Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Drs. Myrstol and Jenkins speak about "Difficult Dialogues" at new faculty orientation

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty, and Dr. Patricia Jenkins, Department of English, described the "Difficult Dialogues" project at the new faculty orientation on August 13, 2012, sponsored by the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE). The focus was on "Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education" which explores productive ways to engage difficult dialogues in the classroom and other academic settings.

Far left: Dr. Brad Myrstol and Dr. Patricia Jenkins share strategies with new faculty.
Far right: Prof. Ryan Fortson, new Justice faculty.

Dr. Myrstol and Dr. Jenkins discussed strategies to encourage students to get involved in investigating controversial topics. They examined such issues as academic freedom, classroom safety, and rhetoric and debate.

Left to right: Libby Roderick, Associate Director of CAFE; new faculty member Sam Siewert;
Dr. Brad Myrstol; and Dr. Patricia Jenkins.
This program is part of the Ford Foundation's "Difficult Dialogues" national initiative.