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Call for Proposals: Faculty Learning Communities

​The Center for Teaching and Learning is piloting a new professional development opportunity: Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs). This year, we are seeking FLC proposals that explore topics and themes around equity and inclusion in learning and teaching. Examples include universal design for learning, anti-racist pedagogies, and other practices/frameworks that create more inclusive learning experiences.

FLCs consist of small groups of instructors (10 max) who meet regularly throughout the academic year to learn together about a specific topic related to teaching and learning. FLCs are designed to be supportive environments where members can engage in a variety of activities and experiment with new approaches to teaching; share successes and challenges; reflect on teaching practices; and learn about instructional strategies and tools. By the end of the academic year, the FLC members will share their knowledge with the DePaul community. The exact format of this knowledge sharing is somewhat flexible and might include one or more of the following:

  • ​​A presentation or facilitated discussion at DePaul’s annual Teaching and Learning Conference in Spring 2021
  • A guide or resource page shared via the Teaching Commons
  • A​ collection of reusable learning activities or teaching materials that can be incorporated in inclusive curricula

Selection Process and Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee that will include instructors and staff from the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, the Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Office for Multicultural Student Success, and the Center for Teaching and Learning. Faculty who would like to volunteer to assist with the proposal-review process are welcome to email facultydevelopment@depaul.edu for more information.

Once learning communities have been established, a separate call for participants will be distributed. The proposal review committee will work with the leader(s) of the FLCs to select FLC participants in the event that the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the FLC. A primary goal of the committee is to ensure FLCs not only advance inclusive teaching practices at DePaul, but that the FLC participants reflect the diversity of our DePaul community.

The following selection criteria will be used to evaluate proposals:

  • Relevance: The topic relates to inclusive and/or anti-racist teaching.
  • Applicability: The learning community is likely to appeal to a wide range of DePaul faculty from different disciplines.
  • Utility: The learning community is likely to generate ideas, strategies, or techniques that will benefit both the members of the learning community and other DePaul instructors.
  • Credibility: The proposal incorporates evidence from the leader’s own background and/or research from credible sources such as scholarly books, presentations, and peer-reviewed articles.

FLC Stipends

FLC leaders will receive a stipend​ of $750 if co-facilitating an FLC with a colleague or $1,000 for running an FLC without a co-facilitator. An FLC can be led by a maximum of two facilitators.

FLC participants will receive $300 each.


Faculty Learning Community proposals are due on October 5th.

Please use the proposal submission form to submit your proposal.