2019-20 CTLE Special Events

The Opportunities and Challenges of College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

January 29, 2020

About this Event

College students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) face opportunities and challenges in higher education. This session introduces faculty to Autism Spectrum Disorder, the experiences of college students with ASD, and strategies to help facilitate a positive learning experience for all students. This event is part of the Inclusive Teaching Certificate program.

Rebecca EddingtonAbout this Speaker

Rebecca Edgington, Ed.D., CCC-SLP worked in the school districts for fifteen years before joining the faculty at Eastern Illinois University. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences and supervised in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Dr. Edgington is currently Director, Autism Center and STEP (Students with Autism Transitional Education Program). Dr. Edgington has specific interests in autism spectrum disorder, language disorders, literacy skills, written language, and executive functioning.


Exploring Inclusive Teaching in STEM Disciplines with Bryan Dewsbury, Ph.D.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Keynote: Designing a curriculum that meaningfully includes the voices and social realities of all participants requires a vision of what the promise of inclusive practices hold. In this address Dr. Dewsbury discusses why inclusive practices are necessary and provides examples from the classroom on what the practice of inclusion can look like. We will identify the potential of inclusion for the Embry-Riddle STEM context, positioning our faculty as agents to bring about this change.

Workshop: In this workshop Dr. Dewsbury unpacks how social positioning impacts the chances we are afforded at birth for social mobility. This interactive workshop will explore how social structures position us, as faculty, and our students to be differentially set up for success. Together will use this new understanding to consider ways in which faculty can design curricula and practices that offer a more inclusive experience for students in STEM Disciplines .

Dr. Bryan Dewsbury

Speaker: Bryan Dewsbury, Ph.D. is the Principal Investigator of the Science Education and Society (SEAS) research program which is currently based at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI. He is interested in research pertaining to inclusive instruction and the social context of scientific inquiry and communication. Dr. Dewsbury teaches a number of courses including Introductory Biology and Curriculum Design in Higher Education for graduate students. He is a Fellow of the John N. Gardner Institute where he works with several institutions on inclusive instruction. Dr. Dewsbury also conducts faculty and staff development across the country on inclusive practices in higher education.

Past CTLE Special Events

  • 2019-20  "Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community" with Dr. Claude M. Steele
  • 2018-19 “Increasing Academic Success for All Students: It Takes the Whole Village!” with Dr. Saundra McGuire
  • 2017-18 “What Matters Most for Student Success?” with Dr. Peter Felten.