Teaching Topics for Our Times

New for Spring 2021!

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students. As a member of the University of Louisville, you have access to the many resources that NCFDD provides.

Join your faculty colleagues for a new four-part series of conversations designed to help you succeed as an academic.

We invite you to view the recorded webinar, then come prepared to virtually discuss and continue the conversation with UofL peers on the dates noted below. Webinars are typically an hour in length and are designed to address core dilemmas in the Academy by teaching concrete and empirically-tested strategies for success.

Online discussions will be held virtually in MS TEAMS on Friday mornings.

NOTE: To view the webinars, you will need to register your UofL email with NCFDD. Visit the NCFDD website and navigate to the top right of the page. Select the “Become A Member” button and choose “University of Louisville” from the list of institutions. Follow the prompts to create your account. Contact John Whitney at john.whitney@louisville.edu or 502.852.7623 with any questions.


  • Click to Show/HideWebinar: Teaching Topics for Our Times - Empowered Teaching Toolkit: Find Joy

    Facilitator: Chavella Pittman, Ph.D

    In these pandemic times...racial injustice times, and...."regular" toxic teaching times....faculty are understandably exhausted, anxious, frustrated, fearful, uncertain, angry, etc. What many faculty need right now are easy-to-adopt effective teaching practices to help them feel empowered in the current chaotic moment (the chaos that unfortunately many marginalized faculty have been familiar with all along).

    In this short session, faculty will begin to learn about and implement key practices that will immediately help them to feel empowered in their teaching despite the state of the world.


    Watch Webinar


    MS TEAMS Online Discussion
    1/29/21
    Friday, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

    SESSION CANCELED

    **Don’t forget to view the NCFDD webinar at the link above PRIOR to attending the online discussion.

  • Click to Show/HideWebinar: Teaching Topics for Our Times - Developing Anti-Oppressive Communities: Supporting Black Students and Mentees

    Facilitator: Wanda Swan

    This webinar will provide attendees with opportunities to identify and reflect on their privileges and biases and how these impact their ability to effectively serve as teachers and scholars. The presenter will discuss strategies for identifying and combating anti-Black racism in classrooms and research groups, how to most effectively support Black students and colleagues, and how to proactively contribute to diverse and inclusive campus communities, whether those be classrooms, research teams, labs, or committees. The presenter will also address how the unequal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn and the recent racist killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery impact black research assistants and postdocs and the role of faculty and PIs in supporting Black mentees during the present historical moment.


    Watch Webinar


    MS TEAMS Online Discussion
    2/26/21
    Friday, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

    REGISTER NOW

    **Don’t forget to view the NCFDD webinar at the link above PRIOR to attending the online discussion.

  • Click to Show/HideWebinar: Teaching Topics for Our Times - Empowered Teaching Toolkit: Beginning to Strategize for Classroom Incivility

    Facilitator: Chavella Pittman, Ph.D

    Classroom incivility refers to any student behaviors that disrupt the learning environment. They can range from texting in class to outright intimidation or threats. Regardless of the severity of the classroom incivility, research suggests they are on the rise. Unfortunately, faculty may not be prepared to deal with them. This is particularly troubling for marginalized faculty who are more frequently the targets of student incivility.

    In this webinar, you will learn about faculty’s experiences with student incivility, especially the experiences of faculty with marginalized identities (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation). You will also learn about the potential consequences for faculty of unchecked classroom incivilities. Most importantly, this webinar will teach you strategies you can use - both inside and outside of the classroom - to address these problematic student behaviors.


    Watch Webinar


    MS TEAMS Online Discussion
    4/2/21
    Friday, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

    REGISTER NOW

    **Don’t forget to view the NCFDD webinar at the link above PRIOR to attending the online discussion.

  • Click to Show/HideWebinar: Teaching Topics for Our Times - How to Challenge Race and Gender Bias in Student Evaluations

    Facilitator: Bedelia Richards, Ph.D

    Studies consistently show that student evaluations are biased against women faculty and faculty of color. Yet, higher education institutions continue to lean heavily on students’ evaluations of teaching for hiring and promotion decisions. This webinar is designed for faculty and administrators to better understand how student biases become transformed into institutional inequalities based on race and gender. The webinar provides administrators and faculty in leadership positions with a range of potential solutions for eliminating or minimizing the negative impacts of biased student evaluations. Recognizing that institutional change takes time, however, the webinar also provides strategies for empowering women faculty and faculty of color on how to advocate for themselves, particularly in situations where they are not being fully supported.


    Watch Webinar


    MS TEAMS Online Discussion
    4/23/21
    Friday, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

    REGISTER NOW

    **Don’t forget to view the NCFDD webinar at the link above PRIOR to attending the online discussion.

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