Community Building and Engagement

The TLC supports communities of practice that promote learning, sharing, and collaboration, while encouraging ongoing faculty and departmental relationships collegewide. These educational communities create opportunities for faculty to engage in conversations with one another about subject area curriculum, pedagogy and other special topics. Some communities meet regularly throughout the year while others engage in an asynchronous online format.

Discipline Focus

School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

  • English
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Academic Success, First Year Experience

School of Pure and Applied Sciences

  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences (Online: SCOPE)

For more information about any of these communities, please contact the Teaching and Learning Center at

New Faculty Seminar

For more information about new full-time and adjunct faculty, please contact Dr. Sarah Lublink.

Full-time Faculty

New full-time faculty members participate in the year-long New Faculty Seminar. These sessions support the new faculty in their first year at FSW, connect them to a mentor, and provide professional development in the three areas of the faculty evaluation plan. These sessions include an informational orientation session during duty days of the faculty member’s first semester, as well as a weekend retreat and monthly workshops focused on teaching and instruction, professional development and scholarship, and service to the college and community.

Adjunct Faculty

The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) provides a self-paced orientation for adjunct faculty members. The orientation is provided at HR onboarding but additional orientation opportunities may occur in a group setting, by individual conference, or through electronic means in the academic departments, as appropriate. Adjunct faculty will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the orientation from the TLC. New adjunct faculty members will be assigned a full-time faculty mentor during the first semester of teaching.

Safe Zone Allies

SafeZone is a nationally-recognized program that fosters an atmosphere of support and celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals on college campuses. Now available at FSW, SafeZone Ally Training enables participants to better understand LGBTQ+ culture, the issues facing LGBTQ+ individuals, the "coming out" process, and to better their awareness of heterosexism and homophobia.

At the completion of the training, workshop participants may elect to become official SafeZone Allies. SafeZone Allies are FSW faculty and staff who successfully complete the Safe Zone Ally Training and who have signed the SafeZone Ally Agreement. SafeZone Allies consider themselves to be open and knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ issues and choose to provide support for and advocate with those who are LGBTQ+.

One Book One College (OBOC)

The goal of FSW's One Book — One College common read initiative is to provide a common intellectual experience for all members of the FSW community. The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) has identified a common intellectual experience as a high-impact education practice. High-impact educational practices have been shown to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds. Visit OBOC for information on this year's common read.

Instructional Technology Community of Practice

The Community of Practice in Instructional Technology is a transdisciplinary community of faculty and staff who come together on the second Monday of each month to discuss how they use technology in the classroom as well as in other aspects of their professional lives. The group shares resources in its collaborative Canvas site, sponsors additional sessions on select Professional Development Fridays, and hosts a keynote event at the end of every academic year. This end-of-year event, “The Digital Pedagogy Open House,” features simultaneous workshops by leading faculty at the college and offers attendees the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience with especially pertinent and timely technology and/or best practices with digital pedagogy. In line with its communal focus, the group’s structure and objectives remain open and flexible. Members set the group’s strategy and plan sessions in dedicated meetings at the end of each fall and spring semester. The group’s events are available to all faculty and staff, and anyone may request to be added to the group’s Canvas site by sending a message to Dr. Scott Ortolano at

Digital Pedagogy Reading Group

The Digital Pedagogy Reading Group is an asynchronous reading group that is coordinated through Microsoft Teams. The discussions in this group are designed to be thought provoking and help participants (re)envision how they approach teaching digital assignments and their courses as a whole. As such, readings are often excerpted from recent publications and emphasize work that questions, interrogates, and innovates best practices in digital pedagogy. The group also hosts an optional video discussion for faculty and staff who prefer and are able to attend a synchronous conversation. To earn participation credit, participants complete the suggested readings, compose a response to the reading in Microsoft Teams, and then engage at least two other posts. Professional Development certificates will be sent out at the conclusion of each month, at which point a new set of readings are made available in the Microsoft Teams site. The group is active throughout the fall and spring semesters. Those who are interested in joining can obtain access to the group’s Microsoft Teams site by registering for a specific set of readings in the TLC Training Calendar.

Coffee and Chat

Grab a hot cup of coffee or tea, whichever you prefer, and chat with Gloria Kitchen, Director of the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC). This engaging dialogue and collaborative conversation will highlight current trends in higher education related to faculty professional development, present and future TLC initiatives, and opportunities available to our esteemed and prized faculty at FSW. You bring the coffee and tea and the TLC will bring the Chat! Visit the TLC Training Calendar for information on the next Coffee and Chat.

TLC Times

The TLC Times is a digital monthly newsletter established in 2020 composed of an editorial board of TLC Staff and Full-Time Faculty. The newsletter promotes the TLC’s goals of Community Building and Engagement, Recognition and Appreciation, and Exceptional Programs and Services through sections that include:

  • A monthly message from the TLC Director
  • Interviews with Exceptional Adjunct Faculty and Staff, and TLC ground-to-remote Coordinators
  • Guest Speaker Segments with Deans and FSW Administrators

For questions or suggestions about the TLC Times, please email Visit the TLC Times Archive to browse past editions.

Ten Questions for Faculty

The Teaching and Learning Center launched the Ten Questions for Faculty Series in Summer 2020. The series is dedicated to helping faculty stay connected with one another while working remotely. Every week, a new faculty member has the opportunity to answer ten questions about themselves and about navigating the changes brought about by COVID-19.

For questions or suggestions about the Ten Questions Series, please email Visit our archive of Ten Questions for Faculty to learn more about our world-class faculty and what makes them tick!