Researchers at McMaster have received funds from SSHRC to pilot and assess an Equity Stream of the MacPherson Institute’s Student Partners Program. This pilot seeks to align with McMaster’s commitment “to build an inclusive community with a shared purpose” (McMaster University, 2002, p. 5), and to contribute to McMaster’s emerging Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy and recent efforts and initiatives to advance Accessible Education.
Over the Fall of 2019, the pilot will match ~5 faculty-student pairs or trios (i.e., groups of 2 students and 1 faculty member) to collaborate on enhancing equity in the faculty member’s classroom/curriculum. Faculty and student partners will work together to identify, assess, address, and evaluate areas of course design and/or delivery that could be revised to further support equity in the classroom. Students will be paid for their time, through the SSHRC grant, via processes in place for the MacPherson Student Partners Program.
The project team includes: Dr. Beth Marquis, Dr. Cherie Woolmer, Dr. Alise de Bie, Emily Carrasco-Acosta, Srikripa Krishna Prasad, Sneha Wadhwani (McMaster) and Dr. Alison Cook-Sather (Bryn Mawr/Haverford Colleges)
- Faculty partners will benefit from student skills, knowledge, and/or interest in areas of equity, and will work with students for a total of approximately 80 student hours.
- Student partners can collaborate in varied ways mutually agreed by the team, such as: attending, observing, and giving feedback on weekly classes; reviewing and co-developing syllabi; gathering student feedback; generating suggestions and ideas about assignments and activities.
- The Equity Stream Pilot team will offer faculty workshops and individual consultation, and host opportunities to meet with other faculty participants.
- Faculty are also invited (but not required!) to participate in research on the overall initiative and the effects of their change initiative on themselves and the students in their class
- June 17, 2019: Faculty/instructor expressions of interest due
- End of June, 2019: Notification of provisional acceptance and meeting with project team
- July 17, 2019: Deadline for student applications
- July 18-August 2, 2019: Review and selection of student partner(s)
- August 2019: Project begins (includes: orientation/workshop with other participants; bi-weekly meetings with student partners to plan focus and develop ideas for the course)
- September 2019: Course begins (includes: weekly/bi-weekly meetings with student partner; optional additional cohort meetings with other faculty)
- December 2019: Course ends
- Throughout: Ongoing research about initiative (optional)
- Faculty or sessional instructor teaching an undergraduate or graduate course in the Fall 2019 term
- Desire to advance equity in the classroom
- Commitment to working with one or two student partners in a collaborative manner (see guidebook on student partnership: https://mi.mcmaster.ca/site/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/SPP_Final-2018.pdf
- Able to commit to weekly-biweekly meetings with student partner to review aspects of the course during preparation and course delivery (approx 15-20 hours)
- Optional, but encouraged, attendance at a project orientation and bi-weekly support meetings with the project team and faculty colleagues participating in the program (approx 6-7 hours)
- Willingness to complete a brief final reflection/summary describing the learning from the process (for submission to the project team, or broader campus teaching community)
Please submit an expression of interest by June 17, 2019 via this survey.
There are 11 questions in this survey.