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Becoming an Equity-Minded Instructor: Course Redesign

The Spring Semester of 2024 will be dedicated to a comprehensive revision and revitalization of our Becoming an Equity Minded Instructor Course. As we strive for continuous improvement, we’re committed to enhancing this program to provide even greater value and depth. Stay tuned for exciting updates and advancements in 2024 as we embark on this journey towards a more enriched and impactful learning experience.


Faculty members who have completed the Becoming an Equity-Minded Instructor Course and two semesters of teaching at Austin Community College (ACC) can continue their journey of self-examination and critical reflection with the practical opportunity to design and implement custom-made elements to their courses in order to promote evidence-based equitable teaching and learning strategies through the BEMI Course Redesign.

For any questions, please contact the co-course developers and facilitators:
Kendall Dingee, Associate Professor, Composition and Literary Studies & Integrated Reading and Writing

Alex Watkins, Assistant Professor and Assistant Department Chair, Business, Government, and Technical Communication


The BEMI Course Redesign experience is a 12-week course offered in a hybrid online format, with 5 asynchronous learning modules and 2-hour synchronous biweekly meetings. The synchronous meetings are dedicated to faculty sharing, learning, and collaborating with each other about the application of equity-minded teaching principles. The final synchronous meeting will consist of a Capstone Project Showcase. Please anticipate this course is a 30-hour commitment for faculty participants. All synchronous meetings are held via Zoom on Fridays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Please review the schedule, and syllabus below.

15 spots are available at a first come first served basis.

The deadline to register has passed.


Successfully Completed Becoming an Equity-Minded Instructor Course and a minimum of 2 semesters of teaching at ACC.


$300 for successful completion

Course Topics & Meetings

All synchronous meetings are held via Zoom on Fridays of each week from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Week & Module Meeting Topics
Kick off meeting to orient you to the course Kick-Off Meeting:

  • Introduction, Norm-setting, Blackboard
  • Course Orientation, and Goal- Setting
1: Creating a Welcoming Environment for All Module 1 Meeting:

  • Creating Significant Learning Experiences
  • Welcoming Students/Welcoming Statements
  • Redesigning Courses with Long-Term Impact
  • Fink’s Taxonomy
2: Developing Partnerships Module 2 Meeting:

  • Developing Partnerships and Becoming a Co-conspirator
  • Creating Rules of Engagement
  • Making Your Mindset Transparent
  • Designing Documents to Develop Partnerships
3: Creating Significant Learning Goals Module 3 Meeting:

  • Creating Significant Learning Goals
  • Working with SLOs, Integration, Caring, and Learning to Learn,
  • Applying Fink’s Taxonomy
4: Designing Transparent Learning Activities Module 4 Meeting:

  • Designing Transparent Learning Activities
  • TILT Framework
  • Communicating Assignment Stakes/Types
  • Formative and Summative Assessment
5: Grading and Feedback Module 5 Meeting:

  • Grading and Feedback
  • Practices/Alternatives
  • Capstone Project
  • Presentation FAQs
6: Capstone Project Showcase Synchronous Meeting: Capstone Project Showcase

Course Facilitator: Kendall Dingee

professor kendall and her childrenProfessor Kendall Dingee is focused on ensuring all students have a college experience that will lead them to life-long success. She received her M.A. in English and a B.A. in English with a secondary education certificate from Stephen F. Austin State University. Currently, she serves as a Co-requisite Associate for Students within the Integrated Reading and Writing Department. She is also an adjunct professor in the Composition and Literacy Studies department at Austin Community College where she teaches Integrated Reading and Writing and English Composition courses. Previously, she has taught writing courses at the University of Ashford and served as a Writing Specialist and Mentor for the OnRamps program at the University of Texas in Austin. She began her career in the k-12 system where she taught high school ELA classes for 7 years. Professor Dingee is looking forward to continuing to focus on our underserved students at ACC and offering them the best quality of education we can.

Course Facilitator: Alex Watkins

Alex Watkins is committed to providing equitable education to all students. She received her M.A. and B.A. in English from the University of South Florida. In addition to working with BEMI, she is an adjunct professor who teaches classes for the Composition and Literary Studies and Business, Government, and Technical Communication departments, mentors for the Liberal Arts Gateway, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief for ACC’s new academic journal for the liberal arts, Curiositas, and as an Assistant Editor for Writing Commons, an online open source writing textbook. Her most recent publication, “Combating Monolingualism through Rhetorical Listening: A Faculty Workshop,” discussed best practices for promoting multilingual pedagogy among university faculty. Prior to joining ACC, she worked at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, University of South Florida, and Hillsborough Community College teaching developmental writing, composition, and technical writing.