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Quick Starters Faculty Learning Community

The Quick Starters Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a small interdisciplinary group of faculty who are new to the KSU community or who have recently changed positions at KSU (e.g. changed from part-time to full-time or from non-tenure track to tenure-track). The purpose of this group is to help build a community of near-peer mentors who devote time together to reflect on individual professional practice and research-based best practices. It is open to full time faculty who are not limited term.

The FLC will identify what early career faculty behaviors lead to long-term success and what behaviors are counter-productive. 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 forward-thinking strategies for developing a cohesive body of work and curating the information needed for tenure and promotion portfolios. The content focus will be substantially adapted to meet the needs and interests of participants and, accordingly, representatives of support units throughout KSU will be invited as guest speakers.

Participants will receive $1000 in travel funds and two books.

Program Requirements

2018-2019 Meeting Schedule

All applicants must be able to attend face to face meetings on the following dates and times. We will meet on Mondays (biweekly in the fall and twice in the spring). Participants are also required to attend the Early Career Faculty Retreat in the spring.

Fall 2018 Meetings (12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. -- bring a lunch):

  • Monday, September 17
  • Mondays, October 1, 15, & 29
  • Mondays November 12 & 26

Spring 2019 Meetings (12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. -- bring a lunch):

  • Monday, January 15
  • Monday March 11

 Spring 2019 Early Career Faculty Retreat (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – lunch provided):

  •   Friday, May 10


All meetings will be held in the Center for Excellence in Teaching in Learning at 3211 Campus Loop Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Project Deliverables

Applicants must complete one project from the following options, no later than June 30, 2019:

  1. Pilot a new teaching initiative in one or more Spring 2019 classes and assess the relationship between this intervention and student learning.  As a product, write a SoTL article to submit for publication.
  2. Pilot a new teaching initiative in one or more of Spring 2019 classes and assess the relationship between this intervention and student learning. Share the experience with colleagues at 1) a formal departmental or college seminar or workshop or 2) the Early Career Faculty Retreat (May, 10, 2019). If a departmental or college venue is chosen for this, a copy of the presentation will be submitted to the Quick Starters facilitator no later than June 30, 2019.
  3. Collaborate with the FLC facilitator to organize a Departmental or College workshop that showcases faculty in the discipline who are applying research based practices in innovative ways in their professional practice, and make a recording of this event available on the CETL and College web sites no later than June 30, 2019.

Application Deadline

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 11:59pm


$1000 travel budget provided by CETL within the 2020 fiscal year (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020).


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 who are not limited term 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

1. Fill out the required fields and text areas below.

2. Click “Submit” when you are ready to submit your application.

3. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt within 24 hours. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, you should immediately contact CETL in case there was an “electronic glitch.” It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the proposal was received by the deadline.

4. You will receive notification of your application decision via email. Faculty who are accepted to the program will be required to complete a an agreement of participation that will include their supervisors signature, prior to the first meeting of the year.