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Faculty Interest Groups Archive


A Faculty Interest Group (FIG) is a group of faculty within or across disciplines with a mutual interest in some subject applicable to teaching. The group agrees to meet regularly to share ideas for a predetermined length of time (generally one or two semesters). These groups are less formal than Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs), but still engage faculty in regular efforts to share ideas about teaching that address their selected focus.

The Teaching and Learning Excellence Division (TLED) is pleased to support opportunities for Austin Community College (ACC) faculty to engage in instructor-centered and initiated groups of like-minded peers to explore shared topics of interest.

Fall 2021-Spring 2021: Post Event Summary

A total of 52 Austin Community College (ACC) faculty and staff participated in Faculty Interest Groups (FIGs) during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semester. The FIG topics included Distance Learning, Empowered Google, Building Culturally Responsive Classrooms, Teaching Ethics to Adult Learners, and Religious Literacy. Eight Areas of Study were represented.

The Faculty Experience

As a result of their participation in this program:

    • 92% felt they are able to be more effective in their role.
    • 100% would recommend this course to colleagues.


    • 96% felt a renewed excitement for teaching.
    • 88% felt more confident in their ability to create an inclusive classroom.
“It creates a good opportunity for professors to engage in an intellectual community”
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn and collaborate with colleagues from different disciplines. I always learn practical takeaways to improve my teaching and am re-inspired by my colleague’s dedication.”

“I enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about what faculty from other disciplines do to integrate ethics into their teaching.”


Fall 2020-Spring 2021 FIGS


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