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Quick Starters Faculty Learning Community

The Quick Starters Faculty Learning Community is designed for a small interdisciplinary group of faculty who are new to the KSU community. We’ll start by examining the research-based evidence provided by Robert Boice for what behaviors of new faculty lead to long-term success and what behaviors are counter productive. How new faculty approach teaching, in particular, can set the stage for a successful and satisfying career.

We’ll explore how students learn, how teachers can promote deep rather than surface learning, and how to effectively evaluate teaching and learning. We’ll seek information about ways to balance research, service, and teaching demands. We will also explore what strategies can be put into place during the first year of teaching to develop a philosophy of teaching and gather the information needed for tenure and promotion portfolios.

Program Requirements

Meeting Schedule

All applicants must be able to attend meetings on the following dates and times.
All meeting times are: 11:00am - 12:15pm
  • Fall: 9/26/17, 10/17/17, 11/28/17
  • Spring: 01/09/18, 01/30/18, 02/20/18, 03/13/18, 04/10/18

  • Project Deliverables

    Applicants must complete one project from the following options, no later than June 30, 2018:
  • a. Pilot a new teaching initiative in one or more of my Spring 2018 classes and will assess the relationship between this intervention and student learning. I will write a SoTL article to submit for publication.
  • b. Pilot a new teaching initiative in one or more of my Spring 2018 classes and will assess the relationship between this intervention and student learning. I will share my experience with my colleagues at 1) a formal departmental or college seminar or workshop in early fall 2018 or 2) the Early Career Faculty Retreat (May, 11, 2018). If I choose a departmental or college venue for this, I will submit a copy of my presentation to the Quick Starters facilitator no later than June 30, 2018.
  • c. Collaborate with the FLC facilitator to organize a Departmental or College workshop that showcases faculty in my discipline who are applying research based practices in innovative ways in their classes, and will make a recording of this event available on the CETL and College web sites no later than June 30, 2018.

  • Application Deadline

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 11:59pm


    $1000 travel budget available in the next fiscal year.
    -Faculty development resources provided by CETL available immediately.


    Funding is competitive and proposals will be evaluated by the SoTL Funding Committee on the following criteria: -Faculty member’s interest and motivation for joining the FLC. -Interest in applying research-based methods to teaching and assessment at the university level.


  • Full-time, tenure-track, clinical, librarian and lecturer faculty may apply
  • Faculty funds will be available in the fiscal year following the year in which the FLC meets and are subject to all state funding requirements. In order to receive these funds, participants must be employed by KSU at the time of the expenditure.
  • Participants must attend at least 80% of all scheduled meetings and events.
  • Funds are nontransferable to other uses or faculty.
  • Selection and Application Process

    Each individual applicant needs to submit the application below:




    -Member Interest (250 words max)