Faculty Center for Teaching

Upcoming Events for Fall 2015

Examining Trigger Warnings

A discussion facilitated by Jim Peck and Kate Richmond

DATE: Thursday, October 8th, 2015

TIME: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

PLACE: Seegers Union 112

Over the last several months, in both scholarly and popular articles, significant attention has been devoted to the issue of “trigger warnings” in higher education.  For faculty who teach courses that include disturbing, controversial or graphic content, “trigger warnings” (or disclosures that upcoming course content may cause distress) spark debates about perceived changes in the nature of teaching, of students, and of the professoriate. 

We are including three short readings to inform our discussion.




Some questions we might consider include:

·   On what grounds do these authors argue for or against the use of trigger warnings?

·    What assumptions about the nature of teaching and learning inform their arguments?

·    What do the authors believe to be at stake in the decision whether and how to use trigger warnings? What are their   priorities?

·    What assumptions about social power undergird their arguments, both explicitly and implicitly?

·    How do they represent and consider the role of affect in the classroom?

·    What important perspectives on the topic are not raised in the context of these three short readings?

·    Does the inclusion of trigger warnings in syllabi or course curricula require a case-by-case analysis? If so, how would you  make decisions about whether and how to include them?

We don’t intend to limit our conversation to these articles, but hope that starting with some shared readings will lead to a lively and productive discussion. 

Refreshments will be served. 

Open House + Wine + Cheese

DATE: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

TIME: 4:30 PM -6:00 PM

PLACE: Hoffman House

While we intend this wine & cheese event to be a casual get together for faculty, we will be asking for your suggestions regarding future directions and programming that FCT might pursue. There will be delineated stations for you to stop by as you mingle that provide opportunities for you to offer the FCT Board your thoughts, wish-lists, and recommendations regarding the future work of the FCT. We know this information will be invaluable as FCT works to meet a diverse range of needs of individual faculty members, groups of faculty members who work in collaboration, and the institution.

Shortly after the event, we will provide the faculty with a detailed summary report of the input received. We intend to offer as many opportunities for faculty conversation and development as is feasible based, in part, on the comments we receive.

Please feel free to come and go as your schedule permits.