Pedagogy Circle

The Center for Faculty Excellence and the Department of History & Philosophy 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.

Spring 2021 Pedagogy Circle Meeting

Towards Inclusive Curricula

March 11 from 3:30 – 5 p.m.


At this meeting we expect to share ideas on how to create more inclusive curricula for PNW – a project that raises at least three questions:

  1. In what ways do we currently exclude diversity and how does this harm students?
  2. Which disciplines lend themselves better to more inclusive curricula?
  3. How do we move towards more inclusive curricula?

As historical products, curricula always stand in need of updating and reform. Our current curricula are a legacy of colonialism. In many disciplines we exclude authors of color and texts from the nonwestern world. Above all, we exclude nonwestern methods and forms of knowledge. How do we resolve this problem? How do we decolonize our curricula? By adding other cultural experiences? Or, by adding universal perspectives that transcend all cultures? While recognizing that not all disciplines lend themselves to more inclusive curricula, how do we move towards higher standards of diversity? By adding more authors of color, texts from the nonwestern world, etc.?

Join us at the Spring 2021 Pedagogy Circle meeting (virtual) to discuss these questions and share your ideas and experiences.

Please see these articles and links:

  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

Past Pedagogy Circle Meetings

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