Preventing Sexual Violence Seminar



Apply by Friday, December 15, 2017 by 5:00 pm 

There is room for ten participants

Sponsored by General Education and the Faculty Development Center (FDC)

Facilitator(s):  Melissa Jones and Christine Hume of the English Language and Literature Department.

This seminar is open to all instructors (Part-Time, Full-Time, and Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty).


The need for a faculty development seminar on teaching about sexism and sexual violence is as urgent and timeless as the problem of institutional sexism itself. Every day in the media we read about sexual harassment, rape, domestic abuse and violence, gender-based exclusion, toxic masculinity, and institutional policies that deny women-identified people rights. The campus and workplace often amplify these issues, which makes the university an ideal place to discuss them. By teaching faculty best practices for teaching about sexual violence, they will be more confident and knowledgeable, coming to the classroom with a full range of tactics and resources to address sexism.  Our faculty seminar will help faculty to help students identify and address sexism in an interdisciplinary context. By informing students about rape culture and institutional sexism in general, we can collaborate in making campus a safer, more inclusive, and equitable place where all students and faculty can thrive. Teaching faculty to be educators on sexism ensures that men and women in multiple fields and contexts will gain an intellectual and activist grasp of how to combat gender and sexual violence.

This seminar will consist of five, two-hour meetings over the course of the Winter 2018 semester. Participants will:

  • be prepared to discuss sexism and sexual violence in the classroom with a full range of tactics and resources .
  • complete a unit lesson plan, syllabus, or action plan that they can take with them into the classroom or community.
  • upon completion of seminar requirements, participants will receive a $300 honorarium.

All sessions will be held from 10:00am-noon in the FDC room 109B Halle Library.

Seminar Dates:

  • January 26, 2018
  • February 9, 2018
  • March 2, 2018
  • March 23, 2018
  • April 6, 2018