TIDE Ambassadors (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, & Equity)

The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020-2021 TIDE Ambassadors fellowship award. The twelve 2020-2021 faculty fellows represent a wide range of disciplines and teaching interests:

  • Madalina Akli, Lecturer and Director of ONSA, Commonwealth Honors College
  • Maria José Botelho, Associate Professor, Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies, College of Education
  • Gloria DiFulvio, Senior Lecturer, Health Promotion & Policy, School of Public Health & Health Sciences
  • Deborah Keisch, Lecturer, Civic Engagement and Service Learning
  • Ho-Sung Kim, Lecturer, Environmental Conservation, College of Natural Sciences
  • Lisa Lehmberg, Associate Professor, Music & Dance, College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Cristiano Mazzei, Senior Lecturer II, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Sancha Medwinter, Assistant Professor, Sociology, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Lisa Modenos, Senior Lecturer, University Without Walls
  • Sheila Pennell, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
  • Annie Raymond, Assistant Professor, Mathematics & Statistics, College of Natural Sciences
  • Nathaniel Whitmal, Associate Professor, Communication Disorders, School of Public Health & Health Sciences

In 2016–2017, the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) inaugurated a new year-long faculty fellowship, the TIDE Ambassadors Program (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Equity). This program supports the UMass Diversity Strategic plan and recognizes the vital role faculty fulfill in creating an inclusive and equitable college experience for students. 

TIDE Ambassadors 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. The program acknowledges the potential of faculty functioning as catalysts for change through intensive professional development of faculty across disciplines and career stages.

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.

Paige Warren, Raeann Leblanc, David McLaughlin, and Anne Ciecko engaged in a small group discussion.

TIDE Ambassadors 2016-17: Anne Ciecko, Paige Warren, Raeann Leblanc, and David McLaughlin engaged in a small group discussion

Program Goals

The overarching purpose of the program is to establish a learning community that offers participating faculty fellows sustained opportunities to engage with and support each other as well as to learn together so that they are able to develop the knowledge and skills to share this learning with the UMass community. Experiential, collaborative, and reflective learning are integral elements of the TIDE program. 

Throughout the fellowship year, participants:

  • Engage in reflective practices, developing self-awareness and sharing their own experiences, successes, failures, and concerns with inclusive teaching and engaging students with diversity-related topics.
  • Engage in experiential learning activities to gain experience with inclusive teaching practices.
  • Explore scholarship, theoretical frameworks, and various perspectives to build and enhance their capacity to teach diverse students inclusively and equitably.
  • Participate in discussions, considering insights from relevant literature and exchanging ideas on how one can use inclusion and equity models to support deeper and more respectful learning.
  • Develop a library of resources.
  • Put into practice what they learn to their own course design and pedagogical practices, reflect on this, and gain feedback from peers and facilitator.
  • Set goals for continued improvement.

TIDE Ambassadors Working Session Spring 2017

TIDE Ambassadors 2017–2018 cohort during the 3-Day Intensive May Retreat.

Fellowship Components

During the 2020-2021 academic year, TIDE Ambassadors will:

  • Attend a 3-day intensive introductory institute from May 13 – May 15, 2020 (WE-FR, 9AM-4PM each day).
  • Attend seven 2-hour cohort meetings throughout the academic year (four in the fall, three in the spring), with readings and assignments in between (approximately 2 hours of work between meetings). The proposed days/times for the semester meetings are: every second Friday of the month from 12:30PM – 2:30PM.
  • Attend at least one event offered as part of the CTL Teaching & Diversity Professional Development Series per semester.
  • Attend a half-day intensive institute (9AM-2PM) in January 2020. Date to be determined by the group.
  • Attend a day-long final retreat (9AM-4PM) in May 2021.
  • Provide feedback on their program experience before the January session and after the final May session.

Throughout the program year, they will:

  • Take what they learn from the experience into their classrooms, field-testing some of the new teaching practices and strategies, and reporting back to the group.
  • Develop a project through which the fellow will share aspects of their learnings at the departmental, school/college, or campus-wide level.

Eligibility Criteria

Faculty at all stages of experience in teaching for inclusiveness, diversity, and equity are encouraged to apply. Faculty Fellows are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time position (open to both tenura and non-tenure track faculty)
  • Demonstrates high interest in developing capacity for teaching diverse students in inclusive and equitable ways
  • Potential for making a positive impact on the teaching culture in the home department, school/college, and/or broader campus community. 

Fellowship Compensation

At CTL, we understand that becoming TIDE Ambassadors is a rewarding but rigorous experience. In recognition of the commitment necessary to participate in TIDE, CTL will provide $1,500 of GOF funds that Ambassadors can use for their further professional development. These funds will be transferred to the Ambassador's department GOF fund in two installments. 

For more information, contact Kirsten Helmer.