Fall 2017 Faculty As Learners Series
Making the Grade: Can Fairness and Equity Co-Exist in Our Grading Policies?
with Maria De Jesus (CTRL and SIS) and Amanda Taylor (SIS)
November 2, 2017: 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Butler Boardroom
This session will explore questions regarding fairness and equity surrounding grading policies: As educators, should we strive to “treat all students the same” in a one-size-fits-all grading system? How can we maintain equity and meet individual needs in our grading policies? Should our grading system be differentiated to accommodate the ability, social, cultural, and linguistic background of all students? How do we provide a meaningful grade to all students that accurately matches grades to their performance in the course while at the same time considering the individual needs of students? This session will also ask faculty to share strategies they’ve used to navigate these tensions in their classrooms.
Academic Freedom Now
with Mary Clark (Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost), Max Friedman (CAS), Lara Schwartz (SPA), and Stephen Wermeil (WCL)
November 30, 2017: 12:00pm – 1:30pm, MGC 3 & 4
How can academic freedom persist in today’s highly charged political atmosphere? Nationwide, from the revocation of tenure and rescinding of job offers to the recasting of academic freedom laws to legitimize teaching creationism, the concept only grows more important as teachers and students alike find themselves enmeshed in ideological battles that increasingly link the classroom to the world of social media, opinionated media, and trolling. We will consider the relationship of academic freedom to job security and the precariousness of contingent labor; blacklists and other forms of pressure targeting university faculty; and the tension between fighting sexual harassment and racist microaggressions while preserving a space for the free exchange of ideas. We will talk about the myth of “neutrality” and “objectivity” in courses dealing with political issues, and how to teach (and grade) students who consider themselves ideological minorities. We will also discuss AU’s policies on trigger warnings, controversial speakers, and protests on campus.