Spring 2012: Diversity in the College Classroom


Registration for CIRTL's Diversity in the College Classroom is now closed.



Become a better college instructor by considering the complex issues of diversity and how to address them effectively in your classroom practice. Current graduate students and faculty are recognizing that we must consider that the way we teach differentially impacts the success of all our students. This course is designed for graduate students and post-docs who have an interest in advancing diversity issues as educators. Participants in this course will take a critical yet practical look at how we define diversity and for what purposes, and discuss the ways different definitions of diversity might influence what and how we teach our disciplinary topics. Participants will also create a diversity-focused plan of action for their future teaching practice.


  • Course type: Online web-conference, synchronous graduate seminar
  • Instructors: Chris Pfund, UW-Madison, Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning,and  Mathew L. Ouellett, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Center for Teaching and Faculty Development
  • Host institutions: University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dates: Monday – January 23, 2012 - April 23, 2012
  • Meeting Times: 1pm - 3pm ET/ 12pm - 2pm CT/ 11am - 1pm MT/10am - 12pm PT
  • Credits: Two credits. Students may participate with or without credit, as they prefer.
  • Format: This course will use interactive web and teleconferencing technology.
  • Note: Registration preference will be given to students from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) departments.


Technology Requirements
This course will use interactive web and teleconferencing technology.
  • Individual access to a computer in a quiet location with a high-speed internet connection
  • Hardware: http://www.cirtl.net/courses/equipment
  • Skype - Skype is used as a back-up connection system. If students have problems connecting to the Blackboard room they can then contact the instructor or other facilitators to troubleshoot. Instructors may also require that students meet outside of class in Blackboard to complete assignments (varies from course to course)
  • This course will use Blackboard Collaborate to connect students via web-conference. Blackboard Collaborate requires that your computer have a compatible Java software version installed on your computer. Please follow this link for a first-time user's system setup and to test your system's compatibilityhttp://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336


We strive to be inclusive of anyone interested in participating in our activities, programs, and courses. If you have specific accessibility needs, please let us know in advance so that we may make the necessary accommodations.

Course Credit
Students may participate with or without credit, as they prefer. The course work is equivalent to a 2-credit course.  Graduate students at campuses other than the host institution who are interested in receiving course credit are encouraged to work with their local CIRTL Network campus leaders or advisors to receive independent study credit.  Credits offered by the host campuses will vary.  Students taking the course for credit will be required to submit a grade report form to the instructor early in the semester.


Register here.