ADA Visiting Teaching Fellow Workshops

Join Professor Irina Gendelman, a 2023 UNSW Visiting Teaching Fellow visiting from Saint Martin’s University in Washington, USA, and ADA's hosting Associate Professor Tema Milstein, for two exciting, hands-on events.

These fellowships are funded by the Education Focussed program.


Experiential Place-based Teaching

Fri 24 February, 9.30am - 4pm | Coogee Rainbow Walkway & Esme Timbery, Studio One

This workshop will immerse participants across disciplines in place and Country to support them in developing innovative teaching approaches through respectful interaction with local environments and diverse place-based knowledges. Starting off campus at the coastal track and ending with close listening and co-creating on campus, the workshop will begin with learning from local Aboriginal guide Latoya Brown, and continue with Gendelman and Milstein facilitating practices of sensing and deep listening on the coastal track and (optional) in the water at Clovelly. Upon returning to campus, participants will become co-creators of a polyphonic listening experience in a blackout theatre space. After participating in these immersive experiences, participants will collectively and individually generate ideas of ways they can apply more-than-human-world attunement to their teaching to engage students in restorative and relational paradigm shifts. 


Hacking Hybrid Teaching: Less Technology Frustration, More Teaching Focus

Fri 3 March, 2 - 4 pm | Mathews Building, Room 102 

Prof. Irina Gendelman will lead a half-day workshop on place-based relational “hybrid” teaching for engaging both in-person and online students in one’s course. Gendelman will lead discussion about how to design meaningful hybrid interactions that get away from extremes of stress- and distraction-inducing technology-heavy live approaches or recorded lectures and help students engage with content, participate in discussion, understand concepts, view examples, and process information. She then will introduce a hybrid delivery design approach of a shadow online class that parallels face-to-face instruction and helps address hybrid teaching pressures, time management, and workload concerns. The workshop will culminate with facilitating academic staff in designing their own shadow class-inspired ideas, ending with peer sharing and discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss best practice examples of interactive hybrid teaching, explore applicable ideas and practices for engaged place-based and relational hybrid teaching, and develop better hybrid teaching time management, less frustration with technology, and more focus on teaching.



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Irina Gendelman

Irina Gendelman, a 2023 UNSW Visiting Teaching Fellow, is a Professor of Communication Studies at Saint Martin’s University (SMU) in Washington, USA where she founded and directed The Center for Scholarship and Teaching. Gendelman has taught in higher education for more than two decades, training colleagues in technology and experiential learning innovations, including learner-engaged place-based multimedia and digital archiving. In 2021, she established SMU’s Native Voices concentration, collaborating with the Environmental Team of Nisqually – the local Salish Sea tribe, original inhabitants of the university campus territory – on campus-wide educational initiatives, including bringing Nisqually speakers to discuss Indigenous rights and sovereignty. Internationally, Gendelman has led several ecoculturally immersive student trips to Morocco, Spain, and Italy, and published Classroom on the Road: Designing, Teaching, and Theorizing Out-of-the-Box Faculty-Led Student Travel. She currently collaborates with multimedia artist and co-teacher Dr Dustin Zemel, using deep listening and rituals of mushroom gathering to help learners explore human relations with place/nature.


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Tema Milstein

Tema Milstein, an Associate Professor of Environment & Society at UNSW, shares strongly overlapping interests with Gendelman in place-based transformative education. Milstein has a focus on ecocultural pedagogy and is lead editor of Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice and the Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity, as well as creator of the “inside-out classroom” teaching model. Milstein is convenor of UNSW’s Master of Environmental Management program (School of Humanities & Languages, Faculty of Arts, Design, & Architecture), which she led a recent holistic revision on to centre transformative and experiential pedagogy and to nurture future change agents.