Faculty Conversations: Freedom of Speech, Teaching, and Civil Discourse

September 20, 3:30 - 5 pm
Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus

University leaders have provided our campus community with statements and guidelines to prepare faculty for potential tumult in Fall 2017. The Pew FTLC invites faculty and the GVSU community to join in deeper dialogue regarding the role of the professoriate in navigating the boundaries of free speech/hate speech and faculty classroom leadership.

We invite your participation and questions for shared discussion. We are optimistic this event will mark the beginning of a sustained conversation throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Registration not required for this event. 


  • Tom Butcher, Vice President and General Counsel
  • Kristine Mullendore, Professor, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
  • Shawn Bultsma, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Counseling, Vice Chair of ECS
  • Jennifer Stewart, Professor, Sociology


  • Faculty Learning Communities now accepting applications – thirteen different topical, semester-long opportunities, facilitated by your faculty colleagues 
  • Innovations in Distance Learning Initiative – if your department is working on an innovative project involving distance education, consider applying for this special opportunity
  • Did you miss the Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning? It was really great. Learn more about the keynote presentation as well as the concurrent sessions facilitated by faculty. Many people have requested the PowerPoint slides from the keynote as well as for the pre-conference workshop on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Email Christine Rener if you would like to receive a copy. 


During national crises, such as the current events in Charlottesville, students and faculty can become emotionally charged, feel mentally drained, and be uncertain about how to respond to opposing viewpoints with humility. The links below provide strategies to help faculty create teachable moments in times of crises and develop respectful rapport despite varied perspectives.

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