Texas Tech University

Institute for Inclusive Excellence


Front Row (left to right): Audrey Sendejo, Sarah Victor, Rachel Hirshorn-Johnston, Mihwa Park
Second: Rula Al-Hmoud, Ioana Coman, Megan Condis, Ann Rodriguez
Third: Alyson Drake, Mike Ryan, Benjamin Poole, Brendan Regan
Forth: Alexandra Calle, Joseph Hodes, Kristie Storms, Sylvia Niehuis
Fifth: Shin Ye Kim, Chad Smith, Jeffrey Harper, Grant Jackson

Not pictured: Julie Chang, Tao Ma, Jianlan Wang, and Blair Williams

The Institute for Inclusive Excellence is a partnership between the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center, and the Center for Global Communication. 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 and 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 who attend the Institute will further assist the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the development of policies and programs that advance the academic and professional climate for diversity and equity at Texas Tech.

Institute for Inclusive Excellence Objectives/Goals

 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 how to create an inclusive syllabus along with a library of past IIE members' revised syllabus visit the TLPDC Creating an Inclusive Syllabus webpage 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.

Fall Schedule of Events

2019-2020 Institute for Inclusive Excellence Cohort

  • Rula Al-Hmoud, Instructor, Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Alexandra Calle, Research Assistant Professor, Animal & Food Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
  • Julie Chang, Associate Professor, Hospitality & Retail Management, College of Human Sciences
  • Ioana Coman, Assistant Professor, Public Relations, College of Media & Communication
  • Megan Condis, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, College of Media & Communication
  • Alyson Drake, Director for Operations & Educational Programs, Law Library, School of Law
  • Jeffrey Harper, Assistant Professor of Practice, Marketing & Supply Chain Management, Rawls College of  Business
  • Rachel Hirshorn-Johnston, Assistant Professor, School of Theatre & Dance, Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Joseph Hodes, Assistant Professor, International Studies, Honors College
  • Grant Jackson, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology & Leadership, College of Education
  • Shin Ye Kim, Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Tao Ma, Assistant Professor, Accounting, Rawls College of Business
  • Sylvia Niehuis, Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, College of Human Sciences
  • Mihwa Park, Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education
  • Benjamin PooleLecturer/Graduate Teaching, History, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Brendan ReganAssistant Professor, Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Ann RodriguezAssociate Professor of Practice, Management, Rawls College of Business
  • Mike RyanAssociate Professor of Practice, Management, Rawls College of Business
  • Audrey SendejoInstructor, Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Chad Smith, Instructor, Kinesiology & Sport Management, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Kristie StormsProfessor of Practice, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, College of Human Sciences
  • Sarah VictorAssistant Professor, Psychological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Jianlan (Jay) WangAssistant Professor, Teacher Education Department, College of Education
  • Blair Williams, Assistant Professor, School of Music, Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts

Application Process

Applications for the 2020-2021 Institute for Inclusive Excellence cohort are now open to full-time tenured faculty, tenure-track faculty, full-time professors of practice, and full-time instructors and are due Friday, August 21st.

  1. Completed Application Form answering the following questions within the application.
    1. How will completion of the Institute for Inclusive Excellence allow you to help to develop graduates who recognize the challenges of inclusivity and diversity?
    2. What insights and experiences will you bring to the Institute for Inclusive Excellence that will enhance the cohort?
    3. Summarization of academic history, including degrees/certificates received, vocational training programs, professional institutes, etc.
    4. Description of current responsibilities
  2. Approval of Department Chair within the application.

Institute for Inclusive Excellence Application

Note: The selection committee will expect and consider a wide 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.

Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center