Posts Categorized: Scholarship

What We’re Reading: Opening Paths to Belonging

illustration by Clare Reid There’s more than one way for students to develop a sense of belonging; that’s the message from “Multiple Paths to Belonging That We Should Study Together,” a 2019 article by Jennifer L. Hirsch and Margaret S. Clark. But, given that this article was published before the pandemic, reading it now also… Read more »

Thank Goodness: The Benefits of Gratitude in the Classroom

With most of a challenging semester behind us and Thanksgiving on the horizon, it’s a good time to think about gratitude. More specifically, it’s an opportunity to consider the potential power of fostering gratitude in our students. This doesn’t require training. According to research, faculty and students—who have lately been through a lot—have a lot… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Refusing the University

image by Clare Reid On September 23rd, students, staff, and faculty participated in the first of three conversations hosted by the Doyle Program on anti-racism in higher education. (The next session is on November 11th.) As a point of entry into the conversation, we read “Refusing the University” by Sandy Grande, associate professor and Chair… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Inviting All Students to the Creative Table

illustration by Clare Reid We’re in a historical moment where creativity is sorely needed from as many people as possible so that we can effectively confront the challenges of our time. And yet, for the most part, we have become accustomed to the idea that creativity is a characteristic of the individual; some individuals have… Read more »

Confronting Racism: What We’re Reading Across Disciplines Toward an Antiracist Goal

illustrations by Clare Reid As a student, graduate associate, social justice advocate, daughter, and friend, I’ve considered the importance of antiracism from all facets of my life. Because I am in a privileged position working and studying at Georgetown, I find myself reflecting on my responsibility to educate myself and those around me, share resources,… Read more »

What We’re Reading: The Role of Higher Education in Institutional Racism

illustration by Clare Reid So many of us are doing rigorous individual work to become more effective antiracists in our relationships and in our courses. As we do so, we also need to examine the crucial role that institutions play in the perpetuation of racism. That includes institutions of higher education; we know that very… Read more »

What We’re Reading: An Antiracist-Science Reading List

illustration by Clare Reid I created a growing antiracist reading list because of a desire to be engaged in the movement for social equity and an end to institutionalized racism and violence. General anti-racist reading lists are helpful, but there is also a need to examine and challenge institutionalized racism in specific fields, and to… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Transparency Isn’t Spoon Feeding

illustration by Clare Reid I often talk to faculty about the importance of explaining what they’re looking for in the tests, papers, and projects they assign to students—and sometimes I get pushback. “Doesn’t that just give them the answers?” they ask. In other words, “Doesn’t that just amount to spoon feeding?” Well, as Balloo and… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Teaching Intersectionally

illustration by Clare Reid Whether we find ourselves in face-to-face classrooms or unexpectedly virtual ones, teaching well involves a lot of on-the-job, and frequently self-directed, training. Very few of us who teach in colleges and universities were given formal pedagogical instruction in our graduate programs. Fewer still were given any help thinking through the way… Read more »