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Chapman to Offer Keynote for Faculty Series

In her keynote presentation for the fall 2016 Faculty Development Series and its Opening Institute, Robbin Chapman, associate provost and academic director of diversity and inclusion at Wellesley College, will deliver a lecture exploring equity and student engagement.

“The Faculty Opening Institutes have become a means for the faculty and staff to engage in conversations about the curriculum and academics, how to serve our student body, and how to create a learning environment that nurtures lives of consequence,” says DeWayne Lucas, associate professor of political science and associate provost. “Dr. Chapman’s presentation will be a meaningful discussion about ways and best practices for engaging students in conversations around race — an extremely important topic for the times. I hope Dr. Chapman will give the HWS faculty and staff insights into how to nurture and develop these conversations in our classes and campus.”

Chapman’s talk, “Creating Inclusive Spaces for Learning: Exploring Equity Practices for Engaging All Students,” will be delivered during the morning session of the Institute on Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Vandervort Room in the Scandling Campus Center.

On Wednesday, Aug. 24, Chapman will lead a workshop, exploring similar themes, as well as topics and issues raised by poet Claudia Rankine’s book “Citizen.” The workshop will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Warren Hunting Smith Library’s Learning Studio 1.

Hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Faculty Development Series offers a variety of workshops, guest lectures and discussion groups throughout the fall 2016 semester.

Kristen Renn, professor of higher, adult, and lifelong education and associate dean of undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, delivered a guest lecture, “Student Development and Identities: Implications for Teaching and Learning,” on Tuesday, Aug. 16. She also facilitated a discussion about how educators can assess educational settings for their ability to promote or inhibit equitable outcomes across identity and demographic groups.

Questions about the series can be sent to Susan Pliner, associate dean for teaching, learning, and assessment and director of CTL, at