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College Mentoring: Faculty Learning Communities

This LibGuide contains suggested research tools and annotated sources on the topic of faculty advising/coaching/mentoring of college students.

Faculty Learning Communities

Cress, C. M. (2008). Creating inclusive learning communities: the role of student-faculty relationships in mitigating negative campus climate. Learning Inquiry2(2), 95-111.

One hundred and thirty colleges were surveyed regarding student perceptions of their learning environments. As a result, special populations felt they experienced prejudice and discrimination, both inside and outside of the classroom. However, a strong student-faculty relationship seems to mitigate this, especially with the development of learning communities.


Daly, C. J. (2011). Faculty Learning Communities: Addressing the Professional Development Needs of Faculty and the Learning Needs of Students. Currents In Teaching & Learning4(1), 3-16.

The faculty learning community as the most successful initiative in faculty development is explored.


Ezell, D., Klein, C., & Lee, T. (2010). Learning Communities Working Together for the Success Of All Students:  A Shared Vision. National Forum Of Special Education Journal, 21(1), 1-8.

Working together in partnerships in order to provide successful education to all students.


Furco, A., & Moely, B. E. (2012). Using Learning Communities to Build Faculty Support for Pedagogical Innovation: A Multi-Campus Study. Journal Of Higher Education83(1), 128-153.

A three-year study of service learning and the relevance of faculty attitudes toward faculty innovations were explored. The issues of providing space, taking ownership, and assisting faculty in professional development was discussed.


Holmes, C.M. & Kozlowski, K.A. (2014). Faculty Experiences in a Research Learning Community. Journal of Faculty Development, 28(2), 35-42.

A research faculty learning community explores how to help improve new faculty scholarly productivity.


Hutson, B., & Downs, H. (2015). The College STAR Faculty Learning Community: Promoting Learning for All Students through Faculty Collaboration. Journal of Faculty Development, 29(1), 25-32.

A faculty learning community worked together to employ the skills, knowledge and competencies to implement a UDL (Universal Design for Learning) to better meet the needs of a diverse student population. 


Jackson, D. d., Stebleton, M. J., & Laanan, F. S. (2013). The Experience of Community College Faculty Involved in a Learning Community Program. Community College Review41(1), 3-19.

Fourteen faculty were interviewed and discussed the benefits of being in a faculty learning community. This included more empathy and awareness for the students. As a result, more genuine relationships with students were forged.


Jacoby, D. (2006). Effects of Part-Time Faculty Employment on Community College Graduation Rates. Journal Of Higher Education, 77(6), 1081-1103.

The question posed by the author is to explore whether or not consequences exist for student graduation as a result of hiring an increased amount of adjunct faculty.


Jenlink, P. M., & Jenlink, K. E. (2008). Creating Democratic Learning Communities: Transformative Work as Spatial Practice. Theory Into Practice47(4), 311-317.

The importance of creating faculty learning communities is emphasized. They focus on how learning communities of inquiry and practice includes conversations of how new knowledge is generalized while examining existing knowledge in a social practice context.


McDonald, J.m., & Dominguez, L.A. (2015). Developing University  and Community Partnerships: A Critical Piece of Successful Service Learning. Journal of College Science Teaching, 44(3), 52-56.

Learn how to make a distinction in the classroom between volunteerism and service learning by tying the service to course objectives.


Mi, M. (2015). Expanding Librarian Roles Through a Librarian Initiated and Facilitated Faculty Learning Community. Journal Of Library Administration, 55(1), 24-40. doi:10.1080/01930826.2014.978683

How working with librarians can expand student learning and learning communities. The role of the librarian in student learning is discussed through a social lens.


Pedersen, P. J., Meyer, J. M., & Hargrave, M. (2015). Learn Global; Serve Local: Student Outcomes from a Community-Based Learning Pedagogy. Journal of Experiential Education, 38(2), 189-206.

The authors explore service learning and faculty attitudes about the educational value of having students perform service to the community. They also share their findings on learning outcomes and student learning.


Romero, E. (2012). Participation in Learning Communities as a Predictor of Student Success at a Community College. Journal Of Applied Research In The Community College, 20(1), 36-43.

How student learning may be improved through the use of a learning community.


Schnee, E. (2014). "A Foundation for Something Bigger": Community College Students' Experience of Remediation in the Context of a Learning Community. Community College Review, 42(3), 242-261. doi:10.1177/0091552114527604

First-semester learning community for English students in remediation with other courses, such as psychology, and studied the perceptions of students.


Sipple, S & Lightner, R. (2013). Developing Faculty Learning Communities at Two-Year Colleges: Collaborative Models to Improve Teaching and Learning. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus.

A primer for faculty in the development of faculty learning communities. Each chapter addresses an aspect of the learning community, through the experiences, reflections, research, and scholarship of the diverse authors.


Stevenson, C. B., Duran, R. L., & Barrett, K. A. (2005). Fostering Faculty Collaboration in Learning Communities: A Developmental Approach. Innovative Higher Education30(1), 23-36.

Faculty and student collaboration was discussed in a program which included more than sixty faculty. This resulted in a focus group research about the faculty experience in developing learning communities.