Institute on Disabilities at Temple University


Ensuring Higher Education Opportunities for ALL

NOTE: This program was funded from October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2012.

Building Faculty Capacity


The main focus of Ensuring Higher Education Opportunity for All has been building faculty capacity so that Mosaic: The Humanities Seminars humanities courses (required for every incoming Freshmen and transfer students) being taught at Temple University, will be transformed to include "Disability as Diversity." Collaboration between Disability Studies and Mosaic: Humanities faculty has been key to this effort.

Beyond Inclusion Conference Video

This 11-minute video, "Beyond Inclusion," offers highlights from the opening panel of the one day conference Beyond Inclusion: Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities, held on June 2, 2010 at Temple University. Lead project personnel explain the overall project, its key goals, and some outcomes, Mosaic Humanities faculty and Disability Studies faculty then offer their insights into the transformative nature of bringing disability studies content into the undergraduate humanities classroom while modeling the use of universal design for learning (UDL) strategies.

Summary of Actual Activity

For 2 years, Disability Studies faculty in collaboration with Mosaic Humanities faculty have been delivering classes using the transformed curriculum to many of the 200 sections of Mosaic I and II: The Humanities Seminars taught each semester at Temple University. In order to do this, the following activities have occurred.

  • Identified Disability Studies faculty at the Institute on Disabilities as well as throughout the University and enlisted cooperating Mosaic humanities faculty. Faculty, adjunct instructors and staff with disabilities were critical in the selection of Disability Studies faculty.
  • Stipends to participate in Ensuring Higher Education Opportunity for All were provided to each participating instructor.
  • Meetings were held to introduce Disability Studies and to review the key texts used in the two-semester Mosaic humanities course, focusing on Mosaic primary course texts.
  • Disability Studies instructors, working in close collaboration with Mosaic faculty, developed outlines for 50-80 minute lectures/seminars focusing on an aspect of Disability Studies relevant to particular Mosaic texts while drawing on their particular Disability Studies' expertise.
  • Disability Studies staff taught or co-taught Mosaic classes related to Sigmund Freud, W.E.B. DuBois, The Bible, Jane Jacobs, Hannah Arendt, Edward Jenner, texts that were key texts in the Mosaic: The Humanities Seminars. All lectures were videotaped for documentation and to serve as resources for sustainability and replication.
  • Provided training, individual tutorials and relevant resources on incorporating Universal Design for Learning concepts and practices into everyday classroom activities to all Disability Studies and Mosaic faculty.
  • Staff of Ensuring Higher Education Opportunity for All were available for consultation and support at all times.
  • Joint Mosaic and Disability Studies faculty meetings were scheduled each semester to review progress, address questions, and introduce additional content on topics of interest such as Universal Design for Learning.
  • Students in all 200+ Mosaic sections were assessed at the end of each semester to determine course completion and grades received. The data was analyzed to determine the percentage of students with disabilities in both participating and non-participating sections of Mosaic: The Humanities Seminars who completed the course.
  • Pre/post surveys were conducted and analyzed on the awareness of, interest in, and exposure to Disability Studies for those students in targeted Mosaic classes.
  • During the second half of year 3, the final year of Ensuring Higher Education Opportunities for All, Disability Studies and Mosaic faculty will focus on sustainability and replication.

Sample Videos of Mosaic Humanities Lectures

Lecture Segment - On the Sidewalks and in the School Yard, Diane Bryen Ph.D.

Topic: How Jane Jacobs' text The Death and Life of Great American Cities was transformed to include Disability as Diversity content.

TRANSCRIPT of Diane Bryen's lecture segment, On the Sidewalks and in the School Yard

Lecture - Images of Disability in the Old Testament, Jeremy Schipper, Ph.D.

Topic: How the reading of the story of Samson in The Bible was transformed to include a Disability Studies perspective.

TRANSCRIPT of Jeremy Schipper's lecture, Images of Disability in the Old Testament

Lecture - Segment of a Lecture Discussing Medical Testing on Vulnerable Populations., Ann R. Keefer, Ph.D.

TRANSCRIPT of Ann R. Keefer's lecture, Segment of a Lecture Discussing Medical Testing on Vulnerable Populations.


Implementing Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education

Funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education.

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service