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Open Teaching Concept

Teaching Diversity Across the Curriculum

The aim of the Open Teaching Concept is to explore the issues of diversity and social justice, access and disparities, policy and poverty over a variety of disciplines, methods, theories, and paradigms. Looking at such topics as human rights, civil rights, hunger, multiculturalism, gender, labor and production, health, education, LGBT rights, economic opportunity, sexual violence, class, religious difference, environmental sustainability - OTC will allow students, faculty, and staff to dialogue on the larger questions of social responsibility, global citizenship, and the ever-widening, ever-constricting local global nexus.

OTC 2015 – Liberty & Justice For All: Social Justice, Civil Rights & Politics of Privilege

Globalism as a way of thinking about the interconnectedness, the commonalities, the shared interests of a larger community signals a paradigmatic shift from the way that many of us grew up thinking about community. This view of globalism as a polity with the welfare of the many as its central assumption contrasts sharply with that of a globalized community—one that has been overtaken or colonized by political and/or economic forces. Globalism speaks to nuances of internationalism, of a collective, whereas globalization can trigger connotations of oppression and imperialism. What can be lost in all of the mediated information is the importance of human dignity around the globe. How do we understand the perspective of the privileged, of the mainstream? How do we, in the midst of all this "knowledge," also acknowledge human talent, experience, and plight? How do we incorporate into discussions of poverty, privilege, and sustainability the innovations of technology, policy, development, resources, utilization, and environmental degradation? Such distinctions in the meanings of these terms help to illustrate the powerful subtleties of the OTC initiative for 2015.

About The Program

The Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center is a unit of Texas Tech University committed to working with faculty, staff, and students in designing meaningful cross-cultural dialogues intended to inculcate well-informed global understandings and cross-cultural competencies. “Teaching Diversity Across the Curriculum: Open Teaching Concept” is an initiative first undertaken in 2012 by the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center (CCAAC) and faculty members that are part of its Teaching, Learning, and Connecting (TLC) Through Diversity Advisory Council. The TLC is composed of faculty and staff committed to the ideas of access to education, diversity, open and difficult dialogue, and the important intersection of curricular and co-curricular learning. Owing to the successful pilot in 2012, the TLC and CCAAC are expanding the OTC initiative in 2014 to broaden student learning by promoting open teaching.

The Open Co-Curricular Experience

Considerable research strongly indicates that interactions with diverse peers, participation in well-informed and research-inspired diversity-related coursework, and substantive co-curricular activities animate students to challenge their own prejudices and promote inclusion and social justice. CCAAC continues to partner with other campus units to develop specific, co-curricular learning opportunities that engage students in personally and professionally meaningful cross-cultural explorations.

How It Works

Together, the CCAAC and faculty members of the Open Teaching program hope to provide faculty, staff, and students with unique opportunities to engage in cross-cultural dialogue, explorations, and research as peers committed to advancing inclusive excellence and global citizenship. Other suggestions are welcome and may be directed to

Participating Faculty 2013

Dr. Mary Frances Agnello Dr. Mukkades Darwish
Dr. Michael Borshuk Dr. Francisco Delgadillo
Dr. Michael Farmer Dr. Jacki Fitzpatrick
Dr. Karlos Hill Dr. Matt Hooley
Dr. Matthew Johnson Arnold Loewy, J.D
Dr. Aretha Marbley Dr. Ron Milam
Dr. Erica Morin Dr. Rob Peaslee
Wendy Ross, J.D. Dr. Abigail Swingen
Brian Shannon, J.D. Dr. Christopher Smith
Dr. Colette Taylor Dr. Fernando Valle
Dr. Aliza Wong

2015 OCT Calendar