Support for Faculty Teaching Diverse Students
The services below are especially designed to support faculty who teach diverse students. These students are often excluded from classroom learning by faculty who are not aware they do not currently use best teaching practices. This oversight might negatively impact “traditional” students but can have greater impact on student learning for diverse students. Each of the services below address at least one but often several best classroom practices (e.g. course design, content selection, classroom management, classroom climate, etc.) that encourage classroom learning for diverse students.
Formats: On-Campus Workshop, Individual Consulting/Coaching, or Online Faculty Learning Community
Faculty might need or want to teach topics that are marginalized, controversial, or otherwise new scholarly perspectives for students. Yet, many faculty are unsure of how to teach these topics in general and are additionally fearful of creating a negative learning environment for diverse students. Participants will learn how to lay an evidence-based foundation for teaching difficult or controversial topics. At the end, participants will have a detailed strategy for choosing, planning and teaching these topics that is suited for their teaching style, discipline, campus, and students.
Preparing for Difficult or Controversial Classroom Topics
It can be difficult for faculty to find the time to both learn about and incorporate teaching practices for diverse students. To increase the likelihood that best practices are in place, faculty need “space” in their teaching time and energy. In an interactive format, faculty will learn how to teach effectively with less time and stress via using efficient evidence-based teaching practices. Participants can revise or plan a new course. 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.
Teaching in No Time (TINT): Preparing for a Stress-Free Semester*
Teaching Excellence: Developing Effective Practices for Inclusive Classrooms*
Inclusive teaching is important to the retention and success of all students but especially for diverse students. Participants will learn about the research basis for inclusive teaching. In an interactive manner, participants will engage and begin to apply the four main components of inclusive teaching to their own practice. At the end, participants will know what they can immediately do to improve their inclusive teaching and/or have a plan for future improvements.
Developing Effective Strategies for Classroom Disruptions & Incivility
Student incivility and inappropriate disruptions can derail all students’ but especially diverse students’ learning. In an interactive format, participants will learn about diverse students’ experiences with classroom incivility and other disruptions to their learning. They will also learn about the potential consequences for diverse students 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.
*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 faculty to improve the success and retention of diverse students.