The fig leaf in the mind: Uncovering our preconceptions of students, March 26

March 2, 2013 at 10:47 am

We all have ideas about the typical stellar or not-so-stellar student, but we rarely have the opportunity to test these ideas. Our preconceptions may put us at risk of missing key evidence; more importantly, they may prevent us from noticing students in real need of our support and encouragement.

This workshop is based on a study where professors’ preconceptions were compared with data from over a thousand of their students, including actual grades. So how can we short-circuit the natural desire to categorize and pigeonhole our students based on real or presumed behaviors, circumstances, and attitudes?   Through the use of a four-part vignette approach, we will peel back the fig leaves in our minds, become conscious of our own preconceptions, and strive for an equitable environment in our classes.

Join the Center for Teaching Excellence as they present:
Behind the Fig Leaf: Faculty Misconceptions of Student Achievement Challenging our preconceptions of student achievement
Tuesday March 26, 2013
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Campus Life Center Ballroom
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. David A. Green, Director of Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Seattle University


David A. Green is Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and affiliated faculty in International Studies at Seattle University, WA. Before becoming a faculty developer, David was chair of Languages and International Business at Birmingham City University (UK) and has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level in foreign language, literature, cross-cultural management, communication, and higher education. He publishes on academic identity and faculty perceptions of both student characteristics and the field of higher education pedagogy. David is co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development and co-author (with Celia Popovic) of Understanding Undergraduates: Challenging Our Preconceptions of Student Success, published in the USA and UK by Routledge (2012).


All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend. Refreshments served.

Contact Lynda Davis for more details or to rsvp at (864)503-5881 or