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Inclusive Teaching

The center of Bentley University is the classroom.  We commit to providing inclusive and just learning environments.  To achieve this purpose, Academic Affairs provides faculty and staff ongoing learning and development opportunities.  In addition to those live offerings, faculty are encouraged to review the resources offered on this page at their own pace. In reviewing these resources, you will find that you will not have to make huge adjustments to your courses or pedagogy to have a positive impact.

Developing Course Content

Faculty preparing to teach new or existing courses should take time to review their course curriculum, syllabus, and materials. Are the course goals and expectations clear and transparent to all students? Do the authors of the course materials come from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds? These are just some of the questions that you might consider in preparing to offer your course. The resources in this section can assist in guiding you through this process.

Developing Course Content Resources

Inclusive Classroom Techniques and Pedagogical Practices

We strive as educators to cultivate positive classroom environments.  Developing the awareness and skills to be culturally responsive, address microagressions and build strong rapport amongst students are some of the topics addressed in the resources in this section.   

Inclusive Pedagogy Resources

Highlighted Resource:

Empowered Teaching Toolkit: Beginning to Prepare for "Difficult" or "Controversial" Conversations

In this video (45 minutes in length), Dr. Chavella T. Pittman, Professor of Sociology at Dominican University provides instructors with a framework to identify classroom discussions/conversations that may be difficult or controversial. She then moves into how to plan an approach to these conversations that will ensure you feel empowered as an instructor and create an inclusive learning space for all students. As a bonus, Dr. Pittman also discusses how this preparation and thoughtful approach makes instructors better colleagues and allies for all faculty.

This resource is a previously recorded webinar found on the National Center for Faculty Diversity & Development (NCFDD) website. Bentley is an institutional member of the NCFDD, which means all instructors can set up a personal account with the NCFDD. For instructions on how to do so, please click here.

Recommended by Erin Kelley, Associate Dean, Assurance of Learning and Accreditation