Academic Learning Communities

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) is calling for proposals for Academic Learning Communities for 2022-2023. 

Application Deadline: Friday April 22, 2022

Academic Learning Communities (ALCs) are seminars that provide opportunities for faculty to discuss topics related to their research, teaching, and intellectual lives. These seminars meet 4 to 6 times a semester for 1.5 hours and include common readings that are posted on Canvas. Each ALC comes with a $1000 stipend.

  • Conveners are responsible for identifying topics and readings, uploading readings to Canvas, and communicating any specifics about the ALC to participants.
  • CFDE staff are in charge of recruiting/organizing participants, reserving rooms, providing snacks.

ALCs can focus on research, teaching, or areas of more general interest in higher education. Past ALC topics include: “Mass Incarceration in the American South,” “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL),” and “Synergizing Across STEM at Emory.” The goal of an ALC is not only to develop a more robust intellectual community at Emory around a topic but also to develop some “output.” For example, as a result of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning ALC, we built a better relationship with IRB on SoTL projects, and as a result of the Mass Incarceration ALC, we pulled together resources on faculty and graduate students who research and teach about incarceration in the south onto one webpage. 


Submissions must include a cover form and a one-page summary that outlines the following:

  • Your topic
  • A preliminary list of faculty members you would like to invite
  • Whether you would like to lead your ALC in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023
  • How many sessions you would like (from 4 to 6 in a semester)
  • What each session would focus on
  • Ideas for readings
  • “Goal” or “output” for the ALC 

For more information on past Academic Learning Communities, visit this page. 

Please submit all application materials via email to the CFDE at

Previous Academic Learning Communities

Archived descriptions of Previous Academic Learning Communities between 2012 - 2019 are available for review.