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TLA Building a Community: Course Description

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Building a Community of Learners - Overview


In this course, faculty members will

- Examine evidence-based approaches for constructing an inclusive, welcoming learning community for all students.

Topics include:

  • setting the tone of the learning environment to foster interaction, communication, and inclusion
  • universal course design for all
  • culturally responsive teaching
  • applying an equity lens to examine power imbalances and conflicts in the learning environment

Faculty cohorts will reflect on and share strategies with colleagues for creating a community of learners and inclusive classrooms.


Course Outline

Faculty Value: Inclusion and Teaching

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About the Academy:

Anchored in the ACC Faculty Values, the Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) will contribute to student success by expanding faculty teaching practices. The Academy is designed to support faculty based on evidence-based teaching strategies, reflective practice, and teaching innovation. Essential to the Teaching and Learning Academy is the creation of a group of faculty who will learn from each other. The Academy cohort begins with a retreat, to establish a community of learners that explores the scholarship, art and passion of teaching and continues over fall and spring semesters through hybrid coursework.

Faculty Developers

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Module 1: Setting the Tone of the Classroom: Techniques that Promote an Inclusive Classroom

Module Developers
Mary Havens: Assistant Professor, Library Services
Dr. Ursula Parker: Associate Professor, Integrated Reading and Writing

Module 2: Developing Inclusive Course Materials: Using Universal Design Principles

Module Developer
Dr. Shih-Ting Lee: Adjunct Professor, Student Development

Module 3: Recognizing the Importance of Students’ Cultural References: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Module Developer
Charlotte Gullick: Associate Professor and Department Chair, Creative Writing

Module 4:  Teaching with an Equity Lens: Examining Bias, Conflict and Micro-Aggressions in the Classroom

Module Developers
Dr. Shirin Catterson Khosropour: Department Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies; Director, Center for Peace & Conflict Studies; Professor, Psychology
Dr. Grant Potts: Department Chair, Philosophy, Religion, and Humanities; Associate Professor, Religion and Philosophy

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