June 21, 2018
The university's Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development has named Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Laura Vandenberg a 2018-19 Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity and Equity (TIDE) Ambassador. She is one of twelve UMass Amherst faculty to receive the $1500 faculty fellowship award.
The program, launched in 2016-17, supports the UMass Diversity Strategic plan and recognizes the vital role faculty fulfill in creating an inclusive and equitable college experience for students. Throughout the program year, participants will explore how they can enhance students’ learning and academic success across cultural, social and learning differences by adopting a strength-based, inclusive and equitable approach to teaching and learning grounded in the value of diversity.
TIDE Ambassadors take what they learn from their experiences with the fellowship program and develop a project through which they share their growing expertise and contribute to the dialogue about and practice of teaching for inclusiveness, diversity, and equity at the departmental, school/college, or campus-wide levels.