Best Practices Tools

The Butler Center is creating Best Practices Tools that could be useful for faculty and possibly also inform policies/procedures. A Tool can be created based on a need. Faculty members may be invited to create a best practices tool or can propose creation of a best practices tool. There is no specific or set frequency for announcing Tools. The Tools are intended to serve as resources, similar to all other resources made available from the Butler Center. The views expressed in this Tool are those of the authors and do not represent official policy of Purdue University. 
 
BEST PRACTICES TOOL #5
Examples for Documenting the Impact of COVID-19 on Faculty
© 2021 SBBCLE
Donna Riley and Mangala Subramaniam
 
During the past 15 months or so, there has been much discussion of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests for racial justice on people across the world. These effects will continue to have long term impacts within academia. Recognizing this, a best practices tool about documenting impacts of COVID-19 was created for faculty in fall 2020 (see Tools #1, 2, and 3 below). Since then, we have continued to hear questions about whether to, and how to, document impact. Therefore, we put together this Tool with examples of wording for documenting impact of COVID on faculty members research, teaching, and engagement, including cross-cutting themes. It can be useful for putting together annual review documents, P&T documents, and perhaps, promotion related committees as well. See Tool for recommended citation. Tool #5 is here.
  
   
BEST PRACTICES TOOL #4A
How to Engage in Discussions of Differences Such as Race
© 2021 SBBCLE
Mangala Subramaniam, Megha Anwer, Jennifer Freeman Marshall, Shalini Low-Nam, & Laura Zanotti 
 
As the protests against racism gained ground in the summer of 2020, there has been a growing interest in engaging in discussions about race. This toolIn this Tool, we rely on scholarship as well as our experiences to suggest best practices for faculty, administrators, staff, and students to engage in discussions about ‘differences.’ It is intended to serve as a guide for both the dominant and marginalized populations. The best practices we outline are by no means exhaustive, but they are relevant to what many of us strive for as a campus community. See Tool for recommended citation. Tool #4A is here.
 
 
BEST PRACTICES TOOL #4B
How to Engage in Discussions of Differences Such as Race
© 2021 SBBCLE
Mangala Subramaniam, Megha Anwer, Jennifer Freeman Marshall, Shalini Low-Nam, & Laura Zanotti 
 
In this Tool, we outline best practices for discussing ‘differences’ in the method of practice and teaching (pedagogy) and includes attention to the instructor’s demographics. This Tool is a sequel to Tool #4A. We rely on scholarship and our own experiences to suggest best practices that can be useful for all instructors. The Tool is organized in four sections: discussing difference in teaching/learning contexts, syllabus and protocols, conversations within the classroom and during office hours, and course assessment and feedback conversations. See Tool for recommended citation. Tool #4B is here
 
 
BEST PRACTICES TOOL #3
Documenting the Impact of COVID-19 on Faculty (clinical)
© 2020 SBBCLE
Mangala Subramaniam
 
Following the Best Practices Tool #1 intended for tenure track/tenured faculty, Tool #2 focuses on clinical faculty. The best practices are an indicative list; and not an exhaustive list. It is a guide, not policy. Tool #3 is here.
 
 
BEST PRACTICES TOOL #2
Impact of COVID-19 on Faculty: What can Purdue Do?
© 2021 SBBCLE
Mangala Subramaniam
 
Following the Best Practices Tools #1, and #3 which focus on documenting the impacts of COVID-19 on faculty in the three main areas of Discovery, Teaching & Learning, and Engagement, Tool #2 provides some best practices in three main areas - faculty support, annual review, and recognition. The Tool is about what Purdue can do in the three areas of support, assessment, and recognition. Tool #2 is here.
 
 
BEST PRACTICES TOOL #1
Documenting the Impact of COVID-19 on Faculty (tenure track/tenured)
© 2020 SBBCLE
Mangala Subramaniam
 
The COVID-19 pandemic along with the protests for racial justice has affected people’s daily lives in profound ways. These effects will continue to have long term impacts within academia. It is therefore essential to maintain a record, that is document the impacts faculty are experiencing in the three main areas of Discovery, Teaching & Learning, and Engagement. This document is intended as a guide for all tenure track/tenured faculty. It is not policy. A revised version of this Tool will be created for nontenure track faculty. Please note that annual evaluation and support for faculty will be addressed in a separate Tool. Tool #1 is here.