Over the last few years I have become increasingly interested in effective teaching, grounded in evidence-based pedagogical practices. To this end, I have worked frequently with the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation at CMU, and I have become heavily involved with the LSA's Faculty Learning Community for the Scholarship in Teaching and Learning. In addition to participating in workshops, I frequently meet with Eberly Center consultants for advice in designing my syllabi and courses, and in June 2019 participated in the Eberly Center's Teaching as Research Institute.
CMU Signature Course
Over the course of Summer 2020, together with my colleagues Mandy Simons and Thomas Werner, I overhauled 80-180 Nature of Language as part of the Eberly Center's Signature Course initiative. We developed Open Learning Initiative (OLI) modules to support remote and hybrid instruction, in part driven by CMU's COVID-19 response, but with the goal of creating quality online materials for future iterations. We continue to refine the OLI modules, and hope to release them publicly at some point in the future.
CMU Provost's Inclusive Teaching Fellowship
In Spring 2020 I was awarded one of CMU's Provost's Inclusive Teaching Fellowships. The goal of this fellowship is to diversity course content. Read my application here; I was interviewed for CMU's The Garden here. One of the initiatives that I have undertaken (combined with the Signature Course initiative) is to implement a class-wide wiki to tackle JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) issues as they relate to language and linguistics. For details on implementation and the prompts used, see: https://cbjorndahl.github.io/CMUNoLWiki/.
Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
During the 2019–2020 academic year, I was one of the inaugural members of the Faculty Learning Committee, as part of the NSF-funded, Linguistic Society of America initiative in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). The PIs on this grant are Kazuko Hiramatsu and Michal Temkin Martinez.
As part of this grant, the FLC put together the following resource (August 2020):
We also ran an organized sessions at both the 2021 and 2022 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. You can check out the website for the 2021 session here.
Pedagogical Approaches to Laboratory Phonology: Satellite workshop at LabPhon17
Together with Mark Gibson and Jonathan Howell, I organised a workshop on pedagogy as it relates to teaching Laboratory Phonology.