Promoting ISU’s Principles of Community in Your Syllabus

CELT has developed syllabus resources via the How to Create an Effective Syllabus website. Since 2016, CELT continues to develop the Mindful and Learner-Centered Syllabus Checklist (PDF). This checklist provides an extensive list of student-centered resources, a guide for promoting an inclusive campus, and the recommended statements. The recommended syllabus statements developed to communicate a uniform message to all students about university policies that impact their experience at ISU, on the Recommended Iowa State University Syllabus Statements website.

The most recent addition to the Mindful and Learner-Centered Syllabus Checklist (PDF) is a statement for instructors to consider including in syllabi about ISU’s Principles of Community:

“Students are responsible for living the tenets established in ISU’s Principles of Community: Respect, Purpose, Cooperation, Richness of Diversity, Freedom from discrimination, and the Honest and respectful expression of ideas. Visit ISU’s Principles of Community website (”

This statement will not only promote Iowa State’s strategic plan; it will reinforce diversity and inclusion and teach and demonstrate our Principles of Community.

Originally published in CELT’s Teaching Tip (August 17, 2017)

For additional ways on promoting inclusion, view CELT’s Creating an Inclusive Classroom website.

Still time to register for the 17th Annual ISCORE

Conference Registration

Friday, March 3, 2017
8 AM-5 PM
Memorial Union

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The Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) is the university’s local initiative designed to provide an ongoing platform of sharing and applying new knowledge through presentations and workshops. The conference support the university’s Mission to “create, share, and apply knowledge… and make Iowa and the world a better place.”

This comprehensive forum on issues of race and ethnicity is free and open to the Iowa State University community (students, faculty and staff).

Pre-Conference Professional Development Registration

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
11:45 AM- 5 PM
Memorial Union

Pre-conference program and sessions >>
Pre-conference keynote at 3:10 p.m. >>

The Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) offers a professional development opportunity for all faculty, professional and merit staff. These sessions provide a structured environment to enhance your understanding and sensitivity to cultural differences. Many of the sessions will focus on providing tools to improve employee interactions and create inclusive workspaces.

Please note: that the pre-conference is open to faculty and staff only. If you are a student and would like to register for ISCORE, please visit the ISCORE full conference registration page.

Register now for ISCORE events

The 17th annual Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) will be held Friday, March 3 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Union). All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend and/or volunteer; registration is free but required. A half-day professional development preconference for university employees, designed to enhance understanding and sensitivity to cultural differences, will be held Wednesday, March 1 (11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Union). Registration is free and also required.

Reminder: Proposals for Diversity Course Development Initiative Program are due on Jan. 16

Proposals for Diversity Course Development Initiative are due Jan. 16. New and modified courses must be offered in the fall 2017, spring 2018 or fall 2018 semesters. The request for proposals and proposal template is available on the CELT website. Funding decisions will be announced in February 2017. To learn more about this initiative read the Initiative intended to enhance diversity curriculum (November 3 article) on the Inside Iowa State website.


Apply Now for the Women of Color in the Academy (Stanford University)

Women of Color in the Academy logoStanford University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity is organizing a 2.5 day professional development and networking conference for advanced graduate students, postdocs and early career faculty pursuing careers as faculty: “Women of Color in the Academy — Staying Fit: Mind, Body and Soul,” planned for Thursday, March 9 through Saturday, March 11, 2017, on the Stanford University campus.

Space is limited and applications to the conference are now open to prospective participants from across academic disciplines. The conference offers participants the opportunity to come together to share experiences, be inspired, and acquire knowledge and skills about key areas that directly influence the successful trajectory of women faculty today.

We invite applications from participants across the United States (seeking a mix of Stanford and non-Stanford participants). Airfare, hotel and transportation to/from airports in the Bay Area will be provided to those attending from outside the San Francisco Bay Area. There is no requirement for participants to come from certain disciplines or institutions, other than their interest in academic careers. Participants will learn about research-based findings and gain practical skills to advance their individual capacities to address the challenges and opportunities in their chosen academic career paths as women of color. They will expand their professional networks, and learn from peers and more senior colleagues at Stanford and elsewhere the art and science of a range of topics including negotiating job offers, academic authenticity, and approaching tenure. Participants will have an opportunity to develop action plans for success in the next steps of their academic careers.

Advanced doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors, assistant research professors, and other pre-tenure level faculty are invited to apply. More information is available, and online applications will be accepted via the Stanford University – Women of Color in the Academy website through 11:59 pm Pacific Time, January 15, 2017.


Contact Stanford University’s Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity

Workshop teaches classroom inclusivity

Inclusivity. It’s a bit of a buzzword on college campuses these days. But at Iowa State, university administrators are walking the talk — developing programs that take inclusivity from ideas to action.

Last fall, under the direction of senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) began creating a faculty workshop that focuses on inclusivity in the classroom. The class debuted earlier this semester and will continue monthly through April 2017. The next workshop is Nov. 9 (1:10-4 p.m., 2030 Morrill). Register in advance at Learn@ISU.

During the single, three-hour session, instructors learn how to:

  • Teach inclusively and why it’s important at Iowa State
  • Identify their personal attitudes toward inclusion, acknowledge how those attitudes impact teaching and develop strategies to become more inclusive
  • Enhance their self-awareness and instructional skills to contribute to an inclusive campus environment
  • Become familiar with the university’s student support resources

CELT will offer the workshop annually with separate training for new and continuing faculty members.

“The workshops are helping to build a standard of classroom inclusivity for faculty, helping them understand why it’s important to Iowa State and to student learning,” said Ann Marie VanDerZanden, CELT director and co-facilitator of the workshop.

Workshop prep

Prior to attending the workshop, faculty are required to complete four online modules to prepare for class discussions. Access to the modules is provided following registration for the workshop. The modules are:

  • ISU policies relevant to inclusion
  • Exploring your inclusive teaching persona
  • Developing a mindful syllabus and course design
  • Defining microaggressions and how they impact learning

“These changes can help students become more engaged in the classroom,” said Laura Bestler, CELT program director and co-facilitator of the workshop. “It’s a great opportunity for students to become better than they already are.”

Resources for writing syllabi and designing courses with an eye toward inclusivity are available on the CELT website for all instructors, whether or not they have completed the workshop.

Post-workshop opportunities

VanDerZanden and Bestler encourage workshop participants to attend a monthly discussion group, “Coffee and Crucial Conversations,” to continue the dialogue about teaching inclusivity on campus. The 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. discussions aim to help instructors create a stronger teaching community, create collaborative partnerships and develop effective teaching practices to meet the diverse needs of students. Visit Learn@ISU to view a schedule and register in advance.

VanDerZanden suggests departments continue – or begin – conversations about inclusive classrooms in staff or unit meetings.

“It’s important to have a conversation with your colleagues, if for no other reason than to be aware of your own internal biases and how classes can change to be inclusive for all students,” she said.

A definition

in·clu·siv·i·ty (noun): The active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity — in the curriculum, co-curriculum and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect — in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions. – Association of American Colleges and Universities

Originally posted October 27, 2016 in Inside Iowa State. Retrieved from Inside Iowa State website

Starts this week: Coffee & Crucial Conversations (Sept. 23)

Coffee and Crucial Conversations will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to dialogue about teaching inclusively at Iowa State University. The intent of these conversations will be to help build a stronger teaching community, create collaborative partnerships, and develop effective teaching practices for meeting the diverse needs of our students. Each month we will choose a topic based on input from our teaching community. Register via Learn@ISU website. This discussion group will be held on the following Fridays:

  • September 23 (7:30 – 9:00 a.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)
  • October 28 (7:30 – 9:00 a.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)
  • November 11 (7:30 – 9:00 a.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)
  • December 2 (7:30 – 9:00 a.m., 2030 Morrill Hall)

Upcoming professional development opportunities about inclusion:

Inclusive Classroom Faculty Development Workshop

Prerequisite: Faculty may choose to attend one of the following fall semester offerings by registering via Learn@ISU website at least one week prior to the event :

  • Monday, October 10, 2:10 – 5:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall
  • Wednesday, November 9, 1:10 – 4:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall
  • Thursday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 2030 Morrill Hall

Today’s university classrooms are more diverse than in the past. With this diversity of students comes the need to ensure the learning environments associated with courses are inclusive and designed to support all students. This faculty workshop includes pre-workshop online learning modules and an interactive face-to-face workshop focused on creating an inclusive classroom environment. By participating in this workshop faculty will:

  • Learn about teaching inclusively and why it is important at Iowa State University
  • Identify their own attitudes towards inclusion, acknowledge how it impacts teaching, and develop strategies to be more inclusive
  • Enhance self-awareness and instructional skills that may contribute to our inclusive campus environment
  • Become familiar with student support resources at Iowa State University

How to Foster Safe Spaces for Diversity and Inclusion

Thursday, October 20, 12:10 – 1:00 p.m.
2030 Morrill Hall

What do we mean by inclusion? What do we mean by diversity? As teachers, our answers to these questions are vital not only for our own teaching philosophy but also for the culture we are creating in our classrooms, which can perpetuate into workplaces after graduation. Dr. Kristen Constant, Morrill Professor, Wilkinson Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering and Chair, Materials Science & Engineering, will help you create a classroom experience that supports diversity and inclusion. Her humorous, data-driven examples can help students in your classroom gain a language with which to discuss diversity and inclusion, help you create a safe space to train future professionals to recognize what inclusion looks like, and help both you and your students not just make room for diversity, but invite and value diverse ideas and experiences into critical thinking processes in both formal and informal settings. Register via Learn@ISU website.

You’re Invited: Expanding Diversity Perspectives Faculty Workshop (Sept. 16-17)

handstogetherYou are invited to the “Expanding Diversity Perspectives” faculty workshop, which will address pedagogical strategies that foster appreciation for and commitment to honoring diversity, equity and inclusion within and beyond the classroom and studio. The workshop will be led by Dr. Geneva Gay, professor of education at the University of Washington-Seattle, who is nationally known for her scholarship on multicultural education and culturally responsive teaching.

Three goals have been set for the Expanding Diversity Perspectives faculty workshop:

  • Increase understanding of the importance of addressing and integrating issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the education and professional preparation of students.
  • Expand knowledge of effective strategies for building community and equity within the classroom/studio.
  • Increase integration of the contributions of diverse groups and pluralistic perspectives in course content, class assignments and studio projects.


The event will begin with a public lecture on “Culturally Responsive Teaching” by Dr. Gay at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in Kocimski Auditorium.

The workshop will take place from 8:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Christian Petersen Art Museum in Morrill Hall. Building on Friday night’s lecture, Dr. Gay will detail the practice of culturally responsive teaching and guide faculty in generating ideas for the courses they teach.


There are 15 seats left. To participate, RSVP to Mark Chidister, by Friday, Sept. 9


The workshop is made possible by a grant from the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, funding from the College of Design Office of the Dean and support from University Museums.

Mark Chidister, Senior Associate Dean
Audrey Kennis, Multicultural Liaison Officer
Monica Haddad, Associate Professor of Community & Regional Planning and College of Design Equity Officer
Barbara Caldwell, Associate Professor of Art & Visual Culture

Free Webinar: Recognizing and Reducing Unintended Bias in the Engineering Classroom

Engineer inclusive teaching faculty professional development - powered by WEPAN logo


Tuesday, March 1 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT

Visit EventBrite website to register

A social psychologist and an engineering educator lead a discussion with participant examples!

In this interactive dialog webinar you will:

  • Explore examples of bias common in engineering.
  • Experience and learn a bias debriefing process.
  • Examine identity and its relationship to bias.
  • Learn of resources for developing bias reduction strategies.
  • Shape the discussion when you register. Following active learning principles, we invite registrants to share examples and experiences of unintended bias prior to the webinar to help us shape meaningful dialogue about bias.

Want to get MORE out of this webinar? Unfamiliar with unintended bias or need a refresher? Watch these brief prerecorded presentations on unintended biases:

Dr. Goodwin’s recording is entitled,  “What ARE Unintended Biases?”  In her presentation, Dr. Goodwin distills and shares research on the cognitive processes that lead to biases and consequences for equity and inclusion in engineering.

  1. Presentation Slides
  2. Recorded Presentation


Dr. Cross’ recording is entitled, “Unintended Bias in Engineering Education.”  In her presentation, Dr. Cross walks you through 3 case examples to assist you in the exploration of bias as it is embedded in common engineering education interaction.

  1. Presentation Slides
  2. Recorded Presentation
  3. Cultural Diversity Self-Assessment


Our Facilitators

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Dr. Stephanie A. Goodwin
Director, Faculty Development and Leadership, Wright State University

Dr. Stephanie A. Goodwin assesses, develops, and implements campus-wide faculty development and leadership initiatives. Her scholarly expertise and interests include social biases (e.g, stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination), with projects on implicit biases, impression formation, and social power. Prior to her role in FD&L, Dr. Goodwin served as program director of a multi-institutional NSF ADVANCE effort to promote faculty equity and success in STEM disciplines. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 2008, Dr. Goodwin was elected Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, in recognition of her contributions to social psychology as an empirical science.

Doctor Kelly Cross photographDr. Kelly J. Cross
Researcher, Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Kelly J. Cross collaborates with teams of engineering faculty on implementing and assessing instructional innovation. Her scholarly expertise and interests include diversity and inclusion in STEM, teamwork and communication skills, assessment, and identity construction. She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. In 2015, Dr. Cross was inducted into the national Bouchet Honor Society, which recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.

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for women and underrepresented men
with benefits for ALL students
Engineering Inclusive Teaching
This webinar is a product of the Engineering Inclusive Teaching (EIT) project, a 3-year program led by WEPAN and funded by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about the project and sign up to be included on the EIT mailing list: