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We have arranged our programming to address teaching and learning at UM and to support our UM community. 

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Summer 2021

Invitation for 8-week inclusive teaching summer grant program

As part of the UM Pathways to Equity Plan, AIG, CETL, and the Inclusive Teaching Worksop Planning Committee are sponsoring an Inclusive Teaching Workshop for faculty on 12-13 May 2021. More details about the May workshop can be found below under the Spring 2021 heading.

Pathways to Equity defines inclusion as “actively and intentionally creating a welcoming campus where all individuals feel they have a supportive and affirming space to learn, grow and engage.” Teaching for inclusion, then, is about developing effective teaching practices where students see their classrooms as spaces where they are welcomed and supported in learning, growing, and engaging the community.

At the May Workshop, two faculty grant programs to support inclusive teaching will be introduced. One grant program will run during the academic year and one grant program will run during the summer months. We are proud to announce the details of the summer grant program now; more information on both grants will be available during the workshop.

What: A summer faculty grant program to develop inclusive teaching practices. CETL/AIG will pay each participant a pre-tax stipend of $2,000 for completing the program. We anticipate funding 12 grant applications.

Who is eligible: All who teach undergraduates at the University including graduate instructors and staff with teaching responsibilities. Applications from those teaching summer sections will be preferred, and we also invite those who are interested to also attend our May 12-13 workshop Inclusive Teaching Practices Workshop, but neither are required for participation. 

How: As a member of a virtual community of practice, hosted by external partner Lumen Learning, you’ll share ideas and feedback with peers as you learn to practice inclusive teaching strategies and reflect on their classroom applications. Through learning by doing and experience-sharing, you’ll develop your teaching capabilities with techniques that engage students and help them to feel seen, respected, and included as capable partners in the learning process. Expert community facilitators guide you to identify your strengths and discover additional areas for growth. Learn more about the program and register at Lumen Circles Fellowships.  

When: Two identical sessions will be offered, and applicants can choose from either: Session 1: June 2 to July 28 (eight weeks) or Session 2: June 23 to August 18 (eight weeks)

Questions? Please contact Patti O’Sullivan at

Spring 2021

In support of the Pathways to Equity strategic plan to develop better outcomes in diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, and the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement are pleased to host a series of Spring 2021 events to support inclusive teaching practices. These events will culminate in a May 2021 workshop with grant-funded work to support faculty work for enhancing inclusive teaching practices.

May 2021

Inclusive Teaching Practices Workshop
May 12th and 13th 2021 via Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

Teaching strategies that emphasize structured active learning can create more equitable classrooms and improve learning for all students. As an introduction to inclusive teaching techniques, Professors Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy of the University of North Carolina will ask participants to reflect on inequities and diversity in their classrooms through interactive activities in this webinar. After providing a framework for inclusive design and their own research results, Hogan and Sathy will lead participants through active learning exercises and case studies that explore inclusive techniques. Drawing upon their own teaching experiences and educational research, they will model approaches online that can be readily implemented with any discipline or class size to help all students achieve their potential in both online and face to face formats.

Workshop Objectives:

    • Explain the inequities that arise in an unstructured learning environment.
    • Describe techniques that add structure and equity to a classroom.
    • Brainstorm ways to reduce the inequities in your own courses.

*For more information about the workshop and the presenters, visit the information page.

RSVP for this workshop here.


April 2021

4/6            Access and Universal Design

Best Practices for Building an Inclusive Syllabus

Your course syllabus provides a first impression of your course and serves as a road map for both you and your students. In this webinar, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) will be used as a framework for designing a syllabus that aligns with University of Mississippi priorities to create an inclusive, diverse and equitable campus for all students. Universal Design for Learning is a framework to design learning environments for all students based on three core principles: 1) provide multiple ways to engage students in learning; 2) provide multiple ways to present content and information, and 3) provide multiple ways for students to demonstrate what they are learning.
Participants will use this experience to 1) analyze syllabi content including instructional goals, strategic methods, materials, and assessments; and 2) consider how embedding UDL principles will support students’ learning, access, and engagement with the syllabus and your course curricula. The variety of modalities induced by the COVID pandemic, including technology tools that support access and learning will be included in the focus of the webinar. Providing learners with choices for both accessing information and demonstrating what they know will promote adherence to course goals and increase motivation.

Sam Catherine Johnston Ed. D. is the Director of Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development at CAST, the organization that pioneered Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Sam leads several National Science Foundation grants to broaden participation in STEM and create more opportunities for all people to access middle and high income careers. Her current work includes design and research of a mobile-first STEM eportfolio for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are disconnected from both school and the workforce, a multigenerational makerspace learning project situated in affordable housing, and a career exploration tool for career and technical education high school students so they can understand the emerging field of biofabrication. Sam has worked on a number of projects to integrate UDL into the design of community and technical college courses and to bring best practices on accessibility into higher education and workforce development.

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Please register here by noon, Monday, April 5. Registrants will receive Zoom details prior to the workshop.

Session Recording Available

Workshop Resources

March 2021

3/9            A “Threat in the Air”: How Stereotypes Affect Our Students’ Learning & What We Can Do About It

Speaker: Robin Paige, Director of Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Biography: Robin Paige is the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University where she also holds appointments as an Associate Teaching Professor and an Adjunct Professor of Sociology. Robin received her doctorate in Development Sociology from Cornell University and has taught at a wide variety of educational institutions from the community college to land grant and private research universities. She has presented at colleges, universities, and professional organizations on topics related to the sociality of learning. At Rice University she teaches courses on pedagogy and the sociology of gender.

Please register here by noon, Monday, March 8. Registrants will receive Zoom details prior to the workshop.

Session Recording Available

February 2021

2/26            Identifying and Destigmatizing Faculty Burnout

Speaker: Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Faculty Teaching & Learning Specialist, Georgia Tech

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Biography: Rebecca Pope-Ruark, PhD, is a faculty teaching and learning specialist in the Center for Teaching and Learning at Georgia Tech. She spent 12 years on the faculty at Elon University before moving into full-time educational development and part-time coaching. She is the author of Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching (Chicago) as well as co-editor of the collection Redesigning Liberal Education (Johns Hopkins). Her current work centers around faculty burnout, coaching, and productivity.

Please register here by noon, Wednesday, February 24. Registrants will receive Zoom details prior to the workshop. 

2/10            Implicit Bias in the Classroom

Speaker: Joel Amidon, Associate Professor of Secondary Education, University of MS

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Those that interact with students must be aware of different aspects of people’s identities, and how these different aspects can be privileged- or not- in our society. In this activity, participants will be asked to identify important aspects of their own identity, consider how these aspects are positioned in society, and discuss what the same positioning might mean for students.

Please register here by noon, Monday, February 8. Registrants will receive Zoom details prior to the workshop.

Session Recording Available

Workshop Resources

January 2021

1/29            Elevating the Value of Inclusive Teaching (For Department Chairs and Directors)

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
You are invited to attend the Department Chair and Director Professional Development Workshop on Friday, January 29, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. Mr. JuWan Robinson, Project Manager, Diversity and Community Engagement; Dr. Bob Cummings, Executive Director of Academic Innovation; and Dr. Josh Eyler, Director of Faculty Development, will present Inclusive Teaching.
Hosted by JuWan Robinson, Josh Eyler, Robert Cummings

Please register here by noon, Thursday, January 28. Registrants will receive Zoom details prior to the workshop.

1/28            An Asset-minded Overview of Student Diversity at UM

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
An open session for faculty identifying and discussing the differences amongst our study populations and how we appreciate those experiences within the classrooms.
Hosted by Katie Busby, JuWan Robinson, EJ Edney

Please register here

Session Recording Available

1/22            Diversity Summit 2021: Pathways to Equity

Breakout Session 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Teaching for Inclusion Workshop Series Overview
An introduction to the concepts behind teaching for inclusion, the connections to the strategic plan, and the potential for change.
Hosted by JuWan Robinson, Josh Eyler, Robert Cummings

Please register here


Fall 2020

October 2020

10/30          Zoom Workshop with Dr. Kevin Gannon

Topic:  Creating Communities of Hope

Time:  11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m | Location: Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

Please register here

Session Recording Available

10/6            Zoom Workshop with Sarah Rose Cavanagh

Topic:  Energizing and Motivating Students to Learn in Uncertain and Challenging Times

Time:  11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m | Location: Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

Please register here

Session Recording Available

Workshop Resources

September 2020

9/16            Zoom Workshop with Josh Eyler 

Topic:  The Call is Coming from Inside the House: How Grades Can Undermine Learning and Jeopardize our Students’ Wellbeing

Time:  11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m | Location: Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

Please register here

Session Recording Available


Summer 2020

The University of Mississippi’s 2nd Annual Faculty Approaches to Critical Thinking (FACT) Institute
August 12th and 13th 2020 via Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

The FACT Institute is an important part of the University of Mississippi’s ThinkForward Quality Enhancement Plan. This workshop is the second in an annual series of summer workshops dedicated to exploring the role of critical thinking in higher education, our university, and our classrooms. The FACT Institute plays a critical role in strengthening our approaches to teaching for critical thinking.

During the event opportunities for upcoming grants for enhancing critical thinking pedagogy will be introduced. In particular, attendees of the FACT Institute will be eligible to submit a proposal for a FACT grant, which provides $4000 for individuals (more for departmental teams) to redesign a lower-division course or courses they will be teaching in Spring 2021. Redesigns should include, but are not limited to, course outcomes, assignments, and teaching methods, with an eye toward revising these elements to enhance critical thinking. Participants must attend both sessions of the FACT Institute in order to be eligible for this opportunity.

During the 2019-20 academic year, 23 colleagues from 9 different departments across the university received FACT grants, either as individuals or part of departmental teams, to redesign courses to enhance critical thinking.

RSVP for the FACT Institute here:


Wednesday, August 12th

11:00 Overview of the QEP (Josh)

        • Elements of the Program, including Grant Programs
        • Assessment Components
        • Where We Are Now

11:30 Amanda Baker (Iowa State University) and Kari Taylor (Springfield College), keynote address on “productive discomfort” and the development of critical thinking skills

12:45 Assessing Critical Thinking in Our Courses

1:30 Wrap-up

Thursday, August 13th

11:00 Panel of Previous FACT Grant Awardees with Q&A

12:00 Panel of Previous CTR Grant Awardees with Q&A

12:45 Brainstorming Session for Proposal Development

1:30 Wrap-up

Please contact Josh Eyler at if you have any questions about the event.

Session Recording Available for FACT Institute Day 1

Session Recording Available for FACT Institute Day 2

August 2020

8/7              Zoom Workshop with Josh Eyler and Colleagues

Topic:  Teaching Strategies for the New Face-to-Face Environment: How to Help Students Learn in a Socially-Distanced Classroom

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m | Location: Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

Session Recording Available

July 2020

7/27            Zoom Workshop with Mays Imad

Topic:  Trauma-informed Pedagogy

Time: 12.00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Location: Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

Slide Show Available

Session Recording Available

May 2020

5/18           Applying Lessons Learned from the Last Few Months to Remote Teaching in the Future

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Keep Teaching are pleased to present a workshop to foster reflection and guidance for faculty teaching this upcoming summer semester and beyond based on lessons learned during Spring 2020 semester. This will be an active workshop with several hands-on activities.

Session Recording available


5/20           Learning from Faculty/Student Surveys of Spring 2020: Insights for Remote and Online Teaching

What lessons have we learned in spring 2020 which will help us going forward? CETL and IREP will review the results of surveys completed by faculty and students to help determine insights for remote and online teaching in summer semester and beyond.


5/22            Panel Discussion on Lessons Learned from Spring 2020

In spring 2020, in a scenario which would have been unthinkable only weeks before, University of Mississippi faculty responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic and moved their instruction to a remote format. As spring semester concludes and we begin to head toward a summer semester of remote teaching, faculty are beginning to take stock of their circumstances. Panelists include Nancy Maria Balach (Music), Gabriel Alexander Garrido (Modern Languages), Mervin Matthew (Psychology), Andrew Pfrenger (English).