Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice

A Community of Practice is a group of people who share the same craft or profession and thus the same interest in a particular subject. These communities come together with the goal of gaining knowledge related to the area by way of sharing with the community. The process of sharing information and experiences within the group results in an outcome where the members learn from each other, have the opportunity to develop themselves and make a greater impact within their institutions. If you are interested in joining a Community of Practice, please email us at

Benefits of Participating in a Community of Practice

  • Problem solving/brainstorming
  • Sharing information
  • Discussing development
  • Documentation projects
  • Visits
  • Mapping knowledge and identifying groups

Change Management Community of Practice

This community promotes change management best practices which include the mitigation of project pain points and the implementation of organizational changes in higher education.  This community is for those interested in learning more about managing change, those who already practice change management and those who sponsor change initiatives. We exchange ideas, lessons learned, best practices, and advice about change management.


Kathleen Scott
California State University, Fresno

Lisa Terry
University of California, Office of the President

Bridget Wikidal
California State University


Lean Community of Practice

This community works to expand knowledge of Lean principles and practices.  As information and ideas are shared, members support one another in introducing continuous improvement and operational excellence to their respective institutions.

Krista Schulte, Co-Chair
University of Michigan

Melanie Dow, Co-Chair
Carleton University

Molly McCaughey, Vice-Chair & Communications Lead
Illinois Institute of Technology

Lisa Hall, Documentation Lead
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Tanya Grove
Cornell University

Leadership Community of Practice

Colleagues exchange ideas, expertise, approaches, models, and program and initiative designs across a variety of topics. A sample of topics include: creating a culture of leadership, leadership as a continuum,  coaching, consulting, advising, and measurement, succession planning and talent development, how to start a best practice organization, open enrollment versus targeted professional development.


Amanda Dobbie
Carleton University

Nancy Arnold
Carleton University


Communities of Practice have become a growing method for knowledge production and a reframing of the idea that people learn best from each other.