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Teaching Race at UVA: Faculty Development Seminar

May 30, 2018
9:00 am
Hosted By:
The Office of Executive Vice President & Provost

Call for Applications:

Faculty from all schools and departments at UVA are invited to participate in the first cohort of a faculty development seminar that will provide UVA faculty with an in-depth understanding of the history of race at UVA, in Charlottesville, and in the context of Virginia and the United States more broadly.  The goal of this initiative is to equip a cohort of faculty from across UVA to be able to teach in their discipline effectively in relation to the history and present realities of race/racism both locally and nationally. All participants will be expected to incorporate at least part of the seminar content into an existing or new course.

The seminar will include the historical periods of early colonial Virginia, the founding of UVA, the history of enslaved laborers here and regionally, Emancipation, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the Civil Rights movement, and struggles for justice and equity by African Americans at UVA and in Charlottesville. We will connect historical events and struggles with contemporary concerns such as health, educational, and economic disparities, as well as white supremacist discourse and actions and present efforts toward justice and equity. Sessions will include a combination of site visits, presentations by subject matter experts, and discussions with colleagues.

All participants will receive $3,000 in Research Funds (available by July 1, 2018 to be used by June 30, 2019.)  An additional $1,000 will be available to those who turn in revised syllabi that incorporate seminar content. These additional funds can be used to support site visits, guest speakers, research projects, or other aspects of the newly developed course before June 30, 2019. 

In addition, faculty who wish to participate as a cohort in the Course Design Institute provided by the Center for Teaching Excellence June 18th-22nd to develop their related course will be supported financially by the Office of the Provost to do so.

Ongoing support for the development of the courses and as a cohort will be provided throughout the following academic year.  

To apply to participate, please submit a statement of interest of up to 500 words including a description of the course you plan to rework or develop to incorporate seminar content, to Jennie Knight, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development, at, by March 12th.