Open Teaching Concept

2016 Call For Faculty Application

Teaching Diversity Across the Curriculum

The aim of the Open Teaching Concept (OTC) 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 topics such as human rights, civil rights, hunger, multiculturalism, gender, labor and production, health, education, LGBT rights, economic opportunity, sexual violence, class, religious difference, and environmental sustainability - OTC allows students, faculty, and staff to dialogue on the larger questions of social responsibility, global citizenship, and the ever-widening, ever-constricting local-global nexus.

Contested Spaces and the In-Between: Reconstituting Citizenship, Democracy, and Power

The upcoming U.S. elections have challenged not only Americans, but a larger global community, to redefine the limits of political speech, to re-examine the duties and responsibilities of citizenship, and to safeguard human dignity. As we face the impending possibilities of change, of revolution, even of continuity, how do we engage in the difficult dialogues on race, gender, sexuality, privilege, sustainability, social justice? How do we protect the concepts of freedom of speech, liberty, democracy, access, opportunity? And how do we, at the same time, act ethically, with principle, honoring human decency, promoting tolerance and understanding? At a time when social media allows for unmediated, immediate comment, when anonymity makes accountability and thoughtfulness less evident, when volume and intensity, brashness and bombast, inform popular consent, how do we understand the public sphere? And how do these contested spaces, these spaces of interstiality and intersectionality, become new theaters of public discourse? The 2016 Open Teaching Concept seeks to open dialogues about the politics of rhetoric, the power of action, and the promise of community through the multiple lenses of a community of scholars.

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, in partnership with Aliza Wong, the Associate Chair and Associate Professor of History Director, European Studies Department of History at Texas Tech, the TLC and CCAAC are expanding the OTC initiative in 2015 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

  • Selected faculty will open their classrooms on designated dates during the month of October to other students interested in the topic. The faculty will provide a 50- to 70-minute lecture, presentation, or workshop related to the 2016 theme.
  • CCAAC staff will provide additional resources needed by a faculty member, including logistics support (booking new classroom space, copies, ordering books, films, or other materials).
  • The class will be recorded by the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center for future use. Permissions will be secured from both faculty and students in the class. Dates and times will be organized by faculty in collaboration with OTC faculty and CCAAC.

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

Past OTC Faculty Fellows


Mr. Brian Shannon | Dr. Karlos Hill| Dr. Margaret Elbow | Dr. Michael Farmer | Dr. Fernando Valle | Dr. Charlotte Dunham | Dr. Jonathan Marks | , Dr. Aliza Wong | Dr. Gary Elbow | Dr. Chris Smith | Mr. Nate Rodriguez | Dr. Aretha Marbley | , Dr. Kent Wilkinson | Dr. Kiera Williams | Dr. Mukaddes Darwish | Mr. Rob Weiner | Rob Weiner | Dr. Rob Peaslee | Dr. Matt Johnson | Dr. Mayukh Dass | Dr. Jacki Fitzpatrick | Dr. Seth McKee | Dr. Elizabeth Sharp | Dr. Sara Spurgeon | Dr. Jennifer Dunn | Dr. Miguel Levario | Dr. Joseph Hodes | Dr. Richard Rosen
Theme: Liberty & Justice For All: Social Justice, Civil Rights & Politics of Privilege


Dr. Miguel Levario | Dr. Curtis Bauer | Dr. Kent Wilkinson | Dr. Michael San Francisco | Dr. Michael Farmer, | Dr. Mukaddes Darwish | Dr. Chris Smith | Dr. Gary Elbow | Nathian Rodriguez | Dr. Margaret Elbow | Dr. Joseph Aranha | Dr. Jacki Fitzpatrick | Brian Shannon | Dr. Aliza Wong | Dr. Rob Davison | Dr. Fernando Valle | Dr. Emily Skidmore | Rob Weiner | Dr. Keira Williams | Dr. Elizabeth Trejos | Upe Fleuckinger | Dr. Francisco Delgadillo | Dr. Colette Taylor | Dr. Kristen Moore | Dr. Katie Langford
Theme: Bridging the Communication Gap: Globalization, Privilege, Poverty & Sustainability


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
Theme: Civil Rights, Human Rights: Questioning the "Pursuit of Happiness"


Ross Gay | Dr. Kent Wilkinson | Dr. Emily Skidmore | Rob Weiner | Dr. Aretha Marbley | Dr. Fernando Valle | Dr. Jacki Fitzpatrick | Dr. Jeord Foster | Dr. Arnoldo De Leon | Dr. John Klingemann | Dr. Miguel Levario | Dr. Aliza Wong | Dr. Ron Milam | Dr. Curtis Bauer | Robert Peaslee | Dr. Wendy Ross
Theme: Politics, People and the Popular: Global and Domestic Perspectives on the U.S. Political System