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NLCC 2018: Call for Proposals Deadline Extended


Submission Extended Deadline: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

The National Learning Communities Conference 2018

Conference Theme: Great Expectations


Best Practices. Assessment. Student Success. Administration. Research. Living/Learning Communities.

Proposal Form: https://goo.gl/forms/RC2lA9f8bQtaIwIG3

Conference Information: Nov. 8-10, 2018, at the DoubleTree Hotel Bay City-River Front, Bay City, MI

Hosted by Delta College. Questions: Contact Betheen Glady-Teschendorf at betheengladyteschend@delta.edu

Registration Opens August 2018. Find out more about pricing, speakers, and more at: www.facebook.com/nlcc.consortium/


Webinar Proposals – Learning Communities Association

The Learning Community Associations is accepting webinar proposals.

·        faculty development and workshop ideas

·        program planning

·        evaluating problems in the LC; for instance, how to address social bonding that may create negative experiences in the classroom

·        would like to hear more about the ways institutions have applied what has come from research
training and supporting peer leaders

·        use of common reading texts in LCs

Submit a webinar proposal

For more information please contact:
Dr. Jennifer Leptien, Interim Director of Learning Communities at Iowa State University

Professional Development Committee Chair for the Learning Communities Association

NLCC 2018: Call for Proposals

The National Learning Communities Conference 2018
Conference Theme: Great Expectations
Submission Deadline: April 13, 2018 

Best Practices
Student Success
Living/Learning Communities 

Conference Information: Nov. 8-10, 2018, at the DoubleTree Hotel Bay City-River Front, Bay City, MI
Hosted by Delta College. Questions? Contact Betheen Glady-Teschendorf at betheengladyteschend@delta.edu

LCFS Course now registering for Spring 2018

Registration is now open for the spring sessions of the Learning Communities Faculty Scholars (LCFS) online course. Offered by the Learning Communities Program at Kennesaw State University, this six-week professional development course allows you to dive deeper into the literature on teaching and learning, integrative assignments, SoTL, and more, while applying this information to your work in learning communities.

Because demand was high last spring, we are pleased to offer two spring sections this year: March 14 – April 25, 2018, OR April 18 – May 30, 2018. Choose the section that best fits your schedule.

The course requires about 2-3 hours per week, and each week can be completed asynchronously to fit your schedule. This is a great opportunity to engage in dialogue with learning communities instructors and administrators around the country!

For pricing, testimonials, registration, and more information, see the website at www.tinyurl.com/LCFScourse or email me at hsteiner@kennesaw.edu. We hope you’ll join us!

Hillary Hettinger Steiner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, Department of First-Year and Transition Studies

Faculty Fellow for Learning-Centered Teaching, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Kennesaw State University

Offices: University College Room 117 (FYTS) and 3211 Campus Loop Road (CETL)
Phone: (470) 578-6147
Mail: 430 Bartow Ave, MD#2402, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Learning Communities Research and Practice E Journal New Issue and CALL for Authors and Reviewers

The newest issue of Learning Communities Research and Practice (LCRP), has just been published. LCRP is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for higher education faculty, staff, researchers, administrators, and students to share current research, effective practices, critical reflections, and resources related to student learning communities in 2-year/4-year colleges and universities. LCRP is published twice a year by the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education at The Evergreen State College.

The next issue of the journal will appear in May 2018. We are currently accepting articles for review for our next issue. For contributions to be considered for the spring issue, submit by January 15, 2018. For more information about the types of submissions we seek, please review the Instructions to Authors.

LCRP is currently seeking applications for members of the editorial review board. Editorial review board members serve a three-year term (December 2017 – December 2020) and can anticipate being asked to review two or three manuscripts each year. Members of the editorial review board must have a minimum of five years of experience working with student learning communities and/or living-learning communities in higher education. We welcome applications from individuals with expertise in administration, student affairs, classroom practice, faculty/professional development, or assessment, particularly as those areas relate to starting and strengthening student learning community programs.

Members of the editorial review board members agree to return their reviews within approximately six weeks of receiving an article, using the journal’s criteria for strong manuscripts. If you are interested in applying, please submit a current resume and a short letter of interest. In your letter, please indicate your reasons for wanting to serve and your specific interests in relation to learning communities. Please indicate whether you have a preference for reviewing a particular type of article (research, practice from the field, perspective). If you have expertise in quantitative research design and analysis, please indicate that as well.

For full consideration as an editorial review board member, please send your materials to lcrpjournal@evergreen.edu by December 31, 2017.


LCRP ejournal Volume 4, Issue 2 now available

Volume 4, Issue 2 of Learning Communities Research and Practice (LCRP), the open-access peer-reviewed e-journal dedicated to LCs, is now available.

The journal can be accessed on the web at http://washingtoncenter.evergreen.edu/lcrpjournal/

You can also get to the journal from the home page of the Washington Center website.

We welcome submissions from faculty, staff, administrators, researchers, and students involved with higher education learning communities. LCRP is published twice a year in May and November. Submission deadlines are January 15 and July 15. The submission deadline for Volume 5, Issue 1 is January 15, 2017. If you are interested in submitting an article, you may want to review the Instructions to Authors.

You can send inquiries, ideas, and comments to us at lcrpjournal@evergreen.edu.

We are pleased to host this continuing forum for learning community practitioners.

2017-2019 Research Seminar on Residential Learning Communities

The Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University is pleased to announce the 2017-2019 Research Seminar on Residential Learning Communities as a High-Impact Practice, led by Mimi Benjamin (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Jody Jessup-Anger (Marquette University), Shannon Lundeen (Elon University), and Cara McFadden (Elon University). This three-summer research seminar facilitates multi-institutional research on types of Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) using a mixed-methods approach to conduct qualitative and quantitative research. We invite interested scholars and practitioners, regardless of discipline, to apply to join a multi-institutional cohort of researchers collaborating to investigate evidence-based, high-quality RLCs.

The research seminar will support multi-institutional research addressing and surrounding this theme over two academic calendar years, with three one-week summer meetings on the Elon University campus. Participants will collaborate on active research over the entire period. These multi-institutional collaborations will enable larger scale studies and explorations of the impact of different institutional contexts.

  • June 25-30, 2017: Participants will meet on Elon’s campus to collaboratively develop and plan multi-institutional research projects to be conducted throughout the following year at the participants’ own institutions. Participants’ research will build on existing literature, and multi-institutional research teams will develop both shared inquiry questions and interventions to use in formative and summative evaluation. Participants will be active researchers over the course of the seminar, and the Center will provide support for learning scholarship of teaching and learning research methods that extend participants’ disciplinary research experience.
  • June 17-22, 2018: Participants will meet to collaboratively analyze data, share their initial multi-institutional results, and plan a more sharply focused research agenda for the research cohort for year two, using data gathered the first year to help develop that agenda.
  • June 16-21, 2019: Participants will reconvene to share their year two results, to plan continuations of their work, and to host a conference on the seminar theme.

Elon University will provide lodging in residence halls and meals for seminar participants during the seminar’s 2017-2019 summer meetings. In addition, each participant will be reimbursed up to $500/year (up to $1000/year for international participants) for travel costs (e.g., airplane tickets, mileage, airport parking, meals in transit) incurred while traveling to the seminar’s summer meetings at Elon University. Full reimbursement policies will be distributed to accepted participants. Other participant expenses, including travel costs above the limit and any research costs, will be paid by the participants and/or their home institutions.

Participants will produce significant, concrete outcomes. Past Center for Engaged Learning research seminars have generated edited volumes, journal articles and book chapters, white papers, and conference presentations – as well as local initiatives on participants’ home campuses. Participants will be well-positioned to use evidence-based assessments of student learning conducted as part of the seminar to inform residential learning communities at their institutions.

The application form is available on the seminar website.
Questions about the 2017-2019 research seminar should be directed to Shannon Lundeen and Cara McFadden at rlc@elon.edu. Questions about the Center for Engaged Learning should be directed to Jessie L. Moore at centerforengagedlearning@elon.edu.