APS Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology

Innovative Techniques for Developing an Inclusive Teaching Environment

Symposium — Monday, April 4, 2022 — 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM — Convention Center, Room 202B
Teaching of Physiology Section — Chair: Lourdes Fortepiani — Co-Chair: Susan A. Marsh

The scientific community continues to work towards increasing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring equity and inclusion for all, but how do we not only promote but embed these values and aspirations into our classrooms? This symposium will focus on how we can incorporate innovative teaching techniques into the classroom to foster an environment that welcomes and celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion. We will discuss 1) how empathy, as the core of inclusive teaching, can yield successful outcomes for students in the college classroom, 2) the unique challenges that learning environments can present for students with marginalized identities such as LGBTQ+ students and students with disabilities and discuss innovative changes that instructors can make to their classrooms to make them more inclusive for students with different identities, 3) how to engage students with visual, hearing or learning disabilities, and students who English is not their first language in active learning environments and to avoid potential “disengaging” practices and  to identify common mistakes that may jeopardize success in students who may not be able or ready to ask for help, and 4) how to uncover and reduce inequities in the classroom and build a more inclusive curriculum via an inclusive teaching approach.

Promoting these efforts in physiology education will not only lead to healthier learning environments, but will also empower students to be future leaders that consider issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of their scientific careers.


  • Introduction
    Lourdes Fortepiani — Rosenberg School of Optometry, University of the Incarnate Word
    3:30 PM - 3:35 PM

  • The Anatomy Of The Inclusive Classroom
    Bryan M. Dewsbury — Biological Sciences, Florida International University
    3:35 PM - 3:55 PM

  • Developing an Inclusive Teaching Approach to Build a More Inclusive Curriculum
    Mara R. Livezey — Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Detroit Mercy
    3:55 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Examining the Experiences of LGBTQ+ Students and Students with Disabilities to Make Biology Education More Inclusive
    Katelyn M. Cooper — School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
    4:15 PM - 4:35 PM

  • Using Team-Based Active Learning As An Inclusive Teaching Tool For Students With Disabilities And English As A Second Language (ESL)
    Daniela Terson de Paleville — Department of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Louisville
    4:35 PM - 4:55 PM

  • Closing Remarks
    Susan A. Marsh — College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Washington State Uniersity
    4:55 PM - 5:00 PM

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