The Center for Faculty Innovation is happy to welcome Dr. Tasha Souza to JMU as part of its 11th Annual May Symposium.

Dr. Tasha Souza, Ph.D

Dr. Tasha Souza, Ph.D. is the Associate Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Professor of Communication, at Boise State University. Most recently, she was the Faculty Associate for Inclusive Excellence at Humboldt State University (HSU) and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Previously, she was the founding faculty development coordinator for HSU's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and served as an instructional consultant at the Center for Instructional Development and Research (CIDR) at the University of Washington. Dr. Souza is a consultant on communication and pedagogy and has published in such areas as difficult dialogues in the classroom, responding to microaggressions with microresistance, discussion-based teaching, managing hot classroom moments, and intercultural conflict. 

Inclusive Excellence at JMU (Conference Day Keynote Plenary; 12:15pm), Festival Ballroom A: Led by visiting scholar Dr. Tasha Souza this interactive plenary will offer participants the opportunity to enhance student learning by creating more inclusive classrooms and learning spaces. In particular, participants will be able to identify inclusive excellence strategies most relevant for their courses and contexts and explore common challenges to inclusive excellence.

Facilitating Difficult Dialogues and Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom (Conference Day Workshop; 1:45pm). How can one transform a tense classroom discussion into a positive learning experience? This workshop will provide strategies for effectively facilitating difficult dialogues and managing hot moments in the classroom. In addition to exploring what can be done prior to a difficult discussion so that it may be a productive one, participants will explore effective strategies for facilitating difficult dialogues and responding to hot moments. Further, we will examine what can be done after a difficult dialogue to assess the outcomes of the experience.

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