Possibilities in the Cultures, Curricula, and Communities We Can Build and Sustain in Our Teaching
This presentation will examine and discuss practices, strategies, and examples that foster student engagement, belonging, persistence, and success within the framework of evidence-based teaching and praxis. Informed by scholarship that focuses on active learning, Universal Design of Learning, and feminist pedagogies that address community building and cohesion, the material presented will offer concepts and concrete examples that are intended to be generative: what exciting ideas and approaches to teaching in terms of our course designs, assignments, or approaches in delivery emerge when we consider the possibilities—and when we do so together? Among the possibilities, we will touch upon examples of how we establish an understanding and inclusive campus culture, develop corresponding curriculum, and create a strong sense of community via discussant activities, social media matrices, co-curricular programming, community engagement and service learning, scaffolded assignments that can lead to undergraduate research opportunities, and collaborative concept mapping. During our time together, we will consider how our visions for inclusive, welcoming, enriching, and rigorous classrooms, combined with our intentional efforts to create and activate those for our students, enable exciting possibilities for design and delivery that can invigorate our teaching.
Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, Ph.D., is an IUPUI Chancellor’s Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; IU Bicentennial Professor (2019-2021); and the founding director of the Office of Student Research at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. She is a member of the IU Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) and a Mosaic Senior Fellow, part of the IU active learning initiative. Her publications include two university-press single-authored books with a third that is a forthcoming co-edited scholarly edition and more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters; of these, 10 are dedicated to innovative teaching in the fields of literature and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. She is the recipient of the IUPUI Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, two IU Trustees Teaching Awards, IUPUC’s Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award in Teaching, and the Kathryn J. Wilson Award for Outstanding Leadership and Mentoring of Undergraduate Research.