A Faculty/Staff Learning Community (FLC) is a small group of faculty and staff members working together to increase their knowledge and/or skills on a topic of mutual interest.

An FLC provides the structure and support for this group to discuss, share, and encourage one another to reach their full professional potential. In addition to shared learning, FLC members work on personal projects that put into practice what they are learning. Finally, the community is expected to share their knowledge and accomplishments with the wider university community.

New FLCs

Integrating equity-based trauma-informed educational practices (TIEP) in the university classroom

Spring 2024

This FSLC (Faculty Staff Learning Community) will provide theory and practical ideas for integrating equity-based trauma-informed educational practices (ETIP) in the university classroom. This FSLC is good for instructors as well as people who work with students and curriculum broadly defined.

We will work through:

  • What is stress and trauma?
  • How do stress and trauma affect students and instructors? What can we do to support students and ourselves?
  • What are trauma-informed educational practices?
  • How can faculty and staff implement trauma-informed education practices in their work and with students?

Each week will focus on part of the curriculum (online or in-person) and/or on the syllabus. Participants will have time each session to workshop how to integrate TIEP into course policies, assignments, coursework, course content, team meetings, and departmental policies, and time to share those ideas with other participants. If participants are willing, we hope to compile these ideas into some sort of open-education resource.

Dates and times

The FSLC will meet on the following Mondays, 12:30-2:30 pm, virtual and in-person available

  • Jan 29
  • Feb 12
  • Mar 11
  • Apr 8
  • Apr 22
  • May 6

If you are interested in joining this FSLC, please contact:

Perri Corvino, Social Work or Kathryn Young, Secondary Education

[email protected]

[email protected]

A Brain-based Teaching Approach to Culturally Responsive Instruction

Spring 2024 – Fall 2024

Students of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds experience an achievement gap. Neuroscience research offers innovative approaches to designing and implementing brain-compatible culturally responsive instruction.

In this yearlong FLC, after an introductory session participants will complete 9 chapter summaries/analyses of the book Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain, by Zaretta Hammond. They will end will a ‘report-out’ session where intended changes can be discussed with their peers.

Key Take-Aways: deepened understanding of how one’s culture programs the brain to process data and how it affects learning relationships; ‘key moves’ to build students’ learner operating systems and prepare them to become independent learners; as well as, prompts for action and valuable self reflection.

If you are interested in joining this FLC, please contact:

Darcy Beery, Journalism & Media Production

[email protected]

Fundraising Academy Faculty Learning Community (FLC)

Spring 2024

“That is a fantastic idea, but we don’t have the money for that.” “That would be great for our students and our program, but we can’t afford it.” Have you ever wondered how to raise money for your programs or your research? Is fundraising an area you would like to explore? If yes, this FLC is for you!

The purpose of this Faculty Learning Community is to connect faculty and staff interested in fundraising with University Advancement (UA) to learn how to turn your funding needs and ideas into reality. The first two meetings of this group will be to introduce the different types of fundraising opportunities offered by UA. Staff from Alumni Relations, Annual Gifts, Major Gifts, Corporate and Foundation Relations, and Grants will provide information and services available through UA.

FLC members that want to create a fundraising plan, will then choose which UA area to work with to receive basic training, success strategies, and coaching to develop their plan. At the end of the Faculty Learning Community, members will have developed a fundraising plan that is ready to implement. The FLC will culminate with an end of semester celebration where we can share our fundraising ideas and next steps.


If you are interested in joining this FSLC, please contact:

Clay Daughtrey, Marketing

[email protected]


Current FLCs

The Benefits and Logistics of an Interdisciplinary Disabilities Studies Minor at MSU Denver: An Exploratory FLC

Fall 2022 and Fall 2023

MSU Denver lists “accessibility” as one of its core values and the CTLD has developed the Accessibility Competency Certification Program to help faculty and staff make classes and materials accessible. This FLC will build on that work, exploring models for an interdisciplinary disabilities studies minor that would give students and faculty the opportunity to study disability through the lenses of different disciplines. The FLC will examine different models for an interdisciplinary disabilities studies minor and explore the feasibility of building such a program at MSU Denver.

We will meet 3-4 times in fall, with meeting days/times determined by participants. Remote participation will be possible. Meetings will last about two hours.

If you are interested in joining this FLC, please contact:

Elizabeth Kleinfeld, English

[email protected]

What communicative resources count for learning in MSU Denver courses?: Exploring translanguaging possibilities

Spring 2023 – Fall 2023

Translanguaging is the communicative norm of multilingual communities, where named languages, dialects, and non-linguistic resources are used dynamically and interchangeably to facilitate meaning-making (Otheguy, García & Reid, 2015). Within education research, translanguaging has been described as a theory, as a pedagogy, and as an ideological stance (García & Wei, 2014). Translanguaging as a pedagogy has historically been studied within K-12 bilingual education contexts (Martin Corredor, 2021). It is just now gaining momentum across K-12 contexts and within higher-education institutions (Fine, 2022).

As an Hispanic-serving institution with a focus on teaching and learning, MSU Denver’s faculty and students are uniquely poised to contribute to this international conversation. In this Faculty Learning Community, we will explore the tripartite nature of translanguaging through readings and discussions during Spring 2023. We will support each other to modify course syllabi and gather as a learning community to reflect on opportunities and challenges related to enacting those modifications during Fall 2023. We will share key take-aways from this collaborative work with the MSU Denver community as well as with the national higher-ed research community through collaborative conference presentations and peer-reviewed manuscripts.

If you are interested in joining this FLC, please contact:

Caitlin Fine or Lina Martin Corredor, Education

[email protected]

[email protected]

Looking for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) FLCs?

Visit the CTLD S0TL page for information.

Looking for the Open Educational Resources (OER) FLC?

Visit the OER Faculty Resources Page for information.

Interested in Facilitating a FLC?

Past FLCs