Human Resources



Designing courses and creating classroom cultures that elevate student learning.

RISE Project

As part of Lindenwood’s “Diversify the Pride” strategic initiative, the R.I.S.E. Project aims to enhance the culture of teaching and learning at Lindenwood such that all faculty are working to design courses and create classroom cultures characterized by rigor, inclusiveness, support, and engagement. These pillars provide a framework for effective teaching that can help faculty to elevate learning for a diverse student body. Read more about the framework and each pillar and access resources on teaching below.  

The multi-year project officially launched in August 2021. In the first year, the project focuses on faculty development with the following goals:

  • Establish a shared framework for effective teaching that will serve faculty from all disciplines and students from all groups.
  • Engage faculty in an exploration of research related to the R.I.S.E. framework pillars.
  • Provide faculty with practical course design and instructional strategies for introducing or enhancing the presence of the framework pillars in their courses.
  • Increase faculty insight into Lindenwood students’ backgrounds and academic experiences.

Learn more about the R.I.S.E. framework, the R.I.S.E. project team, and ways to get involved below and via the dropdown on the right side or top of the screen.

The R.I.S.E. Framework for Effective Teaching

The R.I.S.E. framework was created to describe characteristics of good teaching that are relevant in all disciplines and courses. The pillars of rigor, inclusiveness, support, and engagement were chosen based on research findings that demonstrate their broad benefits for student learning and their benefits for specific students who are part of underrepresented or marginalized groups. R.I.S.E. Project definitions (which are based on definitions in the research literature as well as on themes collected from Lindenwood faculty) are provided below. For associated research findings, references, readings, teaching strategies and resources for each pillar, please see R.I.S.E. Guides: Definitions, Research, And Teaching Resources.

R.I.S.E. Faculty Development

The first year of the R.I.S.E Project focuses on faculty development opportunities, outlined below.