Xavier University
Faculty Learning Community


Cohort-based FLC: Mid-Career Faculty
Faculty Facilitators: Christian End (Psychology) and Rick Mullins (Chemistry)

With tenure and promotion comes an opportunity for faculty to reflect on their first years in the academy and to discern what techniques made them effective educators, researchers and members of the community. As well, the mid-career point offers a time to look toward the future, not only in terms of individual development, but also in terms of a faculty members? potential impact on the classroom, departments, college and the University at large. With the goal of helping faculty to continue to develop as productive members and participants in the University community, this group will provide an opportunity to consider together any and all issues relating to mid-career faculty such as:

  • ?How do I continue to excel in the classroom??
  • ?Which direction should my research take??
  • ?How do I become more involved in leadership at the University, whether in committee, faculty governance or administrative roles??
  • ?In which direction would I like to see the University move, in regards to my discipline, shared governance, the core curriculum, etc???

Participants in the FLC will be expected to communicate individual or collective outcomes of this year-long FLC to the university community.

FLC Members

Tom Kessinger, Secondary and Special Education
David Burns, Marketing
Jodi Wyett, English
David Hyland, Finance
Heidrun Schmitzer, Physics
Dena Morton, Mathematics and Computer Science
Doug Olberding, Sport Studies
Karim Tiro, History
Christian End, Psychology (FLC co-facilitator)
Rick Mullins, Chemistry (FLC co-facilitator)

The participants were be selected from full-time, mid-career tenured faculty (loosely defined for the purposes of this group as faculty with 7 to 15 years of service at Xavier) who are interested in exploring these topics and able to commit to engaging in a year-long community. Criteria for selection include: commitment to reflective teaching, openness to new ideas, level of interest in the program, commitment to full participation in the community, and potential for contributions to the group. Each participant will receive $500 in professional development money. The FLC members and facilitators will together determine how to use the remainder of FLC?s $10,000 budget, for example to fund off-campus visits, retreats, visiting speakers, food, and other relevant expenses.


For general questions about FLCs, please see the CTE website or contact:
David Mengel, faculty director of the CTE
mengel@xavier.edu 745-3870