Center for Intercultural Learning & Teaching
Our Center for Intercultural Learning & Teaching (CILT) supports the Heritage mission by enhancing the quality of student learning and faculty well-being.
Learn more about all of the ways we can provide support to our dedicated faculty and staff!
The Center for Intercultural Learning and Teaching at Heritage University began in 2003 as an initiative of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Sneh Veena. Dr. Peter Frederick, (distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor of History) and Professor Mary James (Assistant Professor of English and Humanities) developed the vision and framework for CILT’s operation and served as the first facilitators. The members of the Heritage faculty are indebted to these two leaders for the collaborative and supportive spirit that characterize the work of the Center.
When Dr. Frederick retired in 2006, Professor Ed Rousculp, formerly Chair of the Teacher Education Program, joined with Professor Mary James as co-facilitator in the Center. The Center sponsors a series of regularly scheduled faculty development opportunities focusing on research-based strategies, intercultural learning, student-centered approaches, meaningful use of instructional technology and examples of best practices from Heritage faculty.
In 2010, CILT’s ability to meet all aspects of its mission developed further through “Visiting Professors for Faculty Development in Native American and Hispanic Cultural Studies,” a project made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant funded “the development of digital materials to enable faculty to insert content from visiting scholar’s presentations into future teaching of their courses and also preserve the [visiting professors’] valuable presentations for… the total campus” (Grant Summary, 2010, September 25).
You can learn more in an article by Peter Frederick and Mary James — “‘Heritage Rocks’: Principles and Best Practices of Effective Intercultural Teaching and Learning” — published in the 25th anniversary volume of To Improve the Academy.
Frederick, Peter, and Mary James. “’Heritage Rocks’: Principles and Best Practices of Intercultural Teaching and Learning.” In To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development, vol. 25, edited by Douglas R. Robertson and Linda B. Nilson. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing, 2007.
- To support the Heritage mission and vision
- To enhance the quality of student learning and faculty well-being
- To affirm and nurture innovative, intercultural teaching practices
- To intentionally link faculty development to student learning outcomes
- To make visible the Heritage story of effective intercultural learning by gathering and disseminating illustrative stories
Here are some of the ways we support our faculty and students!
- Join us for faculty conversations/workshops on learning and teaching (and its intercultural aspects) — check back for announcements!
- Invite us for a visit to your classroom and a follow-up descriptive, non-evaluative feedback conversation about shared teaching and learning issues and concerns —coffee/tea/soda is on us!
- Participate in mid-semester classroom research and feedback on your students’ learning — watch for mid-semester feedback materials in your box or in an email message.
- Request a professional development consultation on any learning or teaching issue with which you want help, including feedback on drafts of assignments, tests or syllabi.
- Browse our professional development, career pathways and pedagogical materials — soon to be catalogued.
- Clarify the links between the “Key Characteristics of Effective Teaching,” the student learning outcomes in your course and your own professional development goals —anticipate the annual review.
- Tell our successes. Share your stories of effective (intercultural) classroom practice; invite us to interview you and write up the conversation for your review and possible publication!
While we have scheduled activities, we always welcome drop-in visits, phone calls, emails, collaboration and informal conversations at lunch. Contact us at your convenience! Our Center is for both part-time and full-time faculty.
We look forward to talking to you!
Virtual Help Desk on Collaborate: HU Online Classroom
Watch for the New Day of the Week and Time of Day
Our Center is ready to help!
- Looking for new ideas to strengthen student learning in your class?
- Want to add diverse perspectives to your coursework?
- Interested in improving communication between students on sensitive topics?
- Need practice with the technology available in your classroom?
- Using lecture-capture technology or online classroom teaching for the first time?
- Need ideas for meaningful ways to integrate technology into your classes?
- Need a few tips about using MyHeritage or Chalk & Wire?
Call us for a referral!
Center Co-Facilitators and Affiliate Faculty Members
Elizabeth Simkins, snjm Hall (Alder Building), Room 2108
Elizabeth Simkins, snjm Hall (Alder Building)Hall, Room 2104
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