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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.
2020-2021 IIE Schedule of Events

2020-2021 Institute for Inclusive Excellence Cohort

  • Michelle Alcon, Assistant Professor, Hospitality & Retail Management, College of Human Sciences
  • Britta Anderson, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Rachel Anderson, Assistant Professor, Apparel Design & Manufacturing Design, College of Human Sciences
  • Lucy Arellano, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology & Leadership, College of Education
  • Ricardo Bello-Gomez, Assistant Professor, Public Administration Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Laura Cardella, Assistant Professor of Practice, Finance, Rawls College of Business
  • Lucia Carminati, Assistant Professor, Modern Egypt, Eastern Mediterranean, Transnational History, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Alec Cattell, Assistant Professor of Practice, Humanities & Applied Linguistics Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Nesrine Chahine, Assistant Professor, English, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Gina Childers, Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education
  • Jaclyn Cravens, Assistant Professor, Couple, Marriage, & Family Therapy, College of Human Sciences
  • Debbie Davis, Assistant Professor of Practice, Public Relations, College of Media & Communication
  • Ali Duffy, Associate Professor, Theatre & Dance, Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Amy Flowerree, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Jason HeadrickAssistant Professor, Leadership & Community Development Agricultural Education & Communication, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Brendan ReganAssistant Professor, Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Daniel KellyAssistant Professor of Practice, Educational Psychology & Leadership, College of Education
  • Tatiana MannAssistant Professor of Practice, Keyboard Studies Music, Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Angela MarianiProfessor, Musicology, Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Dustin McDunn, Assistant Professor of Practice, Professional Communication, College of Media & Communication
  • Devin Mills, Assistant Professor, Community, Family, & Addiction Sciences, College of Human Sciences
  • Sean MitchellAssistant Professor, Psychological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Kyla OlsonAssistant Professor of Practice, Theatre & Dance, Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Andrea Romi, Associate Professor, Accounting, Rawls College of Business
  • Ashley Rougeaux-Burnes, Assistant Professor, Apparel Design & Manufacturing Design, College of Human Sciences
  • Lauryn Salazar, Associate Professor, Musicology, Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Stephanie Sang Delgado, Lecturer, Architecture, College of Architecture
  • Adam Schmidt, Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences, Clinical, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Michael ShinAssociate Professor, Computer Science, Whitacre College of Engineering
  • Suzanne Shoukfeh, Visiting Assistant Professor, Accounting, Rawls College of Business
  • Joel Velasco, Associate Professor, PhilosophyCollege of Arts & Sciences
  • Ashley VoeksAssistant Professor of French, Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Lesley WolffAssistant Professor, Art History, Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts

Application Process

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.

Find the Institute for Inclusive Excellence Application by clicking here

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.


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