Faculty Communities

The Faculty Development Office is pleased to offer faculty communities: ways to collaborate with colleagues on semester-long professional development projects. 


Fall 2018 Faculty Writing Group

Research has shown that writing groups increase scholarly productivity. Our experience at UM has demonstrated that they also build collegiality among motivated faculty members from across campus. Join one of our faculty writing groups to create protected time to complete your writing projects. We will be meeting at the following times:

Fridays, 9-11 (September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9, November 30, December 14).   


Tuesdays, 3-5 (September 18, October 2, October 16, October 30, November 13, November 27, December 11).

Space is limited. Please contact Amy Kinch to join. 


Past Faculty Inquiry Projects and Series

Inquiry projects are designed for faculty members who want to take a collective and scholarly approach to addressing a professional topic. The format creates a collegial setting in which faculty members from across campus learn from one another.

Senior Faculty Inquiry Project on Teaching and Learning (Spring 2018)

Faculty Leadership (Spring 2018)

Creating Engaging Learning Experiences (Fall 2017)

Learning LaTeX (Fall 2017)

Engaging Students in the Digital Age (Spring 2017)

Examining Course Curriculum for Diverse Perspectives (Fall 2016)

Technology in the Classroom (Fall 2016, Missoula College)

Large Courses in the Sciences (Spring 2016)

Faculty Writing Groups (Fall 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2016)

Social Science Applications of the R Statistical Package (Spring 2016)

Opportunities for Mid-Career Development (Fall 2015)

Selling Your Story: Presentation Skill Building Series (Fall 2015)

Leadership (Spring 2015)

Improve and Augment your Digital Course Materials (Fall 2014)

Reaching your Goals for Productivity and Personal Well Being (Spring 2014)


Faculty Feedback

Regarding cross-campus connections, "That was valuable, just to be able to be like ‘okay I can call somebody outside of my realm, that can give me some advice and be that ally that I need.’" Spring 2018 Leadership FIP participant

One participant said that the faculty inquiry project had changed his thinking about the student experience, writing, “I never thought about reaching students in this way. At the university level the student is traditionally thought of as being responsible for their learning but in reality, much of that responsibility rests with the professor.” Fall 2017 Creating Engaging Learning Experiences participant.

"I really love the writing group.  The accountability, dedicated writing time, and positive support are very valuable." Fall 2017 Writing Group participant

"The faculty members were all extremely knowledgeable and engaged in effective dialogue throughout the meetings. The group brought positive perspectives and goals to the table." Spring 2016 FIP participant

"[I valued] the ability to connect with other faculty members and discuss how they teach-getting to know that other folks are interested in trying new things in the classroom but are equally as unsure about it as I am!" Spring 2016 FIP participant

"This is what I thought academia was supposed to be like." Spring 2015 FIP participant