Faculty of Science Inclusive Teaching Initiative

Supporting Science instructors in building more inclusive and anti-racist classrooms

Curriculum and classroom climate are critical factors that shape a student's learning and overall university experience, but systemic biases in both can negatively impact students from underrepresented groups. Here we propose a pilot project that will provide support to a group of instructors who are interested in exploring what it means to create an inclusive and anti-racist classroom and how to integrate into their course design and teaching practice new material and approaches that support these goals and promote student success. Funded by the Faculty of Science and Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal Academic, this pilot project is part of the Faculty’s response to McGill’s Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism (ABR Plan) and Strategic Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan 2020-2025 (EDI Plan). It aligns with both plans’ Student Experience pillar, and the goal articulated in the ABR Plan to "support the development of inclusive pedagogies and curricular approaches that foster the learning and development of our diverse community and a sense of belonging for all students, without interfering with the freedom of individual instructors to determine the content of their courses." Selected instructors from across departments in the Faculty of Science will form a small network of instructors to work together over the period of the 2022-2023 academic year to investigate how to promote EDI through strategies for instruction and/or assessment, with a view to strengthening elements of their courses that relate to inclusive and anti-racist pedagogy and curriculum. Participants will receive a professional development allowance of $3,000, funded by the Provost’s Action Plan Against Anti-Black Racism.

Timeline

  • October 7, 2022: Deadline for instructors to submit expressions of interest
  • October 21, 2022: Applicants notified of selection committee decisions
  • November 2022: Participants interviewed to find out their interests, challenges, priorities etc. for this opportunity
  • December 2022: End of term kick-off meeting for instructor network and joint planning/prioritizing for the Winter term
  • January – April 2023: Monthly meetings of the network, facilitated by the Office of Science Education
  • May 2023: Reflect on experience and share learning to date.


Eligibility and Application Process

We welcome expressions of interest from tenure-track faculty members and faculty lecturers in the Faculty of Science. Interested participants should send a one-page (maximum) expression of interest. Possible questions you could respond to are listed:

  • Why are you interested in this opportunity?
  • What are your thoughts on what an inclusive and anti-racist classroom might look like, and what challenges there might be in establishing such a classroom environment?
  • What is your experience in incorporating inclusive and anti-racist pedagogy and/or curricula into your teaching practice?
  • What particular area(s) or course(s) would you like to work on revising?
  • What would you like to get out of this experience?

Expressions of interest will be accepted until October 7 and should be sent to ose [at] mcgill.ca, with the name of this initiative in the subject line: FacSci Inclusive Teaching Initiative.

Selection Process

Five to six candidates will be selected to participate in the 2022-2023 pilot of the program. Selections will be made by representatives from the Office of Science Education, Equity Team in the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), and Teaching and Learning Services, in consultation with the Faculty of Science Associate Dean (Graduate Studies), based on these criteria:

  1. Degree of interest in investigating and implementing strategies to establish an inclusive and anti-racist classroom environment
  2. Interest in participating in a network of peers who meet monthly to discuss relevant pedagogical issues
  3. Representation of a variety of departments, units and career stages in the Faculty of Science. Priority will be given to those whose teaching is associated with the Faculty of Science.

Decisions will be communicated by October 21 to all who have submitted expressions of interest.
 

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