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One WKU Inclusive Teaching Academy (ITA)


Purpose

The Inclusive Teaching Academy (ITA) has been created to fulfill four interrelated functions:

  1. To introduce and/or deepen participants' knowledge of inclusive and culturally responsive teaching.
  2. To create opportunities for participants to apply evidence-based DEI principles to course design and pedagogy. 
  3. To offer a collegial space for participants to reflect on their current and proposed teaching practices. 
  4. To grow the community of practitioners focused on inclusivity.

The ITA is designed to develop advocates rather than experts. The Institute and its architects (the Community of Practice Fellows) do not assume the role of authority on DEI issues and do not seek to train participants to become experts. Rather, the goal is to cultivate a mindset of continuous growth through praxis and reflection as a way to foster DEI advocacy at WKU.


Objectives

Through participation in the ITA, participants will be able to more effectively:

  • Support an inclusive learning environment. 
  • Intentionally approach difficult interactions. 
  • Promote the academic success of diverse students.

Structure

ITA’s curriculum is composed of four key content modules:

  • Module 1: Integrating Inclusivity into Course Set-Up and Design
  • Module 2: Course and Classroom Climate
  • Module 3: Incorporating Inclusivity into Classroom Activities and Assignments
  • Module 4: Grading for Equity

These modules address issues related to both course design and teaching practice. Each module will take a month and is broken up into three or four weekly sessions that will allow for an overview, discussion, application, and reflection of each topic. Sessions will be conducted in person.


Benefits

  • For each participating faculty member, their home college will allocate $1,500 toward an undergraduate scholarship fund intended for students from a broad range of backgrounds who will contribute to the diversity of the student body in the college and academic program. 
  • Participants become members of a community of peers with shared interests in inclusive and culturally responsive teaching.
  • The community provides an inclusive space where participants share experiences, ideas and strategies about teaching; experiment with evidence-based practices; build skills; engage in research; and reflect on their roles as educators.

Who Should Apply

ITA is open to all full-time faculty. 

ITA participants are committing to:

  • Regularly attending face-to-face work sessions during the spring semester.  Tentative dates are provided below, but, with the exception of the final celebration, all sessions will be held on Thursday afternoons during the 3:30-5:00pm time frame.
    • Jan. 26 –ITA Orientation
    • Feb. 9 – Module 1
    • Feb. 23 – Reflection/Open Discussion
    • March 9 – Module 2
    • March 23 – Reflection/Open Discussion
    • March 30 – Module 3
    • April 13 – Module 4
    • April 27 - Reflection/Open Discussion
    • Monday, May 1 – ITA Celebration
  • Submitting all work associated with the ITA.
  • Implementing changes to their courses based on ITA modules.
  • Serving as an advocate for inclusive and culturally responsive teaching.

Application Process

Applications for the Spring 2023 Inclusive Teaching Academy cohort will open Wednesday, October 19, 2022. They are due by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. A finalized application consists of a completed form by the applicant, including a copy of a course syllabus, and approval from the department chair with the acknowledgement of the required time commitment of the applicant.

Please do not submit your application after the due date. The selection committee will meet quickly after the application due date, and late applications will not be considered or reviewed by the selection committee. 

To review all the questions on the application, see here.

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Contact

For questions about the institute or the application process, please contact CITL Assistant Director Cierra Waller.




 


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 Last Modified 10/18/22