Advancing Equity in Teaching Excellence: A Celebration and Launch of Departmental Action Teams.

Apr 2, 2022

By: Leslie Alvarez, Director of OTL, Co-chair Teaching Excellence Task Force


Noah Finkelstein

Dr. Noah Finkelstein Presenting

The first event in the Provost’s Conference Series was held Friday, April 1 with CU Boulder’s Drs. Noah Finkelstein and Sarah Andrews. Their keynote addressed how expanding the voice and types of evidence used in understanding teaching quality has implications for equity. Approximately 30 faculty and faculty leaders attended in person, with more joining via Zoom. To view the keynote once ready and learn more about upcoming conference events, visit our website. The event also officially launched three inaugural Department Action Teams (DATs@DU). During the second hour of the event, DU DATs were joined by a panel of DAT leaders from CU Boulder.

Once again, congratulations to our inaugural DATS!

–University Writing Program, led by Executive Director and Associate Professor Sheila Carter-Tod, University Academic Programs

–Angela Sowa
Juli Parrish
Robert Gilmor
Sarah Hart Micke
Brad Benz
Richard Colby
Joe Ponce

R1 Speaker Presentation

Dr. Sarah Andrews Presenting

–First-Year Language Program, Center for World Languages and Cultures, led by Teaching Assistant Professor Emily Sposeto, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

–Kate Rice
Maha Foster
Polina Maksimovich
Virginie Cassidy

–Teaching and Learning Sciences, led by Clinical Professor Norma Hafenstein, Morgridge College of Education

–Rashida Banerjee
Devadrita Talapatra
Rachel Lim
Kayla McCreadie

Special thanks to Provost Clark for kicking off the event and to the DATs@DU leadership team:

–Kate Willink, VPFA
Alison Staudinger, Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement
Leslie Cramblet Alvarez, Director of OTL, Co-chair Teaching Excellence Task Force
Virginia Pitts, Director of University Teaching, DAT facilitator
Jared Del Rosso, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminology,  Faculty Fellow of Teaching and Learning, Co-chair Teaching Excellence Task Force, and DAT facilitator
Barbekka Hurtt, Teaching Associate Professor in Biological Sciences, Faculty Fellow of Teaching and Learning, and DAT facilitator
Kayoung Kim, Director of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and FLCs, Project Assessment

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