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.
CU 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 Karen.email@example.com
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
Timeline and Deliverables
Spring Semester 2019
Fall Semester 2019
“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 Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org:
Instructors who are new to dialogues are encouraged to apply.