Published: Oct. 10, 2018

The CU Dialogues Program is seeking applications for its new Dialogues Faculty Fellow Program, which provides summer funding of $4000 and a community of support for study and course development to a faculty member (tenure track or instructor) interested in integrating dialogue practice and principles in their teaching.

The CU Dialogues Program facilitates classroom dialogues in courses across disciplines in order to generate open discussion of difficult or controversial topics, promote engaged learning, and enable participants to gain a deeper understanding of their own and others’ perspectives on an issue. The Program invites applications from faculty in any discipline, including those new to dialogic pedagogy. Applications are due November 26, 2018.

"This fellowship supports both individualized study and group interaction with other scholars who are actively exploring dialogue as a pedagogy. The fellowship has a dual focus on professional growth within one's discipline and interpersonal growth with a group of interdisciplinary colleagues," says Dr. Karen Ramirez, CU Dialogues Program Director. 

This fellowship also aligns with what CU Boulder's Chancellor, Philip DiStefano, described in his 2018 State of the Campus Address: our university-wide effort to welcome all viewpoints, encourage civil discourse and create thoughtful, critical thinkers.

"It is important for us to recognize that our faculty work very hard, day in and day out, to ensure that all perspectives are represented, that they can be challenged, but in a civil forum. It is often not an easy job, but every one of our faculty is doing it. And we offer support through the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and resources like the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program to help them deal with tough conversations in their classrooms... Learning how to eliminate bias, and be truly welcoming and inclusive to all of our citizens and visitors, is one of our highest priorities. Yet it is one of our most difficult challenges," DiStefano states.

For further information and application details, see below.


DialoguesCU Dialogues Faculty Fellow Program

The CU Dialogues Program facilitates classroom dialogues that generate open discussion of difficult or controversial topics, promote engaged learning and enable participants to gain a deeper understanding of their own and others’ perspectives on an issue. The new Dialogues Faculty Fellows Program aims to encourage CU Boulder faculty (Tenure Track or Instructors) to incorporate dialogue principles and practices into existing courses by providing resources and support.  The fellowship runs from January 2019 through December 2019.  A “notes from the field” style report is due by May 31, 2020.  Applications are due Nov 26, 2018. 

Please submit applications to Dr. Karen Ramirez, CU Dialogues Program Director, at

What is Classroom Dialogue?

A classroom dialogue is a facilitated conversation on a specific issue or topic that encourages students to share their experiences and speak from their own perspectives while also challenging them to understand why they hold a particular perspective.  Through dialogue, participants gain a deeper understanding of their own and others’ perspectives and learn to consider differing viewpoints side-by-side.  A dialogue is not a debate; while disagreement is an important component of dialogue, the facilitator asks participants to disagree with curiosity, in order to understand rather than attack a different perspective.  A dialogue sparks engaged learning and supports inclusive practices in the classroom.

Benefits for Dialogues Faculty Fellow

  • Resources: Faculty Fellow receives $4000 total (in two installments of $2000 each) as summer pay.
  • Professional Development: Faculty Fellow will…
    • deepen their understanding of the theory and practice of dialogue,
    • create plans to incorporate dialogue practices in their course(s) and,
    • improve ability to teach controversial topics in non-partisan, non-polarizing ways. 
  • Membership in a professional learning community: Faculty Fellow exchanges ideas and shares teaching experiences with other faculty members who have held dialogues in their courses.

Timeline and Deliverables

Spring Semester 2019

  • Faculty Fellow meets for 2-3 sessions with CU Dialogues Program staff to learn about theory and practice of classroom dialogue
  • Dialogues Program staff facilitate 2 dialogues in Faculty Fellow’s classes during the semester

Summer 2019

  • Faculty Fellow devotes 80 hours to
    • reading about dialogic practices, including resources suggested/provided by Dialogues Program staff,
    • revising syllabus, including developing new modules in which dialogues will be used during Fall 2019,
    • making preliminary plans for workshop for other instructors on using dialogue in teaching, drawing on reading/thinking about dialogic practices. 

Fall Semester 2019

  • Implement dialogues, dialogic practices in course(s);
  • Lead interactive workshop for other interested CU instructors. (Organized with support from CU Dialogues Program). This workshop is envisioned as part of a growing community of practice around dialogue pedagogy.

“Notes from the Field” Brief Due by May 31, 2020

In lieu of a formal report, the Faculty Fellow agrees to write a 1500-2500 word “notes from the field” brief for publication on the CU Engage website. The goal of this document is to share with CU Engage faculty the experience of integrating dialogue and dialogic practices into your teaching 

To apply, please submit the following for your application to Dr. Karen Ramirez, CU Dialogues Program Director, at

  1. CV
  2. Statement of interest with explanation of how/why you hope to use dialogue and dialogic practices in your teaching in general and in one specific course in which you hope to integrate this pedagogy.
  3. Syllabus/syllabi for course/courses in which you intend to incorporate dialogues, with relevant sample assignments, e.g. critical thinking, discussion assignments.
  4. Letter of support from Department Chair

Instructors who are new to dialogues are encouraged to apply.