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.

Upcoming Workshop Series 

Join in a four-part conversation series that will engage participants in aspects of implementing inclusive and equitable pedagogy, including understanding identity and bias, strategies for student success, facilitating difficult conversations, and using the TRUTH (Teach, Reach, Unite, Transform, Heal) Framework to foster inclusive excellence.

Learn more and register for each event.

Inclusive and Equitable Pedagogy Course

Drs. Sears and Reese

This course was developed by a team of USF faculty and staff facilitators, led by Dr. Ruthmae Sears and Dr. Ashley Reese, to support faculty creating inclusive and equitable learning experiences. The course comprises four modules:

  • Identity and Bias
  • Fostering an Inclusive Classroom Community
  • Difficult Conversations
  • TRUTH Framework

While the course is being piloted among small groups in Fall 2021, it will be launched to the broader USF community in Spring 2022.

Learning Community

Facilitators: Drs. Ashley Reese (CITL; anreese@usf.edu) 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 observation of one another’s class and peer evaluation of one another’s syllabus. This learning community will bring together faculty from across all three USF campuses.