Engaging Faculty in Discipline Based Education Research through Learning Communities

Heather Seitz
Professor of Biology
Johnson County Community College

While over 60% of undergraduate students start college by attending a community college, less than 5% of educational research is conducted in the community college classroom. To increase participation by faculty in educational research at the community college multiple networks have been established. In this session we will provide an overview of the model used to establish communities of faculty at community colleges engaged in discipline-based education research. We will explore the strategies used in recruitment, retention, and engagement, and discuss outcomes of the community. The work presented will highlight examples from the Community College Research in Education and Scholarly Teaching (CCREST) project, CC-BIOINSITES, and the JCCC SoTL Scholars project. Workshop participants will create an action plan to start a faculty learning community focused on education research.