Due to COVID-19 concerns, the 2020 Faculty Summit on Inclusive Teaching is cancelled. From March 16 until April 30, Ball State University is suspending all University-sponsored/funded events of 100 people or more. We hope to reschedule the Summit for Spring 2021. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during this time.

Hosted by the Division of Online and Strategic Learning, Ball State University
Co-sponsored by leap indiana

Thursday, March 26, 2020
8:30 a.m.—3 p.m. 

L.A. Pittenger Student Center (get directions)

Connect and collaborate with your faculty peers from across Indiana. We will be exploring outstanding examples of teaching and encouraging faculty members to create new alliances for improved learning outcomes.

Schedule of events

8:30—9 a.m. Continental Breakfast

99:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks (Cardinal Hall)
TJ Rivard, LEAP Indiana chair and associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Indiana University East

9:1510 a.m. Keynote Address: Inclusive Teaching: What Students Say and Why We Should Listen (Cardinal Hall)
Speaker – Viji Sathy, assistant to the dean of undergraduate education and professor of psychology and neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1010:10 a.m. Break

10:1011:40 a.m. Workshop: Strategies for Creating Inclusive and Welcoming Classroom Environments (Cardinal Hall)
Join facilitator Dr. Viji Sathy for this active workshop on inclusive teaching. The session will highlight the need for high course structure and model techniques designed to elicit equity in the classroom.

11:40 a.m.12:30 p.m. Lunch and Break (Cardinal Hall)

12:301:15 p.m.  

  • Panel: Strategies for Inclusive Teaching (Cardinal Hall)
  • Iron Chef Pedagogy Competitors: Preparation for Round 1 (Forum Room)

1:151:45 p.m.

  • Iron Chef Pedagogy Competition - Round 1 (Cardinal Hall)

1:45—2 p.m. Break

22:30 p.m. 

  • Lighting Round: Faculty Learning Communities (Cardinal Hall)
  • Iron Chef Pedagogy Competitors: Preparation for Round 2 (Forum Room)

2:302:45 p.m.

  • Iron Chef Pedagogy Competition - Round 2/Final Cardinal Hall)

2:45-—3  p.m.  (Cardinal Hall)

  • Closing Remarks
  • Iron Chef Pedagogy Competition Winner Announcement


Keynote Address: Viji Sathy
Inclusive Teaching: What Students Say and Why We Should Listen

Viji Sathy is a teaching associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and Special Projects Assistant to the Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). She is actively involved in instructional innovation and faculty development engaging in evidence-based educational practices. She is a national expert in inclusive teaching, speaking widely around the country and writing on the topic. Her research involves evaluating the impact of innovative teaching techniques as well as retention in STEM.

Sathy is also the Program Evaluator of the Chancellor’s Science Scholars, an adaptation of the Meyerhoff Scholarship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, that has successfully increased representation of underrepresented students in STEM PhDs. She regularly teaches undergraduate quantitative courses as course-based research experiences: statistics and research methodology as well as makerspace courses. 

She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and the campus’ Student’s choice for Best Professor at UNC. Prior to her current position at UNC, she worked at the College Board conducting research on the SATs and non-cognitive predictors of college success. Sathy completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at UNC (B.S.1996) and her doctorate in psychometrics from UNC (Ph.D. 2003).

Workshop: Strategies for Creating Inclusive and Welcoming Classroom Environments

Teaching strategies that emphasize structured active learning can create more equitable classrooms and improve learning for all students. As an introduction to inclusive teaching techniques, Professor Viji Sathy of the University of North Carolina will ask participants to reflect on inequities and diversity in their classrooms through interactive, hands-on activities. After providing a framework for inclusive design and her own research results, she will lead participants through active learning exercises and case studies that explore inclusive techniques. Drawing upon their own teaching experiences and educational research, she will model approaches that can be readily implemented with any discipline or class size to help all students achieve to their potentials.


  • Explain the inequities that arise in an unstructured learning environment.
  • Describe techniques that add structure and equity to a classroom.
  • Brainstorm ways to reduce the inequities in your own courses.


Panel: Strategies for Inclusive Teaching

Inclusive teaching can improve retention, belonging, engagement and success for first generation, low income and underserved student populations. During this session, panelists from LEAP Indiana member institutions will share tested strategies that help create greater inclusion across degree programs and in our classrooms.

Lightning Round: Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) at Indiana colleges and universities are investigating transdisciplinary solutions for some of our most pressing instructional challenges. In this session, FLC representatives from LEAP Indiana member institutions will have five minutes to report on how they are addressing a teaching and learning need, issue or opportunity and what impact those interventions have had on institutional culture.

Iron Chef Pedagogy Competition

Combining the concepts of popular TV chef battles, such as Iron Chef and Chopped, faculty teams from around the state will see who can create the best solutions for teaching and learning challenges. Teams will receive a theme—a teaching and learning scenario to explore in the classroom—with which to enhance with instructional tools, support, and resources. After collaborating on a solution, teams will present to a panel of judges and conference participants. Three finalists will receive a second theme, prepare, and present for the final round.