A.T.L.A.S. Guest Lecture
Inclusive Pedagogy-STEM Focus
Facilitated by: Gail Coover, Ph.D.
Thursday, January 18, 2018- Reeve 209
Gail Coover is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP) at the University of Wisconsin Madison. In its 8th year of funding from the National Science Foundation, WiscAMP is an alliance of 22 partner institutions across Wisconsin whose programming seeks to increase the number of under represented minority students who enroll in and complete undergraduate degrees in science, math, engineering and technology related disciplines.
Prior to joining the WiscAMP program, Coover worked as an Associate Researcher for the Delta Research Mentor Training Program, Research Program Manager , and Faculty Associate for the Center for the Study of Cultural Diversity in Healthcare at UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Coover also served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at UW Madison from 1996-2001.
Coover received her BA in Journalism and French from Indiana University, her MA in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Communication Theory and Research from the University of Southern California.
Coover’s workshop will focus on Inclusive Pedagogy for STEM majors, including Unconscious Bias in the classroom. Participation in this workshop is reserved for invited faculty members from the Biology department in partnership with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).
About A.T.L.A.S. Certification Program:
In accordance with the University’s strategic plan to build an inclusive and supportive institutional environment, this training program serves as a means for UW Oshkosh employees to gain more insight into their compliance responsibilities pertaining to reporting, harassment and discrimination, while addressing social issues of cultural competency— self-reflection into personal biases that may be impacting their workplaces and classrooms.
Acknowledging and taking responsibility of our social responsibilities is not just a moral imperative, but a financial and reputational necessity. In higher education making biased decisions affects the recruitment and selection of staff and students, the ability of staff and students to reach their full potential, and progression of their professional and academic careers. Our collective responsibility in ensuring that our academic programs and campus environment welcome and protect everyone who works, learns, and grows at UWO hinges upon an employee base that is trained on the contributions each individual brings.