Together as One: Better Teaching for Student Persistence

Concurrent Session 7
HBCU Equity and Inclusion

Brief Abstract

Being intentional about creating a Community of Inquiry allows participants to learn and implement evidence-based practices in online teaching. With a diverse HBCU faculty, hailing from multiple cultures and countries, crucial conversations about equitable practices are paramount in enhancing and sustaining inclusive instruction.



Extended Abstract

This presentation will share the impact of diverse HBCU faculty as they create a Community of Inquiry to learn and implement evidence-based practices in online teaching. Initially, the work was a response to the overhaul of instruction needed to face a global pandemic. However, within the process, it soon became a safe space for faculty to evolve. Over the past 18 months, Faculty Fellows led up to 70 participants in bi-weekly and monthly sessions where they share and discuss techniques that encourage faculty to have a cognitive presence in their courses.

From strategies to increase metacognitive skills to best practices in student persistence, the work creates a space for faculty to thrive. Faculty from graduate and undergraduate courses learn from colleagues in different disciplines. The Professor of Mathematics shares with the Professor of English best practices on student engagement. Presenters will share how the experience of faculty learning from each other allows them to navigate online teaching with the diverse experiences.  Together, tenured faculty and junior faculty negotiate their identities as face-to-tace, hybrid, and online instructors. Birthing a new level of trust and respect, this committment to community has encouraged continual professional learning.  

To sustain a safe space for faculty, presenters will share how Faculty Fellows create a “no-judgement” mandate that eases the fear or embarrassment of not knowing something. Participants will learn from the narratives and discussions on how to implement relevant strategies designed for minoritized populations. Best practices from presenters will illustrate ways that collaboration can impact student inclusion and persistence.