Rank and Tenure Course #3

Rank and Tenure 3


As the student population at Amarillo College becomes ever more culturally diverse (age, gender, race, ethnicity, religious backgrounds, etc.), many faculty find themselves interacting more and more with students who are quite different from themselves. It is sometimes a challenge to know how to teach students from diverse backgrounds, when each of us brings our own unique culturally-based expectations to the classroom. This course is designed for faculty who are looking to dig deeper into their own teaching practices and explore strategies and initiatives for incorporating students' cultural backgrounds and experiences so that the focus is on the whole student. The foundations of culturally responsive teaching are addressed, as well as strategies for helping students who have suffered from trauma. By the end of this course, faculty will feel more confident implementing the principles of culturally responsive teaching into their classrooms.

Participant Learning Outcomes (PLO):

  1. Identify the characteristics of your diverse learners
  2. Analyze the role of culture in college teaching
  3. Summarize strengths-based teaching (asset-based pedagogy) in a community college cultural context
  4. Identify and analyze the Motivational Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching; a macro perspective
  5. Explain the top 10 things faculty can do to teach across cultures
  6. Analyze a way to balance cultural strengths with pedagogy and learning
  7. Create a SoTL project in one of your current courses to identify  


Online module dates:

  • Tuesday, September 5
  • Tuesday, September 12
  • Tuesday, September 19
  • Tuesday, September 26
  • Tuesday, October 3
  • Tuesday, October 10
  • Tuesday, October 31
  • Tuesday, November 7
  • Tuesday, November 14
  • Tuesday, November 28

Face-2-Face Dates/Time/Location:

  • Conversation #1: Friday, October 27, 8:30 am – 9:30 am, Ware 207
  • Conversation #2: Friday, December 8, 8:30 am – 9:30 am, Ware 207

SoTL project will be presented at ACES 2024

Professional Learning Points:

The Rank and Tenure courses do not count towards the Professional Learning points or stipend


There will be homework along the way.
Homework can include, but is not limited to:

  • Readings 
    • Journal Articles, Blackboard content postings, other
    • There is no book to buy; everything will be availiable in Blackboard
  • Course research
  • Blackboard Discussions

The overall assessment of the course is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project with a presentation on TBA.(PLO #7)

Presented by:

Dr. Lori Petty- Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

To register for a CTL class please complete this Google Form

If you have any questions, please email ctl@actx.edu or call 371-5920.


Contact Us

Washington Street Campus, Ware Student Commons, Suite 205
2201 S. Washington St
Amarillo, TX 79109

Student Help/Underground Contact Information:

Phone: (806) 371-5429

Email: ctlstudenthelp@actx.edu

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