National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) Webinar:
Post-Election Q&A Call: Strategies for Dealing with Emerging classroom dynamics
December 8, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (CST)
We have received numerous requests for a discussion of post-election stress and ways that under-represented faculty can cope with emerging classroom dynamics. So we’ve invited your favorite guest expert on race in the classroom to provide an open Q&A session. Bring your questions and concerns for Professor Chavella Pittman on Thursday, December 8 at 2pm ET.
Chavella T. Pittman, PhD is Associate Professor of Sociology at Dominican University. She is a faculty development coach who nurtures effective faculty with strategies for efficient course planning, contextualized teaching evaluations, and inclusive college classrooms.
Her research interests include interpersonal oppression (e.g. race, social class, religion,gender, sexual orientation), and higher education. Her publications include “Multicultural Education and Social Justice Actions” (Intercultural Education, 2009), “Race and Gender Oppression in the Classroom: The Experiences of Women Faculty of Color with White Male Students” (Teaching Sociology, 2010), and “Exploring How African American Faculty Cope with Classroom Racial Stressors” (The Journal of Negro Education, 2010).
About National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of over 90,000 graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members. We are 100% dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. We offer on-campus workshops, professional development training, and intensive mentoring programs.
Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy
February 15-17, 2017
The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
The 9th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy is focused on higher education teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The conference showcases the best pedagogical practices and research in higher education today. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research.
Call for Proposals due on October 14
Proposals are sought for sessions focused on effective instructional practices and research aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning in higher education. Four types of conference sessions are offered: Practice Sessions, Research Sessions, Conversation Sessions, and Poster Sessions.
To learn about potential topics and how to submit a proposal visit Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy website.
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 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
The first workshop of a five-workshop series will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 in the south ballroom of the Memorial Union. It will focus on graduate students of color transitioning to faculty members. Presenters include Brian Burt and Sarah Rodriguez in the School of Education, and Shannon Coleman in food science and human nutrition and Human Sciences Extension and Outreach. Download Workshop: From Graduate Student to Faculty PDF
To learn about this series visit Sustaining the Academic Pipeline for Graduate Students and Faculty of Color: A Workshop Series to Launch the Trajectory from Graduate Student to Administrator website. The five workshops aim to support graduate students and faculty of all ranks, from assistant professors to associate professors, professors, and administrators. Refreshments will be served and registration is not required.
- Promotion and tenure: A second workshop to be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the south ballroom of the Memorial Union will be aimed at recruiting and retaining scholars of color. Jonathan Wickert, Iowa State’s senior vice president and provost, will speak along with Gong-Soog Hong, a professor and former chair of human development and family studies.
- Tools for faculty to continue their trajectory: A third event to be held 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room will be an interactive workshop on achieving promotion to professor through career planning, engaging mentors, utilizing resources, and personal branding. Sanders and Rumbeiha will present at that workshop.
- Faculty of color as future administrators: Then from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 6 in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room, a fourth workshop will provide resources to individuals transitioning into administrative roles. Jones-Johnson will lead that workshop along with Francis Owusu, professor and chair of community and regional planning in the College of Design.
- Diversity within academia: The final workshop scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room will focus on diversity within academia. Stewart will join Bratsch-Prince, the associate provost for faculty, and Margo Foreman, Iowa State’s director of equal opportunity, in giving an overview of the diversity challenge in academia.
Updates about the workshop series will be posted on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #scholarpipeline.
CELT is offering additional walk-in support for instructional design (Blackboard, TopHat and classroom technologies) for the next three weeks at its online learning innovation hub, 281 Parks Library. Monday through Friday during the weeks of Aug. 8, 15 and 22, receive help from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. No registration is needed. Bring your laptop and your work and get answers to your questions. Beginning Aug. 29, walk-in support returns to its regular time, Tuesdays 1-3 p.m.
A representative from Top Hat, ISU’s new interactive teaching and learning platform, will visit campus this week (Aug. 1 – 5). Erin Neal will be available for two walk-in sessions for instructors who want an overview of Top Hat’s features:
- Wednesday, Aug. 3 (2-3 p.m., 116 Durham)
- Thursday, Aug. 4 (12:30-1:30 p.m., 116 Durham)
Neal also will host individual sessions for instructors who want more in-depth training; sign up through Top Hat Demo MeetMe website. View Top Hat support website.