Pedagogy Circle

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

Spring 2022 Pedagogy Circle Meeting

Critical Thinking & Inclusive Curricula

March 10 from 3:30 – 5 p.m.

At this meeting we expect to share ideas on how to enhance critical thinking, inclusivity, and diversity (CID) in our curricula – a project that raises at least four questions:

  1. What is critical thinking and how does it relate to greater inclusivity and diversity in our curricula?
  2. In what ways do we currently lack CID and how does this harm students?
  3. Which disciplines lend themselves better to CID?
  4. How do we improve CID in our curricula?

We are grateful to Dr. Detmer, who will begin this session with his presentation on critical thinking and inclusivity. After this, with your valuable input, we will explore two problems plaguing higher education – inadequate critical thinking skills, and imbalanced curricula that omit the non-western world. As historical products, curricula always stand in need of updating and reform. Our current curricula are a legacy of colonialism. How do we enhance CID and decolonize curricula, while preserving the good side of western knowledge?

Join us at the Spring 2022 Pedagogy Circle meeting (virtual) to discuss these questions and share your ideas and experiences.

Please see these articles and links:

  1. Importance of Critical Thinking in Curriculum Development
  2. Critical Thinking: Where to Begin
  3. Does College Teach Critical Thinking? A Meta-Analysis
  4. It’s Time to Get Serious About Teaching Critical Thinking
  5. Decolonizing the Curriculum
  6. Revolutionizing my Syllabus: The Process

What is a Pedagogy Circle?

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.

Past Pedagogy Circle Meetings

Fall 2021Toward Inclusive Curricula: Using Humor in the Inclusive Classroom

Spring 2021 – Toward 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  – “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