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Global Peace & Conflict Studies

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is an interdisciplinary group of faculty who work together over the Fall and Spring semesters and are committed to learning from experts in the field and each other to improve their teaching practice. As an FLC, faculty members take an active role in shaping programming and discussions throughout the year.

The Global Peace and Conflict Studies FLC is a collaborative effort between Austin Community College International Programs, the ACC Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, and the University of Texas at Austin. Faculty who are accepted into this FLC will have the chance to earn a $1,250 stipend over the two semesters of their participation. The payment of the stipend will be divided such that participants will receive $500 in December 2022 after participating in the Fall meetings, and then $750 in May 2023 after participating in Spring meetings and completing all FLC requirements. Stipend payments are contingent upon full participation in the FLC.

FLC members will be treated to regular talks from experts in the field of global peace and conflict studies, which includes peace and conflict at all levels – intrapersonal, interpersonal, intragroup, and intergroup (including between nation states), as well as access to books and other reading materials to support their curriculum development. The goal of the FLC is for faculty to undertake a project to incorporate a peace and conflict studies lens into their courses. In Peace Studies, “peace” is defined not just as the absence of violent conflict, but also the presence of the conditions for a just and sustainable peace, including equity in all aspects of society. Our expectation, therefore, is that any changes or additions to the courses will be equity-minded. In addition, faculty will share what they’ve learned about peace and conflict studies as it relates to their disciplines with their faculty peers. Participants will create a post for the TLED blog and present their work to ACC faculty beyond the FLC at a department presentation, workshop, or other event.

This FLC, limited to 10 ACC faculty, spends the Fall and Spring semesters working together to learn more about peace and conflict studies and explore its relationship with and application to their own disciplines. The objective is for faculty to increase their awareness to enrich the teaching and material they share with students in their courses.

Across regular meetings, ACC faculty will be introduced to experts on peace and conflict studies focusing on the five Hemisphere regions (Europe; Russia, East Europe, and Eurasia; South Asia; Middle East; and Latin America). They’ll be given time to learn from their FLC colleagues and to develop equity-minded projects that bring peace and conflict studies and issues into their classrooms. This collaborative and supportive environment will give faculty the opportunity to share their passion for teaching with other motivated educators.

Regardless of what you teach, you CAN bring the lens of peace and conflict studies into your classroom. If you’d like to learn how and become a part of a team of ACC faculty working on this endeavor, please join us!

If you have any questions, please email William Hayden at, and/or Shirin Khosropour at


Participation is by application only. You can find the application on this page. The deadline to apply is June 24th, 2022. We will notify all applicants of their status by June 27, 2022, and will celebrate our selected participants at a “Kick-Off Event” upon our return in the Fall 2022.


“Kick-Off Event”
Date: Friday, August 26th, 2022
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: UT campus (or virtual as circumstances require)

FLC General Meeting Dates

All meetings will be from 9:30am to 12:30pm and will be virtual or take place at the ACC Highland Campus (HLC).

This is a tentative schedule and dates are subject to change.

Fall 2022:
September 16
October 14
November 11
December 2

Spring 2023:
January 20
February 17
March 24
April 14
May 5


If you have any questions, please email William Hayden at