Philosophy of the Department
Department of Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Studies Philosophy Statement
The undergraduate program in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University aims toward the ideals of inquiry, inclusivity, and intellectual rigor. We are committed to honoring diverse perspectives through the practices of dialogue and collaboration. To be more explicit, we strive to work against oppressions including but not limited to racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia more broadly, as well as oppressions defined by linguistic diversity, religious diversity, and diversity in terms of ability. As a program, we strive to provide teaching, research, and service opportunities that benefit our community and develop engaged and socially responsible educators who stand against divisive rhetoric and practice. As such, we hold high academic standards, expect and embody integrity, and nurture hope and imagination.
As Buckeye educators we value:
• Socially just and equitable practices and institutions
• Community engagement and democratic ideals
• A commitment to life-long learning
As Buckeye educators we practice:
• Teaching in all settings as intellectual, ethical, and political work
• Empowering generations of learners to become leaders
• Continual self-evaluation and critical analysis
Our goal is to serve as an inspirational space for innovation, excellence, and scholarship in the field of education.