Faculty Development

The Office for Equity and Diversity offers a variety of educational opportunities open to all students, staff, and faculty of the university, including the Equity and Diversity Certificate Program.  The Critical Conversations about Diversity and Justice Series is open to all community members as well.

The Office for Equity and Diversity has also developed faculty-specific workshops, which are listed below.  Faculty and instructors can sign up for the sessions below via the ULearn System. For more information about these workshops, contact Wendy at OEDed@umn.edu or 612-624-0594.  


Teaching with Intention:  Facilitating Challenging Conversations in the Classroom

Most instructors are adept at handling conversations dealing with their content areas.  But when conversations become more challenging, particularly around topics some find controversial and even "off topic," how can we facilitate in such a way as to increase learning?  In this workshop, instructors will learn strategies for addressing issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and religion, among others that may arise, in order to support classroom community and promote inclusive teaching.

  • April 26, 2018: 9:00 - 10:30 AM, Founder's Room (260), Northrop Auditorium
    Register Here


Identifying And Challenging Implicit Bias in Faculty Search Committees 

Departments across the University of Minnesota hire new faculty each year.  The university is committed to increasing diversity among its faculty, and this includes hiring faculty of color and female faculty in disciplines where they are underrepresented.  The presence of implicit bias in faculty search committees can inhibit this goal.  This workshop will expose participants to the breadth of implicit bias research and will help them recognize short cuts that are the result of unconscious or unexamined bias.  Participants will learn best practices and resources for addressing implicit bias in the context of faculty search committees.  Faculty and staff participants of departmental search processes are invited to participate in this workshop.

  • February 19, 2018: 2:00 - 3:30 PM, Founder's Room (260), Northrop Auditorium
    Register Here

For Implicit Bias in Staff Searches training, visit our Workshops page.  


Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA)

The Office for Equity and Diversity's Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) also provides support and educational opportunities for faculty.

The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) convenes scholars from the University of Minnesota and around the world to collaborate in innovative ways across disciplines, departments, colleges, and campuses.

IDEA works to transform the university by enhancing the visibility and productivity of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and community scholars. This group's expertise in equity, diversity, and underrepresented populations leads to innovative scholarship that addresses urgent social issues. IDEA is also designed to enhance retention and faculty diversity by fostering stronger ties among and with faculty and the local community. IDEA invites faculty to connect personally and professionally with others on campus and within the local community. Resources include: faculty research grants; sponsorship of symposia and lectures; faculty workshops; and mentorship and professional development opportunities for junior faculty of color.


Disability Resource Center (DRC)

As a University of Minnesota instructor, do you sometimes struggle to figure out how to best serve students with disabilities in your courses? Do you sometimes wonder what is "required" and whether you have to do everything that a student asks you to do? Click here for relevant instructor training resources.