Dr. Christine White has been named an Elevate Fellow for 2017 from the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC). This is a university-wide competition that will give Dr. White the opportunity to redesign one of her undergraduate courses to improve educational outcomes and equity in those outcomes. Through backward course design, faculty fellows apply evidence-based approaches to create student-centered, active teaching and learning environments.
Dr. White plans on revamping CCJS 370: Race and Crime. She has been teaching this course every spring semester since 2004; the class fulfills the Diversity requirement and is always full. However, what is soon apparent is that students are extremely fearful of saying "the wrong thing" in class. So, she has designed different ways to tackle the topics both in class and via writing assignments. While these tactics will lead to improved participation and comprehension, Dr. White intends to further enhance the course by using the opportunities offered through the Elevate Fellowship. The program aims to assist faculty through review of scholarship and mentorship from TLTC.