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Lumen Circles Fellowships: A Community-focused Approach to Faculty Professional Development

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Lumen Circles Fellowships provide opportunities to connect with other faculty members as you explore effective instructional practices that support student success and apply them in your own teaching. Through the fellowship you can learn, share ideas, and develop professionally in the areas you want to grow. Lumen Circles work well for any faculty member, in any discipline, at any stage of career.

Lumen Circles Fellowships are available at NO COST to SUNY faculty and campuses. 

Update: We are at capacity for fall 2020 participation, but we are still accepting applications. If you'd like to apply and be added to the wait list for fall 2020 or spring 2021, please complete the form below. Prior form submissions are already in the queue for participation opportunities. 

Read on to learn more and apply for a Lumen Circles Fellowship offered through your institution.  


African American woman and man looking intently at a computer screenWhat is this Fellowship about?

This fellowship helps you grow as a teacher. With a supportive community around you.

Lumen Circles Fellowships invite you to collaborate with other faculty members through virtual learning circles. Together with peers you have opportunities to explore effective teaching methods, reflect on your own teaching practice, apply what you're learning, and share feedback. Fellowships include:

  • 9-week virtual learning circle to build skills and expand your teaching practice in areas you'd like to grow
  • Weekly activities focused on learning and applying effective teaching practices, sharing ideas, reflective teaching and feedback 
  • Structured process to help you to understand and build on the strengths of your own teaching practice
  • Development of your pedagogical profile and progress tracking towards your teaching goals  
  • Connection with a virtual peer community to share ideas, feedback, and collaboration 
  • Access to Lumen Circles platform and virtual professional development community
  • Mentoring and support around pedagogy, learning design, effective teaching practice to support student success
  • Lumen Circles Fellowship Certificate in Effective Teaching Practice

How do Lumen Circles Support Faculty? 

Lumen Circles support faculty through several activities. 1) Skill-building to understand your pedagogical profile and set goals. 2) Teaching and applying new skills in the classroom. 3) Weekly practice, reflection and feedback activities to share and collaborate with peers. 4) Assess progress and impact on teaching and learning. Throughout the experience, faculty work with skilled facilitators, and engaged virtual learning circle or community of their peers. They can consult with faculty mentors to help answer teaching-related questions, and everything happens in a virtual professional development platform where they can stay in touch with their virtual learning circle.

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How would you like to develop as a teacher? 

Lumen Circle Fellowship connects you with faculty members interested in growing professionally in the same directions you want to grow.  Upcoming themes include: 

  • Online Teaching Foundation
  • Evidence-based Teaching
  • Evidence-based Teaching with Lumen Courseware
  • OER & Open Pedagogy
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Active Learning
  • Teaching Large Sections
  • New to College Teaching

Visit this page for brief descriptions of each fellowship theme.


Interested? Apply for a Lumen Circles Fellowship

Complete the form below if you're interested in a Lumen Circles Fellowship. We'll follow up to share more information, and you can commit at a future point. A limited number of seats are available, so apply now!


The information you provide in this form will be shared with our point of contact at your institution. From time to time, we may also send  you information, invitations to webinars and other events to learn more about Lumen Circles.


What is the Lumen Circles experience like for faculty? 

How does the virtual learning circle work? 

Lumen Circles use a purpose-built platform for professional development and community connections. Members of your circle will log into a website. On that site you'll see the members of your circle and participate in activities designed to help you explore your teaching practice, share what you're learning, and provide feedback to your peers. A facilitator helps guide circle members, or fellows, through the process. 

How much time does it take? 

Lumen Circles Fellowships take place over nine weeks. When your professional development program is under way, you'll spend on average 1-2 hours per week with fellowship-related activities. The first week or two may require more time to digest and apply new information as you refine your course design and prepare to teach. Most of the time you'll work asynchronously, fitting the fellowship activities into your own schedule. 

Who's in my Lumen Circle and how will we interact? 

You'll join a virtual circle of 10-12 professors teaching similar disciplines, often at other institutions, along with a peer facilitator. Together you will reflect on your classroom work, connect it to evidence-based instructional practices, and provide feedback to each other. This supportive community becomes your sounding board, thought partners, and cheerleaders as you make gains in your teaching. 

What do I need to participate?

You need to be teaching a class during the fellowship. You'll also need a computer or mobile device with internet access. 

Who are the facilitators?

Lumen Circles facilitators are current and former college or university faculty members who have a strong interest and expertise in evidence-based instruction. They are trained by going through a similar process to the fellowship experience. Their purpose is to guide the circle through learning and reflection processes as you explore and apply effective teaching practices.