2015 Inclusive Excellence Events


Gender & Sexual Diversity Conference
The Gender and Sexual Diversity Conference provides a platform for critical dialogue about the intersection of social, political and theoretical dimensions of gender and sexual diversity. The conference will include Transgender Sensitivity Institute, plenary speakers on emerging and contemporary issues, breakout sessions and workshops. More

Inclusion Summit
Stetson Law’s premier one-day summit features national and regional thought leaders sharing insight and best practices in inclusion and cultural competence for individuals and organizations. We are expecting an audience comprised of attorneys, business leaders, human resources professionals, and nonprofit and community leaders. More

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Faculty Learning Community Day
Faculty Learning Community Day provides an opportunity for Stetson faculty to reflect and discuss big issues and ideas while learning together.
2015 Focus: Disruptive Demographics : Implications to Higher Education
Distinguished Guest Speaker: Jim Johnson, UNC-Chapel Hill
Date: January 9, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Stetson Room
Coordinator(s): Office of the Provost
Event: Faculty Learning Community Day

Stetson R.E.A.D.s

Stetson’s Read, Eat and Discuss//Reflect, Engage, Affirm Diversity is an initiative to support scholarly discussion, valuation reflection, and fellowship. Over the course of an academic year, faculty engage in a learning community using a reading focused on inclusive excellence of wide interest, discuss its implication to professional and personal development, and to their practice as teacher-scholars.

Propose a book feast

Call for Proposals: Stetson READs 2015-2016

How a Book Feast Works:
1. Select a reading that celebrates and advances inclusive excellence.
2. Identify at least 10 (at most 15) reading partners who will commit to gathering at least monthly to R.E.A.D. and create a community of learners
3. Submit a R.E.A.D. proposal on/before October 15. The proposal should include how the learning community will disseminate to the university and/or broader community.
4. Submit a 2-page R.E.A.D. report on/before May 15 of the subsequent year.
5. Submit photos files of R.E.A.D. activities for dissemination purposes


Presumed Incompetent
Edited by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. González, and Angela P. Harris
R.E.A.D. Facilitator: Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown
Co-sponsored by the duPont-Ball Library and the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation & Excellence

Call for Proposals: Inclusive Excellence in Teaching – December 15, 2014

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Deadline: December 15, 2014
Event: Inclusive Excellence in Teaching Symposium – January 31, 2015
Submit a proposal for a workshop, panel discussion, presentation, etc. that addresses pedagogical, pragmatic, philosophical, and/or scholarly aspects of diversity and inclusive excellence.

New Faculty Orientation

Stetson’s New Faculty Program kicks off in August with New Faculty Orientation which introduces new full-time and adjunct faculty to academic life and culture as they embark on their work as Stetson teacher-scholars.

New Faculty Handbook

The New Faculty Handbook provides a guide and important information to help new faculty navigate their first year at Stetson University.

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2017 Program

Dates: August 15-17, 2017
Location: Sage Hall 222 – SCALE UP Classroom
Facilitators: Julia Metzker, Lynn Monahan
Schedule:  Tenure-track & Visiting (pdf) Adjunct (pdf)

2016 Program

Dates: August 16-18, 2016
Location: Sage Hall 222 – SCALE UP Classroom
Facilitators: Julia Metzker, Rosalie Richards
Schedule:  Tenure-track & Visiting (pdf) Adjunct (pdf)

2015 Program

Dates: August 12-13, 2015
Location: Sage Hall 222 – SCALE UP Classroom
Facilitators: Rosalie Richards, Diane Everett
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2014 Program

Dates: August 13-14, 2014
Location: Sage Hall 222 – SCALE UP Classroom
Facilitators: Alicia Slater, Rosalie RichardsNew Faculty 2014

Giving Voice to the Inner Life: Kevin Quashie and the Sovereignty of Quiet

by Josh Rust

“I’m a child of quiet” is what Kevin Quashie said during this interview, where I first heard him discuss his book, The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture.  And so it was with some trepidation that we invited him to spend two days with hundreds of Stetson students and faculty members at both the DeLand campus and College of Law.

In conversation, Kevin’s gentle and disarming affect drew many of us beyond the scholarly, into the personal.  Audience members at the keynote leaned forward, as if they were hearing the voice of an old friend, rather than the address of a lecturer.  And many of those in attendance were, I think, touched by Kevin’s reminders that we are all bearers of an inner life that remains profoundly resistant to publicly-assessable expectations and stereotypes.

“Thesovereignty-of-quiet inner life” he writes, “is not apolitical or without social value, but neither is it determined entirely by publicness.  In fact, the interior—dynamic and ravishing—is a stay against the dominance of the social world; it has its own sovereignty”.

Dr. Quashie’s visit embodied what we hoped the Social Justice Lecture Series would accomplish—it jarred us into revaluation. But in his case it managed to do so through the potency of quiet.

Quashie, Kevin. The sovereignty of quiet: Beyond resistance in black culture. Rutgers University Press, 2012.
For more on Kevin Quashie’s 2014 Social Justice Lecture, visit StetsonU Blog Radio.

About the Author

Joshua Rufaculty_rust_joshuast is associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Stetson University. He is a member of the Social Justice Lecture Series Committee at Stetson University.

Rust conducts research in the areas of social ontology and experimental philosophy.  Most recently, he has been developing an account of the charismatic relationship in terms of what Weber calls “absolute trust”.

Dr. Rust earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Riverside.  Outside of the office and classroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Kim, and two young children.