Meet VCU's Authors: Kim Case, Ph.D., and Salena Brody, Ph.D.

November 15, 2021

kim case and salena brody
Kim Case, Ph.D., and Salena Brody, Ph.D.

Difficult Moments in Teaching Social Justice

4:00 p.m. (virtual event)


Join us and meet the authors: Kim Case, Ph.D., director of faculty success and professor of gender, sexuality and women’s Studies, and Dr. Salena Brody from University of Texas at Dallas. Case’s book, "Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice," co-edited with Mary Kite and Wendy Williams, was published by the APA in 2021. Each chapter provides a real life difficult teaching moment as a case study. The faculty authors offer their own pedagogical reflections, intersectional and contextual considerations, and resources. The book offers a rare display of courage and pedagogical humility as authors share pedagogical failures and consider alternate approaches to these moments. Case will introduce the book, how it came to be and the value of pedagogical humility. Brody will discuss her chapter all about how white privilege functions in the classroom between and among students as well as in our own responses to challenging moments.

Speaker Bios

book cover for 'Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice' edited by mary e. kite, kim a. case, and wendy r. williams

At VCU, Kim Case, Ph.D., serves as director of faculty success at the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence in the Office of the Provost. She is also tenured full professor of gender, sexuality and women’s studies and professor of psychology.

Case is a social psychologist by training and applies critical race theory, feminist theory, queer theory and intersectional theory to her teaching research, and service. Her mixed-methods research examines ally behavior when encountering bias and interventions to increase understanding of intersectionality and systemic privilege, reduce prejudice, and create inclusive spaces within educational and community settings. Her pedagogical scholarship, including three books, addresses diversity-course effectiveness, inclusive classroom practices and teaching for social justice.

Her books include "Deconstructing Privilege: Teaching and Learning as Allies in the Classroom" (2013, Routledge), "Intersectional Pedagogy: Complicating Identity and Social Justice" (2017, Routledge) and "Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice" (2021, American Psychological Association, co-editors Mary Kite and Wendy Williams).

Case has also been recognized with many national and university teaching, scholarship, service and leadership awards. Case served a total of 11 years on the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Council and as elected Representative to APA Council (American Psychological Association). On APA Council, she was a founding member of the Council Diversity Work Group. She previously served SPSSI as Convention Program Chair, Teaching and Mentoring Chair, Council Member and more. She now serves as Advisory Board member to the Georgia Tech Department of Biomedical Engineering NSF Red grant for inclusive transformation.

Salena Brody, Ph.D., serves as the assistant dean for equity, justice and inclusion for the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. As part of the Psychology faculty, she teaches a variety of courses including the Psychology of Prejudice, Workplace Psychology, Introduction to Psychology and Intergroup Emotion and Social Change. Her scholarly interests include intergroup contact, cross-group friendships, prejudice reduction and social change.

Brody serves as an assistant director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at UT Dallas and she facilitates discipline specific trainings and workshops to improve teaching and learning. Brody’s honors include the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Innovative Teaching Award, the UTD Women Leading in Diversity award and the Outstanding Professor of the Year award (Collin College).

Brody is passionate about teaching at the intersection of history and psychology and is particularly interested in amplifying the work of historically disadvantaged and marginalized scholars in the field. Brody earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston College (1998) and her master’s (2000) and doctoral degree (2003) in Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.