Fall 2023 Provost Conference

Fall 2023 Provost Conference: “Navigating ‘Hot’ Moments in the Classroom”

Thursday October 12, 2023 in Community Commons 1700

Building upon DU’s commitment to free expression, diversity, equity, and inclusion, this year’s in-person, interactive one-day conference explores classroom responses to “hot moments.”   

Our collective capacity to process conflict has been eroded, making generative conversations about racial and social justice—or current events, like the upcoming presidential election difficult. It can be challenging to address unexpected conflict, but planning and skill-building can ease some pressure and create opportunities for learning.  

This conference will provide opportunities to understand and consider responses to hot moments in the classroom. Drawing on the deep expertise of DU faculty from across disciplines, the conference will highlight faculty scholarship, open discussion, offer practical insights and strategies, and provide opportunities for skill-building. 

Please join Provost Mary Clark, academic leadership, and your colleagues for this day of learning and community. Please register by October 8, 2023.  For a schedule of events, see below. We look forward to seeing you in October!  

We strive to ensure we create an inclusive and welcoming space for all of our events. Please let us know about any accommodations you may need for the event by emailing the VPFA Office at vpfa@du.edu

Event Schedule

8:30 – 9:15 am Registration and Breakfast
9:15 – 9:30 am Welcome and Opening Remarks: Mary Clark

9:30 -10:45 am


Keynote Address: The Big Bad Wolf, Race, and Humanization: Proactive Approaches to Building Humanizing Learning Environments in the Higher Education Classroom

Speaker: Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Maria Salazar, Morgridge College of Education

10:45 – 11:00 am Break

11:00 – Noon


Head, Heart, and Hand: Tools for Working Through Conflict in the Classroom and Roundtable Discussion 

Facilitator: Professor D-L Stewart, Chair, Higher Education Department, Morgridge College of Education

Noon – 12:30 pm Lunch with Colleagues 

12:30 – 2:00 pm





Lunch Faculty Panel: Managing “Hot” Moments in the Classroom: Exploring the Intersections of Identity and Context

Introduction: Mary Clark, Provost
Facilitator: Professor Roberto Corrada, Sturm College of Law
Professor Jesse Acevedo, Department of Political Science, CAHSS
Professor Sarah Pessin, Department of Philosophy, CAHSS
Professor Jonathan Sciarcon, Department of History, CAHSS
Professor Catherine Smith, Sturm College of Law  

2:00 – 2:15 pm  Break

2:15 – 3:30 pm


Building Skills for Navigating Hot Moments Interactive Workshop

Facilitator: Professor Greg Ungar, Theatre Department, CAHSS
Teacher: Professor Anne Penner, Theatre Department, CAHSS 

3:30 – 3:45 pm  Closing: Mary Clark

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Join us after the Provost Conference for the Office of Teaching and Learning’s  Inaugural Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Research Symposium and Reception 
Community Commons, 4th Story East and Overlook 

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will:  

Gain strategies to manage conflict in different campus contexts including pedagogical designs and interventions. 

Explore how identity, discipline, and other contextual factors may shape HOT moments in the classroom. 

Understand the resources, professional development opportunities, and policies and practices related to potentially navigating HOT moments in the classroom. 

Increase comfort with conflict in the classroom by approaching conflict as a constructive learning opportunity and practicing skills for managing HOT moments. 


Self-Reflection Questions and Articles

In preparation for the conference, please consider the article written by our keynote speaker María Salaza below.

Article Written byMaría Salazar. “A Humanizing Pedagogy: Reinventing the Principles and Practice of Education as a Journey Toward Liberation

Both for the conference and as part of the 11:00 Session “Head, Heart, and Hand: Tools for Working Through Conflict in the Classroom and Roundtable Discussion,” please consider the reflection questions and article written by D-L Stewart below:

Article and Reflection Questions Written by D-L Stewart on Reflecting on his experience in the classroom as a Black assistant professor. “Confronting the Politics of Multicultural Competence”     

Provost Conference Planning Committee

Committee Members:

Leslie Cramblet Alvarez

Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning

Jenn Bellamy

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Reginald Byron

Associate Professor and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Director; Faculty Director, Black Commun; Director, CRES

Roberto Corrada

Professor, Sturm Law and Mulligan Burleson Chair in Modern Learning

Jared Del Rosso

Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminology

Jennifer Karas

Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Poupeh Missaghi

Assistant Professor, English & Literary Arts

Deb Ortega

Professor and Director, University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship

Terese Rainwater

R1 Our Way Project Manager, Office of the Provost

Kate Ross

Professor of the Practice of Social Work; Director Denver Campus MSW Program

Derigan Silver

Associate Professor, Media, Film & Journalism Studies

Alison Staudinger

Director of Faculty Development & Career Advancement, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

D-L Stewart

Professor and Department Chair, Department of Higher Education