FACULTY AND INSTRUCTORS PROGRAM:
TEACHING AND LEARNING WITH DIALOGUE

The Intergroup Dialogue Project welcomes faculty and lecturers to apply for the Teaching and Learning with Dialogue (TLD) program.
If you are interested in participating  in TLD, read through the information on this page and submit an application form.

Teaching and Learning with Dialogue (TLD) is an opportunity for professional support rooted in core intergroup dialogue practices and tailored to the unique needs of each participant. TLD is a semester-long engagement that supports faculty and instructors to develop skills for dialogue; deepen  understanding of how social identities influence teaching, advising, and mentoring; and explore ways to integrate dialogue into teaching and advising practices.

Driven by the need for more engaging and effective communication among undergraduate students and between students and their instructors/mentors, the goals of Teaching and Learning with Dialogue are to: 

  • Develop skills for dialogue and effective communication
  • Explore methods of dialogic teaching and learning
  • Enhance understanding of social identities and student diversity
  • Integrate dialogue into virtual and in-person teaching and advising practices
  • Identify strategies to support student dialogue in classrooms
  • Leverage dialogue to create meaningful connections with course content and students

The TLD program offers participants a variety of tools, processes, and frameworks to develop more equitable and effective educational strategies, and integrate dialogue into a range of experiences with undergraduate students. Dialogue is a powerful educational tool with the capacity to enhance relationships between teachers and students (Goodman 2011), improve learning gains (Resnick et al 2018), provide structured opportunities to reflect and share about challenging issues and “hot topics” (Kaplowitz et al 2019), develop student agency (Miller 2017), strengthen student resiliency (Zúñiga et al 2007), and model the principles of equity and respect (Huang-Nissen 1999; Romney 2003). 

Teaching and Learning with Dialogue is an advanced program designed to support faculty with a foundational understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, intergroup dialogue, or other related fields. 

This could be the program for you if you want to:

  • Develop skills for dialogue and more effective communication
  • Explore methods of dialogic teaching and learning
  • Enhance your understanding of social identities and student diversity
  • Integrate dialogue into your virtual and in-person teaching and advising practices
  • Leverage dialogue to create meaningful connections with course content and students
  • Encourage students to use dialogue skills in virtual and in-person interactions.

TLD is structured as a semester-long engagement that provides opportunities for group learning as well as one-on-one coaching to support participants to learn, practice, and implement dialogue skills in an effective and flexible way. 

Participants are required to:

  1. Attend two 90-minute TLD cohort meetings scheduled for August 25th, 2020 and December 15th, 2020. Participants will be invited to attend optional cohort meetings during the semester to continue expanding skills to communicate across differences.
  2. Schedule a minimum of four and maximum of six 45-60-minute coaching meetings with IDP staff during the semester. Coaching appointments open August 3rd, 2020. 

The estimated total time commitment for this program is 9 – 12 hours.  

TLD participants will receive opportunities to:

  • Develop dialogue skills through tailored one-on-one coaching sessions 
  • Identify strategies for using dialogue in teaching and advising 
  • Review curricula and receive feedback on ideas and experiences with dialogue 
  • Practice dialogue as a cohort
  • Collaborate with IDP student facilitators to provide peer-to-peer support in classrooms
  • Deepen understanding of social identities using interactive exercises
  • Acquire literature, resources, and instructional material for effective dialogue across social, cultural and power differences.

At the beginning of the Fall semester, IDP staff will work with each participant to create individual learning goals based on the four curricula areas below.

Dialogue Skills and Pedagogy

Learning Objective: Participants develop foundational understandings of dialogue and learn skills to be able to listen to different perspectives and foster intergroup dialogue in a variety of settings.

Topics Covered:

  •       Intro to Dialogue Skills and Pedagogy
  •       Advantages and challenges of co-learning
  •       Key communication tools such as LARA, strategic questioning, generative listening, and purposeful sharing.

Connecting across Difference

Learning Objective: Participants learn models for understanding social identities and how difference, power, and privilege shapes interactions with students.

Topics Covered:

  •       The complexity of social identity on multiple levels
  •       Differences in group privilege and discrimination; experiences of access/lack of access
  •       Strategies for human connection.

Addressing Conflict and Emotions

Learning Objective: Participants prepare for challenging conversations and explore methods of addressing conflict and strong emotions using dialogue.

Topics Covered:

  •     Empathy and perspective-taking
  •     Strategies for engaging conflict
  •     Skills for facilitating dialogue.

Dialogue Practice

Learning Objective: Participants practice using dialogue skills and create opportunities for students to communicate effectively across different identities and perspectives.

  •     Identify opportunities for dialogue in undergraduate teaching, mentoring and advising  
  •     When appropriate, collaborate with IDP student facilitators

If you are interested in the Teaching and Learning with Dialogue program, please complete an application.

This offering is for a small group of participants.  Accepted applicants will be notified by Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020.

The application deadline for the Fall 2020 program is Monday July 15th, 2020. 

Application Form

Please contact Dr. Jumoke (Jum) Warritay otw2@cornell.edu with any questions or for more information.