Online Workshops

Instructional workshops are designed to assist faculty in the endeavor to improve instruction, improve classroom management and construct teaching portfolios. These workshops are valuable for course design and preparation of the teaching portion of their advancement, promotion and/or tenure documentation.

All workshops are held via Zoom, unless otherwise noted.


Instructional Workshops

Unintended Offenses: Making Your Classrooms Safe from Microaggressions

Date: 12:00-1:00 p.m., Wednesday 9/23
Facilitator: Angela Webster

Microaggressions are subtle remarks or actions that are group based, often unconscious, and may not be intentionally harmful. Because of their cumulative negative impact, however, they may be off-putting and injurious to certain individuals (typically those from marginalized and minoritized groups). This session will help faculty identify types of microaggressions as well as provide reflection strategies that help to cultivate emotionally safe classroom environments that afford optimal student learning. Dialogue will serve as a key component of this session. 


Disability Compliance and Etiquette Conversations

Date: 12:15-1:30 p.m., Thursday, 9/24
Facilitators: Doris Pierce and Other Disability Resource Center Staff Members

Don’t understand why you have to implement that accommodation?  Do you often feel unprepared to talk to your class about disability etiquette?  Learning about and talking to students without disabilities about disability compliance and etiquette doesn’t have to feel awkward, frightening, or accusatory.  Let the DRC team help you understand how you can create an accessible and inclusive environment. View the recording!


Inclusive Pedagogies and Learning Communities

Date: 3:00-4:15 p.m., Thursday, 9/24
Facilitator: Allen Thomas

Learning communities are situated in a unique position at UCA, and as such there are concerns that are both unique and universal to pedagogy. This conversation will involve an exploration of inclusivity, instruction, programming, and structure, highlighting the importance of an inclusive pedagogy within learning communities and potential strategies usable within a variety of contexts. The goal of this conversation is not to equip you with concrete skills, but rather to provide a space to investigate how your skills can be applied in a (more) inclusive context, moving as close to liberation as we are capable and able. View the recording!


Dialect Differences versus Errors in Student Writing

Date:X-period (1:40-2:30 p.m.), Tuesday, 9/29
Facilitators: Cristine Busser and Jen Talbot

Students arrive at the university speaking a variety of home discourses, in many cases moving seamlessly among them according to context and purpose, a phenomenon known as codeswitching. Because language is tightly bound to identity, adopting the language of the academy (Standard Edited American English or SEAE), can feel marginalizing to some BIPOC students. Writing assessment that focuses tightly on sentence-level features can also disadvantage students by obscuring their performance in meeting more global criteria such as content, structure, analysis and synthesis, and argument-building. In this session, we will describe best practices for when and how to assess surface-level discourse features, and strategies for understanding the difference between error and dialect difference. 


Diversity Detox: An Introduction to Diversity Science

Date: 12:15-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, 10/6
Facilitator: Candice Barnes

Diversity is commonly understood as representational and equality for all. This session will explore diversity science perspectives. You will also engage in discussing why diversity trends as symbolic and how diversity science aligns to the four I’s of oppression and  opportunity thinking. View the recording!


LIVED EXPERIENCES SERIES: The Policing of Black Students’ Experiences

Date: 12:00-1:00 p.m., Wednesday, 10/28
Facilitator: Angela Webster

The Lived Experiences Series is continuing due to popular demand! By interacting with a panel of black students, participants will gain insight into their unique challenges of sharing their narratives that are, too often, denied, distorted, and dismissed. Join us and other faculty learners to hear how we can authentically witness, empathize with, and validate the uncomfortable, lived experiences of others that we do not share. Register online!


Faculty Wellness Series Partnered with UCA BeWell

Faculty Wellness Best Practices

Date12:00-1:00 p.m., Wednesday, 9/9
Facilitator: Moriah Bruner

Faculty play a critical role in shaping the student experience. By investing in your personal wellbeing, you have the power to reinforce a supportive environment of health at UCA that enables student learning and success. We will explore faculty wellness best practices, including self-care and normalizing help-seeking behaviors. Register online!


Achieving Work/Life Balance

Date12:00-1:00 p.m., Wednesday, 10/14
Facilitator: Moriah Bruner

In these challenging times of teaching during a global pandemic, what can faculty members do to improve their work/life balance and avoid burnout? We will explore time management tips and ways to achieve a more balanced lifestyle that prioritizes time for self-care. Register online!


Resiliency & Mental Wellness

Date12:00-1:00 p.m., Wednesday, 11/13
Facilitator: Moriah Bruner

This has been a challenging year in our personal and professional lives.  Learn how to engage in strategies that support resiliency and mental wellness. We will explore the practice of mindfulness and learn appropriate methods for “checking in” with colleagues on a regular basis. Register online!