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From the Director - December 2015

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As you know, at colleges and universities across the country students are pressing administrators and faculty to confront racism and privilege within their institutions and classrooms. UST students have spoken up, and across our campus plans are being made now to create conversation and training opportunities for staff and faculty. In Faculty Development we are devoting all of Spring semester to providing avenues for faculty to examine implicit bias, recognize and deal with microaggressions, and build skills for guiding difficult classroom.

Keep an eye out for details on spring semester workshops on "Talking about Hot Topics," on microaggressions, and strategies for managing controversial issues in the classroom.

In addition we’re launching a series of workshops focused on ways to reach effectively the diverse students in our classrooms through attention to course design. How you structure and communicate your goals, how you design and grade your assignments – the choices you make here impact student success, particularly for all those students who need help navigating what Buffy Smith calls “the hidden curriculum of higher education.”

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Build Inclusive Excellence

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Resources for faculty to create an inclusive environment

In their December 11, 2015 email to faculty and staff, Drs. Sullivan and Plumb encouraged the St. Thomas community to "...support our multicultural student groups by participating in cultural heritage events on campus, visit the Faculty Development website for resources on how to promote inclusion in the classroom, critically examine your worldview by taking one of the Harvard Implicit Association tests, and create a learning community where a robust exchange of ideas occurs on the complexity of 21st century social justice challenges."

In Faculty Development we are devoting all of Spring 2016 semester to providing avenues for faculty to examine implicit bias, recognize and deal with microaggressions, and build skills for guiding difficult classroom. We invite you to explore our resources for building an inclusive classroom and to consider registering for the J-term workshop on "Course Design for the Common Good."

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One Button Studio

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It's just one button! IRT announces availability of the One Button Studio (OBS) as a self-service option for recording course-related video.

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Working with Faculty Writers

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“No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft.” --H.G. Wells
I'll admit that I have this passion. For someone who loves words and sentences and the ideas behind them it’s all too tempting to want to tinker with someone else’s writing.

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Upcoming Events

Common Mistakes of White Teachers in Multiracial Classrooms

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

This workshop led Dr. Stephen Brookfield begins by examining common mistakes White teachers – notably the workshop leader - make in teaching about racism: for example, excusing oneself from complicity in racism, saying you understand oppression, asking a student to give the ‘Black’, ‘Asian’ or ‘First Nations’ perspective. It will then move into a conversation about the experiences of workshop participants in this area.

This event will be simulcast between the St. Paul and Minneapolis campus. 

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Classroom Techniques to Discuss Race and Racism

Each workshop is offered twice during spring 2016 semester. Next workshops are Feb. 29 and March 2.

At the University of St. Thomas we have made it a priority to create a diverse university community committed to fight racism. In the classroom this project is complex and difficult at a time a when the discourse of divisiveness and hate is so strong in the world. Discussions of race are highly emotional and complicated by overt expressions of racism, racial micro-aggressions, stereotyping the 'other' as alien enemies, and students (and faculty) not wanting to say the ‘wrong’ thing and be accused of racism.

All workshops wll meet on the St. Paul campus.

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Corporate and Foundation Relations Brown Bag

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Bring your lunch, and come to learn of the services provided by the Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) team in supporting your academic work.

St. Paul Campus

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Preparing Book Proposals for Scholarly Publishers

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Publishing a book represents, for many faculty, the ultimate scholarly challenge. In fact the prestige surrounding book publishing may be so intimidating that it prevents faculty from even drafting a proposal, let alone approaching prospective publishers. All adjunct and full-time faculty are welcome!

St. Paul Campus

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Cultivating Contention: Creating an Intentional Culture of Dialogue

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Often, the most meaningful learning experiences occur as the result of disagreement or debate in the classroom. For those who teach topics that generate controversy (and often for those who don't), it helps to develop skill in cultivating fruitful and healthy dialogue.

St. Paul Campus

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