Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research

Faculty Study Groups

Faculty Study Groups (FSGs) at Virginia Tech pursue interdisciplinary inquiry into specific issues and questions about teaching and learning in higher education. FSGs are driven by their members' curiosity and commitment to lifelong learning. Through meaningful collective inquiry, the FSG program seeks to foster a collegial environment that values pedagogical exploration and promotes collaborative learning. Ultimately, FSGs contribute to teaching excellence at Virginia Tech by sharing their work with the university community in a format most appropriate for the audience (i.e., a workshop, a PDF guide, online resource website, conference presentation, scholarly article).

Each FSG is limited to eight participants, and CIDER will provide FSG members with professional development funding of $300 per participant. FSG professional development funding is transferred to participants' departments, not to individuals.

Two Faculty Study Groups will be offered during the 2017-2018 academic year: the Collegiate Faculty Study Group and the Large Class Faculty Study Group.

If you have questions about Faculty Study Groups, please contact Tiffany Shoop.


Collegiate Faculty Study Group

The Collegiate Faculty Study Group provides the collegiate faculty new to Virginia Tech a community of practice. Organized in partnership with TLOS (the office for Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies), the FSG brings together an interdisciplinary group of collegiate faculty to support teaching, learning, SoTL, and the university experience.

In the fall semester, the group will meet twice a month through November. The agenda will be driven by faculty needs with a focus on helping collegiate faculty navigate curriculum, programs, governance, processes, and procedures to meet their goals. At mid-semester, the faculty will work together to formulate goals for a project they would like to complete by the end of the academic year. Projects will likely span a range of tasks, but may include designing a new course, enhancing learning activities, designing curricula elements, and/or conducting an educational research study. In the spring semester, the group will meet once a month for project support and continued community building and will share its work with the teaching community at Virginia Tech in the format most appropriate for the audience (i.e., a workshop, a PDF guide, online resource website, Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy presentation, scholarly article).

The application period for the 2017-18 Collegiate Faculty Study Group is closed.

Large Class Faculty Study Group

The Large Class Faculty Study Group is an opportunity for large class instructors at Virginia Tech to create a network of colleagues focused on effective teaching in the large class environment. The FSG brings together an interdisciplinary group of faculty members who are dedicated to creating meaningful learning experiences in large classes at Virginia Tech and contributing to best practices in large class instruction at the university and beyond.

The agenda will be driven by the group members’ needs with a focus on helping large class instructors address the challenges and opportunities of teaching large classes. The members will work together to formulate goals for a project they would like to complete by the end of the academic year. Projects will likely span a range of tasks, but may include creating resources for best practices in teaching large classes and/or designing high-impact learning experiences for students in large classes. The group will meet once a month for project support and continued community building and will share its work with the teaching community at Virginia Tech in the format most appropriate for the audience (i.e., a workshop, a PDF guide, online resource website, Conference on Teaching Large Classes presentation, scholarly article).

The application deadline for 2017-2018 Large Class Faculty Study Group applications is 5pm on Friday, November 17, 2017. To apply for the FSG, please complete the online application form.