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CHSS Dean’s Faculty Fellows​​ for Inclusive Teaching Across Modalities​


Best Practices in Inclusive Pedagogy for Online Asynchronous Courses: Syllabus Creation and Discussion Forum Design

Date and Time

August 18,  2022; 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Presented by

Dr. Ayden Adler, Assistant Professor of Arts Administration, Department of Arts and Communication​


The classroom, whether physical or virtual, is a reflection of the world in which we live. Research has shown that students from underrepresented groups often face additional challenges succeeding in the classroom. By implementing inclusive teaching practices, faculty can create learning environments in which all students feel like they belong and can learn at high levels. An inclusive classroom has two structured components: course design and the class environment. This workshop focuses on one element from each component, creating effective syllabi and designing engaging online discussion forums. Informed by authors such as Christopher Emdin, Paulo Freire, bell hooks, and Bettina Love, this workshop offers inclusive teaching practices that can be immediately put to use to benefit both faculty and their students. These practices are tailored for online, asynchronous teaching, but are also relevant in the physical classroom.​​​

Dr. Ayden AdlerWith degrees from Princeton University (A.B.), the Juilliard School (M.M.), and the Eastman School of Music (M.A., D.M.A., Ph.D.), Dr. Adler’s vision is to sustain the arts through robust inclusivity and diversity, superlative artistry, and innovative approaches to audience engagement and retention. Her academic research focuses on the history of arts and culture institutions in the United States from the Gilded Age to the present. Her current book project, Orchestrating Whiteness: Serge Koussevitzky, Arthur Fiedler, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under contract with the University of Illinois Press, addresses the historical roots of systemic racism in classical music in the United States.​

Designing Accessible Online Asynchronous Course Curricula

​Date and Time

​Sept. 1, 2022; 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Presented by

Ashleigh Petts, Assistant Professor of Technical Communication​


Dr. Ashleigh PettsThe purpose of this interactive workshop is to provide faculty across the university with insights into and best practices for creating accessible curricula for online asynchronous courses. No previous knowledge of accessibility is necessary to benefit from this workshop.​​

Leveraging research and best practices from technical communication and disability studies, participants will learn the principles behind course accessibility and practice designing accessible materials for online asynchronous courses that engage the five modes of communication: linguistic, visual, aural, gestural, and spatial. Participants will leave the workshop with a handout on course design as well as a list of additional resources.

Inclusive Pedagogy for UH​D Transfer Students

Date and Time

​Sept. 22, 2022; 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.​​

​Presented by

Shahnjayla K. Connors, PhD, MPH, CPH Assistant Professor of Health and Behavioral Science, Department of Social Sciences​


Dr. Shahnjayla K. ConnorsApproximately 70% of UHD students transferred from community colleges. Ma​ny of these students face challenges including addressing the gaps in academic preparation essential for graduating from 4-year institutions. Additionally, ​many UHD and community college students come from minority and underrepresented groups who are less likely to complete their undergraduate degrees and balance employment, care-taking, financial, and personal circumstances that impact their academic progress. Inclusive teaching instructional practices positively affect the academic success of transferring community college students. The goal of this workshop is to describe methods for improving​ inclusive teaching of UHD transfer students utilizing the Continuous Cycle of Instructional Improvement. 


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