Spring 2022 Professors’ Circle - Dismantling the Deficit Thinking in the Academy


Apr. 6, 2022, 10am to 11am
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As we continue to explore what it means to be a Minority Serving Institution, the spring 2022 Professors’ Circle will take a deep dive into “deficit thinking” in the academy. As stated by Heinbach, Mitola, Rinto (2021) in the book, Dismantling Deficit Thinking in Academic Libraries, “educators often default to deficit thinking, an unintentionally harmful mindset that aims to support students by attempting to "fix" their perceived shortcomings.” RSVP for one or all of the sessions below.

February 2, 2022: The Perils of Deficit Thinking at an MSI. Led by Assistant Professor Chelsea Heinbach (Assistant Professor; Teaching & Learning Librarian) and Associate Professor Rosan Mitola of the University Libraries and authors of the book, Dismantling Deficit Thinking in Academic Libraries, this session will provide an introduction to the theory of deficit thinking, the harm it causes, and strategies to avoid it. The first 15 to RSVP and attend this session will receive a copy of the Heinbach, Mitola, and Rinto book.

March 2, 2022: UNLV Equity Institute: Dismantling Deficit Thinking. Melissa Bowles-Terry, Director of the UNLV Faculty Center, will present how the Equity Institute helps to create inclusive, equitable, and effective learning environments for a diverse student body.

April 6, 2022: Dismantling Deficit Thinking: A Toolbox. Dr. Emma Bloomfield, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, will join Professor Doris Watson (Education), Assistant Professor Blanca Ricon (Education), and Associate Professor Anthony Ferrar (Engineering) to provide a toolbox of alternative strategies and educational principles that have the power to transform the classroom.



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Attending all three sessions is encouraged, but not necessary.

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