Inclusive Writing Pedagogy Across the Disciplines Workshop Series

The past year has exposed long-standing systemic inequities in higher education that are enacted not only at the governmental and institutional level, but also in our own classrooms, though usually unintentionally and unknowingly. But change is possible.

Join us for Inclusive Writing Pedagogy Across the Disciplines, a 6-part workshop series taking place Friday afternoons from September to November. We'll bring together the Miami community and scholars from universities nationwide together to discuss how we can bring inclusion, diversity, accessibility, and social justice into the classroom. You can expect to come away with practical applications that provide both access and opportunity for a range of diverse learners. There will be short readings and practical activities between sessions. Participants will also receive a copy of the book What Inclusive Instructors Do.

HCWE Equity Challenge

As part of the HCWE's Equity Challenge campaign this year, those who attend at least 5 sessions, complete all the reading and activities, and change at least one classroom practice to be more inclusive, will be provided $200 in professional development funds.  All Miami faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to attend the series and are eligible for the Equity Challenge.

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We hope you'll join us for the full series, but you're welcome to RSVP for single sessions.

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Sessions Schedule

A maximum of 10 people may join us in-person at the Howe Center for Writing Excellence in King Library Room 133. Other attendees can join a simulcast Zoom. You can designate your choice of attending in-person or virtually when you sign up.

Read about the planned sessions below.

Parts 1 & 2: Pushing Beyond Inclusion: Access, Opportunity, and Troublesomeness

This two-part session, led by Linda Adler-Kassner of the University of California (UC) Santa Barbara, kicks off the series. Part 1 of the workshop will provide a framework for designing inclusive and equitable courses, then invite participants to consider how these courses can be “troublesome” for learners. Part 2 will provide a framework for addressing “troublesomeness,” building on part 1. Participants should be ready to interview a former undergraduate student in one of their courses or administer a survey to students in a current course between parts 1 and 2 of the workshop if possible. There will be time to develop questions during the workshop; Linda will also be available to consult between sessions about any questions. Participants will leave with concrete strategies for designing inclusive/equitable courses and for addressing troublesome knowledge.

  • When: Friday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 10, 12:00PM–1:30PM (must attend both sessions)
  • Where: King Library Room 133 (The HCWE) and Zoom

Dr. Linda Adler-Kassner

Professor of Writing Studies; Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education; and Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning at UC Santa Barbara

Part 3: Points of Pain for Students of Color at White Universities: Understanding Our Students and Their Experiences

Miami Professors Amber Franklin and Vrinda Kalia will discuss their current study about the daily racist stressors experienced by Miami BIPOC students that negatively impact their academic, social, and emotional well-being. The facilitators will then lead participants through activities to inform their own practices in order to help students navigate out of these potentially painful interactions.

  • When: Friday, Sept. 24, 12:00PM–1:30PM
  • Where: King Library Room 133 (The HCWE) and Zoom

Dr. Amber Franklin

Associate professor, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Miami University; Director of the English Language Learning Pronunciation Lab (ELLPL)

Dr. Vrinda Kalia

Assistant professor, Department of Psychology at Miami University; Director of the Thought Language and Culture (TLC) Lab

Part 4: Creating Accessible Syllabi

It’s common for instructors to complain that students don’t read the syllabus, but take one look at contemporary syllabi and it’s not hard to see why. If we were to design the document more accessibly, though, might students use it more effectively? This presentation, led by Anne-Marie Womack of Rice University, guides instructors through accessible syllabus strategies including multimodal content, effective document design, and inclusive rhetoric and policies.

  • When: Friday, Oct. 15, 12:00PM–1:30PM
  • Where: King Library Room 133 (The HCWE) and Zoom

Dr. Anne-Marie Womack

Creator of Accessible Syllabus. Assistant Teaching Professor, Activate Engineering Communication Program, George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University

Part 5: Designing Writing Programs and Curricula for and with Multilingual Students

In this presentation, Laura Gonzales of the University of Florida will discuss how multilingual students have important strengths and experiences that should be centralized in the development of writing programs. Positioning translation as a rhetorical technology that multilingual writers practice every day, Gonzales will suggest that language diversity should be a central component of writing curricula design across areas of specialization. Language diversity is an asset that should inform writing education, particularly as students prepare to work as effective communicators in contemporary contexts.

  • When: Friday, Oct. 22, 12:00PM–1:30PM
  • Where: King Library Room 133 (The HCWE) and Zoom

Dr. Laura Gonzales

Assistant Professor, Department of English, the University of Florida

Part 6: Social Justice as Departmental Mission

Members of the Department of Teacher Education at Miami will discuss the journey they've taken anchoring threshold concepts to enact their department's mission:  "We prepare future and current teachers who design and implement culturally and contextually relevant curriculum and pedagogy. Empowered by a critical and substantive understanding of research, these teachers are positioned to confront social injustices, apply global perspectives, and actively participate in democratic society." Following Q&A and open discussion, participants will consider what a social justice initiative might look like in their own department and identify one action they could take now.

  • When: Friday, Nov. 5, 12:00PM–1:30PM
  • Where: King Library Room 133 (The HCWE) and Zoom

Dr. Nazan Bautista

Professor and Coordinator, Primary Education, Miami University

Dr. Ganiva Reyes

Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Primary Education, Miami University

Dr. Racheal Banda Rothrock

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Miami University

Dr. Brian Schultz

Professor and Chair, Department of Teacher Education, Miami University