Future Faculty Learning Community

Future Faculty Learning Communities (FFLCs) are small cohorts of graduate students and postdocs who meet regularly over the course of a semester to collaborate and discuss a topic related to teaching and learning.

For this Spring 2021 semester, interested graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to participate in a FFLC about inclusive teaching and mentoring. The goal of this FFLC is to explore different facets of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in higher education collectively as a cohort.

The Inclusive Teaching & Mentoring FFLC will explore five topics:

  • My future identity as faculty: Who am I? How will my identity shape the experiences of my students?
  • Student identities: Who are my students? What is the student experience in STEM, particularly that of underrepresented minority (URM) students?
  • Culture and climate: How do culture and climate impact my classroom and lab?
  • Inclusive teaching practices: What is known about inclusive teaching practices that I can apply to my classroom and lab?
  • Reflection, action, and change: How do I value DEI and how is this reflected in my actions? What will I do in the future to support DEI in my department, classroom, and lab?

What you will be expected to do in the Inclusive Teaching & Mentoring FFLC:

  • Participate in weekly meetings with a facilitator and other future faculty to discuss DEI in higher education.
  • Occasionally read short articles and watch videos outside of the meetings.
  • Submit a diversity statement at the end of the FFLC.

What you will be able to do by the end of the Inclusive Teaching & Mentoring FFLC:

  • Describe how identity can shape the classroom and lab environments.
  • Identify barriers to inclusion.
  • Implement strategies to cultivate an inclusive environment in your classroom and lab.
  • Write a diversity statement for faculty job applications.

Space is limited. Priority enrollment will be given to Tech to Teaching participants.


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