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Professional development opportunities

The Humanities Edge offers professional development opportunities for faculty members in the humanities to gain knowledge and insights from their peers and other professionals. A fundamental goal is to strengthen humanities curricular alignment between MDC and FIU. Stipends are offered for most programs. 

Lumen Learning Circles

A primary purpose of this fellowship program’s pilot is to enhance collaboration, curriculum, and pedagogy alignment between MDC and FIU. During the eight-week fellowship program, faculty from MDC and FIU form virtual communities exploring Active Learning practices that support student success. They commit 1-2 hours per week, working asynchronously within the Lumen Circles platform, a website designed for faculty professional development. The program runs for eight weeks.  

Ethnographies of Work 

The Center on Ethnographies of Work (EOW) champions career education grounded in the curriculum which explores the meaning of work in human lives and helps students develop a critical lens on the systems at play in the labor market and workplace. The Center supports the adaptation of the EOW course, which originated at Guttman Community College, into a variety of settings. The EOW framework aims to engage students as partners in the education, research, and advocacy required to champion and support a tremendous, diverse talent pool, break cycles of poverty and exclusion, and transform the world of work on a national scale. 

Writing Across the Curriculum

The WAC program assists faculty in using writing to enhance their teaching, improving student writing in the major, in Gordon Rule courses, and in other writing-intensive classes.  

FIU’s WAC program is based on the following guiding principles, developed from writing research: 

  • To improve as writers, students need to have meaningful opportunities to write throughout the university curriculum. If students’ writing skills are not used frequently, these skills will not develop and can degenerate. 
  • Students illustrate their best writing abilities when given the opportunity to revise their work. 
  • Writing is a mode of learning and can be used to help students learn complex material and to clarify thinking. Such writing-to-learn tasks do not need to be labor-intensive for faculty and can help them gauge what students are learning. 
  • Faculty throughout the academic community provide students with unique insight into writing in the disciplines. 
  • Students learn to write as professionals in their field through guided and informed practice. 
  • Faculty who teach writing-intensive courses require support.