Building Community in the Classroom and on Campus

Dr. Caitie Finlayson, Assistant Professor

Geography Department

Caitie hit a home run with her “Building Community in the Classroom” workshop, co-sponsored with CTE&I. Caitie’s commitment for community building was clearly visible as she shared her pedagogical work and provided evidence-based research practices that can be used over the course of the semester.

This workshop created an opportunity for 12 faculty (across our three colleges and from all career stages) to engage in  a meaningful exchange of challenges. We shared our successes too!  Lots of good ideas that sparked our ‘rethinking’ about the importance of building community within our classrooms.

Faculty reported that they appreciated having time to talk about and share out pedagogical practices. In case you missed this engaging workshop, Caitie prepared Building Community in the Classroom There are lots of creative and collective advice on ideas and strategies that can easily be implemented.

I was excited to hear that Brookfield’s Critical Incident Questionnaire  that I shared when I first came to UMW was being implemented. I find this to be a great tool, that can be adapted to support community building and pedagogical research.