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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. 

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


What 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 fellow faculty members through virtual learning circles. Together  you explore effective teaching strategies that support student success, reflect on your experiences, and share ideas and feedback.

Fellowships include:

  • 9-week community of practice with faculty from multiple institutions
  • Weekly activities to explore, apply, and reflect on effective teaching practices (1-2 hours/week) 
  • Build on your strengths and develop skills to expand your teaching repertory
  • Set goals and track progress expanding your teaching practice profile 
  • Work asynchronously in a virtual platform (website) to fit your own schedule 
  • Earn a Lumen Circles Fellowship Certificate in Effective Teaching Practice

How do Lumen Circles Support Faculty? 

How Circles Support Faculty

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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: 

  • Active Learning
  • Evidence-based Teaching
  • Evidence-based Teaching with Lumen Courseware
  • Online Teaching Foundation (Prerequisite: You should be scheduled to teach a fully online class during your fellowship) 
  • Teaching with OER & Open Pedagogy (Prerequisite: Prior to the fellowship, you should identify OER content you plan to use with spring term students.
  • (Coming April 2021) Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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 faculty professional development. To participate in your virtual learning circle, you'll log into the Lumen Circles website. There you will engage with the members of your circle and do activities designed to help you explore your circle theme and teaching choices. You'll practice new skills, share your experiences, and give 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. You'll spend on average 1-2 hours per week with fellowship-related activities. Most of the time you'll work asynchronously, fitting the fellowship activities into your own schedule. On a week where circumstances prevent faculty fellows from participating fully, there is an option to “take a break.”

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.