Teaching Faculty Interest Groups

Teaching Outside Your Cultural Comfort Zone (Faculty Community)

Thu, 4 Feb 2016 12:30 PM - Thu, 5 May 2016 1:30 PM

Dates and Locations:  

  • Thu, 4 Feb 2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM at SSC room 4043,
  • Thu, 3 Mar 2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM at SSC room 4043,
  • Thu, 7  Apr 2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM at SSC room 4043, and
  • Thu, 5 May 2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM at SSC room 3202.

This Faculty Interest Group will be meeting on four Thursdays over the spring semester on the dates above.  The CFI will be providing lunch or vouchers for all four meetings. 


This Faculty Interest Group (FIG) is designed to serve as a platform to explore experiences of faculty who teach outside their cultural comfort zone. Participants in this FIG will brainstorm and co-create effective teaching strategies, documenting “invisible” work, and issues with faculty mentoring. Participants will meet on first Thursday of every month in Spring 2016 for 60 minutes from 12:30-1:30.

Faculty will make progress toward these teaching outcomes:
  • Appreciating pedagogy—the art and science of teaching and learning--as a significant higher education endeavor, and
  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices.

Faculty will make progress toward this career planning outcome:

  • Developing and fostering productive mentoring and networking relationships.

Faculty will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Articulating and analyzing their experiences as teachers who teach outside their cultural comfort zone, and
  • Developing strategies to expand their cultural comfort zone to negotiate switching between two or more cultural codes while teaching.

Facilitator:  Smita Mathur, Ph.D. Associate Professor, EERE, and Faculty Associate, Center for Faculty Innovation.

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