Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development

Themed Series

A Series of Conversations about Teaching the Students We Have


In a recent column in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sara Goldrick-Rab and Jesse Stommel challenge us to "lead the way and design our pedagogical approaches for the students we have, not the students we wish we had. This requires approaches that are responsive, inclusive, adaptive, challenging, and compassionate."  In this series of conversations, your colleagues will share their experiences with such approaches and explore with participants additional strategies for “leading the way” in teaching the students we have.  

Sponsored by the Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development, Instructional Design and Technology, and Accessibility Services.

Conversation #1:  Setting the Tone While Mastering the Pivot

Thu, Jan 17, 12:30-1:45 (Faculty Club) -- Lunch provided, so please RSVP.

In our first conversation on teaching the students we have, we’ll discuss how to set the tone in the first few weeks of class while also being prepared to change direction should you discover that your usual slam-dunk classroom plans are falling short of the goal. How do you maintain reasonable expectations, get students engaged with the material, and create a collaborative classroom environment when it seems like your students just aren’t engaged? Join Nancy Chick and Rachel Newcomb for a lunch and discussion. 

Conversation #2: Universal Design for Learning: Meeting the Needs of All Learners

Tue, Feb 5, 12:30-1:45 (Faculty Club) -- Lunch provided, so please RSVP.

Please join Jenn Manak and Amy Sugar for an interactive workshop to discuss what implementing universal design in higher education looks like and how universal design can be used across disciplines. You will leave this workshop with practical ideas and teaching strategies to meet all of your students’ needs.

Conversation #3: Teaching in a Politically & Religiously Diverse Classroom

Tue, March 5, 12:30-1:45 (Faculty Club) -- Lunch provided, so please RSVP.

Join Chelsea Ebin, Todd French, Jana Matthews, Amy McClure, and Emily Russell for a panel discussion of approaches and practices that are responsive to the range of political and religious perspectives Rollins students bring into the classroom.  

Conversation #4: Teaching with Flexibility: Meeting the Needs of Non-Traditional Students

Tue, March 26, 12:30-1:45 (Crummer, Basement Room 10) -- Lunch provided, so please RSVP.
& repeated @ 4:00-5:15 (Reeves Lodge Classroom) -- Snacks provided, so please RSVP.

In this workshop, join Michelle Tichy for a discussion of the diversity and needs of our non-traditional students, and to share best practices in adult education, ways to embrace the challenges of a diverse student population, and ways to capitalize on the strengths of our students.

Conversation #5: Supporting and Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum

Postponed, Date TBA

Increase your knowledge about working with students on the autism spectrum from Dosia Paclawskyj, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NADD-CC. Following Dosia’s remarks, there will be a panel discussion with Michele Williams, Stephanie Kincaid, and Kara Wunderlich from the Applied Behavior Analysis department regarding strategies for maintaining the liberal arts pedagogy in the classroom experience.