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Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning (ITEL)

Call for Applications

Texas A&M University is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Texas A&M University System Instructional Excellence ProjectThe Texas A&M University System, under the leadership of Dr. James Hallmark, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Shonda Gibson, Associate Vice Chancellor, is underwriting this program to encourage system-wide excellence in teaching. Participation in this initiative is highly valued in support of teaching excellence, and it will be included in the evaluation for tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review according to Texas A&M University System Policy, and the Texas A&M promotion and tenure guidelines.

This opportunity is a coordinated effort among the Texas A&M University System, the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), the Texas A&M Office of the Dean of Faculties, and the Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence.

Spring ITEL Application Timeline 

Call for Applications: 12/8/2021
Application Deadline: 1/28/2022
Cohort Notifications by: 2/4/2022

Application Process

Prepare the following documents in PDF format:
  • Letter of support from Department Head or Direct Supervisor (1-page maximum)
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement (1-page maximum) Philosophy Statement Guide
  • Course syllabus

Spring Cohort participants are not required to be teaching concurrently with their program participation.

Space is limited to 30 faculty members. 

Apply Here


Time Commitment 

Participants commit 3 - 4 hours per week for eight weeks.
Spring 2022 cohort dates: February 14 - April 17


This micro-credential course in Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning provides instructors with proven strategies to create a more equitable and just learning environment. Participants will learn more about equity-promoting teaching practices. This course is organized around five competencies and takes approximately 8 weeks to complete. Participants will learn with a professionally facilitated online cohort of faculty members, with whom they will share insights and ideas. The micro-credential course modules focus on five main areas: 

  • Managing the Impact of Bias
  • Reducing Microaggressions in Learning Environments
  • Addressing Imposter Phenomenon and Stereotype Threat
  • Creating Inclusive Learning Environments
  • Designing Equity-Centered Courses

Delivery Format

This is primarily an online asynchronous 8-week micro-credential program hosted in the Canvas learning management system, with approximately 3-4 hours in learning activities and online discussions expected every week. Asynchronous engagement with peers is expected as participants will go through the 8 weeks together as a cohort. There will also be 3 required synchronous Zoom sessions with the program facilitator that will be scheduled based on participants’ availability. Other meetings or consultations may be scheduled as needed. 

Upon Completion

Faculty will receive a $300 faculty development bursary, an ACUE micro-credential in Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning, and ACUE-issued digital badges for portfolios and social media.


Please contact Texas A&M program lead Brandon Cooper for more information.