The faculty learning communities (FLCs) are an opportunity for faculty members who are willing to integrate or enhance components of character and virtue into one of their courses by applying the Saint Mary’s character and virtue teaching rubric. The FLCs require a formal commitment to meet over the course of one semester for regular meetings, readings, and events. The purpose of the FLCs is to establish an environment in which faculty members can discuss the teaching rubric with other faculty as they use it, discover the most promising practices, and record what does and does not work in order to further refine the teaching rubric. Participation in the FLCs is open to 2-3 interested faculty members per school with the approval of their dean.

(actual dates will be announced prior to the start of the semester)

  • Orientation Meeting and Reception
  • 4 Meetings (2 hours each)
  • Preparatory reading and assignments for each meeting
  • End of Semester Lunch Colloquium
  • Post-Semester Evaluation
  • Pedagogical Reflection Paper

Interested faculty members of Saint Mary’s who agree to the above expectations and have received approval from their dean should submit a letter of interest that includes the following:

  1. The course syllabus that they intend to apply the teaching rubric (whether it is an existing or new course, it should be a course that will be offered to students in the future)
  2. In what ways does your academic discipline engage topics of character, virtue, ethics, and human flourishing?  How do you currently engage these topics in the course and/or intend to enhance the engagement with these topics in the course in the future? (500 words maximum)
  3. How do you understand the responsibility of Saint Mary’s to foster the flourishing of our students by engaging in character education and virtue formation (500 words maximum)

Please submit application materials in an attachment to cve@smumn.edu

Susan Manikowski

Antar Salim

Matt Norakowski