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Social Emotional Learning for Equity & Civic Teaching (SELECT) Faculty Fellows Program

SEL Faculty Fellows

Social-Emotional Learning for
Equity and Civic Teaching (SELECT)

A University-Wide Program for Tufts
Faculty, and Staff (with teaching roles)

“All learning is social and emotional,and all learning is mediated
by relationships that sit in a sociopolitical, racialized context.” – National Equity Project 

SEL for Equity and Civic Teaching (SELECT)
Faculty Fellows Program 2022-2023 

(Applications accepted until May 20) 

•    Are you interested in exploring how social-emotional learning (SEL) can be leveraged for equity and civic learning across disciplines?  
•    Do you want to expand your generous listening and dialogue skills to help you foster a climate of productive dialogue across differences in your work with students and colleagues?  
•    Are you interested in learning how contemplative practices (e.g., mindfulness) can help foster me-to-we well-being, emotional agility, cognitive flexibility in the classroom? 
•    Do you want to be part of a university-wide interdisciplinary community exploring SEL for equity and civic learning/teaching?  

If you answered yes to most or all these questions, we hope you will apply to participate in the sixth annual SELECT Faculty Fellows cohort for the 2022-23 academic year. This interdisciplinary program is convened by Tisch College GLADC’s Social-Emotional Learning and Civic Engagement Initiative in partnership with Tufts Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), to explore the above questions and more. Monthly meetings are co-facilitated by Tisch College and CELT staff. 

The 2022-23 SELECT Faculty Fellows cohort will include 18 Tufts faculty and staff with teaching roles, from schools across the University. The program will begin with summer reading and reflective writing, and extend through the 2022-23 academic year, with monthly meetings on Fridays. Exact dates and Friday meeting time for the year will be determined by late June once the cohort is established. There will be a half-day retreat in mid-January.  Note: Monthly meetings will mostly occur via zoom, with in-person meetings at the beginning, middle, and end of the cohort year; hybrid participation will be available.  

Each SELECT Faculty Fellow will receive a stipend (in May 2023) for full year-long participation, which includes but is not limited to: 1) actively participating in monthly cohort meetings and the January 2023 half-day retreat; 2) completing readings and reflective writing throughout the year, beginning this summer; 3) contributing to online discussions via the SELECT program Canvas site; 4) revising at least one course syllabus; and, 5) participating in an assessment process that covers both your own learning in the SELECT Faculty Fellows program, and the SELECT program overall.  

If you are interested in being part of the SELECT Faculty Fellows 2022-23 cohort, please complete the short application form by Friday, May 20. For more information, please contact Deborah Donahue-Keegan (, Associate Director, Generous Listening and Dialogue Center (GLADC) SEL-CE Initiative and/or Carie Cardamone (, Associate Director, CELT.  

2022-2023 SELECT Faculty Fellows

  • Ari Hinckley-Boltax, Assistant Professor, Comparative Pathobiology, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Brian Timko, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Daniel Muppidi, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
  • Jacob Elkon, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
  • Jane Seminara, Lecturer, The Gordon Institute
  • Jeff Foster, Professor and Department Chair, Computer Science
  • Jessye Crowe-Rothstein, Global Programs Manager, Tisch College
  • Juan Gnecco, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Heather Dwyer, Assistant Professor, CELT
  • Lisa Fenn, Director, DEI Programming, Provost's Office
  • Marcia Moreno-Baez, Lecturer, The Fletcher School
  • Michael Smoot, Professor of the Practice, SMFA
  • Neda Moridpour, Professor of the Practice, SMFA
  • Rebecca Shakespeare, Lecturer, GSAS/UEP
  • Sara Folta, Associate Professor/ADDI, Friedman School of Nutrition
  • Yonatan Y. Brafman, Assistant Professor of Modern Judaism