One of the most enticing features of the the Program is the co-curricular component. Each team is provided a nominal budget to help fund programming that happens both in and out of the classroom.
Trips, local outings, and even national and international travel is possible. Communities have planned co-curricular learning experiences in Cleveland, Detroit, Washington D.C., and Ireland.
Together, our Bengal Community of Scholars Program become communities where real learning resides.
Faculty who teach in learning communities collaborate with faculty outside of their own departments and disciplines, often leading to a sense of renewal and increased engagement with the university. Learning Communities promote deeper interactions among students and faculty, as well as Academic Affairs staff and Student Affairs professionals. LC instructors increase their repertoire of student-centered pedagogical practices by participating in LC faculty development opportunities and by sharing ideas with each other. LC faculty are encouraged and supported in their pursuit of scholarly teaching for deep student learning.
What Do We Expect from Faculty?
As a Team:
What Can You Expect from Us?
Two or more general education or lower level major courses are linked together by a common theme. The same 25 students are co-enrolled in both courses within a learning community and work closely with each other and their professors. LC faculty will collaborate to help students make intellectual connections across and between their courses.
Finding dedicated team members is the first step to starting a successful community. “Learning Communities prosper when capable and creative individuals become involved, when ownership of the task is shared, and when the work is seen as benefitting everyone’s interests and needs” (Leigh Smith et al. 2004)
How Can I Teach in a Learning Community?
The LC Program welcomes new and returning faculty to teach in Learning Communities. Since most LCs are for first-semester college students, the need is especially high for faculty who teach General Education courses and other lower-level courses without pre-requisites. We encourage proposals for learning communities by issuing a campus wide call for proposals through your department or through the Dailey.
The Call for Proposals for Fall LCs is generally in late September through November.
If you would like to teach in a learning community but do not want to propose one of your own, send us an email indicating your interest and the course(s) you teach, and we’ll help you find one!
I know what course I want to teach in a Community, but I do not have a faculty team?
Discuss your course with other faculty to encourage development of a theme, essential question, or issue. Use your course and theme ideas to network and find additional Learning Community faculty. You may also coordinate your efforts with the Assistant Dean for Intellectual Foundations, who may be able to help you find additional team members.
I have a faculty team, but do not have a theme for our Community?
Begin discussion by sharing syllabi and important course topics or projects. The focus of a Community may evolve over several conversations.
Before the Semester Begins
Weekly or Bi-weekly Meetings During Semester
End of Semester
Applications are currenlty being accepted for the 2018-19 Academic year. If you are interested, please complete the following form: https://buffalostate.wufoo.com/forms/z1n75fvx1iqklre/. Deadline for New Applications is Decemeber 8, 2017, and the deadline for Returning faculty is December 15, 2017.
For more information, please contact
Mrs. Leasa Rochester-Mills
Coordinator, New Student Academic Programs
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