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Guest Lectures

In addition to the keynote lecture at our annual Excellence in Teaching Day, the CTE also seeks out opportunities to bring nationally-recognized experts to campus at other times in the year to engage faculty in conversations about the latest research on teaching and pedagogy. These lectures are open to the entire university community, unless otherwise noted.

Spring Events

In April, the CTE was pleased to welcome two nationally-recognized scholars to campus to speak on questions of inclusive teaching. Both approach this work from STEM perspectives, but their sessions promised wide applicability across disciplines.

Inclusive Practices in Higher Education

Dr. Bryan Dewsbury (Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Rhode Island) delivered an interactive lecture on “Teaching for Meaning and Purpose: Inclusive Practices in Higher Education.” Open to all BC faculty and staff, this session worked from the assumption that inclusive practices in the classroom demand a non-linear, sometimes unorthodox approach to each semester. In this talk, we collectively explored what those approaches might look like in unique contexts, and unpacked how these approaches can augur profound, inclusive experiences. For further information, contact Stacy Grooters.

Supporting Women & Minorities in STEM

The CTE was pleased to partner with the Institute for the Liberal Arts to host a workshop by Dr. Leena Akhtar on Tuesday, April 9th from 1:00 - 3:00 in the CTE’s Innovation Lab (O’Neill 250). Titled “Redesigning the Clubhouse: Supporting Women & Minorities in STEM,” this workshop introduced instructors to a series of useful frameworks for supporting women and minorities in the sciences. In addition to considering the institutional and historical pressures that have led to discrimination and exclusion and pressing issues facing junior scientists today, we discussed strategies for more effectively connecting with and supporting women and minorities aspiring to STEM careers. The workshop was open to all faculty and staff at Boston College. For further information, contact Jenna Tonn.