• Mission and Goals

    Our mission is to foster a faculty culture of continuous learning and engagement

    What We Believe in FCI:
     
    We believe in Connection & Community:
    We foster a psychologically safe space for inclusive faculty exchange, to develop our teaching practice (regardless of rank, modality, location, race, or creed). This community recognizes the unique talents of each instructor and lessons we can learn from one another - we embrace a culture of continuous learning, together.
     
    We believe in Curiosity & Continuous Learning:
    When faculty are guided by genuine curiosity (as learners ourselves), we can collaboratively learn and co-create with our students and colleagues; we can enact learner-centered teaching; and remain curious by using intentional inquiry to guide experimentation that helps our teaching to continuously evolve.
     
    We believe in Innovation & Inquiry:
    Continuous learning and risk-taking lay a foundation for innovation; while an inquiry mindset into classroom practice enables the creation of new knowledge about teaching and learning. This includes sharing lessons learned with the larger academic community through the dissemination of knowledge within and outside of the University.

    Community & Connection

    What We Do:
    We position faculty to be seen, heard, valued, and connected to meaningfully share their expertise and lessons learned. We build relationships across the disciplines, across locations, and across traditional academic boundaries.

     

    Examples: SIGs, Transformative Teaching Exchanges, Fellowships, FCI Collaborative Council, Teaching Essentials Cohort, First-Year Faculty Cohorts, Remote Faculty Influencers, Virtual Writing Retreats, Virtual Coffeehouse

    Curiosity & Continuous Learning

    What We Do:
    We provide opportunities for faculty to learn about, evaluate, and implement new teaching practices as part of our continuing professional development journey throughout our life.

     

    Examples: 2-Minute Mentor Videos, Teaching Essentials Certification, Digital Learning Lab, Virtual Academic Conference, Continuous Learning Academy

    Innovation & Inquiry

    What We Do:
    Support the creation and dissemination of new knowledge about teaching and learning through a journal publication outlet, venues to share work, support, dedicated time, and communities.

     

    Examples: SparkTank Innovation Grants, Teaching Innovation Fellowship, Scholarship Fellowships, InSight Journal

    How We Know it’s Working:
    • Engagement in our learning communities (especially levels/diversity of engagement by faculty rank, location, modality)
       
    • Uptake of new techniques/approaches (faculty reflections, artifacts, and teaching innovations)
       
    • Digital badges earned, practices shared and new strategies implored in their classes.
       
    • Vibrancy of faculty culture
      (do faculty like teaching here, do they feel that the University supports the continuous learning of faculty, and do they feel recognized for the good work they do?)
    How We Know it’s Working:
    • Engagement in our programming, events, and communities
      (especially levels/diversity of engagement by faculty rank, location, modality)
       
    • Uptake of new techniques/approaches (the reflections where people tell us if they tried something new and what happened)
       
    • Digital badges earned and artifacts shared
    How We Know it’s Working:
    • Engagement in inquiry and dissemination of new knowledge about teaching and learning (people who take the next step and engage in disseminating knowledge internally and externally)
       
    • Involvement with InSight Journal
      (as peer reviewers, submitters, authors)
       
    • Outcomes and deliverables of programming grants, projects, and fellowships
  • Contact Us

    Don't be afraid to reach out. You + us = awesome.

    8700 NW River Park Drive, Parkville, MO 64152
    Mon. - Fri. 8am-4:30pm, CST
    (816) 584-6770