Who is in Charge Here? Authority in the Classroom with Ali Aslam

How do and how should we as teachers respond to the urgent demands made by our students? This Teaching and Learning Seminar will examine what is at stake in these demands and how we as instructors might accommodate these requests, even if they sometimes interrupt our class schedules, so that they might be not just teachable moments but occasions to repair and build trust with our students.

We will discuss how to anticipate such moments during syllabus design and the introductory week of classes each term, offer suggestions on how to respond in the moment, and consider what can done at a campus level to support faculty and students in addressing crisis in the classroom. The insights shared during this meeting were developed by faculty participants in an AALAC seminar entitled “The Pedagogy of Urgency” held at Mt Holyoke last spring.