Elon faculty teams have been developing strategies to “infuse” their courses and pedagogy with diversity, broadly defined.
CATL Grants are available to other faculty teams who want to do the same in their departments or interdisciplinary fields. Each team receives $500 to use for project expenses, and each faculty team member receives a $1000 stipend (paid in equal parts at the completion of Phase I and Phase II). Applications are due in March.
CATL also sponsors workshops where Elon faculty may work on their individual courses.
In Psychology, 6 faculty are creating topic-specific units and resources in order to intentionally infuse research on diverse populations in class materials for the Introduction to Psychology course. Meredith Allison, Kim Epting, Buffie Longmire-Avital, Amy Overman, Gabie Smith, and Linda Wilmhurst hope to provide students with a firm foundation for the major, make sure students don’t get a biased picture of human psychology, meet departmental learning goals, and possibly attract more students to the major.
In the School of Communications, Lee Bush, Amanda Gallagher, Nagatha Tonkins, and Qian Xu are aiming to insure that Communications in a Global Society can be taught from a broader, more representative multicultural perspective. They are finding and making resources available to instructors in this widely taught introductory course.
Pam Kiser, Philip Miller, and Sandra Reid are refining a framework and incorporating new readings, case studies, problems, and skill-building practices for HSS 111, The Art and Science of Human Services. Their goal is to help students develop a greater understanding of how individuals perceive and interact with societal issues based on their own unique identities, histories and psychosocial makeup so that students will be better prepared for what they encounter in the field.
In Sport and Event Management, Tony Weaver, Hal Walker and Lamar Lee are are developing a Diversity Inclusion Mentoring Program so their students can benefit from a deeper professional relationship with leaders in the industry. They are connecting their students with mentors working in the field through experiential educational opportunities, special events, coursework assignments and guest speakers throughout their curriculum.
In Developmental Psychology, Buffie Longmire-Avital, Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler, and Linda Wilmhurst have identified 5 areas for diversity infusion and will be assessing whether new learning modules increase students’ knowledge about the ways culture and context affect development.