Faculty Learning Communities

SNU faculty learning communities are called Faculty Cafes,
Communities Achieving Faculty Excellence.

A Faculty Cafe is a cross-discipline peer-led group of faculty who engage in an active, collaborative, and supportive long-term learning community structured to allow space and time for exploration, application, and reflection around a particular teaching and learning topic.

If you are interested in joining an existing Faculty Cafe or proposing a new Faculty Cafe, email Dr. Lynn Lease.

Participant Benefits

  • Meet colleagues outside of your immediate area and teaching discipline.
  • Collaborate with like-minded educators dedicated to scholarly exploration.
  • Explore emerging trends and topics within the field of higher education and academia.
  • Contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning and the educational practices within the SNU community and beyond.

Participant Expectations

  1. Attend at least 75% of all meetings. Meetings are typically held bi-weekly during each academic semester for the duration of the particular Faculty Cafe, ideally two semesters.
  2. Propose and implement a Cafe Project. A project can be one project conducted by the entire group or various projects conducted by individuals or partners. Some examples include:
    • course improvement projects,
    • programmatic or departmental projects,
    • creation of a resource for the SNU faculty,
    • conducting research that can contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning,
    • publishing (formally or informally) for a blog, website, or academic journal, or
    • presenting at a professional conference.
  3. Summarize and present research, projects, and lessons learned to the SNU faculty at large in some way. This might include developing annotated bibliographies, infographics, white papers, webinars, workshops, departmental presentations, podcast episodes, etc.

2022-2023 Faculty Cafes

Faith and Learning Integration (click to expand)


Participants in this Faculty Cafe will explore the theory and practice of integrating faith and learning within the on-campus or online classrooom.