Teaching and Learning Center (TLC)

Teaching and Learning Center (TLC)

The Teaching and Learning Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is dedicated to recognizing excellence in teaching and learning, to supporting social justice and equity in public urban higher education, and to providing mentoring, resources, and opportunities that enable faculty, staff, and students to engage with and enhance teaching and learning.
 
During the pandemic and our shared experiences of increased racial violence and climate change, the TLC continues to work within its mission to guide and support the college to more effective and humane approaches to teaching and learning. As we operate remotely, we commit ourselves to sustaining awareness and responsiveness to the needs of our community and our responsibilities towards faculty, students, and staff.
 

 

 

 
Distinguished Teaching Prize Winners 2021
 
Dr. Richard Haw
 
 

Associate Professor 
Interdisciplinary Studies
 
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Dr. Crystal Endsley 

 

Assistant Professor 
Africana Studies
 
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Dr. Edward Kennedy
 
Lecturer
  English
 
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7 Principles for a Culturally Responsive, Inclusive and Anti-Racist Curriculum at John Jay College

As a college, we agree that John Jay curriculum and teaching should reflect the following principles:
 

1) We center Critical Engagement

by forming learning communities that engage in critical (self) reflection, alongside empirical analysis, about how Anti-Black racism, institutional racism, and all forms of racism inform the subject matter of our courses and the interactions of members of our learning communities.

2) We grapple with evolving perspectives about Criminal Justice Education
by interrogating the origins, facts, and effects of institutional racism and individual acts of discrimination in the criminal justice system.

3) We normalize discussions about Complex Social Challenges
by anticipating and addressing the challenges of engaging with racism, institutional racism and exploitation, as well as social justice and racial equity in a diverse classroom through dialogue and reflection.

4) We practice Embodied Learning
by using trauma-informed pedagogy and strategies to incorporate the lived experiences of students and faculty, promote cultural competence, and increase social and emotional intelligence.

5) We use Diverse Content
throughout the learning experience through incorporating course materials that are diverse by author identity, form, medium, and/or voice.

6) We design for Equitable Assessment
by employing varied opportunities for students to demonstrate learning and self-assess their progress.

7) We promote Democratic Education
which affirms that education is participatory and non-hierarchical and that student learning is experiential, characterized by an on-going collaborative process of problem solving grounded in discussion, consultation, research, and debate as ways to engage in informed decision-making by people with diverse interests.

 

Creating a Framework for a Culturally Affirming, Inclusive,

and Anti-Racist Curriculum

This podcast is hosted by John Jay College of Criminal Justice Associate Provost Dara Byrne and Associate Provost Allison Pease to accompany the 2020-2021 process of creating a shared framework for a culturally affirming, inclusive, and anti-racist curriculum that serves all students aspiring to careers in criminal and social justice fields at our proud Hispanic and Minority-Serving college.

Episode 1: The Curriculum IS the Institution, the call for change. 

Associate Provosts Pease and Byrne discuss the need for curricular change, faculty and student meetings over summer 2020, and the next steps for creating a shared framework for our curriculum.

Episode 2: What Is A Culturally Affirming Curriculum?

As part of our faculty-wide discussion on creating a framework for a culturally affirming, inclusive, and anti-racist curriculum, Associate Provosts Dara Byrne and Allison Pease talk with (in order of appearance on the show) Professor Henry Smart III (Public Management), Nina Rose Fischer (Interdisciplinary Studies), Jama Adams (Africana Studies), Lissette Delgado-Cruzata (Sciences), and Monika Son (SEEK) about how they understand and enact culturally affirming curriculum and pedagogy.

Episode 3: What Is An Inclusive Curriculum?

As part of our faculty-wide discussion on creating a framework for a culturally affirming, inclusive, and anti-racist curriculum, Associate Provosts Dara Byrne and Allison Pease talk with (in order of appearance on the show) Professor Silvia Mazzula (Psychology), Alexandra Moffet-Bateau (Political Science), And John Gutiérrez (Latin American and Latinx Studies) about how they understand and enact inclusive curriculum and pedagogy. In particular, this episode questions the value of the terms culturally affirming and inclusive as they relate to white supremacy.  In addition Professors Mazzula, Moffet-Bateau and Gutiérrez discuss the effects of white supremacy on their own educations and efforts to engage students.

Episode 4: What Is an Anti-Racist Curriculum?

As part of our faculty-wide discussion on creating a framework for a culturally affirming, inclusive and anti-racist curriculum, Associate Provosts Dara Byrne and Allison Pease talk with (in order of appearance on the show) Professor Demis Glasford (Psychology), Professor Shreya Subramani (Law and Society), Professor Virginia Diaz-Mendoza (SEEK) and Professor Ray Patton (History and Honors) about how they understand and enact anti-racist curriculum and pedagogy. In particular, this episode explores the importance of bringing students’ lived experiences into the classroom to disrupt and challenge established knowledge.

 

What adjustments can you make to better reflect the ideal in which our students know they can thrive?

Click here to see all episodes of the podcast: https://anchor.fm/allison-pease

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During the ongoing challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic, the TLC office will be available remotely. Our staff will be working regular hours. 

Please email: tlc@jjay.cuny.edu

*Please note that although the TLC phones have been forwarded to our email account, voice messages are not always received in a timely manner. We advise contacting us through the TLC email address above. We do not have access to fax communications at this time.