A conversation between Chandani Patel (NYU) and Elizabeth Yost Hammer (XULA) on teaching, learning, and inclusion.
Dr. Chandani [Chahn-dhuh-knee] Patel is Director of Global Diversity Education and Training at NYU, where she works to build a robust diversity education curriculum in collaboration with colleagues in the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation. Chandani focuses particularly on creating inclusive teaching and learning environments for students, faculty, and staff, and she is committed to advancing a more equitable higher education landscape.
Prior to joining NYU, Chandani was Senior Assistant Director at Columbia University’s Center for Teaching and Learning, where she developed pedagogical workshops and online resources to support instructors in creating inclusive classroom spaces, including a massive open online course (MOOC) titled “Inclusive Teaching: Supporting All Students in the College Classroom.”
Chandani received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago, and she holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. Her scholarly work focuses on the Afro-Indian Ocean, with particular attention to the literature of South Asians in Africa, as well as on literary connections between the Indian and Atlantic Ocean worlds. She currently sits on the Academic Council for the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) and serves as the co-chair of the Diversity Committee for the POD Network.
Elizabeth Yost Hammer is the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and a Kellogg Professor in Teaching in the Psychology Department. She received her Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from Tulane University. She regularly teaches Introductory Psychology, Research Methods, and Freshman Seminar. Her research interests focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and she has contributed chapters to several books intended to enhance teaching preparation including The Handbook of the Teaching of Psychology. She is a co-author of the textbook, Psychology Applied to Modern Life. Dr. Hammer is a past-president of Psi Chi (the International Honor Society in Psychology), and served as Chief Reader for Advanced Placement Psychology. Her work in the Center for the Advancement of Teaching includes organizing pedagogical workshops and faculty development initiatives. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and the Professional and Organizational Developers Network.
Links for this episode:
- Inclusive Teaching: Supporting All Students in the College Classroom (MOOC)
- On the Problem and Promise of Metaphor Use in Science and Science Communication by Cynthia Taylor and Bryan M. Dewsbury