Teaching and Creativity Center
The Teaching and Creativity Center's mission is to enable faculty to increase teaching effectiveness and inspire innovation within a diverse community. We promote the scholarship of teaching and learning, helping faculty members engage in reflective dialogue, and apply current research to actual practice. The TCC works to foster an environment for faculty to exchange ideas and resources, to assist with course and lesson development, and to help faculty members enhance and develop their skills.
We are currently housed on the Brighton Campus in Building 12, Room 201. The TCC is also located in room 404 at the Downtown Campus.
Every year we have conversations, the Downtown Fall Forum, and the June Teaching and Learning Conference centered around our theme.
2020-2021 TCC Theme
Committing to Equity-Minded Pedagogy [See full Sept. 8 introduction published in the Employee Tribune]
In what we hope will become a much longer-term endeavor, this year the TCC will focus on equity (what it means, what it requires, what it doesn't) through our programming theme: Committing to Equity-Minded Pedagogy. If you participated in our programming last year, where we engaged in sustained reading of Bandwidth Recovery by Cia Verschelden, then you will recognize that we are not changing the subject.
At the 2020 June Teaching and Learning Conference, Verschelden encouraged all of us to not see equity issues as peripheral. One threshold concept, then, for equity-minded pedagogy is that the "nuts-and-bolts" of teaching do not exist in vacuums. Neither do the topics that we teach. Neither do we as professors, nor do our students. Rather than avoid that, let's address it, courageously and systematically.
Throughout the year, the TCC's Conversation series will offer "guided pathways" for applying an equity lens to the work one does. The six Conversations (three in the fall and three in the spring) are rooted in scholarship and evidence-based practices, and will provide faculty and staff opportunities to be challenged and engaged within a supportive framework.
Fall 2020: Theory & Learning
- September 15, 2020, at 12 PM: An Opening 'Talk to Teachers' with Prof. Tokeya Graham [English/Philosophy]
- October 23, 2020, at 12 PM: What, Exactly, Is Equity, and What Does 'Equity-Mindedness' Mean? (facilitated by Christina Lee [Global Education & International Services])
- November 10, 2020, at 12 PM: Education Myths that Prevent Equity (facilitated by Prof. Natasha Christensen [Sociology])
Spring 2021: In Practice
- February 24, 2021, at 12 PM: Inclusive/Universal design
- March 24, 2021, at 12 PM: Syllabi Without Walls
- April 26, 2021, at 12 PM: TBA
Specific details for each will be announced in the Trib, along with the meeting links. Look also for an upcoming announcement inviting faculty and professional staff to participate in year-long inquiry projects within departments or some other self-selected cohort, the outcomes of which will be the highlight of next June's Teaching and Learning Conference.