About the Episode

On this episode of #CompactNationPod, Emily talks with Viji Sathy, a faculty member at The University of North Carolina and national expert on inclusive teaching, a practice of designing classes and facilitating classrooms around ways people will feel most included. Listen in as they explore the link between inclusive teaching and community-engaged teaching and civic learning and talk about how inclusive teaching can have an impact on retention, particularly in STEM fields. Plus, learn more about the impending Iowa caucus (and how Emily will be involved!).

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Show Notes


Viji Sathy is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and Special Projects Assistant to the Dean of Undergraduate Education. She is actively involved in instructional innovation and faculty development engaging in evidence-based educational practices. She is a national expert on inclusive teaching, speaking widely around the country, writing on the topic and co-founder of inclusifiED.com. Her research involves evaluating the impact of innovative teaching techniques as well as retention in STEM. Sathy is also the Program Evaluator of the Chancellor’s Science Scholars an adaptation of the Meyerhoff Scholarship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County that has successfully increased representation of underrepresented students in STEM PhDs. She regularly teaches undergraduate quantitative courses as course-based research experiences: statistics and research methodology, as well as maker courses. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and the campus’ Student’s choice for Best Professor at UNC. Prior to her current position at UNC, she worked at the College Board conducting research on the SATs and non-cognitive predictors of college success. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC (B.S.1996) and her doctorate in psychometrics from UNC-Chapel Hill (Ph.D. 2003). She was born in India but grew up in a small town in NC and is a proud recipient of public education (K-PhD) in NC.

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Andrew Seligsohn


Marisol Morales

Vice President, Network Leadership

Emily J. Shields

Executive Director, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact