Institute for Inclusive Excellence
The Institute for Inclusive Excellence is a partnership between the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center. The Institute for Inclusive Excellence was initiated in 2009 and provides faculty with an opportunity to promote a greater understanding of the academic value of diversity. The Institute provides an opportunity for participants to consider inclusive pedagogies, best practices in the classroom, and the university as a whole. Participants will finish the Institute with a richer understanding of the academic success that can be achieved through an institutional model of inclusive excellence. They will learn strategies and insights to better prepare Texas Tech students to be multiculturally competent and globally competitive. Faculty in the Institute will further assist the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in developing a community of diversity advocates that promote and develop policies, initiatives, and a campus climate that advance the academic and professional commitment to diversity, access, and equity at Texas Tech.
Institute for Inclusive Excellence Objectives/Goals
The Institute for Inclusive Excellence (IIE) provides faculty with an opportunity to learn and actively engage in a collective program focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in higher education. The Institute seeks to develop DEI advocates, not experts. The Institute by no means positions itself as an exhaustive authority on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, nor is the IIE designed to train participants as DEI experts; rather, the IIE encourages all participants to embrace a reflective, ever-evolving, growth mindset while fostering DEI advocacy on our campus. The Institute is based on an emergent design co-created by facilitators and fellows with the interdisciplinary cohort members' specific interests in mind. This year-long program covers many different areas ranging from discussions of timely social matters to issues of identity, best practices for handling controversy and micro-aggressions, creating learning environments where all students feel welcomed and supported, and awareness of underrepresented student populations. To date, there have been 166 participants in the program, with an average cohort size of 17 faculty members per academic year.
The Institute for Inclusive Excellence (IIE) will seek to:
- Build a community of diversity advocates by creating opportunities for interactions (through speakers, events, discussions, etc.) between past and current (IIE) cohorts.
- Provide opportunities for participants to reflect on their own identities and privileges, particularly related to equity and access in the classroom.
As participants in IIE, Fellows will commit to:
- Revise a current syllabus to incorporate a range of inclusive teaching practices. To find more information on creating an inclusive syllabus and a library of past IIE members' revised syllabus, visit the TLPDC Creating an Inclusive Syllabus web page here.
- Practice using a communication tool (such as LARA: Listen, Affirm, Respond, Add or OTFD: Observe, Think, Feel, Desire) or other classroom strategies to facilitate difficult classroom conversations.
- Discuss and apply strategies for inclusion in the classroom.
2021-2022 IIE Schedule of Events (Coming Soon!)
2021-2022 Institute for Inclusive Excellence Cohort
- Eric Allen, Associate Professor, School of Music, Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
- RI Boros, Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
- Toby Brooks, Associate Professor, Athletic Training, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
- Sarah Cantor, Lecturer, Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences
- Wendy Chen, Assistant Professor, Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences
- George Comiskey, Associate Professor of Practice, Community, Family & Addiction Sciences, College of Human Sciences
- Lior Galili, Lecturer, Architecture, College of Architecture
- William Gardner, Horn Professor, Area of Management, Director, Institute for Leadership Research, Rawls College of Business
- Courtney Gibson, Associate Professor, Agricultural Education & Communications, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
- Linda Gosner, Assistant Professor, Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences
- Paola Guerrero, Assistant Professor, Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, College of Arts
- Erin Hamilton, Assistant Professor, Department of Design, College of Human Sciences
- Breanna Harris, Reseach Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
- Chijuan Hu, Associate Professor of Practice, Chemical Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering
- Jin Kyeong Jung, Assistant Professor, Education Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education
- Jacob Kirksey, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling, College of Education
- Thomas Kupfer, Assistant Professor, Physics, College of Arts & Sciences
- Mike Lemon, Lecturer, Graduate School
- Cynthia Miller, Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, College of Human Sciences
- Muntazar Monsur, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, College of Agricultural Sciences & National Resources
- Zoe Nemerever, Assistant Professor, Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences
- Mary Norman, Assistant Professor of Practice, Media & Communication, College of Media & Communication
- Kate Peaslee, Lecturer, School of Art, Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
- Christy Rogers, Assistant Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, College of Human Sciences
- Jody Roginson, Associate Professor of Practice, Media & Communication, College of Media & Communication
- Boryana Rusenova-Ina, Assistant Professor, School of Art, Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
- Sandra Ryan, Lecturer, Area of Management, Rawls College of Business
- Jonathan Singer, VisitingAssistant Professor, Psychological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
- Ana Torres, Senior Lecturer, Teacher Education Program, College of Education
- Collin Vorbeck, Instructor, Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
- Feruzan Williams, Associate Professor of Practice, Area of Management, Rawls College of Business
- Ran Alan Zhang, Assistant Professor, Area of ISQS, Rawls College of Business
Applications for the 2021-2022 Institute for Inclusive Excellence cohort are now open to full-time tenured faculty, tenure-track faculty, full-time professors of practice, and full-time lecturers. They are due by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Please do not submit your application after the due date. The selection committee meets quickly after the application due date, and late applications will not be considered or reviewed by the selection committee.
Completed Application Form
1. Please answer all of the following questions within the application
- How will completion of the Institute for Inclusive Excellence allow you to help develop graduates who recognize the challenges of inclusivity and diversity?
- What insights and experiences will you bring to the Institute for Inclusive Excellence that will enhance the cohort?
- Summarize your academic history, including degrees/certificates, received vocational training programs, professional institutes, etc.
- Describe your current responsibilities
2. Approval and Signature of Department Chair within the application
- Over the academic year, various sessions, workshops, and active participation are required for all selected applicants. Since there is a time commitment, the department chair's signature is required as it indicates an awareness of the time commitment involved for this individual to complete the program.
- If your application is complete on or before the application due date but has not yet obtained the signature of your department chair, please submit your application, and indicate that you are in the process of obtaining the department chair's signature. Applying will allow the selection committee to review the rest of your application while they await the department chair's signature.
Note: The selection committee will expect and consider a broad range and variety of experiences from the applicants. The selection committee will use this rubric to make final selections from the applicant pool.
For more information regarding the Inclusive Excellence Institute, please send an e-mail to Erika Brooks-Hurst or call (806) 742-0133.