Managing Diverse Perspectives Through Faculty-Student Partnership
In many parts of the world today classrooms are home to students from a wider range of educational, ethnic, socio-cultural and socio-economic backgrounds than ever before. These students bring with them diverse experiences, world views, expectations and ambitions. In the U.S. and in other countries, faculty and institutions have responded to these changes in the student population in many different ways. Some institutions have established units specifically devoted to catering to the needs of ‘international students’. In addition, some have seen the potential for this diversity in the student body to ‘internationalize the curriculum at home’ and have encouraged and supported faculty to do this in various ways. Student feedback has often informed these responses. Less common, but increasingly discussed, is the notion of faculty partnering with diverse students to identify and implement positive changes in teaching and learning. This session, sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the International Higher Education program of the Lynch School of Education, discusses the meaning of the term ‘partnership’ in the international teaching and learning literature, ways in which faculty have partnered with students to improve student engagement in the curriculum and co-curriculum and the principles and processes that support mutually advantageous faculty-student partnership through engagement with diversity.
Facilitated by Dr. Betty Leask, an internationally renowned scholar in international education from La Trobe University, Australia and a Visiting Professor in the Lynch School of Education, and Adil Arshad, a Masters student in the International Higher Education program.
Lunch will be provided for those who register for the session online (please let us know about any dietary restrictions by November 7th). Individuals with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access to this session may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.