Pedagogy Circle

The Center for Faculty Excellence and the Department of History, Philosophy, Politics & Economics co-sponsor a Pedagogy Circle meeting each semester.

The purpose of this faculty-driven forum is to encourage discussion about the more humanistic issues at stake in the contemporary classroom: why facts matter, how to balance democracy with decorum, fair grading in the humanities, enforcing attendance, etc.

It is neither a faculty club, nor a teaching clinic. Nevertheless, the hope is that the Pedagogy Circle will foster faculty collegiality. This forum is intended to encourage faculty discussions on what they love most—issues and problems relevant to their teaching practices.

Participants bring valuable insights and input to these meetings, but also benefit through shared teaching tips, etc. This forum is open to all faculty (including LTLs and CLs)—especially in-coming faculty who are new to teaching.

Fall 2021 Pedagogy Circle Meeting

Towards Inclusive Curricula: Using Humor in the Inclusive Classroom

October 7 from 3:30 – 5 p.m.


At this meeting we expect to share ideas on how to create more inclusive curricula for PNW, specifically related to the use of humor in the classroom.  See full agenda.

Featured presentation by Wendy St. Jean, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Using Humor in the Inclusive Classroom

Humor can disarm students and open them to discussing controversial subjects. It can also alienate them if they feel that they have been made the target of jabs. As the purpose of an inclusive curriculum is to tune classes to student needs, we do not want to alienate them with satire that marginalizes groups in US society with which they might self-identify. Perhaps some of my best and worst classroom moments have involved humor. Come prepared to discuss some of yours, as well as the advantages and potential pitfalls of sharing cartoons, comedy sketches and humorous clips with students.

Join us at the Fall 2021 Pedagogy Circle meeting (virtual) to discuss this important topic!

Past Pedagogy Circle Meetings

Spring 2021 Pedagogy Circle MeetingToward Inclusive Curricula

  • For more information about creating inclusive curricula, please see:
  1. Decolonizing the curriculum
  2. Decolonizing the Curriculum: The BLM Approach to History
  3. Revolutionizing my Syllabus: The Process
  4. What would it mean to decolonize the curriculum? 
  5. ‘Students want to confront it’: academics on how to decolonise the university

Fall 2020 Pedagogy Circle Meeting – “Teaching in a Time of Twin Crises: Pandemic + Racism”

  • For more information about pandemic plus anti-racist pedagogies, please see:
  1.  Pandemic Pedagogy: Will Remote Teaching Improve Education?
  2. Lessons Learned from Teaching Online: Pedagogy in a Pandemic
  3. Pandemic Pedagogy
  4. Pandemic Pedagogy and the Limits of Compassion (available exclusively to Chronicle subscribers)
  5. Barriers and Strategies by White Faculty Who Incorporate Anti-Racist Pedagogy
  6. Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Stonehill College
  7. Anti-Racist Pedagogy Resources