Faculty Development Webinar Series -- Spring 2021
Equity and Assessment: Intention to action. Doing the work and making the impact
Dr. Divya Bheda
April 23, 2021
Do you want to make your course, assignments, instruction, programming, or policies more equitable? Do you want to engage in real change to catalyze student success? Are you ready to work collaboratively to plan concrete strategies and action plans to advance social justice even as you transform student learning? If your answer is yes to any or all of the above questions, then this is the workshop for you. Attend this session to (re)design your role as an educator who is student-centered in their efforts, is ready to confront and overcome historical and institutionalized ways of being premised upon imperialism, whiteness, patriarchy, etc., and who is ready to plant the seed(s) for sustainable change either through their own practice or through championing the work of others.
Dr. Divya Bheda, She/Her(s) is a higher education consultant and the Director of Education and Assessment at ExamSoft. She has over a decade of experience in leading program evaluations, assessments, and social justice training. She has experience championing curricular innovation and learning outcomes assessment that enables authentic engagement and deep learning. Her curricular-assessment-evaluation work has spanned general education, higher education administrative units, academic programs and certificates, and student support services. She has experience in online, and brick and mortar educational contexts and her expertise spans building organizational responsiveness, catalyzing andragogical/pedagogical excellence, advocating for equity and social justice issues, and enhancing student success. She approaches data, strategic-planning, and decision-making using a formative, utilization-focused, equity-building lens.
Dr. Bheda holds a PhD in Critical and Socio-Cultural Studies in Education from the University of Oregon, an M.S. Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon, an M.A. in Mass Communication / Media Studies from the University of Madras, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology, English Literature, and Communication from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.
COR 400 Funding Opportunity
The Provost’s Office is funding a special initiative to develop COR 400 courses that incorporate a focus on racial justice. This opportunity has two prongs:
-- Re-development of up to ten existing COR 400 courses; the added racial justice content must be appropriate to the overall course. Possible strategies include the creation of a racial justice unit; the development of a racial justice thread that runs throughout the course; etc.. Stipends will be $500.
-- Development of up to five new COR 400 courses. Stipends will be $2000.
The regular course approval process will be followed, starting with the submission of a Core course proposal to the Core Committee. New and re-developed courses that are approved by the Core and Curriculum Committees will be eligible for this development funding.
Implementation of new courses will ideally occur in the 2021-2022 academic year, though they could be offered sooner (e.g., Maymester 2021) or later (e.g., the instructor is on sabbatical next year). Implementation of re-developed existing courses will depend on the usual rotation of the course offering. COR 400 courses scheduled for Spring, 2021 are eligible for re-development funding this fall, although the approval time-line is very short.
This special initiative by Provost’s Office starts immediately; funds must be distributed by May 31, 2021. Note that these funds are in addition to the ongoing funding opportunities offered by the Core Committee. Please contact Theresa Beaty (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
O'Connell Grants Application
This academic year poses many challenges, but at the same time many of us are taking on the social, political, and environmental crisis we face on a daily basis by having our students confront these issues in the classroom. It is my intention for this year to use the resources of the O’Connell Professorship to support all of us in that work. In doing so, I hope to support the wide variety of methods and topics that we are bringing into our teaching.
There are four categories of grant for which you may apply: course content, video content creation, in class video conference speaker, and Academic/Pedagogy virtual conference panel grants.
For more information, contact Holly Rine at email@example.com.
Student Learning Assessment Funding Opportunity
COVID-19 and structural racism have exposed the inequities that have been present in higher education assessment practices. The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has taken on this challenge and stresses the need to:
· Check biases and ask reflective questions throughout the assessment process to address assumptions and positions of privilege.
· Use multiple sources of evidence appropriate for the students being assessed and assessment effort.
· Include student perspectives and take action based on perspectives.
· Increase transparency in assessment results and actions taken.
· Ensure collected data can be meaningfully disaggregated and interrogated.
· Make evidence-based changes that address issues of equity that are context-specific (Montenegro & Jankowski, 2020).
Funding is available for SLA projects that focus on equity-minded assessment for the improvement of your assessment processes, teaching, and student learning in academic and co-curricular programs.
For SLA Funding Guidelines and Applications, visit the SLA Webpage on Echo
If you have questions, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Montenegro, E., & Jankowski, N. A. (2020, January). A new decade for assessment: Embedding equity into assessment praxis (Occasional Paper No. 42). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).
Bias Related Incidents and Title IX Complaints
Faculty and staff who experience bias-related incidents are encouraged to report those incidents to the Bias-Related Incident Team. If you need support after a sexual assault or in cases of sexual harassment, please contact our Title IX Coordinator. You can report any ethical issue, anonymously, through our offsite Ethics Reporting Hotline.
Our diversity statement: “Inspired by St. Ignatius of Loyola's capacity to find God in all things, Le Moyne seeks to build a respectful, welcoming campus culture that celebrates difference and models inclusion. Uniqueness is expressed through gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age physical and mental attributes, and religious an political beliefs. A Catholic, Jesuit college has a particular responsibility to provide an environment for the safe and nurturing exploration of difference, while also offering rich, ample opportunities for students to pursue the Jesuit ideal of "education in dialogue with the world."
Le Moyne’s Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Officer is Karin Botto. You can contact her by email at email@example.com. You can call her at x. 4155 or drop into Human Resources to meet with her.