Spotlight on our diversity award

A few announcements today! Registration is chugging along – if you haven’t registered yet you should. I also want to direct you to some information about hotels and travel. The weekend of our workshop is Homecoming – hotels are filling so you need to book yours now!

1) Spotlight on our diversity award.

One of the things I’m proudest of is that we are able to reimburse up to $500 of travel and lodging costs to any registrant identifying as underrepresented, or coming from a small regional or community college. Please note that there is nothing you need to do to “prove” your identity – just check the box on the registration if you identify in this way. I’m batch emailing folks every few days who do so to get you set up with Beckman’s front office so that reimbursement happens as swiftly as possible.

You also do not need to identify as a scholar or faculty to identify! Students, trainees, administrators, practitioners, and other staff absolutely qualify. Take us up on this! I know we won’t regret it!

2) Scholars in the news.

I wanted to share with you all a talk Dr. Nicole Cooke just gave on “Defeating the Bullies and Trolls in the Library” at an Inclusive Excellence research symposium. Dr. Cooke is a friend and colleague and her perspective was crucial in the formation of this workshop. She is unable to attend, but, as she says, “this is the talk I would have given if I could join you.” Her talk starts at about four minutes in after a lovely introduction.

3) Slack workspace and bottom-up sessions.

While we have organized four panels and one experiential session for this workshop, we’ve already created two one-hour spaces for four additional sessions. We’d like these sessions to be on topics that registrants care about and organize themselves. One of the ways we are initiating this conversation is through our Slack workspace – don’t forget to join via this link. Then check out #session-organizing to see the prompts I’ve shared and provide your own ideas! Also be sure to check out #travel-plans if you want to coordinate driving from nearby universities, or taxi/Lyft or meal-sharing.

Registration now open; Slack workspace has been created; Updates to the schedule

1. Registration is now open, huzzah! Registration is limited to 90 people in order to be able to foster connection, communication, and small group conversations. Please do not hesitate and register today!

Please note that there is a sliding scale for registration (which starts at $0), as well as a box you can click to receive financial support for travel and lodging if you are from an underrepresented group in academia (e.g., racial or gender identity group, or from a small regional or community college).


2. We now have a Slack workspace! The purpose of this workspace is to make it possible for people interested in issues of academic incivility (both those able and unable to attend the workshop) to engage with each other. Channels so far:

  • #general
  • #random
  • #workshop for conversation related to the workshop on Oct 17&18
  • #session-organizing to find others with whom you could organize and propose a session
  • #travel-plans to find people with whom to carpool, share a hotel room, or share a meal

Here is the invitation link to our Slack workspace. Please make sure to go through the tutorial if you are unfamiliar with Slack, and modify settings as needed (e.g., for email notifications, do not disturb mode). You can access Slack via web browsers or a free app available on Android or iOS.

3. We have updated the workshop schedule. Hotel rooms for Friday night are hard to come by because it’s homecoming weekend (p.s. we recommend trying the Hampton Inn on University Ave first because it’s across the street from the Beckman), so we are ending earlier on Friday to accommodate travel schedules out of our local airport CMI. Here’s the current plan, subject to additional change:


Day 1 (Thursday October 17, 2019)  at the Beckman Institute
Time Topic Location
8:00am Registration and coffee Hall outside auditorium
8:00am Welcome, description of the scope of conference. Session on crowdsourcing our values, behaviors, and expectations for the workshop. Room 1005
9:00am Panel Discussion and Q&A: “Defining Incivility”.  Moderator: Kate Clancy (Illinois). Speakers: Sarah Sobieraj (Tufts), Krystal D’Costa (Wire Stone, Accenture), Gloria Gonzales-Morales (University of Guelph)

·       This session will address how we define workplace interactions, how sometimes making people uncomfortable can be conflated with being uncivil, and/or practical strategies on understanding and naming incivility.

10:30am Break
11:00am Panel Discussion and Q&A: “Power and Incivility”.  Moderator: Lilia Cortina (Michigan). Speakers: Johnny E. Williams (Trinity College), Heather Metcalf (AWIS), Chicora Martin (Mills)

·       This session will address how power helps define workplace interactions, the role of coercive power in incivility, how lived experiences and identities shape the ways folks target and are targeted by uncivil practices.

12:30pm Working Lunch: emergent topic tables based on first two panels Room 1005
2:00pm Panel Discussion and Q&A: “Truth and Incivility”.  Moderator: TBA. Speakers: Adrienne Massanari (UIC), Kathleen Stansberry (Elon)

·       This session will address how truth can get coopted by those in power, and/or how organizations differentiate between incivility and hate speech and speaking truth to power. In this particular moment of disinformation/fake news (or doxxing, trolling, or other abuse) as a response to any critical feedback, how can we find a space to talk about engaging in a healthy way with each other (especially when some people in power are invested in not doing so).

3:30pm Break
4:00pm Two simultaneous sessions, organized via Slack by registrants or unconference style at workshop 1005/Auditorium
5:00pm Heavy apps/dinner if room in the budget Room 1005


Day 2 (Friday October 18, 2019)  at the Beckman Institute
Time Topic Location
8:00am Coffee; Introduction and debrief exercise on day 1; Restorative practices follow up on behaviors/expectations. Room 1005
9:00am Panel Discussion and Q&A: “Incivility Consequences”.   Moderator: Jay Rosenstein (Illinois). Speakers: Rochelle Gutierrez (Illinois), Vicki Magley (Connecticut), David G. Embrick (Connecticut)

·       This session will help us broaden our definitions of consequences and impacted parties, consider collective fallout and broader community consequences, disciplinary consequences, and/or effects on diversity, productivity, creativity, and innovation.

10:30am Break
11:00am Restorative practices session. Mikhail Lyubansky (Illinois) and David Karp (University of San Diego)
12:30pm Working Lunch: emergent topics and/or space to react to prior experiential session. Room 1005
1:30pm Two simultaneous sessions, organized via Slack by registrants or unconference style at workshop 1005/Auditorium
2:30pm Debrief exercise on day 2; Small group discussion of paths forward Room 1005
3:00pm Report out from Breakout Groups Room 1005
3:30pm Adjourn