Start dateJanuary 2012

The FLC on Strengths invites 8-12 members to participate in a year-long community to increase our knowledge base regarding strengths and discover how awareness and application of strengths can increase teaching, learning, and leadership effectiveness. Strengths-based philosophy suggests that capitalizing on one?s areas of talent is likely to lead to greater success than would be possible by making a comparable investment of effort into overcoming personal weaknesses or deficiencies.

Gallup, Inc. believes that strengths are most accurately conceptualized as well-developed talents that produce excellence; one's Top 5 talents are identified using the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment. Meetings will include guest speakers, relevant readings, and a consideration of key topics related to strengths-based education (e.g., theoretical/research/theological foundations, critical examination of current literature, relationship to Ignatian pedagogy, strengths-based relationship management).

Participants will come from multiple departments, and previous experience with Strengths is neither required nor expected. Participants will complete a course-related project or pedagogical research project during the year incorporating Strengths. Additionally, FLC members will share results with their departments and the university community. This FLC is being imagined as a personal and professional growth opportunity for you that will, in turn, enhance personalized learning in your classroom and your students' growth. In addition, the FLC offers an opportunity to build on the work of the Xavier Strengths Project Team and Xavier Strengths Coaches and collaboratively develop a plan for the future of a strengths-based approach within higher education at Xavier.

Participants will be selected from full-time, teaching faculty interested in exploration of this topic and able to make the commitment 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 between $250 and $500 in professional development money, with the precise amount to be determined by the FLC members as they together establish the FLC's $10,000 budget. This budget may also be used to fund off-campus visits, retreats, visiting speakers, food, and other relevant expenses.

Feel free to contact the FLC facilitators about this particular FLC:

Leslie Prosak-Beres (Education)                      
Tamara Giluk (Management and Entrepreneurship)

For general questions about FLCs, please see the CTE website or contact:
David Mengel, faculty director of the CTE