Center for Faculty Development
2018 Spring Faculty Conference
Saturday, February 17, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Teaching for Inclusion

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 17, 2017

The need for culturally responsive teaching is woven into the mission, vision and values of our institution. This need compels our ongoing quest for cultural humility as we seek greater awareness of the facets of our students' lives. Race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious background, accessibility needs, political orientation, military experience and home language are just the beginning of the conversation about Teaching for Inclusion.

How can we, as educators, use the power of diversity to improve our classrooms? How can we use the power of our classrooms to impact justice in our surrounding communities? What does Teaching for Inclusion mean in the 21st century "classroom"?

Do you utilize anti-racist pedagogical strategies? Do you address systems of oppression in your curriculum? How do principles of Universal Design play out in your teaching? What methods - formal and informal - do you rely upon to keep your teaching grounded in Metropolitan State's bedrock inclusivity?

We invite you to propose a session at the Spring Faculty Conference. This is an opportunity to share your knowledge and best practices with your colleagues. We invite a broad array of proposals from individuals, teams and/or panels of the faculty. We encourage you to include students where appropriate.

Each session is scheduled for 60 minutes. Preference will be given to sessions that employ active learning and sessions which address more than one discipline. The committee will consider only proposals connected directly to the conference theme. 

Session examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Best practices: What does higher education research tell us about teaching for inclusion? What do we do in our own teaching to include our students' backgrounds, perspectives and experiences?
  • Cross-disciplinary vs. discipline-based inclusivity: Are inclusion and access addressed differently depending on discipline?
  • Student panels: What can our students tell us about their differing experiences as learners? What has been effective for them in learning about other cultures and perspectives?
  • Experiential learning: How do students learn about inclusion through experiences outside the classroom?
  • Case studies: What student projects have been most valuable in your classes for teaching about race, culture, access and inclusion?
  • Universal course design: It's not just for online learning!
  • Effective practices in online and hybrid teaching: Do we need to take different approaches when students are learning outside the traditional classroom?

2018 Spring Faculty Conference Proposal Form

Please provide the following information and submit it to or electronic version by November 17, 2017

  1. Presentation Title
  2. Format (PowerPoint presentation, workshop, panel, etc.)
  3. Two to three sentence description of your session for the program (this should not exceed 100 words in total)
  4. Short description, not more than 250 words, of what you plan to do, including what you hope participants learn
  5. Your name, department and email address
  6. Other presenter(s) (please list name, department and email address for each presenter)