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Learning Communities

A faculty learning community is a specifically structured learning community of faculty, instructors, and staff in higher education with a curriculum that enhances teaching and learning and includes the goals of building community, engaging in scholarly practice, and developing the scholarship of teaching and learning.  (Cox, 2019)

Learning Communities for Grant Teams

Open to: All primary investigators and team members who are receiving 2022 Teaching & Learning Grants.
Use the button below to indicate your preferences for a fall 2022 learning community.

Note - Additional grant learning communities will be offered in spring 2023.  

READ Learning Community FAQs

Dialogue Facilitation Skills: Tuesdays, 11am-12:30pm, on 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, and 12/6. Sign up for Dialogue Community.

Contemplative Practices: Tuesdays, 12:30-1:45pm, on 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, and 11/29. Sign up for Contemplative Practices.

Experiential Learning in Class: Wednesdays, 11am-12:30pm, on 9/21, 10/5, 10/12, 10/26, 11/2, and 11/16. Sign up for Experiential Learning in Class.

STEM/Experiential Learning: Thursdays, 12:30-2:00pm, on 9/22, 10/6, 10/19, 11/2, 11/17, and 12/1. Sign up for STEM/Experiential Learning.

Focus on External Partnerships: Fridays, 1-2:30pm, 9/23, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, and 12/2. Sign up for External Partnerships.

Learning Communities & Affinity Groups

Open to: All UMD Instructors

Reflecting on your experiences and learning about race and racism are essential parts of the journey to becoming anti-racist. We will begin this learning community by working through Anneliese Singh’s “The Racial Healing Handbook.” Next semester, we will continue our work by applying our foundational knowledge to our teaching. Join us to become an anti-racist educator and create truly inclusive learning experiences for our students

Coordinated by Ginny Hutcheson and Louisa Nkrumah, TLTC 

This book club will meet online on Mondays (9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5) from 10:00-11:30am.

Register here. Questions? Contact Ginny Hutcheson at and/or Louisa Nkrumah at

In Spring 2022, a community of educators at UMD gathered regularly to learn, share individual and pedagogical contemplative practices, and inspire one another with ideas and practices. We invite new and returning members to this community of practice to meet every other week on Zoom, and sometimes additionally in person to explore places on campus ideal for reflection, and to be in community.

Mindfulness in the classroom, or "contemplative pedagogy", involves teaching methods designed to cultivate deepened awareness, concentration and insight. Research confirms that contemplative practices can offset the constant distractions of modern life, including multitasking, multimedia, and technology, and that it also can contribute to enhanced cognitive and academic performance (Chick, 2010). Our goal in this learning community is to learn about the research, theory and application of contemplative pedagogy as it applies to higher education, and to actively cultivate our own contemplative practices and apply these techniques to our own work. Please come to this community ready to participate and share, and potentially take new ideas back into your classroom or life.

Co-facilitated by Anjula Batra, TLTC and Caroline Wilkins, Principal Lecturer & Vice Assoc. Chair, English Department

We will meet online on Tuesdays (9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29) from 12:30-1:45 p.m, with one or two in-person meetings with dates/times decided upon by the community.

Register here. Questions? Contact Anjula Batra at

The Women of Color Learning Community is a space for women of color to build a supportive community, discuss teaching and learning at the University of Maryland, address challenges faced in their roles, and explore strategies to overcome them. 

Coordinated by Louisa Nkrumah, TLTC

This learning community will meet online every other Friday starting 9/9 from 2:30-4:00pm.

Register here. Questions? Contact Louisa Nkrumah at

  • The STEM Faculty Learning Community met weekly in Spring 2022 to discuss and share research and methodology for helping diverse learners succeed in Gateway courses, and will have some new and returning members this fall. This will be an opportunity to share and learn about experiential learning techniques, activities, and assessments across several STEM fields. 

    This community is open to all STEM instructors, including instructors awarded an experiential learning grant.

    Coordinated by Anjula Batra, TLTC

Time & Dates

  • In order to allow maximum participation, our meetings will be via Zoom: Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m., (9/22, 10/6, 10/19, 11/2, 11/17, 12/1)

This community is open to all STEM educators:

Please register here.

Questions? Contact Anjula Batra,

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