Session A9

7th Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning

WTF! A Discussion about Swearing in the Classroom

Lissa Knudsen , MPH, PhD Candidate (Communication, Arts & Sciences, UNM & CHSS, CNM)

Ocotillo II, 10:00-11:15

Many teachers and curriculum leaders choose to break free from conventional concepts of propriety and engage in swearing in the classroom. This discussion will explore the controversial act of swearing in the classroom and will include perspectives on

  1. how swearing in the classroom (and in supplementary texts) can be a pedagogical device to help students make meaning and form connections
  2. how swearing in the classroom (and outside of it) is gendered, class bound, age bound, and racialized
  3. when swearing in the classroom can diminish learning and contribute to a hostile learning environment
  4. and if swearing in the classroom should be protected speech for faculty as part of their academic freedom.

The target audiences for this discussion are higher education faculty members and administrators. The intended outcome is to further dialog and understanding regarding outdated profanity prohibition policies. Mobile devices are strongly encouraged at this session, as we will be using real time text polls to allow for participant anonymity.

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