Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning (CITL)

Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Learning Experiences

The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning is committed to supporting and developing inclusive and equitable learning experiences across the University of South Florida.

CITL is collaborating with the Anti-Racism Initiative, the Faculty Success Initiative, Innovative Education and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity to deliver an Inclusive and Equitable Pedagogy (IEP) Program to the USF community. This program takes the form of a workshop series, Canvas pedagogy course and learning community.

This work builds upon previous CITL programs supporting diversity and inclusion at USF. Beginning in 2019, CITL partnered with the Diversity and Inclusion Office on the St. Petersburg campus to facilitate several Professional Learning Communities exploring social identity of instructors and students, inclusive teaching practices and specific approaches to enhancing curriculum with respect to diversity, equity and inclusion.

IEP Workshop Series 

One of the challenges of inclusive and equitable pedagogy is determining what that might look like practically in the classroom. The Fall 2022 IEP Workshop Series, facilitated by CITL and the Office of DEI, will feature USF faculty who have revised a course to be more inclusive and equitable. Use the Registration Links below to register for each session.

  • Creating an Inclusive Community Online 
    Oct. 10th, 11:00am-12:15pm 
    The first IEP Workshop, facilitated by Dr. Anastasia Khawaja and Dr. Vanessa Reyes, will focus on creating an inclusive community in an online class. 
    Registration link 

  • Building Community and Flexible Assignments 
    Oct. 26th, 12:30pm-1:45pm 
    The second IEP Workshop, facilitated by Dr. Kathleen Scott and Dr. Doreen MacAulay, will provide first-day-of-class strategies towards community building and assignment flexibility. 
    Registration link

  • Diversifying Content and Facilitating Conversations 
    Nov. 7th, 11:00am-12:15pm 
    The final IEP Workshop, facilitated by Dr. Rebecca Johns and Dr. David Robertson, will focus on diversifying course content and facilitating potentially charged conversations.  
    Registration link  

Previous IEP Workshop Series events.

Inclusive and Equitable Pedagogy Course

This IEP course was developed by a team of USF faculty and staff facilitators, to support faculty creating inclusive and equitable learning experiences. The course comprises four modules:

  • Identity and Bias
  • Fostering an Inclusive Classroom Community
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Inclusive Frameworks

You can register now to join the Fall 2022 cohort that begins Sept 12th. Please register by Sept 8, 2022.

The IEP Course has completed the Summer 2022 cohort. 

Learning Community

Facilitators: Drs. Ashley Reese (CITL; and Michelle Madden (DIEO)

Each learning community participant will adapt one future course based on the principles from the Inclusive and Equitable Pedagogy Canvas Course, resources gathered with a USF Librarian, and classroom observation and syllabus feedback from one another. The learning community’s monthly meetings will also have specific themes that build on what is discussed in the pedagogy course: classroom community, accessibility, and difficult conversations. In addition to meeting monthly, this group will also be expected to participate in peer evaluation of one another’s syllabus. 

For Fall 2022, we are looking to bring together a small group of full-time faculty who are interested in revising a course they are teaching in Spring 2023. Group meetings will occur via Teams from 12:00-1:30pm, on the following Fridays: Sept. 9, Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, and Nov. 18.

Each participant will receive a certificate upon: completing the Inclusive and Equitable Pedagogy Canvas Course, actively engaging in the Learning Community, and demonstrating implementation of strategies through the submission of an updated syllabus and course reflection.

If you would like to participate, please complete the IEP Learning Community Interest Form online.

Fall 2022 Book club

What is inclusive teaching? How can we take it from a buzzword to actual practice? And why should we? This Fall 2022, the CITL / Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion book club will read What Inclusive Instructors Do (Addy et al, 2021) and discuss the evidence behind inclusive teaching and how we can incorporate these practices in our interactions with students, course design, and classroom culture. This book club will be co-facilitated by Dr. Ashley Reese (CITL) and Clara Buie (Director, ODEI). We invite USF faculty and staff to participate. We will meet on Wednesdays, 11am-12pm (Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 7), in person on the Tampa Campus. Participants will receive a paperback copy of the book. Share your interest in joining the What is Inclusive Teaching? book club by Sept 2nd.