Center for Faculty Innovation

Centering Indigenous Knowledge and Valuing Diverse Ways of Knowing (Online Faculty Community)

Mon, 31 Jan 2022 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

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While academic journals and monographs prevail as the most common medium for scholarship and knowledge dissemination in most disciplines, other ways of sharing knowledge exist and offer "a real rich history” not recorded in those written forms.  Traditions related to some Indigenous knowledge sharing are one type of oral tradition, represented in the podcast Centering Indigenous Knowledge: Lil’wat Principles of Teaching and Learning.  In this Faculty Interest Group, co-facilitators Yasmeen Shorish and Elizabeth Wislar aim to provide space for participants from multiple points of interest – those new and experienced in diverse forms of scholarship – to dialogue, share, and heighten their awareness on diverse forms of scholarship.  After facilitators and participants share their connection to and interest in the topic, the group will informally dialogue around the following questions: Are you having conversations about this in your discipline? How are departments crediting or not crediting diverse forms of scholarship? How disruptive would it be to your discipline to include non-canonical knowledge sharing in your teaching or research agenda?  Discussion will promote co-constructed knowledge ideas that impact not only views on scholarship but teaching and academia in general.

Participants are asked to listen to the podcast Centering Indigenous Knowledge: Lil’wat Principles of Teaching and Learning and consider the above questions while listening before attending.

This podcast includes topics concerning residential education and institutional trauma.

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Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Expanding perspectives on different cultural traditions of knowledge-sharing;
  • Raising awareness on how diverse forms of scholarship promote knowledge; and
  • Sharing experiences of institutional acceptance of diverse forms of scholarship within disciplines.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this scholarship outcome:

  • Appreciating the diverse forms, purposes, and communication modes of scholarship in higher education.

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

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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