Critical Inclusive Teaching

Inclusive teaching involves deliberately cultivating a learning environment where all students are treated equitably, have equal access to learning, and feel welcome, valued, and supported in their learning. Such teaching attends to student identities and seeks to change the ways systematic inequities shape dynamics in teaching-learning spaces, affect individuals' experiences of those spaces, and influence course and curriculum design.1

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1 Definition provide by Whitney Peoples, PhD and Stephanie Moody, PhD, Center on Research on Teaching & Learning (CRLT), University of Michigan

 

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The Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Fund for LEO Lecturers is a pilot program effective September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2021. It is funded by the Provost’s office and applications for grants to be submitted on or before February 14, 2020. This program is separate and distinct from the LEO Professional Development Fund.
 
The 2018-2021 collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Lecturers’ Employee Organization (LEO) calls for the establishment of the Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Fund (the “Fund”) for LEO Lecturers on the Flint campus. This is a pilot program effective September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2021. Awards of up to $1,000 are available to eligible Lecturers each academic year. The purpose of the Fund is to provide professional development funds for lecturers seeking to develop and enhance skills to better engage in inclusive teaching practices at the University of Michigan-Flint. (Flint Funds must be used by August 31 of each award year).  Funds not used will be forfeited. Community service and volunteer work are excluded.
 
Eligibility:
  • Any Lecturer who has an active appointment or who is on an approved leave of absence at the time a proposal is submitted may apply for an award from the Fund.
  • A successful applicant must also demonstrate that he or she has a reasonable belief that he or she will hold an appointment beyond the time the award is disbursed.
  • The applicant must demonstrate that he or she has applied for any other inclusive teaching professional development funding available within his or her academic unit(s) prior to submitting a proposal to the Fund.
Selection Criteria:
  • Successful proposals will be prospective only and should enhance but not duplicate existing department inclusive teaching initiatives. Proposals should include a project plan or detailed description of how the Lecturer intends to engage in activities that enhance skills to better engage in inclusive teaching practices (such as attending a conference, incorporating inclusive teaching practices into course and assignment design, sllabus language, etc). The proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:
    • Required: Does the proposed use of funds explicitly describe how the activities support the Lecturer acquiring the knowledge and skills to better engage in inclusive teaching practices at the University of Michigan?
    • Required: Does the proposal offer enhancements to the development and implementation of inclusive teaching and/or learning activities in the Lecturer’s academic unit?
    • Desirable: Does the proposal offer a way for the Lecturer to share results of his or her enhanced inclusive teaching practices with a broader scholarly community?
Suggested Uses:
Workshops, webinars, books, conference travel, data sets, and guest speakers. Other uses will be considered based on merit.

 

Application Procedure:

  • All applications must be submitted through InfoReady (note: faculty need to use their umich.edu email to login).
  • Applicants will be prompted to include the email address of their department chair/program director for approval.
  • Applications are due February 14, 2020. No exceptions.
Required materials (to be uploaded through InfoReady):
  • Brief (1-2 page) description of the proposed inclusive teaching professional development activity that demonstrates how it will develop and enhance the Lecturer's skill to better engage in inclusive teaching practices and specifically addresses the criteria listed above.
  • Itemized budget
  • Brief curriculum vitae
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Questions?

Please contact Tracy Wacker, TCLT Director, with questions, via email or phone (810) 424-5493.