Kevin Piper

Position title: MATC Fellow (2021-2022)

English Department, Madison College

The picture shows Kevin Piper from the torso up in front of a set of bookshelves in a jacket and tie.

Teaching Race with Student Feedback in World Indigenous Literatures

The project is a teaching study that considers the question of how student perspectives can help instructors teach race in Ethnic Studies courses. It engages student feedback in the effort to effectively cover topics related to race that are central to the concerns of World Indigenous Literatures. The goal is to produce a report that makes sense of the results within the context of current Scholarship on Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in the Humanities around the teaching of race, racism, and antiracism. The article will help determine if a student-feedback-guided process of delivering a race-conscious curriculum can help overcome student resistance to these critical conversations that are essential to the Ethnic Studies classroom.

Kevin Piper is a faculty member in the English department at Madison College, a two-year institution. He has taught and published in a range of fields: Indigenous, Immigrant, Modern American, Christian and Catholic Literatures, as well as Ethnic and Race studies. Central to this broad focus is an interest in the emancipatory power of self-transcending notions of love as expressed in modern writing. This interest also extends to pedagogical scholarship that aims to define, understand and incorporate student concerns and perspectives into teaching practices that are both effective and humane.