Cancelled for Fall 2013 - May be offered Fall 2014
2 Individual Difficult Dialogues Sessions being offered in
Fall 2013 - (see below)
Difficult Dialogues Faculty Fellows Program
Led by Brad Myrstol & Libby Roderick
Between 2006 and 2009, the Ford Foundation awarded UAA and APU two Difficult Dialogue grants. The first resulted in publication of the nationally-acclaimed book, Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education. Based on the experiences of UAA and APU faculty who participated, Start Talking addresses themes of academic freedom; classroom safety; rhetoric and debate; race, class and culture; science and religion; and business, politics and social justice and is designed to serve as a manual for professors who wish to engage students more effectively in conversations about the most important issues of our time.
CAFE is offering UAA and APU faculty the opportunity to meet five times during the fall 2013 semester to discuss strategies and techniques for introducing controversial topics in the classroom and ensuring productive discussions. Faculty who attend all five sessions are eligible to receive $100 stipends for UAA/APU Consortium Library materials purchases (see application criteria below). Faculty are also welcome to improve their skills at introducing difficult dialogues in the classroom by attending individual sessions on a "drop-in" basis(register here).
Participation is limited. Applications are due by Friday September 20, 2013 at 5 pm. Please see detailed information below.
All UAA and APU faculty are eligible to apply for the library stipends, with the understanding that you must be able to:
• Read and actively discuss the text Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education;
• Attend all five sessions;
• Apply at least one strategy in the classroom during Spring 2014 or Fall 2013 semesters and share the outcome of your efforts with your colleagues.
Please follow these instructions in creating and submitting the application. An electronic copy of your application must be submitted to Libby Roderick at email@example.com by Friday September 20, 2012 at 5 pm.
If you wish to attend these sessions as a drop-in only, please register here for either the series or the workshops you wish to attend.
The application must include:
1. Name of Applicant, Contact Phone, Contact Email, UAA/APU Identification #
2. Academic Department/Program/Faculty Status
3. Professional Goals (1/2 page or more) Describe what it is you hope to accomplish by participating in the program and how you hope to apply new skills in the classroom.
4. Leadership Potential (1/2 page or less): Please describe ways in which your participation in the program might broadly impact teaching in your department/program, or be used as a model by other faculty members.
5. Areas of Particular Interest
For more information:
Brad Myrstol, Difficult Dialogues Faculty Associate, University of Alaska Anchorage
786-1837 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Libby Roderick, UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence
786-4605 or email@example.com