The Springfield College Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship hosted its annual spring semester lecture on Tuesday, March 16, featuring Mary E. Kite, PhD, Professor of Social Psychology at Ball State University.
Kite led a discussion focused on how instructors face unique challenges when they address social justice and diversity-related content in their classrooms. During the virtual interactive session, attendees considered strategies for navigating these challenges, including how to effectively address student biases, approaches to enriching discussion, and ways to respond to students’ comments that maintain a welcoming classroom climate.
Springfield College President Mary-Beth A. Cooper, PhD, DM, welcomed the guests logging in on this important topic for faculty, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Director Chris Hakala moderated the attendees through the session.
Kite received her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy from Purdue University. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Midwestern Psychological Association. Her leadership roles include as past president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and past president of the Midwestern Psychological Association. She maintains an active research program in the areas of stereotyping and prejudice.