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AKD Teaching and Learning Event at a Regional Conference

Support to Attend the
Teaching and Learning Workshops at a Regional Conference

2018 AKD T&L Workshops and Locations:

Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) Annual Meeting
Minneapolis, MN | Two half day sessions
Thursday, March 22 (12-4:15pm) & Friday, March 23 (9am-noon)

Join colleagues for this two-day workshop devoted to teaching and learning. On the first day of the workshop, the theme is teaching. Participants will hear about recent research focusing on faculty and teachers, and then craft a unique workshop experience by choosing from among a number of roundtables focused on teachers and teaching. Roundtable topics include getting organized, backwards course design, and finding your teaching style, among others. On the second day of the workshop, the focus is on learners and learning. Following a presentation about college students, attendees will participate in roundtable conversations about topics ranging from learning styles, getting students motivated, to what interferes with learning. Come prepared to network with your colleagues, share ideas, and build new collaborative relationships. Both early- and late-career teachers are encouraged to participate.

Participants may attend one or both days of the conference. The non-refundable registration fee of $45 covers materials, programming, and snacks.


Pacific Sociological Association (PSA) Annual Meeting
Long Beach, CA | One full day session
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

“From Initial Design to Final Assessment:
Increased Learning through Intentional Pedagogy”

Through engagement with experienced colleagues and with each other, keynotes, panels, discussions, roundtables and networking are designed to provide an integrated learning experience grounded in the scholarship of teaching and learning that will help participants use intentional pedagogical choices to increase learning.

See the full agenda here!

North Central Sociological Association (NCSA) Annual Meeting
Pittsburgh, PA | 12pm-5pm
Thursday, April 5, 2018

(In) Justice and Equity in the Classroom –
Foundations and Strategies for Inclusive Pedagogy

Sociologists have long been champions of justice and equity in the classroom. We are well aware of how stratification is perpetuated in the academic setting and the role that faculty play in breaking down barriers. The challenge before us if how can we do more without exhausting ourselves in the process? Using a comprehensive five facet approach, this workshop will help faculty of all experience levels find inspiration and develop strategies for creating their most inclusive classroom. Topics include: barriers in our classrooms, effective syllabus audits, choosing resources, discussing difficult topics, implicit biases in grading and assessment practices, universal design in learning, confronting our professorial privilege, inclusivity in large classes, and more.

Workshop attendees will participate in roundtable discussions as well as individual and group activities over the course of the afternoon. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will leave with ideas they can immediately implement in their courses along with strategies for creating a more inclusive classroom over time.

To apply for the Alpha Kappa Delta Fellowships, download the application:

AKD Teaching and Learning Workshop - Fellowship Application


Join colleagues interested in teaching pedagogy, practical application, and the scholarship of teaching and learning from a variety of academic settings in a half-day workshop designed to expose the inner workings of course design, student engagement, meaningful learning, and effective assessment.  Participants will craft a unique workshop experience from a selection of roundtable discussions best suited to their individual interests and needs.  Roundtable topics include, but are not limited to, backward design, community based learning, assessment tools beyond the exam, and working with technology in the classroom. Time will be allocated for networking with colleagues interested in sharing ideas, gaining support, and building collaboration, so participants are encouraged to bring business cards to share. The workshop will conclude with a session on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

These workshops will benefit those working within a range of settings, including instructors from community colleges and small liberal arts institutions, as well as early career faculty and graduate students.

Each event is intended to advance the quality of teaching in the discipline of sociology.

If selected as an AKD Fellow, you will be expected to develop a new pedagogical technique, course, or curricular innovation inspired by the workshop and to provide AKD with a progress report on your work after the workshop is completed.  We will follow up with you periodically (three months, six months, nine months, etc.) to see how you are doing and if there is anything we or the program organizers and facilitators can do to help.

All sociologists are encouraged to apply for the AKD Fellowship. It is part of AKD’s purpose and mission to serve segments of the sociology community that are currently under-served.  To that end, the  selection committee will consider institutional affiliation at community colleges, HBCUs, HSIs, and tribal colleges as a positive factor when assessing applications for the AKD fellowships. Graduate students will also be highly considered.

Alpha Kappa Delta will provide up to $500 to five recipients for each event to cover travel expenses, including hotel stay, airfare, registration, and other expenses.

February 15, 2018


Please submit your completed application in Word or PDF format as an email attachment to

Final selections will be made after the deadline and everyone will be notified of the committee's selection shortly after that date.

Please direct questions about the AKD Fellowships to the AKD Executive Office at


“The intimate and friendly environment of the pre-conference workshop allowed for networking with other graduate students, new faculty, and professors with a great deal of teaching experience." 

“Being around similarly minded people was great. Being able to talk
about teaching struggles with people outside my department was helpful.”

"I learned much from the experiences of others and it felt reassuring to know that, as a new instructor, I am not alone!”

2017 SSS Fellows

2017 NCSA Fellows

2014 ESS Fellows