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Panel Discussion to Explore Difficult Class Conversations

Jennifer Hamer, Vice Provost for Diversity & Equity
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 1:46 p.m.
KU Lawrence Faculty

Sent on behalf of Vice Provost for Diversity & Equity Jennifer Hamer


The Office of Diversity and Equity invites you to
“Teaching in Tough Times”
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 15
The Jay, Kansas Union (1st Floor)


Dear Faculty Member,

Colleagues across campus have expressed interest in additional learning opportunities on how to effectively have difficult conversations in the classroom.

The first opportunity will be a panel-led discussion titled “Teaching in Tough Times.” It will focus on offering answers to the following questions:

  • How can we establish classroom climates that are conducive to student learning?
  • What pedagogical practices can we adopt to promote increased engagement?
  • How can we develop course content that meaningfully fosters students’ academic and personal growth?

For many of us, these enduring instructional questions have become new challenges in the midst of trigger warnings and concealed carry on campus. Please come for an opportunity to converse with fellow faculty members and share strategies we can all use as teachers in these tough times.

This panel will be facilitated by Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Jennifer Ng, and will also include Professor and Chairperson of African and African American Studies Clarence Lang, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Indigenous Studies Program Stephanie Fitzgerald, Professor and Chairperson of Spanish and Portuguese Santa Arias, and Assistant Professor of Urban Planning Ward Lyles.

“Teaching in Tough Times”

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15

The Jay, Kansas Union (1st floor)

Attendance is limited to 60 participants. To attend please RSVP: https://kuoirp.wufoo.com/forms/w1oi2p9b0avlnin/.

This session is specifically for faculty and instructional staff at the university. No preparation is necessary and refreshments will be provided.

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Carl Lejuez and I are working with campus partners such as the Center for Teaching Excellence and other areas in the Office of the Provost to understand how to best accomplish ongoing professional development on this topic in future years as part of a more formalized approach. In the meantime, we have developed a series of professional development events that begin to address this campus community need. I hope you will accept this invitation to attend.


Jennifer F. Hamer
Vice Provost, Diversity and Equity
Professor, Department of American Studies
Joint Appointment, Department of African and African American Studies

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