Support for Diverse Faculty
The services below are especially designed to support diverse faculty given their unique teaching contexts. These faculty might be dealing with high numbers of new course preparations or service courses, extensive diversity service requests, classroom incivilities related to their diverse statuses, student resistance to diverse scholarship or teaching innovation, etc. Each of the services below addresses at least one but often more than one of the above contexts that impact diverse faculty’s teaching.
Formats: On-Campus Workshop, Individual Consulting/Coaching, or Online Faculty Learning Community
Student incivility and inappropriate disruptions can derail faculty’s classroom effectiveness and student learning. Given that diverse faculty are more likely to experience incivilities, they need to be prepared to address them. In an interactive format, participants will learn about diverse faculty’s experiences with classroom incivility. They will also learn about the potential consequences for diverse faculty of unchecked classroom incivilities. Most importantly, participants will learn about and practice strategies they can use to address student classroom incivility. At the end, each participant will have an individual plan to address potential classroom incivilities.
Effective Strategies for Diverse Faculty Addressing Classroom Disruptions & Incivility
Diverse faculty are more likely to use innovative teaching methods. Additionally, their diverse statuses can have an impact on both classroom dynamics and student course evaluations. In light of these unique contexts, participants will learn about research on diverse faculty’s classroom methods and teaching. They will also learn the best practices for documenting their teaching effectiveness. This is done in an interactive format such that participants can practice implementing these strategies. At the end, participants will have an individualized plan to document their teaching effectiveness.
Documenting Teaching Effectiveness as a Diverse Faculty Member*
Teaching in No Time (TINT) for Diverse Faculty: Preparing for a Stress-Free Efficient and Effective Semester*
The diversity service demands and teaching loads for diverse faculty can result in less time for research, grant writing, and other life pursuits. In an interactive format, diverse faculty will learn how to teach effectively with less time and stress. Participants can revise a current course or plan a new one. At the end, participants will have weekly course topics, lesson plans for the first two weeks, course assignments, and a grading strategy for the term.
Preparing for Difficult or Controversial Classroom Topics as a Diverse Faculty Member
Diverse faculty might be more likely to teach topics that are marginalized, controversial, or otherwise new scholarly perspectives for students. To help offset student resistance and lay an evidence-based foundation for teaching these topics, participants will learn the best practices for teaching difficult or controversial content. At the end, participants will have a detailed strategy for planning and teaching content that students might perceive as difficult.
**All of the above are designed to meet the needs of new and experienced faculty. However, the starred services (*) are particularly important for 1st year and early tenure track diverse faculty to improve their success and retention.