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Teaching and Learning Across Differences


Full-time teaching faculty, librarians, and staff

To participate in the FLC, interested faculty/librarians/staff must participate in a half-day, online workshop on Foundations in Facilitating Dialogue in the classroom for faculty and staff, offered by the Constructive Dialogue Institute.

  • The cost of participation is covered.
  • Faculty/librarians/staff may select one (1) of the following three dates:
    • April 12
    • August 14
    • August 22
  • All online workshops are 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please note that no additional dates are available.


Each participant will receive $500 in professional development funds.



Online Application


April 26, 2024

Purpose and Description

In our increasingly divided society, the ability to constructively discuss complicated issues is important to effective and inclusive teaching and learning. Participants of this FLC will collaboratively work to bring together discipline-specific literature and Constructive Dialogue Institute (CDI) resources and tools. The ultimate goal of regular meetings and discussions will be to develop toolkits for how to constructively approach different perspectives, and teach across differences, in Miami courses. Toolkits developed by participants will provide faculty in the social sciences, natural sciences, and arts and humanities with actionable strategies for incorporating and facilitating constructive dialogue in the classroom across differences in backgrounds, viewpoints, and values.


Members will:

  • Examine and discuss discipline-specific research and literature on facilitating and incorporating constructive dialogue in the classroom.
  • Examine and discuss CDI resources, including the online program Perspectives, online workshop materials, and instructor guides.
  • Develop toolkits to equip instructors with actionable strategies across disciplines to enhance student-to-student and faculty-to-student interactions in teaching complex, and potentially divisive, topics



  • Cristina AlcaldeOffice of Transformational and Inclusive Excellence; Co-facilitator
  • Dana Cox, Mathematics; Co-facilitator

Center for Teaching Excellence

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Oxford, OH 45056