, CFE) and Dr. Kevin Stewart. Emily is an educational developer and evolutionary biologist who has taught courses in evolutionary anthropology, animal behavior, and conservation. She helps faculty incorporate active learning and inclusive teaching practices into their classrooms. Kevin is beginning his 33rd year as a faculty member in the Department of Geological Sciences. His research is focused on the history and evolution of mountain belts and is primarily field-based. Over the years his teaching has included large introductory courses, small graduate seminars, and everything in between. He has won several university teaching awards including the UNC Board of Governors award in 2008.

From the expressions of interest that the CFE solicits in August, we strive to assemble cohorts of new faculty to sustain conversations which are trans-disciplinary, reflexive, hopeful (or solution-focused), and holistic. Recent examples of FLC activities have included:

  • Sharing personal and evidence-based strategies to balance teaching, research, service and wellness activities;
  • Talking about effective teaching practices to learn from across disciplines;
  • Reading and discussing relevant books and papers;
  • Learning about on- and off-campus resources available to faculty;
  • Peer mentorship and coaching to deal with issues common to new faculty.

Joining the Learning Community

To apply, visit: https://go.unc.edu/2019NewFacultyFLC. You will be asked to briefly describe your research and/or teaching activities and what you hope to gain by participating.

Priority will be given to submissions submitted by Friday, August 30, 2019. Statements will be reviewed by co-facilitators, and applicants chosen to participate will be notified on or before Friday, September 6.

Additional Perspectives and Strategies