Spring 2020

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Critical Perspectives on Teaching and Learning Series

Beyond Course Content: Creating an Inclusive Environment to Support Students

Monday, January 27 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Mary Graydon Center (MGC) – Butler Board Room

Keynote speaker: Dr. Carl S. Moore, Assistant Chief Academic Officer | University of the District of Columbia

The School of Education has partnered with the CTRL to co-sponsor this session. Part of our job as faculty is to translate our informational materials to students in a way that allows for learning to occur. Many of us iterate ways to continuously improve our methods to increase the ways we help students achieve learning outcomes. In doing so, we may consider enhancements to our pedagogical approach while not paying much attention to environmental factors that can influence student learning. This session will unpack and explore ways that instructors can foster classroom learning environments that allow for the success of a broad range of diverse learner.

Dr. Moore’s Bio:

Dr. Carl S. Moore is the Assistant Chief Academic Officer at the University of the District of Columbia. He also serves as certificate faculty in Temple University’s Teaching in Higher Education Certificate program, teaching faculty for the University of Southern California’s Equity Institutes, and a workshop facilitator for the Online Learning Consortium. He is a certified StrengthsFinder Coach and MBTI administrator. Dr. Moore frequently serves as a consultant on leadership, assessment, inclusive teaching, and faculty development. Over the course of his career, he has created and instructed a variety of face-to-face, hybrid, and online modes. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education from Temple University.

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Critical Considerations in STEM

Tuesday, March 3 | 11:20 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Mary Graydon Center (MGC) – 245

Dr. Shari Watkins | CTRL Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Kiho Kim | Executive Director CTRL | Professor Environmental Science
Dr. Monica Jackson | Associate Dean College of Arts and Sciences | Associate Professor Statistics

What theories, practices, and strategies do you employ to best support all students in their learning, including those from backgrounds that are culturally different from your own? As educators interested in preparing the next generation of STEM teachers and professionals, we must have opportunities to examine, understand, and address the critical importance of situating academic knowledge and skills within the lived experiences and frame of reference of all students, especially those from under-served and marginalized groups. In this session, we will collectively participate, engage, and reflect on activities that will support us as faculty to build inclusive, culturally responsive teaching and learning communities.

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: Teaching in Uncertain Times

(Recorded Webinar – password: trauma372)

Dr. Mays Imad | Professor and Coordinator, Pima Community College

 Learning Outcomes:

  • To promote collaboration, ask students what matters to them now, what they want to learn, and what interests them. Take notes and incorporate their ideas into your communications and instructions. 
  • Make a commitment to learn about and implement accessible and equitable teaching & learning strategies. For example, consider an assessment framework that is less focused on grading and more on learning. 
  • This webinar introduces faculty to the six guiding principles to a trauma-informed approach and offers numerous strategies (such as the ones outlined above) to mitigate the impact of trauma in the learning process.

Inclusive Teaching: Meet the Inclusive Pedagogy Faculty Fellows

Session date: TBD | Mary Graydon Center (MGC) – 245

Dr. Brian McGowan | Associate Director CTRL | Associate Professor School of Education
Dr. Amaarah DeCuir | Professorial Lecturer School of Education
Dr. Krisztina Domjan | Professorial Lecturer School of Professional and Extended Studies

Inclusive classrooms are places in which thoughtfulness and mutual respect are valued and promoted. Inclusive teaching considers the needs and backgrounds of all students, regardless of their identity to create a classroom where they feel valued and have equitable access to learn. Unfortunately, some students, particularly those from underrepresented and minoritized backgrounds report having negative experiences with faculty in the classroom. Given the importance of inclusive teaching, we must place pedagogy at the center of our efforts. This workshop will showcase our Inclusive Pedagogy Faculty Fellows program, as well as three important considerations for creating an inclusive classroom.

Other CTRL Events

The 10th Anniversary of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Friday, January 31 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Washington College of Law – NT01

Keynote speaker: Judy Shepard

Michael Lieberman, Anti-Defammation League
David Stacey, The Human Rights Campaign
Kirsten Clark, The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights

The Program on Law and Government, Lambda Law Society, Jewish Law Society and Black Law Students Association are co-hosting an event on January 31st to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. This law allows federal authorities to intervene when local authorities are unable to or refuse to prosecute a hate crime. Read and learn more about the act.

Fall 2019

Navigating Gender Pronouns: How Professors Can Create More Inclusive Classrooms

Tuesday, November 19 | 11:20 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. | Mary Graydon Center (MGC) 245

Moderator: Anna Olsson, Associate Director of Programs and Events, CTRL

Anna Morrison, Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Perry Zurn, Philosophy & Religion
Nabina Liebow, Philosophy & Religion

Eager to learn more about how and when to ask students for their pronouns? Want to get a deeper understanding on why students use pronouns other than she/her or he/him? Join the Center for Teaching, Research & Learning (CTRL) and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion for an interactive panel and discussion on how to navigate pronouns and create an inclusive classroom environment where all students feel welcome. Recent research shows that affirming young people’s genders decreases suicide risk significantly. Come learn more about how folks at AU, in service of the Inclusive Excellence Plan, are working to create a campus where all students feel respected and how you can help.


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Spring 2019

An Intersection of Production, Research, Teaching and Play

Wednesday, March 6 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Don Myers Building, Game Lab, Room 117

Andy Phelps

This talk explores the integration of teaching, research, and creative practice as a basis for computing and arts education though a retrospective of the design, development, history and analysis of the programs, projects, related work of Professor Andrew Phelps at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Specific focus is placed on the integration of computing and the arts, the role of and support for multidisciplinary teaching and research, and lessons learned, current challenges, and related national and international trends in games development education.  This session features numerous examples from curriculum design, current research projects, creative practice, student work, and academic/industry partnerships.

More on Andy:

Andrew “Andy” Phelps is a Professor of Art & Design at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He is the also the founder of the RIT School of Interactive Games & Media, the founder of the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity (MAGIC) and the founder of the related campus-wide studio and production organization, MAGIC Spell Studios. He led the design and establishment of the RIT Masters of Science in Game Design & Development, as well as the Bachelors of the same name, both of which have been ranked in the top 10 in the nation since their creation by the Princeton Review.

Andy’s alumni can be found at major studios worldwide including Microsoft/343, Activision|Blizzard, Bungie, Sony, Zynga, and more, as well as numerous other engineering, art, design, and interactive media companies. His students have also gone on to successful careers in graduate and doctoral programs, government agencies at the local, state, national and international level, non-profits, and several philanthropic foundations. His work in game design, game development, game art and game education is recognized internationally, has regularly been presented at numerous academic conferences and in related journals, has been supported by grants from multiple federal agencies, numerous state and local agencies, and research labs at private corporations. These include the Library of Congress, the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, Microsoft Research, and more. His work has also been extensively covered in the popular press and trade literature, including USA Today, CNN, the New York Times, Polygon, Gamasutra, Inside HigherEd, the Chronicle, Campus Technology, etc.

In addition to his roles at RIT, he currently serves as president of the Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA), which he co-founded with colleagues in 2014, and which now represents over 310 colleges and universities with games curricula world wide.  In the spring of 2019 Phelps is serving as a Games Scholar in Residence at the School of Communications at American University, working with faculty and staff at the School and the AU Game Lab.  He maintains a website featuring his work as an artist, researcher, and educator at https://andyworld.io/