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Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute

 

Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute

Focusing on U.S. and Global Perspectives

Date: May 18-22, 2015

Place: Undergraduate Academic Center, Room 474,Texas State University

Time: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m

Anderson

Dr. Audwin Anderson, Director

 Emily Summers

 

Dr. Emily Summers, Associate Director,

Research and Online Initiatives

 

Dr. Janet Hale, Associate Director,
Global Initiatives

 

APPLICATION

WORDMCTRI APPLICATION

QUICK FACTS

The ninth annual Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute will highlight multicultural curriculum transformation theory and practice. It will focus on best practices for broadening and enriching the curriculum by re-envisioning goals, content, teaching strategies, assessment, and classroom interactions with a multicultural lens. Representative faculty from all of the colleges have now attended and have given the experience high marks. Please join your Texas State colleagues and guest scholars for a one-week session that will stimulate and inspire you as you sharpen your tools.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Faculty members who wish to transform courses that have not been formally identified as having multicultural content or multicultural perspectives. Exceptions will be occasionally made for faculty teaching courses with a multicultural designation who have not attended the Institute and would like to sharpen their skills in implementing their multicultural course(s). Full-time tenure track or tenured faculty are preferred, but a case can be made for full-time lecturers who have taught at Texas State 3 or more years who are teaching required courses.

COURSE SELECTION FOR TRANSFORMATION:

For the greatest impact, choose courses that are required for the degree program and those that impact the greatest number of students. All courses without a multicultural content or multicultural perspective designation are good candidates.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINES

FACULTY

. Complete the application and send it through chair to the dean of the college

• Deadline to Dean: March 1

DEAN

• Reviews applicants and recommends two for participation

• If more than two in the college apply, the dean ranks the applicants and sends all applications.

• Deadline to Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies: March 15

INSTITUTE FACILITATORS

Guest scholar(s) and a variety of Texas State faculty

STIPENDS

The stipends will be processed as the activities are completed and approved

• Attendance: (100% or otherwise prorated) and transformed syllabus and completed assessment instrument:  $1,200

Optional but Highly Recommended:

• Outcome Measures Report: response from students and 1-2 page analysis of the implemented transformation:$300

• Publish or present a research paper at a conference within one year of completing the Institute:             up to $500*

* Not to exceed. Stipend will be applied to or as reimbursement for travel expenses.

ATTENDANCE POLICY:

Completion certificates will be given to participants who attend all five days, turn in the multicultural course assessment instrument and transformed syllabus.

ACTIVITIES:

PowerPoint presentations, small group and full group discussions, individual onsite, and independent research activities.

KEY TOPICS COVERED:

• Multicultural landscape at Texas State—the cultures at play in our classrooms and how to effectively use them in teaching and learning

• Diverse learning styles and multicultural teaching approaches

• Discipline specific multicultural content enrichment ideas

• Culturally enriched teaching techniques

• Culturally sensitive assessment strategies

REFRESHMENTS:

Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks

WHAT TO BRING:

Institute application and current syllabus for the proposed class for transformation

COMPLETION DOCUMENTS NOTIFICATION:

• Certificate of Completion

• Letter to Faculty Participant, Chair & Dean

FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES:

• The MCGS Advisory Council will review your documents and send a recommendation for a multicultural
designation.

• The Director of the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies will send the Advisory Council recommendation and course documents through the chair to the dean for approval to officially add the multicultural designation in the schedule and/or catalog.

BENEFITS:

• Review best practice teaching strategies

• Network with faculty from your discipline and other disciplines

• Improve course evaluations

• Strengthen outcome measure reporting

• Serve as a multicultural consultant in your department and college

• Research, conference presentation, and publication opportunities

• Contribute to the success of Texas State’s strategic plan diversity goals

APPLICATION

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Images of Previous Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institutes


PAST PARTICIPANT RESPONSES

                            
“It has been so enlightening!”
                                                                                 --Barbara Pevoto, Ph.D.
                                                                                   Occupational Education Department
                                                                                   College of Applied Arts

I’m SO glad I had the chance to participate as I know it will make me a better teacher and gives guidance/direction to the perspectives that I’ve preached/taught/felt all of my professional life.

                                                                                 --Kevin Jetton
                                                                                   Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis
                                                                                   McCoy College of Business of Administration
                                                                             
“It has been one of the most useful things I have spent time on while at Texas State in terms of direct application skills as well as in its university-wide community building.”
                                                                                 --Emily Summers, Ph. D.
                                                                                   Department of Curriculum and Instruction
                                                                                   College of Education

“I have recommended that we send someone every year.”
                                                                                 --Maurice Johnson, Ph.D.
                                                                                   Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
                                                                                   College of Education

"It’s been quite a wonderfully challenging undertaking, full of multicultural curriculum issues day to day."
                                                                                 --
Nadine Mozon                                                                                    College of Fine Arts

"I was delighted by this experience. I was able to successfully transform my syllabus, and the session I attended also let me interact with teachers from various disciplines. On any issue I was able to hear a variety of perspectives, and I came away from my session convinced there are plenty of committed teachers at Texas State."

                                                                                 --Morris Nelms
                                                                                  
Department of Music
                                                                                   College of Fine Arts & Communication

“The Institute helped to solidify my commitment to an inclusive pedagogical approach and taught me essential skills in course design, assessment and evaluation, all of which have been invaluable in strengthening my course, communicating the content more effectively, and creating a more meaningful classroom experience for both my students and me.”

                                                                                --Philippa Strelitz, Ph.D.
                                                                                  School of Health Professions
                                                                                  College of Health Professions

My research interests include language issues in multicultural/multi-linguistic populations and the courses I teach have a natural tendency toward topics in this area.  However, while attending the MC Institute, I found that I can infuse multiculturalism into an entire course instead of brief sections, as I have done in the past.  I benefited most from the MC Institute through expanding my views on how to present information to students in the most effective ways, particularly by acknowledging and allowing for different learning styles, as well as through widening my perception of multiculturalism. The course that I transformed is essentially 100% multicultural content/perspective because of what I learned in the Institute.  Many thanks for the excellent course!”                 
                                                                                --Frances Burns, Ph.D.
                                                                                  Department of Communication Disorders
                                                                                College of Health Professions                                                                                                                        

“The Institute reminded me about many of the goals I’d had when I became a university professor, and it introduced me to new strategies for realizing those goals. It was also taught in the way I want to teach: openly, welcoming alternate views, and championing differences.”
                                                                               --Susan Day, Ph.D.
                                                                                 Department of Sociology
                                                                                 College of Liberal Arts

“The best result of the Institute was working with talented colleagues from other departments as we all sought to embrace diversity -- in our teaching and in our relationships with students and peers.By the end of the workshops, I had a renewed pride in Texas State for its efforts to make fundamental and beneficial change toward creating a truly multicultural university.”

                                                                               --Steve Wilson
                                                                                 Department of English
                                                                                 College of Liberal Arts

I found the institute experience to be enjoyable and enlightening (and I was delighted to meet some people from other departments that I otherwise would never have met, most likely). 

                                                                               --Roger Jones
                                                                                 College of Liberal Arts

"I was surprised how easy it was to make my courses more diverse and have continued to use many of the ideas from the institute in my teaching, including in a quantum mechanics class.  Participating in the institute allowed me to see many more cultural connections in my research and teaching life."

                                                                               --Heather Galloway
                                                                                 College of Science

"Thanks for a wonderfully stimulating and fulfilling institute! Besides needing to put some serious time and energy into changing my course, I was ready to be a “student” again so I could get my creative juices flowing.  The experience really helped me enhance my teaching strategies."

                                                                               --Carol Dochen, Ph.D
                                                                                 Department of SLAC
                                                                                 University College

"Thanks Dr. Mayo for putting together some great motivators and providing the examples that will motivate all of us to be better than we were yesterday."

                       --Robert Ellison, MAcy
                                                        McCoy College of Business Administration

"Thanks all for a really enlightening/inspiring week.....really enjoyed the discussions."

              --Andrew Nance
                            College of Applied Arts

"It was great...to get a view of how people from other disciplines approach teaching."

                        --Deborah Harris, Ph.D
                          College of Liberal Arts

"I just wanted to say thank you for such a great week at the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute! I had such a wonderful experience and attribute that in large part to you all."

                      --Keila Tyner, Ph.D
                               College of Applied Arts

 

Additional Comments

"Dr. Mayo, you (and this Institute) are inspiring and pushed me towards excellence in both teaching and scholarship. This institute is also probably one of the best examples of intentional inter-group dialogue and community building among faculty."

"Working as a group was perfect for me being able to transform my group class. It gave me a chance to observe stages of our group's development and the movement from the individual to the collective."

"The cultural conflict styles was so interesting, enlightening, and useful. This information will assist me with better facilitating class discussions and improving my personal and professional interactions."