Center for Faculty Innovation

What Does ‘Teaching Excellence’ Mean for Marginalized Faculty? (Online Roundtable)

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This online roundtable will be offered on Tuesday, October 20 from 4:00-5:00 PM, and Wednesday, October 21 from 3:00-4:00 PM. Register for either using the link below.

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The concept of “teaching excellence,” while empowering for some faculty, can be weaponized against marginalized faculty. Concepts such as “teaching excellence,” “collegiality,” and “fit” are defined by and for dominant groups, and in alignment with their cultural norms and strengths, thus benefiting the already privileged. This one-hour roundtable centers the experience of faculty of color at JMU, a Historically White Institution, while also acknowledging racism exists within a web of oppression based on gender, ability, class, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect upon the problematic nature of “teaching excellence” and related concepts. In addition, the roundtable seeks to create space to build community around disrupting and challenging the oppression inherent in the idea of “teaching excellence” and reclaiming/creating empowering goals for ourselves as teachers.

Facilitated by Daisy L. Breneman, Justice Studies 

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Identifying problems inherent in the idea of “teaching excellence” and related concepts; and
  • Building community around challenging those concepts, while reclaiming/creating more empowering goals and practices.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this teaching outcome:

  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices.


Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a graduate student or administrator and would like to attend, please sign up and leave a note at the end of the survey.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, or (540)860-0524.

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