Welcome to our January edition of “What’s happening at UCAT this month?” This post will highlight some upcoming events in January, announce our book giveaway and detail some UCAT updates.

Guest Blog Posts: Have you attended a UCAT event and tried out useful new classroom techniques? We would love to hear about your experiences! If you are interested in writing a guest blog post for UCAT about your “aha moments” in the classroom, please contact Kelly Jo Fulkerson Dikuua with a 2-3 sentence summary of the proposed topic for your post. Blog posts should be 400-1000 words. All selected contributors will receive full credit for their work and be featured on our blog and social media outlets. We look forward to hearing from you!   

Upcoming Events: We hope you kick off your new year with some of our events on teaching and learning! Our Spring 2018 Event Registration is open for the following events:

We will also continue with our STAR breakfasts in January, holding our first one on January 17 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Barbie Tootle Room of the Ohio Union. The topic is Impostor Syndrome, and we will provide breakfast and coffee for all participants to enjoy while we chat about teaching in a relaxed, supportive environment. To read more about our past STAR Breakfasts, please browse these takeaway posts from participants about Active Learning and Student Feedback.

Please pre-register for any events you’d like to attend on our events page.

Book Giveaway: This month we will be giving away a copy of Teaching Interculturally: A Framework for Integrating Disciplinary Knowledge and Intercultural Development by Amy Lee, et. al., which will be the subject of our upcoming book discussion group called Reimagining Teaching to Promote Student Engagement and Inclusion.

Lee, Amy, et. al. (2017). Teaching Interculturally: A Framework for Integrating Disciplinary Knowledge and Intercultural Development. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

How can I simultaneously support students’ critical engagement with course content and develop their intercultural awareness?

Most faculty have multiple diversities present in any given classroom or academic program― whether from an influx of international students or an increase of students from low-income, first generation, and/or racial/ethnic minority populations― and are concerned about how to maintain a rigorous curriculum and ensure that all their students succeed, given disparate backgrounds and varying degrees of prior knowledge.

This book provides faculty and instructors with a theoretical foundation, practical tools, and an iterative and reflective process for designing and implementing an intercultural pedagogy. The authors bring to bear the expertise of their various disciplinary backgrounds to offer a responsive, integrative framework to develop and continually refine a pedagogy that both promotes deep disciplinary learning and supports intercultural outcomes for all students.

The authors offer a framework that is flexible enough to be responsive to the experience, environment, and particulars of a given teaching and learning situation. The text incorporates narrative text by the authors, as well as first-person reflections, classroom activities, and annotated assignments that illustrate the dynamic process of intention, experiment/implement, critique, and refinement that characterize pedagogy and intercultural interaction.

The authors bring to bear the expertise of their various disciplinary backgrounds, a deep knowledge of effective pedagogical practice, and their experience and grounding in intercultural practice: Amy in composition/writing studies, Mary Katherine in international education with rich experience as a faculty development trainer, and Bob and Catherine, respectively, an historian and a family scientist.

This book is intended both for individual reading as well as for collective study in learning communities.

(This book summary is from Amazon.com.)

We compile entries from all book giveaways into blog posts. Our most recent compilation posts focus on teaching online and small teaching.


We hope you will join us for some of our January events. All of us at UCAT wish you a happy, healthy, and productive 2018!