Professional Learning Communities

A PLC (Professional Learning Community) is a very effective method of professional development for faculty and professional staff.

A PLC consists of several basic traits:

  • Usually cross-disciplinary (often combining faculty and professional staff)
  • 8-12 members or less (plus two facilitators)
  • Active, collaborative learning experience
  • Regular structured scholarly activities (with a scholarly text as focus)
  • Semester-length (though some run a year)
  • Payment of a stipend (plus allowance for food and sources)
  • Creates an end product (e.g., scholarship, conference, presentation, syllabus revision).