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LVAIC Named Finalist for 2020 Delphi Award with Non-Tenure-Line Faculty Community of Practice

September 9, 2020, @ 8:43 AM
LVAIC Non-Tenure-Line Faculty gather at the Why They Can't Write Workshop with presentation by John Warner, author and career non-tenure-line faculty member, in August 2019 at Lafayette College.
LVAIC Non-Tenure-Line Faculty gather at the Why They Can’t Write Workshop with presentation by John Warner, author and career non-tenure-line faculty member, in August 2019 at Lafayette College.

The LVAIC communities of practice connect, gather, and collaborate across a broad spectrum of higher education topics. From leadership groups to staff members, these peer groups offer the beginnings of numerous LVAIC initiatives and often serve as the main driver in broader collaboration. One such community of practice is the non-tenure-line faculty community.

Starting as an LVAIC funded collaborative program, this group first met through professional development programs, such as the Why They Can’t Write luncheon with John Warner in August 2019, and networking events. With this, LVAIC’s Centers for Teaching and Learning Directors, a community of practice on their own, began forming a larger community of practice of all 900+ LVAIC non-tenure-line faculty. The next step in this initiative was conducting a research study regarding the needs of this group and measuring the collaboration and community among them.

Over the last year, this community participated in several networking events, a community book read, virtual learning opportunities, and small group discussions around a variety of topics that impacts this group. LVAIC has supported these opportunities through sponsorship and logistical support, with the main goal of building connections across members of this group through networking and online forums. Further, the consortium continues to explore building an opt-in database for these faculty to share in employment opportunities, particularly around foreign language faculty.

With all this work to build a community of practice, LVAIC earned its place as a finalist in the 2020 Pullias Center Delphi Award for its efforts in innovative support of adjunct faculty in promoting student success. Dr. Tracie Addy, Associate Dean of Teaching & Learning at Lafayette College, submitted the application on LVAIC’s behalf and has continued to serve as a leader in developing this community. “The development of our non-tenure-track faculty consortial community started as a clear need as well as an opportunity,” Addy explained. This community will continue to collaborate with its first program, a virtual networking event, on Friday, September 18.

For more information regarding the 2020 Delphi Award, visit the Pullias Center website. For more information regarding the LVAIC Non-Tenure-Line Faculty community of practice, visit their page on the LVAIC website.

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