The Spring 2020 Future Professors Professional Development Circle is a group for current graduate students who wish to learn more about college teaching, both to support their current teaching as well as to prepare them for a future career in college teaching. This semester, we will explore a variety of topics related to recognizing the difference between an inclusive and disinclusive course climate and how to develop teaching practices that support, affirm, and value diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Participants who attend at least 4 sessions during the semester, will receive a book of their choice from a list of texts related to the content of the Circle.
This group is open to all graduate students. Sessions will be held online using Zoom (register to receive access information). You will also receive participation information and reminders.
David Giovagnoli, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Julie-Ann McFann, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Tuesday, January 19 • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Our first meeting will ask participants to set goals for their professional growth for the rest of their semester, by reflecting on their prior experience with training in diversity, equity, and inclusion and the major questions they would like to ask about teaching and themselves in the next several weeks.
Tuesday, February 2 • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This session will focus on empowering participants with the tools and terminology to describe whether or not their classrooms have an inclusive climate, as well as strategies for getting feedback from their students during the course of a semester to help them promote an inclusive climate.
Tuesday, February 16 • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This session will focus on developing strategies to help participants connect with their students, in order to be aware of the many challenges that can impede student engagement that come from beyond the walls of our classrooms as well as the ones we ourselves introduce into them by not connecting with our students as humans.
Tuesday, March 2 • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This session will focus on understanding the relationship between learning and identity, equipping participants with knowledge in how to be cognizant of the ways in which diversity of culture and thought can and should be addressed in the classroom.
Tuesday, March 16 • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This session will focus on the choices we make before our classes begin that have an impact on diversity, equity, and representation in the classroom, namely selecting readings, developing assessments, and structuring other course activities.
Tuesday, March 30 • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This session, as we draw towards the end of the semester, will give participants the resources and strategies to help students find the help they need on our campus, with special attention on how to recognize when students might need more from us than they're asking for.