Macalester faculty are deeply committed to being excellent, engaging, and effective teachers. Many of us are drawn to Macalester’s small liberal arts environment because of the high value placed on teaching and for the opportunity to connect with our students in small classes, studios, research labs, rehearsals, etc., as well as during office hours. We also serve as students’ academic advisors, and we take that role very seriously.
The Serie Center offers regular programming that supports faculty to become increasingly reflective about our pedagogical and advising practices, and to share what we are learning with one another.
There are extensive resources on campus to encourage faculty to extend their pedagogical and curricular practices through community engagement or the use of technology. For example, faculty who are interested in building a civic engagement component into their classes can work closely with the staff in the Civic Engagement Center. Support for and innovation related to technology use in the classroom is available from our Academic Information Associates. In addition, our Director of Writing offers resources and consultation related to writing pedagogy.
TOWARD EQUITABLE AND INCLUSIVE TEACHING
In collaboration with the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship, we are committed to supporting and increasing faculty capacity related to equitable and inclusive pedagogy. The Department of Multicultural Life offers workshops and other programs on campus focused on issues of identity and oppression. We acknowledge the importance of making our classrooms more inclusive for all students, addressing the alienation that students of color experience in predominantly white institutions, and helping first generation students navigate higher education’s hidden curriculum. Quaye and Harper offer a critical perspective on the importance of holding faculty accountable for culturally inclusive pedagogy and curricula. We also recognize that the work of building inclusive classrooms is different for faculty of color than it is for white faculty.
Faculty who are looking for ways to facilitate discussion of power, identity, and privilege may find the toolkit developed by the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work useful. Elon University’s Inclusive Teaching website offers an excellent set of resources, and we have also developed a list of additional web-based resources related to equitable, inclusive, and critical pedagogy. If you have suggestions for readings or other material to add, please send it to Joan Ostrove (firstname.lastname@example.org).