• Are you striving for inclusive excellence in your teaching and research?
  • Are you interested in exploring how you can have constructive dialogues with students and colleagues, especially given the current polarized sociopolitical landscape?
  • Do you encourage your students to be involved in civic or community-based activities as part of your courses? Do those activities raise tough issues that demand social-emotional skills and cultural competencies?
  • Are you interested in learning more about why and how developing strong emotional intelligence engenders deeper learning, greater well-being, resilience, and more effective and responsible civic engagement?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we hope you will consider participating in a new, year-long program convened by Tisch College’s new Social-Emotional Learning & Civic Engagement (SEL-CE) Initiative, in collaboration with the Tufts University Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) and Tufts University’s Interim Co-Chief Diversity Officers, Ellen Pinderhughes and Robin Glover.

The Tisch SEL-CE Faculty program will include up to 12 Tufts faculty members from schools across the University. Participants will make up the first cohort of Tisch SEL-CE Faculty Fellows. The program will extend through the 2017-18 academic year, beginning with a two-day institute this May. Each SEL-CE Faculty Fellow will receive a $1,000 stipend for full-year participation.

Overarching Goals for Faculty Participants

  • Develop a strong understanding of the vital role of emotions vis-à-vis learning and the development of intellectual agility in higher education.
  • Consider how integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) approaches into courses that involve civic engagement can foster transformative learning and civic skills.
  • Consider the relationships between social-emotional competence and culturally responsive teaching and learning.
  • Strengthen skills needed to engage in and promote constructive dialogue with students and colleagues


  • May 2-3, 2017: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Two-Day Faculty Institute (see description below)
  • Summer: Email correspondence, informal reflective writing
  • 2017-18 Academic Year: Half-day workshop (early September, date TBD); monthly breakfast and/or lunch meetings

Two-Day Faculty Institute (May 2-3, 2017)

The institute will be interactive, experiential, and intellectually stimulating. Participants will have ample opportunities to share and exchange ideas, challenges, and questions. The agenda for each day will include short lectures, small and full group dialogues, collaborative exercises, and discussion with a panel of Tufts students (representing undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools). The Institute will feature three visiting presenters:

  • On May 2, from from 9:00 a.m-2:00 p.m., Sarah Rose Cavanagh, Ph.D. will lead an interactive workshop on The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion, the topic of her recently published book.
  • On May 2, from 2:00-3:30 p.m.,  Scott Seider, Ed.D. will speak about his research and findings regarding college students’ experiences with civic engagement, diversity, and inclusion.
  • All day May 3, Zaretta Hammond, M.A., author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain will lead an engaging workshop on innovative ways to design and implement brain-compatible, culturally responsive practices in higher education classrooms. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience research, Zaretta will present ideas for how faculty can facilitate the development of social-emotional skills and cultural competence through their respective academic disciplines.

Apply Now

Please complete this short application form by Friday, April 14.

For more information, please contact Deborah Donahue-Keegan, Associate Director of the Tisch Social-Emotional Learning & Civic Engagement Initiative, and Lecturer in the Department of Education.