Faculty Learning Community Developers’ and Facilitators’ Institute

The 15th Annual Faculty Learning Community Developers’ and Facilitators’ Institute

July 8-11, 2014

Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona

Community is often missing in higher education, where connections across disciplines and institutional units are overlooked. Faculty and professional learning communities (FLCs) help establish these connections and achieve most of the outcomes of student learning communities: increased interest in learning, retention, active learning, rate of intellectual development, and civic contributions to the common good. The safety and support engendered in a community enable risk taking and the achievement of both individual and team objectives. Evidence shows that FLCs provide effective “deep learning” that encourages and supports faculty to investigate, attempt, assess, and adopt new methods of teaching.

FLC developers and facilitators have been identified as the most important keys to FLC success. Developers/Facilitators can learn successful strategies and methods for designing, implementing, and facilitating FLCs and FLC programs at the 15th annual FLC Summer Institute.


The 15th annual Institute will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona, on the campus of Northern Arizona University. NAU is located at the base of the San Francisco Peaks and is a short distance from many local and national sightseeing destinations including: Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Sedona, Snowbowl Resort Ski Lift, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, Lowell Observatory, Wupatki National Monument, and other natural wonders.


•Milton D. Cox, Miami University
•Laurie Richlin, WMU School of Medicine
•Amy Essington, Cal State Long Beach
•Larry Gallagher, Northern Arizona University

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Updated Institute Schedule: 

  • 8 July, Tuesday:  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • 9 July, Wednesday: 8:45 am – 5:00 pm (breakfast at 7:00)
  • 10 July, Thursday: 8:45 am – 5:00 pm (breakfast at 7:00)
  • 11 July, Friday: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm (breakfast at 7:00)
    • Institute Certificates awarded at lunch



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Meal times are an important part of the Institute experience.  Refreshments and snacks are provided throughout the day, as are all lunches and dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  Thursday dinner is“on your own” but with colleagues at local restaurants.

Institute Host Hotel and Institute rate

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A limited number of rooms for Monday through Thursday nights have been held at Drury Inn and Suites next to campus at the Institute rate of $129.95 per night.  Rooms must be booked by June 5 to guarantee this rate.  Reservations received after that date will be provided on a space-available basis at prevailing rates.

Registrations may be made at this rate by calling 800-325-0720 and asking for the NAU Faculty Learning Community Institute block.  Group rate registrations may be made online at http://www.druryhotels.com/Reservations.aspx?groupno=2193717.


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We have learned from prior participants that coming as a team has made a big difference in how easily they were able to develop FLCs on their campuses. We therefore give preference for the Institute to teams of three or more from a campus, with a maximum of eight participants per institution. Individuals who do not come as part of a campus/institution team will be assigned to a three-person team with colleagues form a similar type institution, based on their interests.

Registration Limits and Process 

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There is a strict limit of 54 total participants in order to provide adequate time and resources for each group. Registrations will be accepted and places held based on receipt of the registration fee; details on team members can be submitted up to June 1, 2014.


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Full Institute (3 1/2 days)
Registration, Meals, & Materials, including Faculty Learning Community Directors’ and Facilitators’ Handbook, New Directions for Teaching and Learning volume 97, Building Faculty Learning Communities, and the new Learning Communities Journal.

• Team of three or more: $700 per person
• Individuals: $735 per person


Registration for TEAMS here

Registration for INDIVIDUALS here

For more information, contact: Larry Gallagher, Lawrence.Gallagher@nau.edu 


The Institute is supported by the Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning, recognized as exceptional places to present and to learn from faculty colleagues on effective teaching and learning.  More information is available at lillyconferences.com.