Teaching Faculty Interest Groups

Teaching Outside Your Cultural Comfort Zone (Faculty Community)

Thu, 3 Mar 2016 12:30 PM - Mon, 29 Feb 2016 11:30 AM

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.

Canceled for March 3.  Will resume in April

This Faculty Interest Group will be meeting on first Thursdays over the spring semester on the dates above. Please sign up for any or all that fit your schedule.


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.


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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