On December 14, the Center for Faculty Excellence and College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Diversity Initiatives hosted Teaching in Challenging Times, a workshop to help faculty prepare for the spring semester in the wake of the Presidential election. Facilitated by CFE Director Erin Malloy and Kia Caldwell, Director of Faculty Diversity Initiatives at the College of Arts and Sciences, this workshop provided opportunities for faculty to reflect and discuss their approaches to managing class discussions around politics or other topics such as race, gender, sexuality, and disparities, using techniques that faculty could use when teaching challenging themes. Dr. Caldwell facilitated a panel of faculty consisting of Professors María DeGuzmán, Sherick Hughes, Mark Driscoll, and Erin Malloy who discussed creative and effective ways to de-escalate a situation in class, plan courses around when to discuss controversial topics, introduce potentially divisive topics and facilitate heated discussions in class. 48 participated in this event, who noted impact on their teaching as a result.
On March 7th, the Center for Faculty Excellence and College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Diversity Initiatives hosted the second Teaching in Challenging Times, this time targeted at graduate students. The aim once again was to facilitate discussion on sensitive and complex topics that arise in the classroom. This session was led by Molly Sutphen, Phil Edwards and Heather Woods. Teaching in Challenging Times is an ongoing series hosted by the CFE. Stay tuned for the next session!
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