White Faculty and Staff Accountability
Led by Shannon Smythe
For white faculty and staff committed to undoing racism in all its forms, it is necessary to develop a critical consciousness that interrogates the spectrum of internal and external responses to anti-racist work. It is also critical for white faculty and staff to unpack their racialized identity without burdening faculty of color, which ultimately hinders efforts at solidarity in working for diversity, equity and inclusion. This year the group will read and discuss Robin DiAngelo's new book White Fragility:Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism. We will also practice being accountable with other white faculty and staff, in non-judgmental relationships, as we grow in understanding our roles both in perpetuating systemic racism and in dismantling it.
Fall meetings: Alexander Conference Room 110, 9/28, 10/26, and 11/30 from 11-12pm.
Educational Technology FLAGG's
Led by John Robertson
Online and Blended FLAGG (SoE and SoT) is for School of Education and School of Theology faculty. We’ve got four meetings scheduled and will have some work outside of meeting. We’ll run something again in the future for other schools. As the School of Education and the School of Theology are both moving forward quickly with online graduate programs, we wanted to set up a community of practice during the coming year (in particular during the fall quarter) to offer faculty development and help develop online and blended (low-res) courses. We’ll use most of “The Blended Course Design Workbook: a practical guide”. It will serve as a useful point of discussion and has worksheet templates for most of the planning tasks around course development and moving from purely on campus to other modes of engagement.
Active Learning at SPU is for School of Nursing and is focused on helping a group of faculty volunteers explore untethered and active learning in their new teaching spaces. This FLAGG is running this quarter and next (this quarter four meetings as a theory review and planning, next quarter as observed practice and a culminating one day event for the School).
Additional Group Opportunities
Other groups in the interest areas of Teaching and Learning, Scholarship, Christian Faith, and other options are available. We do our best to group people together who are interested in an area. Feel free to sign-up for these areas if you are interested and we will do our best to group people together to form these groups.