Cate Denial, chair of the history department at Knox College, a teaching expert, and author of a forthcoming book titled A Pedagogy of Kindness, is coordinating with representatives from a range of institutions — regional publics, community colleges, and flagship research universities among them — to collaborate on recommendations. And the expertise in the room, she says, is vast — including people with backgrounds in teaching, disability issues, spiritual life, and online pedagogy — and reflects a range of cultural and racial backgrounds.
Bringing together such a diverse group was intentional, she says. If higher education is to regain its strength, it has to do so by creating communities and practices that support all of the people who work within it, in a way that binds them together. And that represents a sea change from where higher education is now.