The Critical Pedagogy Initiative seeks to turn from the well-worn conversation over the crisis in the humanities to a focus on our work as humanists in the classroom. Our department’s research centers and collaborative projects uniquely position us to consider our commitments as a department to what, why, and how we teach. The initiative’s goal is to bring together graduate students and professors to articulate the department’s shared pedagogical values. These ideals should both guide graduate students as they teach diverse courses and influence professors as they shape the curriculum.
The Critical Pedagogy Initiative was founded with support from the UCSB English Department in 2016. Its original founders are Corinne Bancroft, formerly a graduate student in English at UCSB and currently Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria; Nicole Dib, currently a graduate student in English at UCSB; and Rachael Scarborough King, Associate Professor of English at UCSB.