• Teaching for the 21st Century

    A Faculty Development Institute on Diversity

    Hamline University recognizes that an institutional commitment to diversity in higher education depends upon a corollary commitment to intentional, effective faculty development. In addition, the attainment of our central learning outcomes is dependent upon corollary aims to achieve and sustain an inclusive learning community. Our commitment to excellent teaching is a commitment to diversity, and vice versa.

    The HU institute for Teaching in the 21st Century provides a broad, comprehensive approach to faculty development, with conceptual and practical work on three interrelated areas of professional growth:

    1. How do we deal with diversity in the classroom?
    2. How do I as faculty deal with, shape, and revise for diversity in my department’s curriculum?
    3. How does “diversity” relate to my professional/career development?


    In 2009, the institute will focus on our local community – to locate "diversity" in the specific contexts in which Hamline education occurs.

    The institute, in addition to focused workshops, will bring in speakers from the local community—non-profit groups, local businesses, local political action—and lead guided forays out into the neighborhoods immediately and more broadly surrounding Hamline.

    We’ll address a primary question over three days: how, as faculty members, can we engage most fully in/with Hamline's urban environment? The 2009 institute will have a slate of local speakers and site visits which will ground our general exploration of Hamline's "urban environment" in practical development of community resources, contacts, and networks. And we will explore how to meaningfully integrate these in our curriculum and in our research.

    Specific activities and general objectives:

    1. Workshop/practicum on class and curricular development, to develop methods and goals for student research and community-based learning – integrating course content and skills-development with local resources.
    2. Session on teaching practices – sharing, refining, and developing tools for engaging diversity in and out of the classroom.
    3. Workshop/practicum on learning outcomes and assessment – given the content and the skills we're teaching, how do we best define and then evaluate what our students have learned?
    4. Workshop/practicum on faculty research and service – developing professional opportunities and goals in local contexts

    Institute participants will build their own specific objectives, applying with and then working on a prospectus to shape their engagement with the Institute.

    All participants will receive a stipend, and the institute will provide new opportunities for peer-to-peer discussion and development, across as well as within units and broader communities. Competitive grant-resources will be available to participating faculty (for longer-term course, curricular, and professional development through the following academic year).

    We will be working with the following organizations during the 2009 institute:

    Hamline Midway Coalition

    Neighborhood House

    The Wesley Center