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Communities of Practice Fellowship @ WKU

 Inaugural Community of Practice
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Teaching  


Communities of Practice Purpose 

WKU’s Communities of Practice provide an opportunity for select 4-5 faculty and staff who teach consistently/extensively to come together on a regular basis to discuss topics of strategic relevance to the institution, to deepen their knowledge and expertise on a given topic, and provide guidance and professional development to the wider WKU teaching community. Communities of Practice are an investment in teaching and research excellence. Communities of Practice are sponsored by the Provost’s Office and CITL. 

Communities of Practice offers opportunities to: 

  • Connect faculty members from multiple disciplines;
  • Stimulate learning via communication, mentoring and self-reflection;
  • Compile and disseminate existing knowledge to promote best practices;
  • Organize purposeful actions with measurable results.


  • Fellows become members of a community of peers with shared interests in teaching and learning at WKU.
  • The community provides an inclusive space where fellows share experiences, ideas and strategies about teaching; experiment with evidence-based practices; build skills; engage in research; and reflect on their roles as educators. 
  • Each fellow is awarded a stipend of $2,500 for each semester, for up to three years. The team leader(s) [those who have expertise in the field and knowledge of the scholarship] will earn an additional $1,000 per year.
  • Yearly renewals will be decided on (with expectations clearly identified) by the CITL Advisory Board.
  • Communities of practice fellowships will be renewable for up to 3 years.
  • Each community will be given a $1,000 budget to be used as the fellows determine will best meet the needs of the group (i.e., books, supplies, lunches, etc.). 
  • Fellows should expect to spend approximately 50 hours a semester on the work associated with the community of practice.
  • Community of practice fellows will actively prepare for, attend, and participate in community meetings.  Communities of Practice will likely meet once or twice a month, depending on the group and its goals. The semester schedule will be set during the first meeting.
  • Community of practice fellows will provide some sort of deliverable, each semester, that can be shared with a larger audience. For instance, the participants can design and deliver PD opportunities through presentations, seminars, webinars, and professional learning communities and/or provide instructional resource materials (instructional tools, teaching strategies, videos, presentational materials, etc.) on the CITL website.
  • Continuance as fellow will be based on the quality of contributions at the end of the year.
  • The fellows will submit an executive summary and reflective analysis of their community of practice activities by June 15 of each year.
  • Communities of Practice Fellows will also be expected to share their learning, activities, and their reflections at WKU’s Student Success Summit. 
  1. The inaugural fellowship applications are due by 5 PM, Thursday, March 5, 2020.
  2. The community of practice fellows will be selected by the seven-member CITL Advisory Board (Kristina Arnold, Dana Cosby, Lacretia Dye, Sarah Haught, Kerrie McDaniel, Ron Ramsing, and Steven Wininger).
  3. Both individuals and teams of 4-5 members are welcome to apply.
  4. Where appropriate, please discuss your application with department head.
  5. When applying as a team, please ensure that the team is interdisciplinary and that the team has a clear sense of the team members’ distinct contributions to the work of the community of practice. Kindly also consider the faculty/staff ratio if applying as a team.
  6. When applying as a team, aim to have fellows from diverse backgrounds in terms of class, race, gender, and sexual identity.
  7. If applying as a team (of up to five fellows), please complete this application.
  8. If applying as an individual, please complete this application.


Community of Practice Timetable 

Year 1

First Year Goals

  • Establish goals, outcomes, and assessment plans for the community of practice.
  • Research, read, and analyze the most relevant and recent scholarship on topic.
  • Begin to develop campus-wide partnerships to elevate the visibility and increase the reach of the community of practice.
  • Discuss and pilot the first programs/projects.
  • Plan for year 2 based on results of year 1.
  • Submit evaluation of year 1 activities.

Year 2

2nd Year Goals

  • Fully develop, schedule, and implement programming related to community of practice objectives.
  • Create programs that involve the active and meaningful participation of individuals and groups on campus.
  • Submit evaluation/assessment of year 2 activities.

Year 3

3rd Year Goals

  • Continue to deepen existing campus partnerships and/or create new ones.
  • Organize, implement, collect data on, and assess programming for year 3.
  • Decide on whether to continue community of practice.



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 Last Modified 1/31/20