Inclusive Teaching Fellow Interviews
The Inclusive Teaching Fellows (ITF) Program is working to enhance teaching by offering seminars to reinvigorate experienced faculty and orient newer faculty to the needs of the University of New Hampshire’s changing student population and new classroom challenges. They are forging links among faculty, pedagogical transformation, scholarship, and community.
Below are interviews of six faculty members who share personal stories, note challenges, offer techniques and suggest resources designed to create a more welcoming, affirming and intellectually engaging classroom environment for their students with diverse perspectives and experiences.
ITF has worked to advance pedagogical community formation and transformative teaching practices; but more importantly, it has provided a format for inclusive teaching fellows to discuss exemplary teaching practices and showcase classroom environments most conducive for teaching excellence and exceptional student learning.
Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture
"I think of every class, every semester, as an opportunity to create a temporary community. As a class we are primarily identified by the nature of our subject matter, so I incorporate activities that encourage members to assume ownership of the subject matter and to experience its relevance in their lives."
Professor of Philosophy
"Attention to diversity in the curriculum, in turn, derives its primary impetus and significance from the intellectual interests and the unique intellectual contribution of a diverse population of students and faculty. In this manner a diverse campus provides opportunities for research and teaching that would not have existed without diversity in the campus population."
Associate Professor of Education
"My biggest challenge is to maintain an open mind about how to teach specific content. Over the years I have developed strategies that seemed successful, but I have to remember that I need to take into consideration the differences in each class I face."
Associate Professor of Social Work
"Discrimination in my own life has made me aware of the issues on a deeper personal level and contributed to my personal and professional interest in equity and inclusion."
Associate Professor of English and Interim Director of the Honors Program
"Inclusive teaching asks that students bring to bear relevant ideas and material they discuss in other courses to mine; that is, I attempt to get them to think interdisciplinarily."
Professor of Microbiology and Faculty Director of the Discovery Program
"I don't think there is a single definition for Inclusive Teaching. I think as faculty members we need to strive to reach out and engage each student in our classes. We will not always succeed but we need to work hard to ensure that this failure is not due to hidden barriers."
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