Center for Faculty Innovation

Read and Dialogue: Linguistic Justice (Online Faculty Community)

Fri, 28 Jan 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This faculty community will meet on Wednesdays, 2/9, 2/23, and 3/9 from 12:45-2:00 PM on Zoom.

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Applications due by Fri, 1/28 at 12 PM.

Linguistic justice starts with interrogating how academia invites expression beyond formal, academic English to communicate knowledge. This group will read and discuss April Baker Bell’s 2020 book Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy, which illustrates what Antiracist Black Language Pedagogy looks like in the classroom. Discussions provide an opportunity to deepen understanding of the concepts and plan actions toward linguistic justice at our institution. This book is ideal for those seeking an introduction to the topic as well as those who desire camaraderie in the work. The Learning Centers has copies to loan participants or an e-book can be accessed through JMU Libraries.


Partner: The Learning Centers

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Understanding anti-Black linguistic racism in the context of higher education.
  • Reflecting on individual agency to make moves toward linguistic justice.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these teaching outcomes:

  • Appreciating pedagogy—the art and science of teaching and learning--as a significant higher education endeavor;
  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices;
  • Articulating how current pedagogical choices reflect disciplinary norms; and
  • Practicing the integration of scholarship and teaching.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a 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 at or (540)568-4846.


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