Our Purpose Statement
The Inclusive Teaching Lab (ITL) envisions a University where the experiences of students from underrepresented groups are included in classrooms in both course content and course delivery. The ITL brings a specific focus on advancing inclusive learning at the department level and is housed in the Center for Academic Excellence. The core objective of the ITL is to advance inclusivity and equity in curricula and pedagogy across campus by offering consultation to departments as they engage in a careful process of self-examination and curriculum redesign. This work supports the broader aim of nurturing a culture of attentiveness to inclusive learning, through developing program goals and area-specific curricula with an eye on inclusive excellence scholarship.
What Does the ITL Do?
The Inclusive Teaching Lab follows an inclusive design cycle as shown in the diagram. The three phases include Consideration, Enactment, and Assessment. Our team members will be here to help guide you through each step of the process.
- The decision to enact systemic change must be made to begin this work.
- Consider previous data collected from students or faculty to begin a self-assessment.
- Determine goals and possible outcomes.
- With the help of the ITL, begin to develop your action plan.
- Communicate an action plan.
- Develop strategies and assessment plans for this work.
- Assess the action plan.
- Implement the plan created.
- Assess if goals and outcomes were achieved.
- Begin Reflection Cycle.
What does the ITL Offer?
ITL methods draw from faculty experience and research in the field of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and are grounded in strategic, careful listening to offer a menu of resources for pedagogical innovation that carefully considers the experiences of underrepresented groups in higher education. This work responds to the 7/6/2020 request by black students at AppState, that the University’s curriculum should have “greater inclusion of Black and brown scholars and the contributions of people of color in ALL disciplines.” The ITL is a response to this mandate, designed to directly engage departmental curricula to advance culturally responsive pedagogy. While this group has come into being to address these demands, the ITL focuses on the full breadth of inclusion issues.
- A self-paced, guided, and tailored curriculum revision process that departments and programs can use to reflect upon, analyze, and revise their curriculum to advance instruction that is inclusive and equitable.
- Ongoing consultation and coaching services premised on collaborative and relational approaches to support departments as they engage in curriculum revision processes.
- A network of services to connect groups undertaking curriculum revision with university personnel who can offer specific and focused expertise to address each department’s particular needs.
- A method to foster intra-departmental collegiality and collaboration as shared goals for inclusive learning, as they are articulated and infused across the curriculum.
How Do We Begin This Work?
Our goal is to understand - rather than give you any specifics about the work we might do, so when we first meet, we will ask some questions to try to get an accurate gauge of where your department feels they are in this work. Some questions to consider as you prepare for this work:
- Who should be included in our initial conversations about Inclusive Excellence work?
- How would you describe the department’s climate around Inclusive Excellence work?
- Are there field-specific frameworks, theories, organizations, or standards within your content area that intersect with and might inform diversity and Inclusive Excellence work within the department?
- Why are you doing or why do you want to begin this work?
Please email our team for more information about how to begin: email@example.com
"Changing department culture requires intentionality. It requires valuation of equity and inclusion. It means not having all the right answers, but instead being open to learning what we don’t know, being willing to be uncomfortable, braving the difficult dialogue, and engaging actively in the work."
Meet Our Team
Dr. Elizabeth Bellows
Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, IE Faculty Fellow, RCOE
Dr. Andrew Bellemer
Associate Professor, Molecular Neuroscience, Biology
Dr. Peter Nelson
Associate Professor, Department of Leadership & Education Studies
Assistant Professor, Finance, Banking & Insurance, Acting CAE IE Co-Director
Associate Professor, Art
Dr. Daniel Theriault
Assistant Professor, Recreation Management
Dr. Matthew Thomas-Reid
Department of Leadership & Education Studies
Dr. Reeves Shulstad