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Faculty Development Promotes Positive Classroom Environment and Department Chair Leadership Formation

The Faculty Development Program, led by Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development Eileen Elrod, has implemented several new initiatives in response to data that indicated that students of color, first-generation students, students representing minority viewpoints, and students who experience other kinds of difference feel less welcome on campus, including in the classroom, than we would like them to. Please see Dr. Elrod’s message to the SCU Faculty on September 30 for more information about inclusive teaching events this quarter

The Faculty Development Program, led by Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development Eileen Elrod, has implemented several new initiatives in response to data that indicated that students of color, first-generation students, students representing minority viewpoints, and students who experience other kinds of difference feel less welcome on campus, including in the classroom, than we would like them to. Please see Dr. Elrod’s message to the SCU Faculty on September 30 for more information about inclusive teaching events this quarter.  

  • Institute for Teaching Excellence. Last year the SCU Faculty Development Program launched an innovative teacher-training program in conjunction with ACUE (Association of College & University Educators). Thirty faculty members across disciplines and ranks took part in an academic-year long “hybrid learning experience” to apply the scholarship of learning on topics such as student engagement, course and assignment design, civility in the classroom, active learning across the disciplines, inclusive teaching practices, efficient and equitable grading and more. Thirty-two more will participate this year, and next year the number will increase to sixty.
  • The Inclusive Teaching online module from the Institute for Teaching Excellence curriculum will be made available to all Santa Clara faculty this month. Interested faculty can sign up here.
  • With support and funding from the College of Arts and Sciences, Leavey School of Business, and the School of Engineering, twenty faculty members have joined Faculty Communities of Practice on Teaching to Improve Learning Equity. The two cohorts are engaged in opportunities to collaborate with their peers in a focused series of working sessions aimed at reinforcing or revising several elements of their courses to improve equitable learning experiences for students. With meetings and work sessions spread over a period of months from June through December 2019, faculty are developing materials, receiving feedback, implementing new strategies, and engaging in critical reflection. 
  • For many faculty, students, and academic staff, positive environment of respect and inclusion begins in their academic departments. With this in mind, a new Department Chair Leadership Formation program was launched this fall. The program offers tools to address leadership challenges across several Campus Climate priority areas, including effective communication (engagement across differences), creating a community of belonging and inclusiveness, and conflict management and relationship building.