Description: Join the members of the Decolonizing the Curriculum Faculty Learning Community as we share what we have learned this semester and suggest the next steps toward decolonizing our curriculum.
Wednesday, April 13th 9-10:30 AM Creating Inclusive, Anti-Racist Classrooms: Understanding Student Experiences
Facilitator: Anthony Wilder, Director of the Center for Inclusion
Description: To create inclusive, anti-racist classrooms, we must listen to and center the voices of students of color. In this workshop, CFI Director Anthony Wilder will share stories of BIPOC students' experiences of microaggressions in the classroom. Participants will reflect on students' experiences and learn strategies to address microaggressions and create an anti-racist classroom.
Wednesday, April 6th POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2022 10:30 AM-12 PM Can Simulations Promote an Inclusive Classroom?
Facilitator: Nayma Qayum, PhD Associate Professor Asian Studies, and Global and International Studies
Description: Come play a game! The workshop draws on a paper that asks whether simulations can be an effective tool in decolonizing the curriculum and centering non-Western perspectives in the classroom. Participants will play a game related to conflict management and resolution processes. Players take on roles in a fictitious country falling into and eventually coming out of conflict. They form coalitions, react to crises, and negotiate various issues leading up to a draft constitution for their new country. As they debrief post-game, they reflect on their characters, interactions, power dynamics, and how existing political science conflicts manifest in real (or simulated) life.
Wednesday, March 16th, and Wednesday, March 23 11 AM-12:30 PM R Programming Workshop: Learn the Basics of Statistical Computing
Facilitator: Kyoko Mona
Description: R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. These workshops are aimed at learners who are looking to get started with the R programming language. No prerequisite will be needed to complete the two workshops successfully. Just bring your laptop (no iPad)!
Please note there will be two workshops where you will learn the basics of R programming language, so plan to attend both. By the end of these two sessions, you will understand how to use R studio, R Markdown, and Data Visualization. In the process, you will also learn how to install packages, how to import data sets into the R studio workspace, how to create documents, and create a bibliography, etc.
Facilitators: Alyssa Campo-Carman, Director, and Joseph Gaines, Assistant Director Center for Student Accommodations
Description: Join us for an interactive workshop on creating an accessible, inclusive classroom environment for all learners. We will discuss pedagogical approaches such as Universal Design for Learning that embrace the strengths and abilities of neurodiverse learners and provide strategies for navigating challenges that may arise in the classroom.
Wednesday, Jan 26th 11:30 AM-1 PM Lessons from the Pandemic: How Do We Transcend Languishing?
Facilitator: Katie Cunnigham, EdD, Professor of Literacy and English Education
Description: Many of us are experiencing what Adam Grant describes as "languishing" from this prolonged pandemic and the general state of uncertainty. As we begin another semester, we find ourselves asking, how can we best support our students while also supporting ourselves and our loved ones? In this session, we will gather with colleagues to acknowledge this state of languishing and share strategies and specific pedagogies to transcend it, including focusing on meaningful projects, small wins, and pedagogical routines that help us and our students achieve a state of flow.
Fall 2021 CTLS Events
Wednesday, December 1st 11 AM-12:30 PM Faculty Pedagogy Colloquium: Using Critical Media Literacy to Create a Decolonial, Anti-Racist Teaching Philosophy
Facilitator: Alexis Romero Walker, PhD Assistant Professor, Communication & Media Description:
In this faculty pedagogy colloquium, Dr. Romero Walker will share her research and facilitate a discussion about the ways in which educators can use critical medial literacy principles to adjust their classroom content and environment to adopt an anti-racist, decolonial pedagogy. In advance of this presentation, please read Dr. Romero’s recently published article, “Using Critical Media Literacy to Create a Decolonial, Anti-Racist Teaching Philosophy.”
Tuesday, November 30th 12:30-2 PM Lessons from the Pandemic: What Have We Learned About Teaching the Whole Student?
Facilitator: Katie Cunnigham, EdD, Professor of Literacy and English Education Description: Teaching during the pandemic has presented many challenges for both instructors and students. How can we navigate our own challenges while also being more responsive to students' needs? Join us for a discussion about cultivating self-compassion, gratitude, joy, balance, and meaningful work. The presenter will share pedagogical techniques such as journaling, taking the emotional temperature of the group, and including a wellness statement in your syllabi.
Thursday, November 18th 1-2:30 PM Collegiality and Collaboration: Lessons on Interdisciplinary Teaching in Sports Studies
Facilitators: Amy Bass, PhD, Professor of Sport Studies Chair, Division of Social Science & Communication Samantha White, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sport Studies Christopher Pappas, PhD, Professor of Biology Chair, Division of Natural Science, Mathematics, and Computing
Description: Come chat about strategies for developing strong, innovative, and appealing interdisciplinary classes that both challenge and support traditional academic boundaries. Using Sport Studies as an example, this workshop will focus on how to build bridges across the curriculum, with an emphasis on creating courses that highlight how creative approaches to the liberal arts position students for success beyond college.
Tuesday, October 26th 1-2:30 PM Lessons from the Pandemic: What Have We Learned about Instructional Design?
Facilitator: Gerald Ardito, DPS, Associate Professor of Computer Science Education Description: Over the past eighteen months, faculty and students have had to adapt to teaching and learning in multiple formats. During this transition, we've rethought our course design, considering how/if what we did in the face-to-face classroom would work online, and how the strategies we developed when teaching online might inform our teaching in-person. Join us for a discussion of how the Community of Inquiry framework can help you adapt and redesign elements of your course to engage students as a community of learners, whether you are teaching online, in-person, or in a hybrid format this semester.
Thursday, Oct 21st 1-2:30 PM What is Design Thinking and How Can I Integrate it into My Curriculum?
Facilitator: Alison Carson, Associate Provost for Academic Innovation and Design Thinking Description: Have you been wondering about what design thinking is? Are you interested in exploring how it might connect with your courses and/or discipline? Come join us for an introductory conversation about what design thinking is and how you might integrate it into your classes. Participants will have the opportunity to think about how course projects or assignments might make use of design thinking.
Thursday, October 14th 1-2:30 PM Transactions in Practice: Normalizing Intersectionality in the Classroom
Facilitator: Kahlil Koromantee, Program Coordinator, Center for Inclusion Description: As America is experiencing yet another socio-cultural shift, we at the Center for Inclusion see it as an opportunity to bring the national discourse into the classroom in an effort to meet our students where they are, as we learn to normalize intersectionality on and off campus. Topics to include but not limited to gender identity and expression, the WOKE and Cancel Culture student, student accessibility, inter-disciplinary themes, the Common Read, effective messaging, decolonizing the curriculum, and other practical tools to enhance inclusivity and full participation in the classroom.
Wednesday, Oct. 13th 11 AM-12 PM Conversations with the Provost: A Liberal Arts Education as Preparation for the World of Work
Facilitator: Christine Dehne, Provost & VP of Academic Affairs Description: Join the Provost in a conversation examining the external pressures facing our institution and our programs as prospective students and parents question the value of a liberal arts education.
Thursday, October 7th 1-2:30 PM Understanding and Addressing Microaggressions in the Classroom
Facilitator: Anthony Wilder, Director of the Center for Inclusion Description: What does the term ‘microaggressions’ mean, and how do we recognize when we or our students have committed or been subject to one in the classroom? These often subtle and well-intentioned actions or statements reflect an implicit bias, perceptions or stereotypes based on identity. Join CFI Director Anthony Wilder as he offers insight into circumstances in which microaggressions may occur in the classroom, the impact of such experiences, and strategies to be used to interrupt a microaggression as it occurs or follow up to repair a relationship.
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