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along with the latest research and resources on teaching and learning.


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Upcoming Events

Teaching with Technology Summit
Tuesday, October 8 | 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Georges Student Center

This year's Summit theme is Digital Pedagogy in Action, which explores the interaction of technology and pedagogy, with a particular focus on access, equity, agency, and representation for both students and instructors. Sean Michael Morris will deliver the keynote presentation on Imagination and the Pedagogy of Design.
UVA Acts - Inclusive Teaching Toolkit: Small Groups
Thursday, October 10 | 12:45 to 1:45 PM
Newcomb Hall, Commonwealth Room, third floor

Group work doesn’t have to be a nightmare.
Kai, Meg, and Cassidy are starting their group project together, but there are problems from the beginning. Learn how transparent assignments and groupwork facilitation can prevent interpersonal issues and provide a more inclusive working environment for all students.

This workshop is near capacity. We encourage you to register as soon as possible.
UVA Acts - Search Committee Signals
Wednesday, October 16 | 2:30 to 4:30 PM
Memorial Gym 211
UVA Acts - Search Committee Signals
Wednesday, October 23 | 2:30 to 4:30 PM
Memorial Gym 211
Plenty of personalities, plenty of opinions, plenty of bias.
Meet Chris, a recently tenured faculty member who is chairing his first search committee. Chris has plenty to learn about facilitating equitable search processes that adjust to prevent bias--and he has plenty to unlearn, too. Follow along with this quirky search committee as they learn to align, intervene, and plan throughout their recruitment and hiring process.
A Contemplative Feminist Approach to Teaching about Race and Whiteness
Friday, November 1 | 10 to 11:30 AM
Newcomb Hall, Room 481

In this presentation, Dr. LeeRay Costa will discuss the benefits and challenges of teaching about race, whiteness, and social justice from a contemplative feminist approach including how it can help decrease burnout, enhance self-reflection and awareness, and build community accountability for change. She will share how the theory and practice of feminists and womanists of color and contemplative scholars and teachers helped her to get comfortable with discomfort, and to be critically vigilant in her own efforts to unlearn racism and white supremacy.

Space is limited.
Beloved Community and Social Justice in the College Classroom
Friday, November 1 | 1:30 to 3:00 PM
CTE - Hotel D, 24 East Range

Following her talk, this workshop with Dr. Costa will explore the college classroom as a space for cultivating beloved community as a foundation for teaching about social justice. Drawing on contemplative feminist theory and practice, we will consider several methods for creating learning spaces characterized by courage, trust, generosity, and tenderness that can hold both the difficult dialogues and discomfort that inevitably arise when teaching and learning about inequality, oppression, and violence.

Space is limited.
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Dr. LeeRay Costa is the Director of Faculty Development and Professor of Anthropology and Gender & Women's Studies at Hollins University. Costa's research, teaching, and community activism focus on social justice and a desire to understand processes of social change. Her scholarly work also focuses on the practice and outcomes of innovative feminist, anti-racist, and contemplative pedagogies.

Save the Dates!

We will begin accepting applications for Spring 2020 courses on Thursday, October 10. Thrive grants are available to all UVA instructors who wish to incorporate new transformative learning experiences into their undergraduate course or who wish to partner with undergraduate students around the design or research of their courses.
Religion, Race, and Democracy: Teaching for Equity and Social Justice
January 6-10, 2020

This week-long institute is designed for instructors from all disciplines interested in developing instructional approaches that foster skills and dispositions students need to engage fully and ethically in civic life. Call for applications coming soon!

Team Update

Our Assistant Director of Engineering Education Initiatives Dr. Lynn Mandeltort is settling in here at the CTE and UVA. During her first two weeks on Grounds, she has been busy making connections and getting the lay of the land. Lynn says, "The enthusiasm that SEAS faculty have around teaching and the general support for the existence of my position makes me even more stoked to be here. Highlights include a visit to the Center for Diversity in Engineering and several trips to the café in Wilsdorf, and many warm welcome emails from faculty and administrators in SEAS." You can contact Lynn at
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