Faculty Presentations

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Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) / Charlotte, NC

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Conference Proceeding


The topic of civility has become increasingly more relevant. Incivility is a problem and the overall level of rudeness in society has reached epic proportions. Higher education administrators often struggle with building community on their own increasingly diverse campuses as they try to promote tolerance and a sense of belonging. Fostering a civil environment is not easy but it should be the responsibility of everyone on campus. Students typically do not care how much administrators or professors know, or how many degrees they possess until they first know how much they care about them. Brazilian adult educator and philosopher Paulo Friere (1921-1997) famously wrote, “Education does not change the world. Education changes people. People change the world.” Faculty members spend a great deal of time with students and have tremendous influence (both positive and negative); so what better way to combat this disturbing trend of incivility than to start with our own classrooms and thereby produce agents of change.

This presentation is based on best practices that were gleaned from a long career educating adults. It is meant to apply to any classroom, regardless of instructional delivery (i.e., live, online, blended, etc.) and whether it is made up of Generation Z and Millennial, older and nontraditional students, or an intergenerational mixture. Attendees will take away how to restore civility, better handle incivility, and help promote civil discourse and amicable disagreement starting in the classroom.

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