Innovation Communities Repository

Faculty engage in short-term Innovation Communities to advance institutional core themes through innovative curriculum or pedagogy. These communities of practice are sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at SOU. For more information, contact the Center staff at

Culturally Responsive Teaching (2019-20)

Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning (Ladson-Billings, 1994). As CRT was initially developed in K-12 contexts, research into its application in higher education is needed. A group of faculty explored existing research in CRT, examined their own curriculum and instructional practices, and developed and experimented with new CRT-informed practices.

Sustainability Across the Curriculum (2019-20)

Following the development of national recommendations and guidelines for integrating sustainability into the classroom, a cohort of 10 faculty from BCE formed an Innovation Community to identify ways to implement the concepts in their courses. Participants committed to substantially changing their course’s curriculum and/or pedagogy to incorporate a commitment to sustainability.

Sustainable Compassion for Educators (2019-20)

This Innovation Community convened faculty to study the theory and practice of Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT), a system of compassion- and mindfulness-based meditation practices adapted from Tibetan Buddhism for a western, secular audience and informed by social psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. The project featured a one-day retreat and a workshop series for interested faculty.