National Change Initiative

The NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance National Change Team focuses on creating and disseminating professional development resources for future and current faculty in inclusive teaching, research mentoring and faculty advising. In order to align and reinforce professional development practices simultaneously at Institutional, Regional and National levels, the National Change Team is partnering with institutions, disciplinary research societies and professional organizations. The Team is developing face-to-face and synchronous online workshops and trainings, as well as a Train-the-Trainer approach of dissemination.

Framework identifying three core domains - Identity, Intercultural, and Relational - which underlie inclusive practices in professional contexts.

Current and past professional development opportunities including webinars, workshops, short courses, and institutes.

Guides, toolkits, and publications supporting continued engagement in knowledge, attitudes, and skills associated with inclusive practices.

National Change Spotlight

In this video, National Change co-leads Robin Greenler and Don Gillian-Daniel provide a brief introduction to the Inclusive Professional Framework (IPF) and discuss upcoming programming. Learn more on our IPF webpage.

It is critical to provide STEM faculty with the professional development to support their complex roles and to base this development on evidence derived from research. This edited handbook provides STEM stakeholders with an opportunity to share studies and/or experiences that explore STEM faculty development (FD) in higher education settings. The Aspire National Change team and collaborators authored the chapter "The Aspire Alliance inclusive professional framework for faculty—Implementing inclusive and holistic professional development that transcends multiple faculty roles." This chapter describes the Aspire Alliance’s inclusive professional framework for faculty (IPF:Faculty), a tool for focusing on transferable, inclusive skills and practices when creating new and modifying existing professional development programming for faculty, future faculty, and staff. The IPF:Faculty provides a holistic approach to professional development that prioritizes a cultural shift in the creation and sustainability of institution-wide equitable environments for all participants in higher education.

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