Category: Inclusive Teaching & Learning

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Tips for Creating a Supportive Classroom

April 2, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Twenty percent of college students nationwide report ““symptoms indicative of clinical or subclinical PTSD,” according to a 2008 study, “Prevalence, Type, Disclosure, and Severity of Adverse Life Events in College Students” (Smyth et al., 2008) cited in a recent Faculty Focus article. The study points to the need for faculty to be cognizant of challenges […]

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How to Prep for a Course You’ve Never Taught

March 27, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Professors, especially junior professors, sometimes get asked to teach a class that is outside their area of expertise. Faculty can prepare themselves to teach theses courses by asking and answering a series of questions, an anonymous assistant professor working toward tenures, “Junior Prof,” writes in a recent blog post on Inside Higher Ed. The question […]

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How to Make Classrooms Inclusive of First-Generation College Students

March 15, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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First-generation college students comprise about a third of new students at two-year and four-year institutions, according to a recent study by Toutkoushian, Stollberg, and Slaton (2018) cited in a blog post on The Scholarly Teacher. These students often begin their higher education without a mentor or a family member who can offer guidance and support, leaving […]

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Tips for Creating Inclusive Lab Environments

January 31, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Diversity without inclusion is an empty gesture,” writes David Asai, senior director for science education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, in a recent Nature article. In the op-ed, Asai writes about his own experience as a faculty member learning how to create more inclusive lab environments. Earlier in his career, Asai reluctantly attended a required […]

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Designing Pedagogical Approaches for Today’s Student

December 14, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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“As educators, we need to lead the way and design our pedagogical approaches for the students we have, not the students we wish we had,” writes Sara Goldrick-Rab, founder of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice and professor of higher-education policy and sociology at Temple University, and Jesse Stommel, executive director of the […]

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‘Teaching in Tumultuous Times’ and Tips for the Classroom

October 29, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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“We are teaching in tumultuous times,” begins a recent blog post from the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. Emotions experienced by individuals after events of terror often enter the classroom and so teachers should cultivate a compassionate learning environment with a strong sense of community. The blog post offers some […]

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Dealing with Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom

October 18, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Difficult dialogues, or challenging conversations in the classroom, is a common frustration among teachers. In a recent Faculty Focus article, Annie Soisson, Ed.D., offers some tips for managing the dialogues and making them into a teaching moment. Soisson’s pointers include thinking ahead and trying to determine what moments could trigger discord, and planning a response; […]

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Five Ways to Promote a More Inclusive Classroom

June 15, 2018 | Julia Johnson

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In a recent Faculty Focus article Five Ways to Promote a More Inclusive Classroom Kathleen F. Gabriel, Ed.D discusses strategies for creating a more inclusive classroom with the goal of increasing retention and success of all students. Gabriel details five strategies that can be utilized by faculty members in all fields and with varied teaching […]

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Inclusive Teaching in Large Courses

May 10, 2018 | Beth Fisher

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An excellent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education describes how two professors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill improved their large-enrollment courses by integrating more–and more equitable–opportunities for student participation, by carefully structuring and guiding such opportunities, and by providing students with insights on how to succeed in the courses. These […]

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The Case for Inclusive Teaching

March 8, 2018 | Meg Gregory

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In a recent article called “The Case for Inclusive Teaching” in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Kevin Gannon responds to the persistent, troubling racial disparity in graduation rates across private and public four-year colleges and universities. Recent data suggests that completion rates continue to lag for African American and Latinx students. In response, Gannon suggests […]

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